Nova Scotia House of Assembly fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Nova Scotia House of Assembly fonds

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code

Edition area

Edition statement

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


  • 1758-1996 (Creation)
    Nova Scotia. House of Assembly

Physical description area

Physical description

128.5 m 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


Administrative history

In 1758 Governor Charles Lawrence was ordered by London to organize the election for a House of Assembly. The first in Canada, the Nova Scotia House of Assembly convened on 2 October 1758 in the law courts at Halifax. From 1758 to 1928 the assembly was the lower house of a bicameral legislature, whose position was entrenched in the Constitution Act, 1867. Since the achievement of "responsible" (party) government in 1848, the party holding the largest number of seats in the assembly forms the government of the province. It is customary that members of the Executive Council (Cabinet) be drawn from the governing party in the House of Assembly. The work of the assembly is to enact the statute law of the province, both public and private.

Custodial history

Scope and content

Fonds consists of 17 Series: Correspondence and other material (1763-1815); Revised Statutes (1851-1864); Documents selected by the Records Commissioner (1758-1841); Select Committee on Trade Negotiations records (1987); Bills (1776-1986); Committee Lists (1866-1918); Committee on Public Accounts Proceedings (1952); Clerk of the House records (1969-1985); Journals and Proceedings of the House of Assembly (1832-1994); Minutes (1856-1986); Motions, Orders-of-the-day and House orders (1890-1995); Assembly Petitions (1816-1928); Written questions (1922-1995); Documents Tabled (1816-1995); Election records (1759-1989); Unpassed Bills (1762-1917); and Statutes (1758-1989).

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition


Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Series descriptions available.

Associated materials

Related materials


Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres