Title and statement of responsibility area
Halifax (N.S.) Works Department photographs
General material designation
- Graphic material
- Textual record
Other title information
Title statements of responsibility
- Statements of responsibility: If a print was not stamped by a photographer or studio, it is assumed a Works Department building inspector took the photograph. Many of the building inspectors initialed the backs of the prints they created.
Level of description
Edition statement of responsibility
Class of material specific details area
Statement of scale (cartographic)
Statement of projection (cartographic)
Statement of coordinates (cartographic)
Statement of scale (architectural)
Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
1948-1982, predominant 1958-1970 (Creation)
Physical description area
1.8 m of photographs (ca. 6000 photograph prints and negatives): primarily b&w; some col.
7 p. of textual records
Publisher's series area
Title proper of publisher's series
Parallel titles of publisher's series
Other title information of publisher's series
Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series
Numbering within publisher's series
Note on publisher's series
Archival description area
Name of creator
Name of creator
Scope and content
Sub-series consists of photographs taken by building inspectors for the Works Department that document unsightly premises, fire and flood damage, and construction; or to assist with planning. Most of the images depict houses, buildings, and properties but streetscapes, excavation and building sites, and aerial views are also found throughout the series. As well as documenting buildings and sites, the photographs often show neighbourhood life (cars, pets, children, laundry, billboards, etc.). Textual records supplement specific photographs.
Some of the prints and colour negatives have begun to fade.
Immediate source of acquisition
Photographs were transferred from the City of Halifax to the Public Archives of Nova Scotia in 1986; then transferred to the Halifax Municipal Archives in 2004.
Photographs were filed primarily alphabetically by street, then numerically by civic address; however some were filed by project or geographic name (eg. Africville, Traffic Studies)
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
Availability of other formats
Most images are available as digital images. Poor quality prints and negatives or duplicate images were not scanned.
Restrictions on access
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
You may want to browse through streets or locations, as many images show more than the location listed in the title. The selection of unidentified photographs may also be worth looking at, as they show various parts of the city and life therein. Any assistance in identifying the locations and people pictured in these photographs is welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that there are more negatives than prints.