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Online Local History and Canadiana Resources

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Archives of Ontario
The Archives of Ontario hold a vast collection of resources pertaining to Ontario and its people. The collection includes records, audio visual materials and vital statistics.

Canadiana
The Canadiana Discovery Portal is a free service that searches the digital collections of libraries, museums and archives from across Canada.
Early Canadiana Online is a digital library that offers over three million pages published from the time of European settlement to the early 20th century. Preview pages are free. Complete full-text is by subscription.

City of Toronto Archives
The City of Toronto Archives hold government and non-government documents, including photographs pertaining to the city’s heritage. These documents are described in the database, but to access them entirely, users will have to visit the Archives.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography
The database includes online biographies of persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years. The DCB is a major research and publishing project launched by the University of Toronto and the Université Laval in 1959.

Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. It includes over one million texts as well as moving images, audio files and web pages.

Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada collect and preserve Canada's documentary heritage, and makes it accessible to all Canadians. This heritage includes publications, archival records, sound and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents such as websites.

Our Ontario
The site links hundreds of digital collections from across Ontario in a single search page. It sources newspapers, government documents, photographs, maps, videos and other media. For Ontario newspapers and an index to The Mississauga News from 1999 to 2009, go to Ontario Community Newspapers. Search the GovDocs Portal for documents from the Legislative Library.

Our Roots
Our Roots provides easy access to unique Canadian heritage materials. According to the website the materials are “Written by Canadians, for Canadians,” showcasing our local history.

Peel Art Gallery, Museum +Archives
PAMA is a key research centre for the history of Peel Region and a venue for exhibits and events. The Archives features maps, photographs, letters, business records and government documents related to Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.







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