About the Journal

In 1998, the Society began publication of the Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, a successor to both the Collections and the Nova Scotia Historical Review (the NSHR was published by the Nova Scotia Archives). It is normally published once a year, and Society members each receive a copy of the Journal as well as notification of the Society's yearly lecture series and general meetings. To check on your membership status, please contact the Membership Secretary.

Mission Statement

The Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society (RNSHS) has advanced scholarship on the history of Nova Scotia since 1998 and in previous forms (the Collections and the Nova Scotia Historical Review) going back until 1878. Its mission is to make articles on a wide spectrum of important and pertinent subjects available to our members and to the broader community. The content of the Journal includes papers read at the Society’s public meetings, and, on a space-available basis, relevant works on the history of Nova Scotia submitted to the Journal but not read before the Society. This publication grew out of decades of publishing the papers read before the Society; but the Journal has taken a step beyond previous publications by requiring the review and revision of papers to bring them all to a similar scholarly standard. It is delivered once annually to all Society members in good standing.

The Journal’s mission is to foster the publication of excellent works on the history of Nova Scotia from both academic and community historians, including special attention to genealogy. It also serves the membership through a summary president’s message and book reviews. All articles and research notes are subject to independent peer review, and genealogies are reviewed, to ascertain that all works published are sound, appropriately documented, and of value to our membership. The varied authorship of contributions to the Journal, along with the flexibility that the editorial board exercises regarding types of submissions, allows the Journal to make academic works available to the broader regional community, to nurture the scholarship of graduate students, and to encourage community historians to share their work with the Society. Both the discussions at the Society’s meetings and the peer review process contribute to the published articles: providing valuable critiques, new insights, and guidance to sources and questions to help authors to develop their work to the highest standard possible.

Editorial board

Editor:  Anne Marie Lane Jonah, editor@rnshs.ca

Managing Editor:  Mathias Rodorff, editor@rnshs.ca

Genealogy Editor:  Kenneth Paulsen, genealogyeditor@rnshs.ca

Book Review Editor:  Karen Smith, bookrevieweditor@rnshs.ca

Copy Editor:  Erica Gagnon, info@rnshs.ca

Vice-President Publications:  John Reid, info@rnshs.ca

Advisory board

Joanne Collins-Gonsalves
Stephen Henderson
James Morrison
John Reid
Shirley Tillotson
Deborah Trask
Jay White

The journal is available online through ProQuest's CBCA database and EBSCO's America: History and Life.

An index to the Collections and Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society was prepared with the assistance and support of the PATHs program of Canada's National History Society. They generously provided the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society with two grants which underwrote the preparation of an index that included all of the materials the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society has published since its inception in 1878. Click here to download full index pdf.

Back issues of the Journal are available for purchase. Please contact membership@rnshs.ca with your request. For individual article requests please contact info@rnshs.ca with details.

Information about the most recent issue of the Journal appears below.

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 23, 2020


‘Trading Up’ The New Nova Scotia: Postwar Tourism Promotion and marketing 
Sara Hollett

Reflections on Racism: Oral Accounts of Integration at Graham Creighton High school, Cherry Brook, Nova Scotia
Stefanie R. Slaunwhite 

Samuel Creelman, 1808-1891: A Forgotten Father of Teacher-Education in Nova Scotia
John N. Grant  

Atlantic Canada’s Aid to Ireland During the Great Hunger 
Harvey Strum

Research Notes

Researching African Nova Scotian Women Educators
Sharon M. H. MacDonald

Navigating Halifax’s World War One Book of Remembrance
David Sutherland


The Crosby Family of Yarmouth: A Southwester Nova Scotia Family’s Pilgrim Roots 
Bill Curry  

Book Reviews

Ingrid R. G. Waldron ~ There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities 
Reviewed by Claire Campbell, Buckell University