Halifax (N.S.) Works Department photographs

Traffic Signed Parking Zones, 1965 Parking Metres, 1965 Accident Spot Map, 1965 Accident Spot Map Accident Spot Map, 1971 [Corner of Acorn Rd. and William's Lake Rd.] Lot at the foot of Acorn Rd. Foot of Acorn Rd. Lot no.10, Acorn Rd. Forrester St., MacIntosh St., and Lady Hammond Rd.
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Halifax (N.S.) Works Department photographs

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  • 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.

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  • 1948-1982, predominant 1958-1970 (Creation)

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1.8 m of photographs (ca. 6000 photograph prints and negatives): primarily b&w; some col.
7 p. of textual records

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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.

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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)

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Most images are available as digital images. Poor quality prints and negatives or duplicate images were not scanned.

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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: archives@halifax.ca.

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Note that there are more negatives than prints.

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