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Primary Sources: Canadian

Primary Source Documents - Canadian

Canada History

This site contains many links as well as primary documents. The information is organized by topic and by era.

Canadian Pamphlets

Pre 1930 Canadian pamphlets on many topics. Primary Documents

Canada's Human Rights History - Primary Sources

Human Rights in Canada: A Historical Perspective - Women's Rights

Primary Sources - Canadian

Canadiana.orgAccess Canada's documentary heritage content through two resources: Early Canadiana Online and the Canadiana Discovery Portal.


Peel's Prairie ProvincesAn online bibliography of materials related to the development of the Prairies with selected full text

Pursuit of Adventure: The Fur Trade in Canada and the North West Company:  From McGill U. Maps, letters (includes transcription of text) and other digital replications of fur trade history.

Repertory of Online Collections of Primary Sources: Specific Topics in Canadian History:  Gateway to a variety of primary and secondary source collections focusing on significant events, time periods and topics in Canadian history: maps, photographs, diaries, letters, paintings, posters, newspapers, political cartoons, official documents, oral history, film, audio interviews and recordings, monographs.

Featured Websites

Archives Canada: Your Gateway to Canada's Past

Use the View option halfway down the main screen to look at digital collection images.

Archives Association of British Columbia

Canada in the Making: Primary Sources

News Sources

CBC Digital Archives

This site contains selected television and radio footage from the Archives of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The collection dates back to 1927 and includes news footage and interviews.

Democracy at War:  Canadian Newspapers and the Second World War

This collection of more than 144,000 Canadian newspaper articles includes news stories and editorials that document every aspect of the war.

Oral Histories, Diaries, Letters

Canadian Letters and Images Project

An online archive of the Canadian war experience, as told through the letters and images of Canadians themselves. The collection includes correspondence, diaries, photographs, postcards, and other miscellaneous items.