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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.
The Canadiana collection contains over 19 million pages (96,000 titles) of digitized historical publications, including monographs, serials, and government publications. The collection is largely composed of materials published prior to 1921, including content digitized from the Canadian Institute for Historic Microreproductions (CIHM) microfiche series.
Early Encounters in North America
Prints, drawings, paintings, maps, bibliographies, letters, and photographs documenting the relationships among peoples in North America from 1534-1850. It includes perspectives of explorers, Indigenous peoples, missionaries, officials, slaves, soldiers, and traders.
A collection of oral history interviews captured by the Burnaby Historical Society, conducted predominantly throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Archival holdings consist of a variety of records that document the city's history, including: City of Vancouver government records (public records); records of non-government organizations, businesses and individuals (private records); and visual records including historic photographs, maps, artwork, pamphlets, 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 (University of British Columbia)
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, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company.
British Columbia Regional Digitized History
B.C.R.D.H. is the parent of two regional aggregate collections: Digitized Okanagan History (2017 - present) and Kootenay/Columbia Digitized History (2019 - present). Together, these aggregate collections represent historical, primary source, and archival materials housed in community heritage institutions throughout the Okanagan, Shuswap, Similkameen, Boundary, West Kootenay, East Kootenay, and Columbia regions of British Columbia’s southern interior.
SFU archives acquires three major categories of materials: official records of the University; materials documenting the wider University community; and private historical research collections.
British Columbia image collections
A collection of images that record 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.
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.
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
A collection containing more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration.
This collection is comprised of full-length interviews with notable activists in British Columbia's labour movement on topics ranging from experiences at work, picket lines, strikes and rallies, to organizing unions and negotiating and bargaining collective agreements, as well as shorter interviews based on historic labour events in B.C. The collection includes memories from pre-World War II through to today, as well as reflections on the current state of the labour movement.
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 War Poster Collection (McGill University)
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.
A collection of more than 500 Canadian online community heritage projects funded by Digital Museums Canada.
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.