Early Canadiana Online

Early Canadiana Online is the first large-scale online collection of Canadian print heritage, including material published from the time of the first European settlers to the first decades of the 20th century. ECO currently offers 10 online collections totalling over four million pages and is continually expanding.

Early Canadiana Online Collections

Early Canadian PeriodicalsEarly Canadian Periodicals

The collection contains digitized pre-1920 Canadian periodicals. It includes titles on a wide range of topics pertaining to agriculture, religion, medicine and health, as well as popular publications. These early periodicals offer a remarkable record of the development of thought and opinion on diverse issues of the nation in its formative years and even bring online the first magazine published in Canada, The Nova Scotia Magazine (1789-1792). Many of Canada's initial prominent poets, novelists, scientists and great minds were first known through their works published in periodicals.

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Early Official Publications
Early Official Publications

The Early Official Publications collection includes over 2 million digitized pages of historical pre-1901 colonial and federal government documents, including the Journals and Appendices of all the elected houses and assemblies for colonies that make up present-day Canada. The collection also includes government acts, bills, committee reports, court rules, debates, journals, ordinances, a selection of official publications from France and Great Britain, sessional papers, regulations, royal commission reports, and treaties.

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Women's History

Women's History
The early published writings of Canadian women authors, as well as Canadian publications written about women or women's issues. The collection covers many genres, including memoirs, diaries and collected letters, drama, exploration and travellers' accounts, printed ephemera, political pamphlets, and much more. Comprised of books published from 1677 to 1900, and from a variety of countries (Canada, France, United Kingdom, United States).

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Early Governors General of Canada
Early Governors General of Canada

This collection consists of 60 publications focused on the lives of the early Governors General of Canada.

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Hudson's Bay Company
Hudson's Bay Company

Canadiana.org has partnered with the Hudson's bay Company to bring 160 titles in 20,000 pages online that detail the rich history of the Hudson's Bay Company, one of the oldest and still-active companies in the world.

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Jesuit Relations
Jesuit Relations

The Jesuit Relations is a 73-volume set of books, 22,500 pages, in the original Italian, Latin and French with commentary and translation into English by Reuben Thwaites (1853-1913). Most of the Relations are annual missionary reports written between 1632 and 1678 by the Jesuits in New France for their superiors in France. Through their Relations, the Jesuits provide details of colonial life during the French regime in Canada.

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Health and Medicine
Health and medicine

This evolving collection consists of periodicals relating to the field of health and medicine. From Journal de médecine de Québec / The Quebec medical journal (1826-27) to the Maritime Medical News (1881-1910), this collection covers almost 100 years of medical thought, news, practice and research in Canada, with a focus on public health, human anatomy, promotion of health, pharmacology, diet, physical fitness, dentistry, surgery, obstetrics, childbirth, paediatrics, and more.

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English Canadian LIterature

English Canadian Literature
Collected within are thousands of Canadian works of fiction written in English: drama, songs, and poetry, as well as biography, travel literature and exploration accounts. Comprised of books published from 1697 to c. 1940, and from a variety of countries (Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland).

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History of French Canada

History of French Canada
Roughly 1,000 French-language books relating to the history of French settlement and French culture in Canada. These books were published from 1575 to the early 20th century, in a variety of countries (Canada, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands). Topics include: the discovery and exploration of Canada; religious works, including those of the Jesuits; history of Acadia; First Nations settlements; scholarly writings on the French language; French Canadian songs and poems; education; biographies; geography; politics; law; social life and customs; commerce, and natural resources.

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Native Studies
Native Studies

These titles relate to the history and culture of Canada’s aboriginal peoples. The collection features titles in a variety of languages (Micmac, Iroquois, Mohawk, Chipewyan, Nootka, Chinook, Ojibwa, etc.). Here you will find writings on: customs, folklore, spirituality, history, languages, treaties, battles, biographies, relations with the government, cultural assimilation, education, etc.

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