Mandate & Acquisition Policy

Our Mandate

To operate an institutional archives dedicated to preserving and making publicly available records of archival significance from the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia between Lawrencetown and Ecum Secum.

Our Core Functions

  • To preserve and organize archival materials and published materials using the most current standards as specified by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives.
  • To provide members and the general public with efficient access to the Archives’ holdings through finding aids, Memory NS, and other search tools.
  • To respond to reference questions and aid researchers in their objective.
  • To acquire archival and reference materials to aid in the understanding of the 1940s time period.

Our Areas of Specialization and Priorities

  • The Archives gives top priority to the original records of individuals who lived, and businesses that operated on the Eastern Shore.
  • The Archives has a special interest in store records that predate 1950 from the area or adjacent areas.
  • The Archives also has a special interest in the records related to lighthouses, their keepers, and the preservation of these historic buildings and sites.
  • Priority is also given to records that span the 1940 to 1950 period, and records which give evidence of names and demographics of the area, such as registers.
  • The Archives is responsible for records related to the functions of the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society and Memory Lane Heritage Village.

The Archives welcomes donations from the community that meet our acquisition policy. Please contact us if you want to make a donation. You must fill out a Provisional Gift Agreement before we can accept your donation. You can download it here: Gift Agreement PDF