announces 2016 Digital History Essay Prize

February 23, 2016
Contact: Daniel Velarde -

The 2016 Digital History Essay Prize, co-sponsored by and the Canadian Historical Association (CHA), will be awarded to students registered at a Canadian university who demonstrate the most compelling use of digitized historical content in their scholarly research.


Canadiana is a non-profit, member-based organization created in 2008 as the merger of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions and Alouette Canada.'s mandate is to digitize, preserve and improve access to Canada's documentary heritage. It has amassed a collection of 40 million pages of digitized content, made available through an online application platform, and is one of six certified Trustworthy Digital Repositories (TDRs) worldwide. provides researchers with access to large sets of digital primary sources through a variety of online resources, including:

- Early Canadiana Online (http://eco.canadiana.cais a full-text collection of published documentary material, including monographs, government documents, and specialized or mass-market periodicals from the 16th to 20th centuries. 
- The Heritage Project (http://heritage.canadiana.cadraws from the rich corpus of archival microfilm held by Library and Archives Canada, with a focus on fonds from the individuals and organizations that have shaped Canada's history. Politics, arts and literature, labour, military history, aboriginal history and women's history are particular areas of strength.


Prize entries should describe original research conducted with content, and may draw from academic work submitted for credit in the current or previous academic years. Submissions may be written in essay format or as an annotated bibliography of select sources that made a significant contribution to the student’s understanding of Canada’s past.

Each account must be no longer than 1,000 words. Please include your name, institution, program and year of study.


Up to four winning entries will receive prizes of $300 at the June 2016 CHA Annual Meeting.


Contestants must be enrolled full-time at the undergraduate or graduate level in history or a related discipline; research showcased in the essay must be primarily concerned with the history of Canada.

Submissions deadline

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 15 April 2016. Please send an electronic copy of your submission (MS Word or PDF) to


Winning entries will be published by in whole or in part. Submission of an essay implies consent of the author to allow to edit and publish the entry.