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ARCHIVED - Multicultural Resources and Services

Archived Content

This archived Web page remains online for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. This page will not be altered or updated. Web pages that are archived on the Internet are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards. As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats of this page on the Contact Us page.

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There are a wide range of archival materials on the web for multicultural communities. Paper finding aids on a variety of topics (eg. Greek Immigration) are also available for use.

Living Memory: Archival History site - Newcomers to Canada

A site devoted to a variety of archival resources for Canadians of a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Includes maps, stories, biographies and much more.

Taconis Collection: Liberation of the Netherlands

Kryn Taconis was born in 1918 in Rotterdam, Holland, and devoted his life to photojournalism. He produced his first photographs for the Dutch Resistance during World War II, producing false papers and espionage documents. From 1948 to 1950, he was a free-lance photographer and Time-Life correspondent in the Benelux countries. In 1950, he joined Magnum Photos Inc., a company founded to disseminate the work of photojournalists. In August 1957, Taconis travelled to Algeria to clandestinely photograph the activities of the Front de libération nationale. Fearing reprisals from the French government, these photographs remained unpublished until after his death. In 1959, Taconis and his wife, Tess, immigrated to Toronto. Following his departure from Magnum in 1960, he continued his free-lance photography, contributing to several major Canadian magazines, most notably, Star Weekly, Châtelaine and Maclean's. During the years 1965-67, he directed and produced films for the National Film Board of Canada. He remained a free-lance photographer until his death in Toronto in 1979.

Karsh-Masterworks-A Tribute

The internationally renowned Canadian portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh created an enduring legacy through his art. For 60 years he documented history by recording the influential people of his time. More than half of the one hundred figures listed by the International Who's Who as the most influential of the 20th century were photographed by Karsh. His name also appeared on the list, the only photographer to be included. Yousuf Karsh was born in Mardin, Turkey, on December 23, 1908. His family, of Armenian descent, fled to Syria in 1922 to escape persecution. In 1924, Karsh arrived in Canada to live with his uncle George Nakash, a successful portrait photographer in Sherbrooke, Quebec

ARCHIVED - Anti-Slavery movement in Canada

In 2001, at the invitation of the J'Nikira Dinqinesh Education Centre, the National Archives of Canada and the National Library of Canada commemorated the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Anti-Slavery Society of Canada in 1851 with this exhibition based on the collections of the two institutions. The Anti-Slavery Society of Canada was the last of several short-lived anti-slavery societies in Canada. These societies were part of an international abolitionist movement supported by leading moral thinkers of the day in Britain, Europe and the United States.

Immigrants to Canada Portraits

Library and Archives Canada has been acquiring portraits as historical documents since 1872, the founding year of the National Archives of Canada. Today the number of portraits includes over 4 million photographs, some 14,000 paintings, drawings and prints dating to the seventeenth century and several thousand philatelic items. This large body of historical documents constitutes a rich, Canadian cultural resource; it is invaluable to researchers, particularly historians, educators and the media. A sample of some of the portraits at Library and Archives Canada have been selected for this SchoolNet Project to share with you via the new technology of the Information Highway.

Citizenship and Naturalization Records Information Page

From 1763 until the Canadian Citizenship Act came into force on 1 January 1947, people born in Canada were all British subjects. Since immigrants born in Great Britain and the Commonwealth were already British subjects, they had no need to become naturalized or to obtain British citizenship in Canada. A few naturalization registers exist for Upper Canada (Ontario), 1828-1850 only. A nominal card index is available in the third floor Reference Room at Library and Archives Canada. You can request a search by sending us a written inquiry.

ARCHIVED - ArchiviaNet Photograph search page

Library and Archives Canada has acquired through bequests, donations, and planned acquisition, over twenty-two million photographs illustrating Canadian reality, and certain aspects of the world in general. This search tool allows you to consult almost 400,000 descriptions of photographs, modern and old, as well as have access to some 10,000 digitized images on-line. This number will gradually increase. Descriptions are written mainly in the language of the creator-donor, with most descriptions in English.

ArchiviaNet: Online Research tools

Immigration of Farm Laborers to Canada, 1918-1945

This site includes links to government documents, archival resources and private records.

ArchiviaNet Immigration Records 1925-1935 Search tool

Library and Archives Canada holds immigration records from 1865 to 1935. The names of immigrants arriving from overseas are recorded in passenger lists. Those arriving from or via the United States are recorded in border entry lists. A series of old nominal indexes exist for the 1925 to 1935 records. In cooperation with Library and Archives Canada, the Pier 21 Society in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has input the information from the passenger list indexes into this database. Also included are border entries for individuals whose surname starts with the letter C.

Free Publications - includes Ethnic specific genealogy search pamphlets

For example:

  • Archival Sources for the Study of Canadian Jewry. 1987, 95 p.
  • Archival Sources for the Study of Finnish Canadians. 1989, 104 p.
  • Archival Sources for the Study of German Language Groups in Canada. 1989, 72 p.

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