Canadian History Resources

America: History and Life
Canadian and U.S. history


ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Globe & Mail (1844-2010)

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Toronto Star (1894-2011)

Paper of Record (selected Canadian newspapers from the 19th and 20th centuries)

Canadian Encyclopedia: More than 35,000 entries in English and French on important Canadian places, people, events, and things. 

Dictionary of Canadian Biography: Authoritative biographical information for notable Canadians and other historical figures who are part of Canada's past. Detailed biographies of major figures complete with extensive bibliographical references, and short biographies of many lesser known figures. Topical searches can be performed on the entire contents. 

Canadiana Online 

This collection consists of three themed collections: Monographs; Government Publications; and Serials (periodicals, annuals, and newspapers). These collections incorporate into a single interface all of the existing content of Early Canadiana Online (ECO), the microfiche coll. of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM), and many millions of pages of new content based around the three themed collections. Altogether, Canadiana Online includes 32 million pages of content. Coverage from 17th century to early 20th century.

Early Encounters in North America

Assembled from hundreds of primary sources, this project documents the relationships among peoples from 1534 to 1850. The collection presents the perspectives of traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, officials, and others. It includes works by American Indians, Canadian First Peoples, and many European groups. The collection includes nearly 1,000 prints, drawings, paintings, maps, bibliographies, letters, photographs, and original facsimile pages.

Library and Archives Canada

Access to Library and Archives Canada's collections of Canadian art, maps, government documents, and more.  

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories

Over 100,000 pages of material, including Ellis Island Oral Histories, audio files, scrapbooks, previously unpublished diaries (some translations), autobiographies, oral histories, political cartoons and more. The project begins around 1840 and extends to the present, focusing heavily on the period from 1890 to 1920, and represents many countries and groups. In selected cases, audio files will let users hear the actual voices of the immigrants. 

North American Indian Thought and Culture

Over 100,000 pages of personal stories; many previously unpublished, rare, or hard to find. The collection presents Indian and Canadian First People experiences from their own point of view. Includes photographs and oral histories presented in audio and transcript form. Images include photographs from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Edward Curtis, and many rare collections. Also included is a detailed timeline of Indian events, cross-referenced by region and tribe, to further aid in contextual placement.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries: Colonial to 1950

A full-text database recording the immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters. 

Peel's Prairie Provinces

An online bibliography of books, pamphlets, and other materials related to the development of the Prairies, as well as a searchable full-text collection of many of these items.

CBC Digital Archive

National Film Board / NFB Campus

Access to hundreds of NFB films, newsreels, and documentaries

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