The History of the Book in Canada project was a substantial research endeavour which was undertaken between May 2000 and March 2007 thanks to a $2.3 million Major Collaborative Research Initiative Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. With the publication of a history of print culture in Canada (three volumes in English and three volumes in French between 2004 and 2007) and the creation of a comprehensive website of electronic resources, the project has made and will continue to make a major contribution to Canadian history.
An editorial team of seven Canadian scholars, assisted by a project manager, led the initiative. Research sites included Dalhousie University, Quebec City, Université de Sherbrooke, McGill University, University of Toronto, University of Regina, and Simon Fraser University where students and post-doctoral fellows assisted with research and writing. Numerous other scholars contributed to the volumes and the databases.
The project hosted six conferences associated with the three volumes (a national open conference and an author conference for each volume), and a one-day colloquium was held in Regina, Saskatchewan to highlight print culture on the Prairies. To mark the conclusion of the project, a major colloquium was held in 2005 in conjunction with the international conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, which was hosted by Dalhousie University.
Recognizing the value of this rich suite of databases for Canadian scholarship, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has accepted the role of hosting and maintaining them on its website, to ensure not only that they will continue to be publicly accessible, but also that they will increase in importance as new records are added and thus contribute significantly to Canadian studies and History of the Book scholarship.