Canadiana Bulletin - February 2013

  Vol. 11, No. 1   February 2013   

Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada and the Library of Parliament have announced a five-year collaborative effort to expand online access to the debates of the Parliament of Canada. This open-access service will support full-text searching of historical parliamentary debates in both official languages, bringing out massive amounts of new information for civic and scholarly analysis.



National Capital Commission Digital Library

Towards the end of 2012, and the National Capital Commission (NCC) launched a project to digitize historic photographs and photographic slides held within the NCC library. These images have significant historic value and their digitization will permit far easier and faster access by NCC planners and architects.



A New Partnership in Newspaper Digitization

In collaboration with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and partners across the country, is accelerating its work in digitizing historic newspapers. Access to LAC's newspaper collection, which contains microfilm records of thousands of newspapers across Canada, will allow us to keep digitization costs and processing times at a minimum. will also ensure long-term preservation and online access to these digitized newspapers through the Canadiana Discovery Portal. These additional services are offered at a minimal premium to the basic digitization cost.



Canada Treaty Series

Over the next few months the Jules Léger Digital Library, produced and hosted by, will acquire roughly 45,000 pages from the Canada Treaty Series, the core collection of diplomatic documents signed by Canada with other nations. This project is part of an ongoing effort to digitize, preserve, and provide online access to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s most valuable documents.


Local history 

Growth of collections: Periodicals and Local Histories

Digitization efforts between November 2012 and January 2013 have added more than 131,000 pages of original primary source materials to Early Canadiana Online. This new content is fairly evenly divided between the Early Canadian Periodicals project (over 1,500 periodical issues) and the upcoming Genealogy and Local History project, and features historically-significant magazines such as The Canadian Magazine and Everywoman’s World. New source documents in genealogy and local history include dozens of published family histories, such as La Famille Margane de Lavaltrie; local histories, such as The History of the County of Lennox and Addington; and a large selection of voter’s lists.



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