Nova Scotia Historical Newspapers Online

Nova Scotia Chronicle and Weekly Advertiser
The Bee
Semi-Weekly Express
Micmac News

Through the autumn and winter of 2009-2010, a trial newspaper digitization project sponsored by Libraries Nova Scotia was carried out in Halifax at Nova Scotia Archives, and in Sydney at the Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University.  Both institutions offer specialized in-house digitization services for archival material. Extensive historical newspapers from around Nova Scotia, held by these institutions and by Cape Breton Regional Library, a partner in the project, were digitized.

The objectives of the project were to:

  • maximize opportunity for community-based participation and skills training through divested, decentralized project design and management
  • promote cooperation/collaboration between government and public-sector organizations
  • help promote the visibility and relevance of Libraries NS
  • help promote the significance and value of Nova Scotia's historical newspapers
  • promote recognition of at-risk newspaper heritage
  • promote opportunities offered by digital technology
  • develop and promote use of appropriate technical standards and best practices
  • ensure minimal overhead administrative costs

A second installment of the project was carried out in 2011-2012 by the same partners. Altogether, an estimated 30,000 pages of digitized newspaper content are now available on this website. Twenty-four titles are included, from 1769 to 1991; all were scanned from original copies. In general, significant newspapers with a brief publication history were selected. Decisions were also based on page size (small enough to fit current equipment) and physical condition. Since this was a trial project, the partners scanned what was available in their own newspaper holdings, although when time permitted, efforts were made to borrow scattered 'missing' issues held elsewhere.

The titles and issues digitized in this project are rare, they are frequently the only surviving records for that particular newspaper, and they all provide a unique perspective on life in Nova Scotia. The project partners are especially pleased to have included the early Shelburne newspapers, the Micmac News, the Acadian Recorder, and The 4th Estate. Making these titles available online ensures that Nova Scotians everywhere have access to a significant record of their past.

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