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LAC Collection on Politics and Government

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A Real Companion and Friend: The Diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King
This Web site serves to introduce King's extensive diary to contemporary readers, an invaluable record of Canada's political and social history during six formative and crucial decades.

Records of the Department of Public Works (RG 11) (Thematic Guide)
This guide consists of strategies and advice for conducting research into the records of the Department of Public Works (RG 11).

Records on the Immigration of Domestics (Thematic Guide)
This guide consists of general and specific references to government sources as well as a selected bibliography relating to the immigration of non-agricultural domestic servants to Canada after Confederation.

ARCHIVED - Red and Black Series
The records of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs' Red and Black Series are an incredible historical resource. They contain information pertaining to all aspects of human history, culture and language, exploration and land settlement, and resource development. They also provide documentation of the vast changes that took place in the Canadian federal government between 1872 and 1923. The remaining Red Series and the entire Black Series will be digitized in the upcoming year and added to this database.

Rideau Canal (Thematic Guide)
This guide consists of specific and general archival references as well as a selected bibliography on the construction, operation and maintenance of the Rideau Canal. References are divided into two periods: construction and post-construction.

Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters & Sciences 1949-1951
The Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences, often referred to as the 'Massey Commission', was established by Privy Council Order on April 8, 1949 and was chaired by the Honourable Vincent Massey, who later became the first native-born Governor General of Canada. This site incorporates the full text of the Commission's 1951 Report in English and French.

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Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead
Over 1,159,000 men and women served in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War (1939-1945); 44,093 lost their lives. This research tool provides access to references to their service files in the Department of National Defence Fonds (RG 24).

Ship - Empress of Ireland (Thematic Guide)
This guide consists of specific references to sources on the Empress of Ireland. The Empress of Ireland was launched in 1906 and had a fine reputation as one of Canadian Pacific's most luxurious ships. On May 29, 1914, it struck the Norwegian collier S.S. Storstad and sank within fifteen minutes. Over 1,000 people were lost and it remains one of the worst shipping disasters in Canadian history.

Shipwreck Investigations
The Shipwreck Investigations Web exhibition provides direct access to a database of digitized marine casualty investigation records. These federal documents record proceedings of official shipwreck investigations conducted by the Marine Branch of the Department of Marine and Fisheries.

ARCHIVED - Sir John A. Macdonald: Canada's Patriot Statesman
Sir John A. Macdonald: Canada's Patriot Statesman is a tribute to this great Canadian. As well as presenting an exhibition of photographs, documentary art and other unique records held at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), this Web project introduces tens of thousands of pages from Macdonald's political papers and correspondence that will be made available online for the first time in 2008, enabling all Canadians to learn about Macdonald's life, career and legacy.

Sir John A. Macdonald: Canada's Patriot Statesman
Sir John A. Macdonald was the first Prime Minister of Canada, serving from 1867 to 1873 and from 1878 until his death on June 6, 1891. This research tool provides access to more than 17,000 references to the Sir John A. Macdonald fonds (MG 26-A). This fond consists of political and personal papers divided into subject files, correspondence files, legal and financial papers, family papers and letterbooks.

Soldiers of the First World War - CEF
Over 600,000 Canadians enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918). The CEF database is an index to those personnel files, which are held by Library and Archives Canada. To date, over 800,000 images of Attestation papers have been scanned and are being made available on-line.

Soldiers of the South African War, 1899 - 1902
The South African War, 1899-1902, is a key event in the military history of Canada. It marked the first occasion for which Canada dispatched troops to an overseas war. A total of 7,368 Canadians and 12 Nursing Sisters served in South Africa. This research tool brings together three groups of records pertaining to the South African War: the service files, medal registers and land grant applications.

South African War (Thematic Guide)
This guide is intended to provide researchers with an introduction to government records held by Library and Archives Canada on Canadian participation in the South African War. It contains references from various military fonds, as well as some additional references to other archival material and government publications.

Spanish Flu Epidemic (Thematic Guide)
This guide consists of specific archival references relating to the Spanish influenza epidemic in Canada, 1918-1919.

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Theses Canada
This is your central access point for Canadian theses and information about the Theses Canada program. From here you will be able to: search AMICUS, Canada's national online catalogue, for bibliographic records of all theses in Library and Archives Canada's theses collection, which was established in 1965; access and search the full text electronic versions of numerous Canadian theses and dissertations; rind out everything you need to know about Theses Canada, including how to find a thesis, how our program works, information on copyright and much more.

ARCHIVED - Through a Lens: Dieppe in Photography and Film
This Web site explores the raid on Dieppe through photographs and films selected from the holdings of Library and Archives Canada.  

Trans-Canada Highway (Thematic Guide)
This guide consists of specific references to government sources on to the Trans-Canada Highway.

Treaties, Surrenders and Agreements
This series of documents is part of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development fonds, and consists of various treaties, surrenders and agreements.
At this time, all 524 documents contained in this series have been digitized in black and white from microfilm copies, and are searchable in this database.

ARCHIVED - Treaty 8: 1899-1999
First negotiated in late June 1899, Treaty 8 embraced an area in northwestern Canada. It was not only the largest land settlement undertaken by the Canadian government with First Nations, but also the first to recognize that the "aboriginal title" of Indians and Métis are co-existent.

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ARCHIVED - Under a Northern Star
Under a Northern Star presents seven unique collections held at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) that document the diverse historical experience of African Canadians. The collections include historical papers that contextualize the life and work of persons who fought against slavery and racism, built settlements, and flourished as early Canadians.

Unidentified Flying Objects (Thematic Guide)
This guide consists of specific references to government sources on Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

Upper Canada and Canada West Naturalization Records
Before 1947, foreigners could petition for naturalization. Library and Archives Canada holds several naturalization registers for Upper Canada/Canada West (now Ontario), for the years 1828 to 1850 only, organized by year within each county. This research tool contains 3,344 references.

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Victory Bonding: Wartime Messages from Canada's Government, 1939-1945
Victory Bonding, an exhibition of wartime communications produced by Canadian government departments and agencies, draws on vivid archival treasures and our published heritage to bring back memories of Canada's war years - to remember homefront efforts along with sacrifices on the battlefields.

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ARCHIVED - War Diaries of the First World War
This database contains the digitised War Diaries of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) units. From the start of the First World War, CEF units were required to maintain a daily account of their “Actions in the Field.” This log was called a War Diary. The War Diaries are not personal diaries, rather they are a historical record of a unit's administration, operations and activities during the First World War.

Western Land Grants, 1870-1930
This database relates exclusively to Letters Patent issued by the Lands Patent Branch of the Department of the Interior. The records refer to grants issued in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the railway belt of British Columbia, c. 1870-1930.

"Without Fear, Favour, or Affection:" The Men of the North West Mounted Police
This virtual exhibition includes many rare archival documents and photographs, as well as a searchable database of more than 4,000 members who served between 1873 and 1904 in the North West Mounted Police, the precursor of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Written in Stone: William E. Logan and the Geological Survey of Canada
William E. Logan, Canada's first great scientist, was the founder and first director of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC). Written in Stone allows researchers the opportunity to retrace his steps and mine his documentary legacy without having to leave the comfort of their desks.