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Héritage Project

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Héritage Project is a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 60 million pages of primary-source documents. Chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s, this collection represents a vast and unique resource for Canadian historians, students, and genealogists. The types of material in the project include:

  • geneaology material, including immigration records, church records, land records, family histories and papers, voters’ lists, etc.
  • documents relating to Canada's aboriginal peoples
  • records from the core government departments
  • documents related to Canada's military history
  • papers from prominent Canadians and organizations

The project is still in the process of digitizing some material in the H, C or T category of microfilms. You can check Library and Archives Canada's online Mikan database to verify the category of an item. The Conditions of Access area of a catalogue record will list the microfilms that make up a collection. If you find a specific reel or reels that you believe should be on Héritage you can contact LAC at info@canadiana.ca and inquire about the status of the reel. It could be that the reel:

  • has been digitized but is not online yet
  • should have been digitized, but was accidentally missed
  • cannot be digitized due to copyright privacy issues

In either of the first two cases efforts will be made to make digitized reel available as quickly as possible.

Users should note that due to the volume of digitization minimal metadata was used for most of the collection. For a detailed list of which collections have metadata, see here. You can also check Héritage news, or subscribe to our an e-Bulletin, for updates.

On finding aids, note that if there is a finding aid available, Héritage does try to mention this in the cataloguing record. Not all collections have finding aids, and for those that do, many are still only in paper format. Library and Archives Canada is working on digitizing their finding aids and adding them to their Mikan records, available on their site.

For more information see the Frequently-Asked Questions at the Héritage Project website.

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1600s to 1900s
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Material is still being digitized. Check the site for updates.

Center for Research Libraries

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This is a library collection that can be searched and items may be ordered for loan. A few items are available online through the e-collection.

The Center for Research Libraries makes available more than 4.5 million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its members libraries to supplement their own humanities, science, and social science holdings. Center materials can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. Last year, 92 percent of the Center’s interlibrary loan requests were sent by two-day express within one business day, and 90 percent of copies were delivered within one business day as well.

The Center’s resources include:

  • 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s--the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles
  • Foreign journals that are rarely held in U.S. libraries
  • More than 800,000 foreign dissertations
  • Area Studies - Major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and more.
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The majority of these resources are in print or on microform. They can be ordered through our ILL department. There is also a growing e-collection.

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Ongoing.

Classical Scores Library

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Classical Scores Library contains hundreds of thousands of pages of the most important classical music scores. Our library has acquired Classical Scores Library, Volume I.

Classical Scores Library contains 400,000 pages of classical scores from both in-copyright and public domain editions. The major composers output is represented, as well as many lesser known composers and works.

Content in the database includes in-copyright material from Boosey and Hawkes and selected material from the University Music Editions microfilm series.

The collection includes works spanning time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions.

(Source: Classical Scores Library website)

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Available through a CRKN agreement (August 1, 2008 - July 31, 2011).

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Varies
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Ongoing

Defining Gender, 1450-1910

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A wide range of original source material including ephemera, pamphlets, college records and exam papers, commonplace books, diaries, periodicals, letters, ledgers, account books, educational practice and pedagogy, government papers from the Home Office and Metropolitan police, illustrated writings on anatomy, midwifery, art and fashion, manuscript journals, poetry, novels, ballads, drama, receipt books, literary manuscripts, travel writing, and conduct and advice literature.

Defining Gender is structured in five sections, each containing a substantial body of original source material, together with thematic essays by leading scholars in the field.

The thematic essays introduce students to the material, suggest possible approaches, and place the documents within a broad historical, literary and cultural context. The sources all have distinct URLs and can be readily integrated into course packs or projected in the classroom.

All of the sources have been indexed by person, place, subject and date and searches can be carried out over all five sections.

SECTION I: CONDUCT AND POLITENESS
SECTION II: DOMESTICITY AND THE FAMILY
SECTION III: CONSUMPTION AND LEISURE
SECTION IV: EDUCATION AND SENSIBILITY
SECTION V: THE BODY

(From the website)

Short biographies are provided for individuals involved in women's movements.  Some images are included.  This is an excellent resource for primary documents.

Each source is a downloadable .pdf file. 

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Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (June 1, 2008 - ).

