By Sean Kheraj
Nearly three years ago, I wrote a post called “Canada’s Historical Newspaper Digitization Problem” in which I agreed with the findings of a Higher Education Academy study that found that Canada lagged behind the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand in the digitization of historical newspapers. I found that Canada’s online historical newspaper archive is very limited, fragmented, and difficult to access. One of the reasons this became one of the most popular posts on my website was that I included an index of online sources for digitized Canadian newspapers. It turns out that there are a lot of people out there in search of historical Canadian newspapers on the Web and there doesn’t seem to be an adequate national index.
Over the past fifteen years, the limited and fragmented character of Canada’s online historical newspaper archive has had an impact on Canadian history scholarship. As Ian Milligan wrote in Canadian Historical Review last year, “It all seems so orderly and comprehensive.” Yet the incomplete record of digital newspapers in Canada creates an illusion of comprehensive research. With a few keystrokes, we can search any word in any newspaper. Right? As Milligan revealed, not only is the archive limited to a handful of newspapers, the Object Character Recognition software used to make the newspapers text searchable has numerous flaws and limitations. Milligan wrote this article, in part, to call upon historians to think critically about their methodologies when it comes to digital historical scholarship. But his article also raises the important matter of the sorry state of Canada’s digital newspaper archive.
So, how far have we come since I wrote that first post in 2011? I wanted to write this sequel post as a follow-up on the state of the Canadian digital newspaper archive. What follows is an updated list of online historical Canadian newspapers:
- NewspaperArchive.com – Just as it was three years ago, NewspaperArchive.com is behind a paywall. This collection includes mainly smaller newspapers from the prairies (and some from Newfoundland). The most valuable resource here seems to be the digital collection of the Winnipeg Free Press from 1874 to the present.
- Google Newspaper Archive – This remains one of the largest digital newspaper archives in the world and its Canadian holdings have expanded. I have found a series of Toronto newspapers added within the past year, including The World, The Daily Mail, and a small run of The Daily Telegraph. This is by no means a comprehensive collection, but it is good to finally see something other than Toronto Star. The best way to search this collection is by browsing the list of newspaper titles (although the keyword search is still serviceable).
- Pages of the Past (Toronto Star) – One of the most-used digital newspaper archives in Canada, Pages of the Past has now merged with ProQuest Historical Newspapers. The collection will continue to be limited to those with institutional access or private subscriptions, but the search interface is much improved and the load times are faster.
- Globe and Mail: Canada’s Heritage from 1844 – Not to be outdone by Toronto Star, Globe and Mail has also merged with ProQuest with similar technical improvements.
- British Colonist Archive, 1858-1920 – This collection is still available and still complete. This project is a real hallmark of newspaper digitization in Canada: comprehensive, high-quality, searchable, open access.
- Prince George Newspapers Project – This is another fantastic local digitization project with great historical value.
- Quesnel Cariboo Observer Archive – The Quesnel Museum has produced a wonderful digital archive for this newspaper. It is yet another excellent resource for BC history, now covering a period from 1908-2012.
- Bill Silver Digital Newspaper Archive – This collection has changed its URL, but this link should work. This collection features, The Vanderhoof Herald (1917-1920), Nechako Chronicle (1920-1983), and Omenika Express (1982-1989; 1991-2007).
- Jewish Western Bulletin Archive – Spanning a period from 1925-2004, this collection includes all issues and precursors of the JWB.
- The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project – Continuing with its great work, the AHDP has added a number of new papers and new issues to its growing collection since I last checked in. You can find a good range of newspapers covering the entire province.
- Peel’s Prairie Provinces – Here is another good source for Alberta and other prairie newspapers. The collection is hit or miss, like most others on this list, but it has a pretty good user interface. Also, it has the United Farmers of Alberta newspaper!
- Manitobia – Again, we find a great regional collection of digitized newspapers at Manitobia. The collection is not comprehensive, but there are a few gems in there, including the Nor’Wester for much of its pre-Confederation run.
- ProQuest Canadian Newsstand – For some reason, I forgot to include this longstanding resource on my previous list. Canadian Newsstand is a subscription-based archive of numerous Canadian newspapers going back to the 1970s. This is a very useful resource for researchers with an interest in late twentieth-century Canadian history.
- Paper of Record – This resource seems to be back. I once thought it had vanished from the face of the Internet when Google bought the company in late 2008, but it seems to have returned in the form of a subscription-based product. The coverage for Canada includes a number of newspapers that cannot be found elsewhere. Most provinces are represented (and even one territory!). The collection, like most, is eclectic. There are big chronological gaps here and there and the selection of newspapers spans small-town papers to some of the largest Canadian dailies.
