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Repertory of Regional and Provincial Databases for Canadian History

Atlantic Provinces

Archives Council of Prince Edward Island
This database describes archival holdings held in repositories across Prince Edward Island. In 2004 the database included more than 1,000 descriptions from six member institutions.
 
Atlantic Canada Virtual Archives
This bilingual website features collections of digitized documents and images, accompanied by learning activities and commentary on Loyalist Women in New Brunswick 1783-1827, Black Loyalists 1783-1854, Aboriginal Land Petitions in New Brunswick.
 
New Brunswick Archives
The New Brunswick Archives Website includes a search tool of government documents such as Births, Marriages, Deaths, a search tool of Exhibits and Educational Tools, a Genealogy section, and other research tools.
 
Newfoundland and Labrador Archives
This website provides an overview of the collections, a description of archive services, and a view of the exhibits offered.
 
Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management
Search the Virtual Archives or the Archives Catalogue for Exhibits, Resource Guides, Databases, or Genealogy Research on this website.
 
Québec
 
Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec
 
Morrin Centre and Heritage Site
The Morrin Centre is the cultural portal to the heritage of English-speakers in Quebec City. It is also a heritage site that historically housed two prisons and a Scottish college. It provides a good virtual tour of the museum collection.
 
Ontario
 
Archives of Ontario
This bilingual website includes many features of interest to Canadian history teachers including an images database, several high quality online exhibits, and an education and outreach section that has instructions on how to teach using primary sources, and sample lesson plans that utilize resources in the archives.
 
Archives of Ontario Visual Database
A selection of images drawn from the holdings of the Archives of Ontario.
 
Prairie Provinces
 
Glenbow Museum Archives
The Glenbow Archives, Canada's largest non-governmental archival repository, has extensive holdings of unpublished documents and photographs related to the history of Western Canada and houses a wide-ranging collection of unpublished archival records (such as diaries, letters, minute books, photographs, scrapbooks, speeches, membership lists, films, and sound recordings) for over 3,000 individuals, families, clubs, businesses, schools, and organizations in Calgary, southern Alberta and Western Canada that date from the 1860’s to the 1990’s. Areas of specialty include First Nations (especially Blackfoot), Mounted Police, pioneer life, ranching and agriculture, the petroleum industry, politics (especially the farmers' movement), labour and unions, women, the arts (especially theatre), and businesses.
 
Hudson’s Bay Company Archives
The Hudson's Bay Company Archives (HBCA), a division of the Archives of Manitoba, is home to the records of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). This website provides information about the HBC Archives, how to search the HBC Archival holdings (in Winnipeg or from afar) and how to visit the archives.
 
Landmarks, Monuments and Built Heritage of The West (University of Manitoba)
Features digitized archival records pertaining to landmarks, monuments, and the various architectural designs that have helped shape Western Canada.
 
Manitoba Archives
The Manitoba Archives website provides information about visiting the archives, searching the archival holdings, researching from a distance, copies and reproductions, the microfilm program, and conducting family history research.
 
Manitoba Life and Times
The Manitobia.ca project is an initiative of the Manitoba Library Consortium to gather and make accessible a wealth of historically significant documents and publications free of charge to Canadians. Manitobia.ca aims to record the early development of the province and its people by becoming the perfect place to find a rich archive of newspapers, first-hand accounts from letters, memoirs and diaries, drawings, maps, and photos. Historic topics investigated on the site include the Founding of Manitoba, Immigration and Settlement, the Manitoba Schools Question, WWI at Home, Women Win the Vote, and the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. Each of the topics features written text, photograph galleries, maps, and primary and secondary sources.
 
Peel's Prairie Provinces
Peel's Prairie Provinces is a resource dedicated to assisting scholars, students, and researchers in their exploration of western Canadian history and the culture of the Canadian prairies. This website contains both an online bibliography of books, pamphlets, and other materials, as well as a searchable full-text collection of over 7,200 digitized titles and over 10,000 newspaper issues to May 2009. Many of the items date back to the earliest days of exploration in the region and include a vast range of material dealing with every aspect of the settlement and development of the Canadian West.
 
Provincial Archives of Alberta
The main website of the Provincial Archives of Alberta includes the opportunity to search the holdings, view the online exhibits and educational resources, or learn about their reference services.
 
Provincial Archives of Alberta: “Photographs—If Only They Could Speak”
The Provincial Archives of Alberta includes 14,000 images that introduce students and teachers to the role that photographs can play in understanding the past. The website is organized into three main sections: in section one, students are taught how to read photographs; in section two, students can apply their knowledge of reading photographs to completing educational modules on Canadian history topics of interest for elementary, middle or secondary students (e.g. immigration, ranching, the railway, colonialism, religion); the third section allows viewers to search the 14,000 image database by keyword topic.
 
Saskatchewan Archives
This website provides information to the public about the archives’ History Magazine, its Services to the Public including Collections, and Research and Reference Services, and links to other important provincial and federal archives.
 
British Columbia
 
BC Archives
These archives of the government of British Columbia provide research access to records of enduring value to the province for both the provincial government and public researchers. The website includes information about its collection, research guides, and online exhibits.
 
BC Archives Presents the Amazing Time Machine
The British Columbia Archives Time Machine is a part of the BC Archives website, and its purpose is to provide accessibility to British Columbia historical documents, images, and other multimedia information in a format designed for school-age children. The time machine includes eleven different topics in BC history, each one designed for a different age group of students from kindergarten to grade 11. Topics include Families, Communities, First Nations’ Art, Cariboo Gold Rush, Multiculturalism, Social Institutions, Resource Development, Women, and Art. Each topic includes narrative text and various images and other historical sources from the BC Archives collection.
 
BC Historical Newspapers Project
Historical newspapers dating from 1865 to 1924 from around the province with more than 45,000 pages chronicling BC's past are available for free online viewing. The publications are mostly from smaller BC towns and districts.
 
British Colonist
This website contains all British Colonist newspapers (also called the Daily British Colonist, the Daily Colonist, and other variants) from its first issue in 1858 to June 1910. The newspapers can be accessed online and feature several zooming options to aid their readability.
 
Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871
This digital archive contains original correspondence between the British Colonial Office and the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
 
Territories
 
Northwest Territories Archives from the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
NWT Archives includes an online High Resolution Photo Gallery of over 2,000 high resolution categorized photographs, the NWT Archives Databases of over 40,000 photographs searchable through an online database, and several online exhibits including the NWT Historical Timeline which documents the history of the NWT from 1700 to 2000 and includes explanations and descriptions of key events and time periods, artifacts, photos, audio, documents, maps, and video.
 
Nunavut Archives
This organization is responsible for the written, spoken and visual records of the Government of Nunavut, and for acquiring, preserving and ensuring public access to other records of significance to the human history of the territory.
 
Yukon Archives
This site provides access to the Yukon’s documentary heritage by offering a descriptive database, online exhibits, an image database, a library and a genealogy section.