About the Journal

Please Note:

Following the retirement of long-time Editor, Dr. Brian Cuthbertson, and the appointment of a new Editor, Copy Editor, and Editorial Committee, Volume 20 of the Journal (2017), provided to all who were members in 2017-2018, was delayed until April 2018. Volume 21 (2018) was published in February 2019, and will be provided to all members for the year 2018-2019. The normal publication schedule will resume in September 2019.
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Editorial board

Editor:  Anne Marie Lane Jonah, 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

Blake BrownJohn Grant
Stephen HendersonJohn Johnston
James MorrisonJohn Reid
David SutherlandShirley Tillotson
Deborah TraskJay White

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.

The journal has recently been made available online through ProQuest.

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.

Many back issues of our journals are available for purchase. Please contact us at info@rnshs.ca with your request.

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

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 22, 2019


Invisible Murders: The Trial For the Murders of Emoneau Family of the Township of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in 1791 
 Kenneth S. Paulsen 


Halifax was Plunged into Gloom: The Impact of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic on Nova Scotia
Allan Marble 


“The Home of Cricket”: The Sport of Cricket in Pictou County Ordinary People, to 1914
  John G. Reid 


Chief Justice Lorne Clarke: A Case Study in Canadian Judicial Biography 
  Barry Cahill 


The New Woman Worker of Shipbuilding: World War II Contributions on the Homefront
  Kirby Ross 


Research Notes

Documenting the Mills of Matheson Brook 
Darrell Burke 


Precursor to Viola Desmond: Henry Bundy Visits Dartmouth’s Dundas Theatre
 David A. Sutherland, with the assistance of David A. States



The Coolen Family of Nova Scotia 
 Nathaniel Smith 

Book Reviews

Anya Zilberstein – A Temperate Empire: Making Climate Change in Early America
  Reviewed by Keith Grant 

Joan Dawson – Nova Scotia’s Lost Communities: The Early Settlements That Helped Build the Province 
  Reviewed by Jay White 

Mary E. MacCara – Dispensing Aid: Druggists and the Halifax Explosion
  Reviewed by Brian Tuttle