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1450-1910
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

A persistent link in this database is the link to the .pdf document.

Early Canadiana Online

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Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a full text online collection of books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in literature, women's history, native studies, travel and exploration, and the history of French Canada.

Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a digital library providing access to 2,008,165 pages of Canada's printed heritage. It features works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century.

ECO is produced by the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM), a nonprofit organization for preserving and providing access to early Canadian publications, first on microfiche and now online.

ECO began in 1997 as a pilot project to create an online digital library. Over three years, 550,000 pages of text were taken from the CIHM's microfiche collection and scanned into digital images. This part of the collection remains free and accessible to the general public.

The second phase of ECO began in 2000 and is scheduled to continue to 2004. During this time, 1,250,000 pages of colonial, federal, and provincial government publications will be scanned and published. This portion of the collection is available to all registered ECO members.

Along the way, a few special projects have also been added to the collection. These include 20,000 pages of text detailing the history of Hudson's Bay Company, and 22,500 pages of Jesuit Relations texts, translated into English by Reuben Thwaites. These collections are also accessible to the general public.

Individual collections include Canadian Women's History, Colonial Government Journals, The Early Governors General of Canada, Early Official Publications, English Canadian Literature, History of French Canada, Hudson's Bay, Jesuit Relations, and Native Studies.

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Part of the collection is available without a subscription; Trent subscribes to the entire collection.

Coverage: 
1500 -
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Irregularly

Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment

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Early Encounters in North America contains 1,482 authors and over 100,000 pages of  letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters.  Particular care has been taken to index the material so that it can be used in new ways.  For example, you can identify all encounters between the French and the Huron between 1650 and 1700.

To begin with we needed to define an “encounter” and its key elements. An encounter took place between peoples, at a particular place, at a particular time. We came up with a definition and built a special database from the original materials. This table would, for the first time, allow users to see a chronological table of the major encounters, with one-click access to the primary materials that describe them.

The encounters database was also built to include fielded data indicating the “where, when, who, and what” of each encounter. The user could then consult the encounter database and jump directly to the relevant materials. It made it possible for users to answer perplexing questions with ease – for example, “How do the encounters between the Spanish and the Indians compare with those of the French and the Indians?”

(from the website)

This is an Alexander Street Press database, unique because they provide full text and primary documents. You can browse or search for people, events, encounters, authors, audio/video, places, and years. Link to the full text or image.

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This database includes the images and full text of the documents included.

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1600's to present
Update Frequency: 
Irregularly
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

In this database, click on the symbol for "permalink" at the top of the page to see the persistent link for the item.

Eighteenth Century Journals I & II

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Rare printed British journals, periodicals and newspapers of the long eighteenth century not covered in EEBO, ECCO or Early English Newspapers. All items are full text searchable.

This project brings together rare journals printed between 1693 and 1799 illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Many are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years. They offer effective coverage of the important issues of the period, and are invaluable to the study of all aspects of the eighteenth century, including crime, sport, advertising, the theatre; fashion; politics, revolution; agriculture; social issues and society life.

There are polemics, poetry, letters to the press, reviews of drama and novels, contemporary adverts and essays on almost every conceivable topic.

See the list of titles.

(From the website)

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Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2011).

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1693-1700
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

A persistent link in this database is the link to the .pdf document.

Empire Online

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Empire Online features a wide variety of material including:  Exploration journals and logs; Letter books and correspondence; Periodicals; Diaries; Official Government Papers; Missionary papers; Travel writing; Slave papers; Memoirs; Fiction; Children's Adventure Stories; Traditional folk tales; Exhibition Catalogues and guides; Maps; Marketing Posters; Photographs; and Illustrations, with many in colour.  All of the items featured are covered in their entirety.  All of these have been indexed in detail, enabling students to find relevant materials easily.

The images are sourced from libraries and archives around the world, including a strong core of document images from the British Library.