- Early Canadian Periodicals – Though not strictly a digital newspaper archive, Canadiana has amassed a wildly eclectic collection of newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals for a period covering the late eighteenth century to 19oo. The final phase of the project will bring the collection up to 1920. This is by far one of the most ambitious Canadian history digitization projects. It is not hyperbole when Canadiana writes that this collection grants, “Canadians unparalleled access to their early print history.”
- Nova Scotia Historical Newspapers Online – In 2009-2010, Libraries Nova Scotia led a trial digitization project with regional archives and universities. Since then, they have built up a growing collection of digitized newspapers from Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, many of the links seem to be broken, but some of it still works and it fills in a terrible gap for Maritime newspapers.
- Memorial University Digital Collections – MUN has its own digital archive of newspapers, including some of the major dailies from St. John’s. This often neglected corner of British America may find its way onto the radar of more historians with such a digital collection.
- Our Ontario Community Newspapers Collection – A reader graciously shared a link to this collection of community newspapers in Ontario. Yet more evidence that great digitization work is happening at the local and community level across Canada. This work also includes many more newspapers here.
- Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec Digital Newspaper Collection – For a relatively good selection of French-language newspapers from Quebec and other parts of Canada, you can find many here. Again, the collection is not comprehensive, but there is a lot of material in this collection.
- Island Newspapers (UPEI) – Finally, I want to round out this list with the complete 1890-1957 run of The Charlottetown Guardian, the major daily newspaper of Prince Edward Island. Here we have another effort to develop a comprehensive regional newspaper collection with plans for future expansion.
Three years later, the landscape of digital historical newspapers in Canada has expanded, but it looks much the same as it did before. The collection remains incomplete, fragmented, and difficult to access. Most of the great work done thus far has been ad hoc, local, and regional. The British Colonist and Charlottetown Guardian show two examples of regional newspaper digitization projects that have achieved something close to a comprehensive, searchable, and open access archive. Perhaps one day we will see a national group attempt something similar for the entire country. Given the extraordinary work of Canadiana and its early periodicals collection, I still have hope.
If you would like to add a Canadian digital historical newspaper collection to this list, please post your links in the comments section.
Sean Kheraj is an assistant professor in the Department of History at York University. He blogs at seankheraj.com.
British Columbia Historical Newspapers – http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/ – has a good selection of 35 smaller community newspapers. Coverage is variable by newspaper. There is reasonably good keyword searching.
How did I miss this one? I found many of the smaller BC newspapers on my list above from a UBC library index previously. This is obviously a new resource hosted by UBC Library itself. Thanks for sharing the link.
Excellent summary of the state of things, Sean. Having been working intensively with most of these sites over the past week, most of them for the first time, I can recommend as a good intellectual workout the lovely fun of figuring out all the features of four or five different newspaper databases in a single day. Who needs brain-training exercises, when such a rich array of different download, scan, search, and selection mechanisms is available? One of my personal “favourites” among the many and various interface features were the index links that actually connect the researcher to two or three issues but show only the date of the first issue in the series. It was a pleasant surprise to find more issues than expected, but still… I think that was in the BC Historical Newspapers. Not sure. It’s all a bit of a blur. And then there’s the special joy that comes from knowing that at least two of these interfaces will be “improved” by the next time I use them. I’m inclined to say “familiarity is the best feature, folks,” but I can’t deny that the new Proquest interface for the Toronto Globe and Toronto Star is a big improvement over the nearly brain dead and zombie-slow one it replaced. End of rant.
This is fabulous aid for a messy subject. I’ve also seen Digital Kingston – http://www.digitalkingston.ca – which gets at (at least) two colonial papers, the Kingston Chronicle and the British Whig. They’re included in the general searching, and you can’t browse, but the keyword searching has served my students well over the past few years.
Maybe these show up elsewhere, but it all goes to reinforce your point that digital newspapers are “incomplete, fragmented, and difficult to access”.
Thanks for this.
I share your frustrations (and I am sure we are not alone). This, I think, is the major problem of the fragmentation of the Canadian digital newspaper archive, as it stands today. Because there are so many different individual digitization projects, there is no single standard for the user interface, search, OCR quality, scan quality, or even file type. Most projects seem to have settled on PDF scans as a standard, but the web viewers can be quite variable. The BC Newspaper collection Matthew linked seems to have a very smooth web interface, but I’m mostly satisfied when I can download a PDF scan directly and quickly.
