Archives: Supplementary Online Resources

Search the Archives

  1. Library and Archives Canada holds unpublished primary research material in a number of particular areas including music, literary manuscripts and all Canadian theses. Also on their web page is a reference to "Canadian Newspapers on Microform." This consists of a Union List arranged by province and then alphabetically within each province. Other guides available at the National Library site include a poetry database, an index of Federal Royal Commissions, a very useful guide to labour publications and records, and a national bibliography of Canadiana. On-line guides to archival resources also provide finding aids for government records and special topic guides in such areas as "Home Children," "Dominion Land Grants," and records relating to Canadian Expeditionary forces.
  2. The Archives of Ontario has a web page which is gradually adding digitised finding aids for both private manuscripts and government records. One useful subject guide is that which points to aboriginal records. This guide provides a list of all the Record Groups (government departments) which contain records pertinent to aboriginal history. The list is then linked to the actual Record Group finding aid. The introductory "How To Use This Guide" provides information to anyone interested in researching in the area of aboriginal peoples.
  3. Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM) was established in 1978 to locate and preserve all nineteenth-century published Canadiana - books, pamphlets, sermons, broadsides - by microfilming this fragile, irreplaceable research resource. To date, over 90,000 titles have been filmed and are available as microfiche at Trent University in the microformat area of the library. The project grew out of the report of the Commission on Canadian Studies chaired by Prof. Thomas Symons. There is a small sub-set of the microfiched books and pamphlets which are available on-line in full text. The Early Canadiana On-Line database contains 8,500 titles and is fully searchable. The CIHM is currently working on the filming of Canadian monographs from 1900 to 1920.
  4. There is a large Canadian Studies web site constructed by John Blackwell and Laurie Stanley-Blackwell at St. Francis Xavier University. The site could be useful to both the general public and Canadian specialists. Links to many cultural and historical sites, lists and publications are included.
  5. Another excellent Canadian Studies Web site has been prepared by the University of Ottawa. It is very comprehensive and allows access by subject area and by media type.
  6. The Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the McGill University Library has digitized a number of late nineteenth century historical atlases of Ontario.  The project is called: In Search of your Canadian Past: the Canadian County Atlas Digital Project.  The searchable database connects the names of owners of land and the land they owned.