The British Columbia Digital
North America Collections: Canada
The focus of this set of links is on collections
of electronic texts (not individual titles) preserved through libraries,
archives, museums and corporate or private initiatives. Listings here are
therefore primarily for the written word as expressed in manuscripts, books and
periodicals, including newspapers. A few non-book digital library collections
are included. Readers wishing further leads to non-book digital content should
consult one of the directories or guides.
Unless indicated, access to these Web sites is free and open to the
See also Digital Collections by
Subject Digital Library Construction Tools:
The national digital library collections of Canada and the
United States contain material
relevant to both countries.
Heritage Gallery Online Books. As of January 2001, under construction with
partial versions of two titles by J.M.S. Careless.
Library: Canadian Documents Collection (Nelson Canada). Chronological and
subject-based list of selected documents in HTML format dating from ca. 1000
BCE to the present day.
- The Champlain
Society Digital Collection. Hosted by the University of Toronto Library.
Digital facsimiles of over 30 books published by the Champlain Society. Date updated: 2008-01-10.
- Early Canadiana
Online. Full-text searchable/browsable collection of monographs (books and
pamphlets) about Canada published up to 1920. The collection is primarily based
on microfilm produced by the Canandian Institute for Historical
Microreproductions (CIHM). For a related national project,
see Our Roots: Canada's Local History Online.
Date updated: 2003-02-07.
- Library and Archives of Canada, Digital Library of Canada: Music,
These three pages contains links to digital content produced by the library
in these subject areas. Date accessed: 2002-10-09. Date added: 2004-04-19.
- Library and Archives Canada, National
Library of Canada Electronic Collection. Date updated:
- Library and Archives Canada, Positioning the National Library of Canada in the Digital Environment: Strategic
Directions contains links to some of the library's
multimedia digital content. Date updated: 2004-04-19.
Roots: Canada's Local History Online (University
of Calgary and Université Laval). Search or browse by author, title or subject
for local history publications digitized from Canadian Institute for Historical
Microreproductions (CIHM)  microfiche and original publications. Publications
selected for Our Roots are not part of the Early Canadiana
Online collection. Date added: 2002-08-27.
Date updated: 2004-07-07.
- TAPoR (Text-Analysis Portal
for Research) Project. Hosted by the University of Alberta and based at McMaster University, TAPoR
consists of a network of six of the leading Humanities computing centres in
Canada: McMaster, University of Victoria (in collaboration with Malaspina
UC), University of Alberta, University of Toronto, Université de Montreal
(law) and University of New Brunswick." Date added: 2002-09-08.
- VisuNET Canada
Digital Library (Canadian National Institute for the Blind Library).
Designed for visually impaired Canadians, VisuNET Canada includes links to free
online libraries of books (VisuTEXT) and serials (VisuNEWS). Full access to the
VisuNET Canada service is restricted to CNIB Library clients.
Provinces and Territories
- Alberta InWord. Edmonton, AB: Archives Society of Alberta. A database of selected, digitized textual records held in Alberta's archival institutions. Parent  URL: http://www.archivesalberta.org/general/database.htm Date accessed: 2004-09-22. Date added: 2004-0-22.
- The Alberta Library (TAL).
" ... a province-wide library consortium that works collaboratively with its members
to promote universal, barrier-free access to the materials and resources in
Alberta's diverse libraries." The
Alberta Library Online (TAL Online) site is where service points and
implemented projects are available to the public. Among its projects are
Virtual Library and the Alberta
Public Library Electronic Network (APLEN). Date accessed: 2003-02-10.
Date added: 2003-02-10.
- Southern Alberta Digital Library Centre. Lethbridge: University of Lethbridge in collaboration with the New Zealand Digital Library Project. Powered by Greenstone Digital Library software. Date accessed: 2007-08-09. Date added: 2007-08-09.
- SunSITE Alberta: University of Alberta Digital Collections. Multimedia collection sourced from various University of Alberta departments and offices, including the University of Alberta Archives. Date accessed: 2004-12-11. Date addsed: 2004-12-11.
