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See Primary sources: SFU Library Databases for a list of primary sources in alphabetical order.
A collection of images that records the arts and architecture of the various First Nations of the Pacific Northwest.
Contains annotated links to online historical photograph databases and galleries featured on archival web sites in British Columbia.
A collection of oral history interviews captured by the Burnaby Historical Society, conducted predominantly throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Archives holdings include:
- City of Vancouver government records (public records)
- Records of non-government organizations, businesses and individuals (private records)
- Visual records including historic photographs, maps, etc.
A digital archive of original correspondence between the British Colonial Office and the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, covering the period from 1846 - 1871.
The Chung Collection - UBC Library
The Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection contains more than 25,000 rare and unique items (documents, books, maps, posters, paintings, photographs, silver, glass, ceramic ware and other artifacts), grouped by various themes, including Early British Columbia History, Immigration and Settlement (with particular focus on the Chinese immigrant population in Vancouver) and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company.
SFU archives acquires three major categories of materials:
- Official records of the University
- Materials documenting the wider University community
- Private historical research collections
Archives Canada is an official archival portal maintained by The Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) and is a joint initiative of CCA, the Provincial – Territorial Archival Networks, and Library and Archives Canada. Use the View option halfway down the main screen to look at digital collection images.
Canada in the Making
This site is about the history of Canada through the words of the men and women who shaped the nation. Built around the Government Documents collection of the Early Canadiana Online collection, it integrates narrative text with links to primary source texts.
Canadian History: On-Line Texts, Document and Image Collections
A list of Canadian digital collections currently available on the web. The collections are from various regions of Canada and include documents and images.
Canadiana Discovery Portal
This site enables users to search across the valuable and diverse digital collections of Canada's libraries, museums, and archives.
A collection of digital resources on Manitoba history that features newspapers, letters, memoirs and diaries, drawings, maps and photos - all of which record the early development of the province.
Included in this web site are an extensive range of Collections, the majority in a language other than English. Material types include audio files, published text such as books and newspapers, unpublished text such as manuscript documents, photographs, and ephemeral items such as identity cards.
Book & pamphlet collections
Canadian Pamphlets and Broadsides
A large collection of pre-1930 Canadian pamphlets and broadsides. The collection includes advertisements, campaign literature, protest leaflets, cultural event advertisements, and other ephemera from all regions of Canada.
Early Canadiana Online
Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a full text, searchable, online collection of more than 3,000 books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century.
1,500 plays by women from the United States and Canada written from colonial times to the present.
This site contains selected television and radio footage from the Archives of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The collection dates back to 1927 and includes news footage and interviews.
This collection of more than 144,000 Canadian newspaper articles includes news stories and editorials that document every aspect of the war.
Searchable full-text of the Globe and Mail from 1844-2001. Includes major events in Canadian history, plus thousands of images, advertisements, and political cartoons dating back to the pre-confederation era.
Oral histories, diaries, letters, narratives, etc.
A collection containing more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration.
An online archive of the Canadian war experience, as told through the letters and images of Canadians themselves. The collection includes correspondence, diaries, photographs, postcards, and other miscellaneous items.
Barren Lands Digital Collection
This site documents two exploratory surveys of the Barren Lands region west of Hudson Bay, in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan and the area now known as Nunavut. The collection includes over 5,000 images from original field notebooks, correspondence, photographs, maps and published reports.
Canadian Heritage Gallery
A substantial list of Canadian image collections. The site covers various subject areas including geography, natural resources, urban and rural architecture, transportation, first nations, and war. Some of the images date back to the 1500s and include photographs, drawings, and maps.
Canadian War Poster Collection - McGill Library
A digitized collection of some 250 Canadian posters from the two World Wars. The website features descriptions and images each poster, an artist index, and a search facility.
The Virtual Museum of Canada's Image Gallery contains thousands of images including historic photos, paintings, and artefacts.
Music and film sources
National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
The NFB's online Screening Room provides free home viewing of over 700 productions, films, trailers and clips from the NFB's world-renowned collection. Coverage ranges from historical films dating back to 1928 to current contemporary releases, including award-winning documentaries, animation and fiction.