Ontario Local and Family History
Ontarians are jealously proud of their local and family history, but this history remains largely inaccessible to scholar and folklorist alike, hoarded in small libraries and archives from one corner of the vast province to the other. In response to member feedback, Canadiana.org has substantially bolstered collection efforts in this area, providing and enhancing access to materials that chronicle the rich historical texture of settlement, industry, culture and local government in Upper Canada and early Ontario.
Canadian Advertising Art
Each week, we publish image sets from the newest Early Canadiana Onlinetitles on Flickr and Facebook, platforms that support sharing, visualization, and community feedback. This latest series showcases advertising from lavishly-illustrated Canadian magazines, digitized and preserved as part of the Early Canadian Periodicals project.
Learning From Primary Sources
This guide by York University librarian Vivienne Monty advises teachers on how to work with historical documents to help students read the past in its own context, a critical component to good research. Presenting students with challenges to understanding, and then showing them how to interpret these documents through reference sources and other documents, is an important pedagogical exercise.
Landmark Mass-market Magazines
The British Columbia Fruit and Farm Magazine courted settlers and investors in BC agriculture, most notably in the lush Okanagan Valley fruit farms whose products symbolized the province as a “land of plenty.” This magazine was typical of the agricultural publications that remained dominant in Canada until the 1940s, when farmers began to decline as a serious political and demographic power.
The Canadian Magazine launched in 1893 and continued for over 40 years – an impressive feat of longevity in a small market like Canada’s! It explored a diverse range of topics through 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 legendary cartoonist J.W. Bengough.
Everywoman’s World was the most widely-read magazine in Canada by the First World War and also the first Canadian magazine to breach the 100,000 household subscription threshold. Its pages include original writings from L.M. Montgomery, Nellie McClung and Stephen Leacock, among others.
Early Canadian Periodicals is Canadiana.org’s project to identify, digitize, archive, and provide access to all Canadian periodicals published before 1920.