We need make use of best practices models for digitization when it comes to newspapers until we get a national digital archive.
Thanks so much for this reference! Although there appears to be no mechanism for browsing, the search is quite robust. There seems to be an excellent searchable database. I was quickly able to find this outstanding letter to the editor for my own work on animals and cities:
Letter to the editor from “Capeso” complaining of dogs in church, Kingston Chronicle, 5 November 1817, pg. 3.
Great list. Be cautious with Google News and its careless grouping of papers with similar names. For example, the British Colonist is presented as one masthead, but includes unrelated issues from Toronto, Halifax, and Stanstead, Quebec. Very disappointing that Google hasn’t done more with these.
Very good point. The Google Newspaper Archive is extremely messy and occasionally disorganized. Very surprising for a company like Google, but this is obviously not a priority.
Ditto what Jane said about the Google archive. The Vancouver Sun is listed under 7 different titles. Also, unless they’ve changed their minds, Google ended the program and hasn’t added to the archive since 2011, and it seems that they recently made functionality worse (keywords are no longer highlighted, making it harder and more time-consuming to find what you’re looking for). http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/05/google-shuts-down-newspaper-archive-project/239239/
This is fabulous, Sean, thanks! Just to clarify about No. 18 and Dan Samson’s comment about Digital Kingston: The Ontario Community Newspaper portal is at news.ourontario.ca (it’s sister site is ink.ourontario.ca) and contains more than 1 million newspaper pages plus a significant body of human generated metadata (e.g. Birth, Marriage and Death and article-level indexes). Recent additions include 24 publications from the Multicultural History Society of Ontario from across Canada searchable in more than 10 languages such as Inuktitut, Armenian, Gujarati, Hindi, and Gaelic and more.
The Kingston newspapers (British Whig, Kingston News, and variants) are presently in process with OurDigitalWorld, and soon approximately 75,000 full text searchable pages will be included in the Digital Kingston news site vitacollections.ca/digital-kingston/ and flow into the Ontario Community News portal as well.
This collection continues to grow exponentially as digitization projects are accomplished and the single search site at news.ourontario.ca aggregates content from across diverse content and material for keyword discovery and lots of browse and faceting options.
Ah, national standards — our fugitive dream! I wonder if the CHA has lobbied the national librarian, head of library and archives Canada, about this. Librarians, god only knows, have enough troubles these days, but they might be working on this. Presumably they have a national organization. Federal-provincial relations may get in the way, but it’s worth checking in with librarian friends to see what’s up with them on this. Surely we (that’s the Canadian “we”) can do better.
Very good point about the state of the Google News Archive. I had noticed that the keyword searching had basically vanished. I was glad to see some digitized issues of the Vancouver Sun (a terrible hole in the digital newspaper archive in Canada), but these copies are incomplete and difficult to use.
Thanks for jumping in here. The digital newspaper coverage for Ontario is definitely getting better and news.ourontario.ca is another good example of a broader regional effort to index the digital newspaper archive for the province.
Newspapers.com, a subscription site, now has the Ottawa Journal, 1885-1980, and the Winnipeg Tribune, 1890-1949. Ancestry.ca has the Ottawa Journal as page images.
The Almonte Gazette, 1869-1989, is online through a cooperative project of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and Almonte Public Library, http://mvtm.ca/mvtm/?page_id=2759
And, of course, Newfoundland and Labrador — there are some great resources at the Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies!: http://www.library.mun.ca/qeii/cns/digmat.php.
(insert obligatory tone of regional grievance here…)
Others from BC: Prince Rupert, thought it appears to be down at the moment http://www.prnewspaperarchives.ca/
Gulf Islands Driftwood http://www.saltspringarchives.com/driftwood/
At the top of my wish-list are the earliest Upper Canadian newspapers — most especially the UPPER CANADA GAZETTE (1793-1849), which is available as microfilm at the Toronto Reference Library, but as far as I know has never been digitized.
For anyone researching ancestors who served in the Canadian Armed Forces in WWII, the Maple Leaf, the newspaper published for the Canadian Armed forces (issues published between January 1944 and May 1946) is available as part of the Google Newspaper Archive here: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=MIUEjqm7qCUC . While not searchable, by scanning issues published before/on/after key dates, I found my father interviewed and quoted in an article published on D-Day.
I live in Australia and the digitisation of Australian newspapers by the National Library of Australia’s Trove Team has been a fantastic exercise. People are tagging, correcting OCR glitches, creating lists on Trove – a fantastic crowd-sourcing exercise. I hope you get to have something similar in Canada one day. Links – http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home .
