February 12, 2013

Early Canadiana Online Updates - February 2013

Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada
Canadiana.org 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, Canadiana.org 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, Canadiana.org 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.  Canadiana.org will also ensure long-term preservation and online access to these digitized newspapers through theCanadiana 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 L├ęger Digital Library, produced and hosted by Canadiana.org, 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.

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 WorldNew 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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