Commissioners' letterbooks

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Commissioners' letterbooks

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  • Variations in title: Series formerly 'Executive Correspondence', changed July 2018 to better reflect the content.

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  • 1852-1911 (Creation)
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  • Microfilmed in 1972 (Creation)

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64 microfilm reels of textual records

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Series forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands fonds and consists of letterbooks of the Commissioner of Crown Lands (Samuel Fairbanks and James Austen during this time period) and the Attorney General, who was the Minister responsible for Crown Lands from 1877 to 1947. Correspondence is mainly with deputy surveyors and largely administrative in nature, addressing grants, petitions, disputes, employment, and surveys. Series is arranged chronologically, and most volumes contain an alphabetical index of correspondents.

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Originals held by Crown Lands Record Centre, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.

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