The Canadian War Museum has a fully text searchable newspaper database entitled “Democracy at War”. The database consists of 144,000 war related newspaper articles clipped from a number of Canadian newspapers by Hamilton Spectator staff during the Second World War. http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/newspapers/intro_e.shtml
UCG is also foremost on my wish list. It is such an important publication for early Ontario and Canadian history and it is available on microfilm. Yet, it has not been digitized. It is a great example of the incomplete character of Canada’s digital newspaper archive.
That is an amazing research discovery. This is why these records are so valuable and why expanding access through digitization is important.
Thanks for sharing the link to this Australian newspaper digitization project. This could be a very good model. It looks great!
Thanks for sharing that Canadian War Museum resource. It is very helpful to have this kind of curated digital resource. Often, digital newspaper archives rely solely on keyword search as a curation method. We forget sometimes that the often painstaking work of manually indexing such resources is hugely valuable to research.
Hi, I’m the coder behind BC Historical Newspapers. I can answer technical questions and/or defend implementation decisions about our site. It hasn’t changed much since its launch, but there are plans to update the reading interface (similar to the BC Bibliography site at http://bcbib.library.ubc.ca) and to integrate it into a larger UBC digital collections site over the next 1-2(…3?) years.
Sean: thanks for including http://islandnewspapers.ca/ and for sharing the list of sites. We’ve learned a lot while developing the project. We created a set of workflows to process the newspaper page images and stored the resulting content in Fedora. We use Islandora for asset management, display, and discovery … it is a great open source framework that includes a basic “newspaper solution pack” . If others in the community need help to get started we’d be happy to share our experiences.
 http://islandora.ca … code at https://github.com/islandora
As if on cue, Google has apparently just re-worked its historical news archive and re-launched it today. Looks like you can now search by newspaper, and get a good sense of their holdings. I suspect that doesn’t fix all the problems, but it’s a promising move.
Looking forward to exploring it and discovering what it looks like.
No need to defend your work. All of these newspaper digitization projects are challenging and often conducted on limited resources. Each one is making an important contribution to Canadian history and as a historical researcher, I greatly appreciate your work.
I had previously come across the Winnipeg Tribune and Ottawa Journal in Paper of Record. The Almonte Gazette, however, is a terrific find! Thanks so much for adding it to this thread.
islandnewspapers.ca is a fantastic resource and I am happy to have discovered it for this list. Thanks also for adding those additional resources. I’m sure the ActiveHistory.ca editors would love an article about this digitization workflow for newspaper archiving projects. You should write one and submit it for publication on this site.
Yes, I notice some cosmetic changes, but the keyword searching for historical newspapers is still missing. Also, I believe you could search by newspaper title previously. I may be wrong.
It is quite a shame that the search service seems to have ended. This was a powerful tool that, with time, could have become an Ngram Viewer for newspapers. In fact, last year I was able to do some work with this archive and discovered some incredible sources that would not otherwise have been possible. Also, my early work on oil pipeline spills in Alberta relied, in part, on this search functionality.
Sean: “defend” in the thesis sense; I’m actually quite proud of what we achieved with the tools and resources that we have (basically CONTENTdm, a programmer and a web designer; digitization is in a separate unit). Things like article-level indexing are out, and the OCR can always be better. But I did make a pretty all right viewer, IMO.
Agreed. The view is one of the best I’ve seen.
Someone shared this link to the International Coalition on Newspapers digitization page on my website:
The BC Saturday Sunset, a short-run weekly from 1907-1915, is available here at:
Because the Toronto Telegram is a key unindexed historical newspaper, I searched the Google site. And there were hits!!
Sadly, Google has mis-titled a small run of The (Quebec) 1837 Telegraph as the `Toronto Telegram`!
I’m glad you had some luck with the Google Newspaper Archive and the Telegram. This is a big missing piece in Toronto history. I’m having similar challenges with the Calgary Herald and the Edmonton Journal.
Thanks to Pat Javor for the information about the google archive of The Maple Leaf. From my Dad’s war letters I knew approximate dates and found an article describing the work of his field dressing station.
Glad this helped, Bev! I was thrilled with my finds in The Maple Leaf!
Another resource: Southern Alberta Newspaper Collection (http://digitallibrary.uleth.ca/cdm/landingpage/collection/sanews). “The Southern Alberta Newspaper Collection contains locally digitized content from the following historical newspapers: Alberta Star, Barons Enterprise, Barons Globe, Cardston News, Cardston Record, Kainai News, Lethbridge News, Macleod Advertiser, Macleod Chronicle, Macleod Gazette, Macleod News, Macleod Spectator, Magrath Pioneer, Milk River Review & Sun Dance Echo.”
