Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Historical Online Newspapers in Canada

I was having an email conversation the other day with a friend out in BC, and she was saying what a nice newspaper collection that the University of British Columbia has accumulated.

It got me thinking about newspapers and their importance in finding out local history of a place. So I put together this list.

Here is my attempt at summarizing the sites of digitized newspapers on the Internet -

British Columbia Historical Newspapers Project - www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2011/11/07/historical-b-c-newspapers-digitized-by-ubc library FREE! The site contains more than 45,000 pages of 24 historical BC newspapers. The newspapers date from 1865 to 1924.

Nova Scotia Historical Newspapers Online - http://librariesns.ca/content/newspaper-digitization FREE! The Halifax at Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management, and in Sydney at the Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University has put on the Internet over 19,000 pages of digitized newspaper content from sixteen newspapers dating from 1769 to 1991.

OurOntario.ca Community Newspapers - http://ink.ourontario.ca FREE! Thirty newspapers are digitized, with a special emphasis on historical newspapers from Kingston, Ontario.

Peel’s Praries Provinces (Newspapers) - http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers FREE! Over 80 western historical newspapers have been digitized.

The Early Alberta Newspaper Collection - www.ourfutureourpast.ca/newspapr FREE! Our Future, Our Past: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project is a project from the University of Calgary. The collection contains editions from 1880 to 1950.

Manitoba Newspapers - http://manitobia.ca/content/en/newspaperslist FREE!  Contains over 30 newspapers. You can search by years and months, with some newspapers going up to the present-day.

Connecting Canada: Canada’s Multicultural Newspapers Beta Website - www.connectingcanadians.org/?q=en/content/home FREE! The collection contains Croatian, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Serbian, Ukrainian, Serbo-Croatian, Latvian, and Lithuanian newspapers.

French-Canadian Newspapers: An Essential Historical Source (1808-1919) - www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/canadian-newspapers-french/index-e.html  FREE! These are 230 newspaper titles from French-Canadian communities across Canada.

Digital collection: Newspapers - www.banq.qc.ca/collections/collection_numerique/index.html?language_id=1&categorie=6 -
FREE! These newspaper are at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, and are published in French only.

There may have been some collections that I have missed. If you come across some other collections that have been put on the Internet and are FREE!, please let me know at genealogycanada@aol.com.

Tomorrow's Post - Histoire de Bourgeois - the genealogy and stories of Bourgeois' of Acadian descent


Jess P said...

Hi Elizabeth,

what a great idea this is! Just want to point out that Our Ontario also has a beta news portal that aggregates more than 1.25 pages, index and genealogical records and other newspaper content from more than 25 contributors. Try this site too: http://www.ourontario.ca/demo/News.html.


Jess Posgate

Our Ontario Project Coordinator

Elizabeth Lapointe said...

Thank you for your comment, Jess.

The newspapers that you have already on Our Ontario is a great resource.

I will look at the beta news portal, and include that also.