- University of Alberta Libraries, Peel's
Prairie Provinces. This database version of Bruce Peel's (1916-1998) Bibliography of the Prairie Provinces (1956
and later editions) includes
links to full-text versions of selected texts. Date accessed: 2002-11-05.
Date added: 2002-11-05.
- University of Alberta, Faculté Saint-Jean, Bibliothèque virtuelle. This
collection consists of transcriptions in Rich Text Format (RTF) files of various literary works by
several French-Canadian authors.
- University of Calgary and others,
Our Future, Our Past: The
Alberta Heritage Digitization Project (Hosted by Canada's Digital Collections,
Industry Canada). Search and browse digital facsimiles of local history books,
historic newspapers, and other published and archival records documenting
- New Tecumseth Public Library, New Tecumseth Digital History. Multimedia
content about New Tecumseth and neighboring  communities in Simcoe County.
Date accessed: 2002-09-16. Date added:
- New Tecumseth Public Library, Sir
Frederick Banting Digital Library. Date accessed: 2002-09-16. Date added:
- Niagara Falls Public Library, Historic Niagara Digital Collections. Multimedia digital facsimile collection of documents,  publications and photographs relating to the history of the Niagara Falls region. Date accessed: 2004-10-07. Date added: 2004-10-07.
- Toronto Public Library, The
Virtual Reference Library. Includes the multimedia Historicity:
Toronto Then and Now and the Toronto
Public Library Digital Collections. Among the text-based collections here are searchable and browsable digital facsimiles of
selected 19th century York and Toronto city directories, and transcriptions of York
Minutes (1797-1823). Date updated: 2008-04-18.
- Ontario Library Association, Ontario
Digital Library. " The Ontario Digital Library is a vision of how publicly assisted libraries in
Ontario can collaborate to create and sustain a partnership that will provide
seamless services and resources to all the citizens of Ontario. While
recognizing the unique responsibilities of public libraries, school libraries,
college and university libraries, the Ontario Digital Library envisions a
digital network of information resources and services that will inter-link and
inter-operate to enable province-wide access to high quality information
Date accessed: 2003-02-10. Date added: 2003-02-10.
- University of Toronto Libraries,
Collections. Includes links to full-text collections developed at the
University of Toronto Libraries, as well as links to Internet/Web electronic
resources. See also Digital Collections by
- University of Toronto Libraries, T-Space, University of Toronto Research Repository. Institutional/digital repository for scholarly work of the university's faculty and students. Date accessed: 2008-02-27. Date added: 2008-02-27.
- University of Waterloo Library,
Electronic Text Center. Includes
links to licensed, restricted access full-text resources, as well as to public
access Internet/Web sites.
- Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, Banque
images et sons: Livres et partitions musicales. Access digitized books
and sheet music in Adobe Acrobat PDF files by author, title, subject or
date. Other digital collections
include over 7,000 illustrations (Revues d'un autre siècle) from selected Quebec periodicals
(L'Opinion publique, Le Monde illustré et L'Album universel) a collection
of photo albums assembled by Édouard-Zotique Massicotte (Les albums de rues Édouard-Zotique Massicotte)
life between 1870 and 1920 around 1,000 maps and plans (cartes et plans), chiefly of the
Quebec area 2,000   sound recordings (enregistrements sonores)
in the RealPlayer format 8,000 postcards (cartes postales) 6,000 art
prints (estampes), and 1,500 posters (affiches).  Date
- Centre interuniversitaire d'études québécoises, Publications en ligne du CIEQ.
Several publications relating to Quebec and international topics can be
downloaded as Adobe Acrobat PDF files. Date accessed: 2002-12-23. Date added:
- McGill University Libraries,
Digital Collections Program. See
also Digital Collections by Subject.
- University of Saskatchewan Library, Digital
Collections. The Saskatchewan News Index includes transcriptions of
selected articles from Saskatchewan newspapers. Date added: 2002-01-23.
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