Nova Scotia Museum: Books

The Nova Scotia Museum publishes scholarly books on the natural history and material culture of Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Plants by Marian C. Munro, Ruth E. Newell & Nicholas M. Hill (2014)

Authors Marian C. Munro, Ruth E. Newell and Nicholas M. Hill provide a comprehensive catalogue of Nova Scotia’s flora. Illustrated with GIS-generated distribution maps and full-colour photographs, these colleagues and friends offer a series of identification keys, a glossary, discussion of plant communities and a background to botanical study in the province. In addition, each species growing without the aid of cultivation, is documented with a description, flowering time, expected habitat and distribution within the province.  Where known, the worldwide range is given and place of origin, if an introduced species. 

The project took seven years to complete and involved academics, resource managers, GIS technicians, and students. Nearly 30 photographers were crowd-sourced and generously allowed use of their images of more than 1500 species of ferns and relatives, conifers, and flowering plants.


Baskets of Black Nova Scotians by Joleen Gordon (2013)

The Baskets of Black Nova Scotians is a history of the basketmaking tradition brought to Nova Scotia by the Black Refugees during the War of 1812. These escaping slaves were brought up from the Atlantic seaboard to freedom by the British Navy. The book features illustrated examples of work and construction techniques as the tradition is continued today by their descendants."



The Natural History of Nova Scotia by the Museum of Natural History staff (1996)
The Natural History of Nova Scotia takes an ecological or naturalist's approach to understanding our environment.  It is intended to provide a framework in which the significant natural history resources of the province can be understood, managed and interpreted.

Volume I, Topics and Habitats, provides a description of the nonliving and living elements of the natural environment of the province.  In Volume II, Theme Regions, the relationships between these elements are described as they actually occur in the landscape.