Annapolis Heritage Society | Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia


An archive is a collection of historical records containing primary source documents and/or photographic images deemed worthy of preservation for their enduring cultural, historical or evidentiary value. These are normally unpublished and unique records.

Title page of journal dated 1759, covering Jacob Bailey’s trip from Boston to England for ordination. Following the American War of Independence he came to Annapolis Royal as a Loyalist refugee and was Anglican minister here until his death in 1808.

An archival accession register initiated in 1988 has since recorded over 1000 accessions, organized into three main categories: family records, public records and business records, although these distinctions are sometimes arbitrary. Family records describe material commonly collected for personal or family reasons. Public records include school, church, government, clubs and community organization records that constituted public bodies. Business records consist of the records of commercial enterprises.

Open Hours

Our archival holdings are available for research by appointment only, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

9 am until 5 pm

October–November and January–May
1 pm until 4 pm

The Archives are closed for the month of December.

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