New collections coming to Canadiana

It's been some time since we shared with you future plans for our digital projects. So we are excited to be able to tell you that over the next several months Canadiana will be adding several new collections: Genealogy and Local History; the First World War, and The Cookbook collections.

With the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI soon to be upon us, we expect that the First World War collection will be a popular one, both among historians and the general public alike. Already you can find a small, but significant and evolving, collection of WW1 titles in Early Canadiana Online (ECO).

We also believe the Genealogy and Local History collection will become a favourite among those conducting family research. Indeed even before the Genealogy collection has been launched, genealogists already point to our existing collections, both ECO and the Canadiana Discovery Portal, as note-worthy sources for their research. See, for instance, acclaim for these collections from Family Tree Magazine in their Sept. 2012 issue.

And those interested in culinary history will be pleased to hear that later next year we will be adding a third new collection: Cookbooks.

As always, for all collections, we aim to include not only the standard, seminal works, but as well, to go that extra mile and flush out the unique, rare documents not easily found elsewhere, as libraries across Canada and the USA open their vaults and generously share their treasures with us.

We are also busy updating long-standing and heavily used ECO collections such as Native Studies, Women’s History, and Health and Medicine. These collections currently include only books published before 1900, but we will now be adding a selection of titles published in the first half of the 20th century. 

Rest assured that, in spite of adding lots of new content in these other areas, our current ongoing main digital project—Early Canadian Periodicals—will continue to progress at full steam.  We have just finished scanning Everywoman’s World (the most widely-read magazine in Canada during the First World War) and now are in the midst of digitizing 20th century issues of The Canadian Magazine. This latter magazine began in 1893 and continued for over 40 years – an impressive feat of longevity in a small market such as Canada’s. The Canadian Magazine covered a diverse range of topics and often included original contributions from some of Canada’s best creative minds—poets Bliss Carman and E. Pauline Johnson; authors L.M. Montgomery and Nelly McClung; Group of Seven artists Arthur Lismer, A.Y. Jackson and J.E.H. MacDonald, and cartoonist J.W. Bengough. You can expect to see these, (and dozens more magazines) appearing in ECO later in the year. (Note: As a bit of a preview, 19th century issues of The Canadian Magazine can already be viewed in ECO.)

And so those are our plans for the next several months. Stay tuned for future updates!