The project is divided into five sections covering varying aspects of the colonial experience.  These are:

  • Section I: Cultural Contact, 1492-1969
    • manuscript sources such as the diaries and eyewitness accounts of European travellers, correspondence and periodical literature
    • evidence from native populations and indigenous tribes in Africa, India, Canada, Australia and the South Pacific
    • examines how attitudes changed over time as well as the manner in which Europeans worked both with and against indigenous groups in the quest for independence and self-government in the twentieth century
  • Section II: Literature and Empire
    • important texts describing the outreach and impact of colonial endeavour
    • writings by both pro- and anti-imperial authors, by agents of empire, by controllers of empire, and by imperial subjects
    • poetry, prose and drama
  • Section III: The Visible Empire
    • provides photographs and illustrations (over 5% of the images in this section are in colour) that relate to the art, architecture, representations of indigenous peoples, landscapes and natural history of colonial territories throughout the world
    • also focuses on the perception of Empire at home and how Britain was perceived by its visiting colonial subjects
  • Section IV: Religion and Empire
    • features material on encounters with local religious beliefs, missionary work, the development of indigenous churches, and the annexation of existing local beliefs and customs
    • documents on different regions in India and Africa, and on work amongst the Native American Indians in Canada; Maoris, Aborigines and other tribes are covered in records on Australasia and the South Pacific
  • Section V: Race, Class, Imperialism and Colonialism, c1607-2007
    • Colonialism created a new world order in which Europeans asserted their right to intervene and impose conditions of modernity on the subject peoples of their empires. Imperialism as the bearer of modernity, or what the Victorians called the civilising mission, constructed new identities of race, class and gender
    • looks at concepts of America and Imperialism from colonial time to Iraq

(From the website)

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Includes images: maps, photographs, and illustrations.

Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2011).

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1492-2007
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

A persistent link in this database is the link to the .pdf document.

See more information on copyright and linking.

Érudit

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Érudit is a multi-institutional publishing consortium comprised of the Université de Montréal, the Université Laval and the Université du Québec à Montréal that was founded in 1998. It is a non-profit society that offers an innovative model for the promotion and dissemination of Canadian research. It is also one of the five editorial production nodes of Synergies, a national project whose objective is to digitize Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities research.

The consortium Érudit scholarly journals collection includes 59 subscription journals, all of which are licensed by CRKN. The journals are mainly published in French; however there are a few bilingual and English titles.

In addition, Érudit publishes and distributes the following 9 open access journals:

  • Cahiers québécois de démographie
  • Cuizine
  • Drogues, santé et société
  • Enfances, Familles, Générations
  • Environnement urbain / Urban Environment
  • McGill Journal of Education / Revue des sciences de l’éducation de McGill
  • Psychiatrie et violence
  • Revue québécoise de linguistique
  • Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net
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Available through a CRKN agreement for three years from signing of agreement. Renewed Sep 2011.

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Varies by journal.
Update Frequency: 
Ongoing.

Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000

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Women and Social Movements contains the following resources:

  • 91 document projects that interpret and present documents, most of which are not otherwise available online. Each document project poses an interpretive question and provides a collection of documents that address the question. Altogether these document projects provide more than 3,600 documents, approximately 780 images, and over 700 links to other websites. They demonstrate that historical analysis is an interpretive process based on documents. Viewers of the site are encouraged to participate in that interpretive process. We expect to add twelve new document projects annually. Women and Social Movements is also now accepting submissions of document projects for consideration for online publication. See below for more information.
  • More than 150,000 pages of full-text documents pertaining to Women and Social Movements. These materials have been selected by the Editors for their relevance to the focus of the website. We plan to add 5,000 additional pages of documents annually.
  • A dictionary of social movements and organizations.
  • A chronology of U.S. Women's History.
  • Teaching Tools with lesson ideas and document-based questions related to the website's document projects. 

(from the website)

Canadian Women and Social Movements
In October 2009, a special edition for Canadian women was released: Volume 13, Number 2.

Editors for this project included Canadian feminist historians Lara Campbell (Simon Fraser University); Nancy Janovicek (University of Calgary); Tamar Myers (University of British Columbia); and Joan Sangster (Trent University). This issue includes two dedicated document projects on Canadian feminism, one from Trent University faculty members Margaret Hobbs and Susan Wurtele.

This is an Alexander Street database, unique because they provide full text and primary documents. It can be browsed by author, by source, by year, by project, by movement, and chronologically. It also contains a powerful search engine.

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This database has been combined with Primary Sources of the Women's Movement. It includes the full text of the documents included.

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1600 - present
Update Frequency: 
Irregularly

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