I’ve plotted many of these on a map indicating locations of those that have been digitized (http://libguides.uleth.ca/Southern_Alberta_historical_newspaper_map).
Simon Fraser University’s eclectic collection http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/
Am directing my students to this page for their research papers on The Automobile in North America!
One paper I noticed missing is the Chilliwack Progress, which is available from 1891 to 2007, and can be accessed here: http://www.chilliwackmuseum.ca/research-a-more/newspaper-search
Rhys, Niall, and Ben:
Thanks so much for adding these resources to the list. I hoped that this post would generate this kind of feedback. Ben, you should let your students know to check out the links in the comments.
(I think my first one didn’t go through.)
Dear Active Historians
A student in one my classes is interested in finding an English-language newspaper belonging to an immigrant group from the first half of the 20th century that is digitized. E.g. a Ukrainian newspaper written in English, digitized. (She is especially interested in Ukrainians in Winnipeg.)
The project will look at the history of immigrant working-class, especially radicals’ views on public schooling. They need not be Winnipeg’s Ukrainians, but she is looking for a non-English-speaking immigrant group with a historically significant radical tradition (e.g. — but not limited to — Ukrainians, Jews, Finns.)
If you wish to email me privately, my email is: email@example.com
Jason Ellis, PhD. Department of Educational Studies, UBC.
your student might want to contact the Multicultural History Society of Ontario as they have an extensive collection of ethnic newspapers from across Canada on microfilm, some of which they have digitized: http://mhso.ca/wp/contact-us/
Your student should also check out Multicultural Canada, which has some of the digitised resources pertaining to Ukrainians from collections held by U of Calgary and U of Toronto:
Thanks everyone. These are helpful suggestions.
The library in Wainwright, Alberta has a fairly extensive archive of Wainwright newspapers, once you get through the numerous instruction screens. I’m not sure of the dates that are available, though.
Old Fulton NY Postcards
has some years of some Canadian newspapers – Markdale Standard, Victoria Daily Colonist, Newmarket Ontario Courier, New Market Era, North York Express Harold, North York Sentinel
Canadian Community Digital Archives has some years of the Sudbury Star along with some years of a handful of newspapers:
University of Manitoba site has the Winnipeg Tribune for 1890-1950. (sometimes really slow in bringing up image, sometimes times out).
I’m surprised there is not a Vancouver Sun historical Archives available anywhere in a sensible way.
It’s 2015 and you’d think these big companies would see past their dollars to do something good for humanity for a change such as providing access.
Pro Quest is good and has a clean interface with the drop down menu but it’s limited to library institutions thus being a *walled garden*.
Due to the rise of smart phones the web has become far more closed with *controlled* news and websites are almost unheard of outside of some bozo’s blog about whatever.
WWW sites are hard to come by unless it’s marketing.
Chilliwack Progress is available from 1891-2007: http://theprogress.newspapers.com/ . It’s on Newspaper.com outside of the paywall.
Our public library in Kingston, Ontario has a number of newspapers online as well as many old City Directories.
Here is another digitized newspaper resource – this one is for Saskatchewan weekly newspapers:
FWIW: I have just published a very comprehensive list on my site: http://www.donicabelisle.com/#!periodicals/cok6.
Sorry I haven’t checked in on the comments on this post in a while. Glad to see that Donica is keeping a new updated list on her website. Thanks to everyone who has kept posting sources!
Thank you. I had been totally unable to make any sense of it at all – and am relieved to find it isn’t just me!
Here’s a new problem: ProQuest Archiver will at the end of this month cease to provide the Toronto Star Pages of the Past to individual subscribers on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis. Like others, I use this service to access the Star because my university’s library is not an institutional subscriber. Does anyone out there know how I might access the Toronto Star Pages of the Past after ProQuest Archiver ceases to carry it? Thanks–Jason (you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sean. I will direct you to The Ancestor Hunts list of links to free online historical Newspapers at http://www.theancestorhunt.com/newspaper-research-links.html There are over 3,000 Canadian titles and 27,000 from the U.S. Frankly I think the Canada list is pretty good, but the Maritimes need some help.
Thanks for this list, Sean. I do find it quite unfortunate that there isn’t a national tool that aggregates many of these smaller collections. I’ve recently adding a section on historical newspapers to https://www.faganfinder.com/ , and while I attempted to include large international and national collections, there was no single source of Canadian newspapers large enough on it’s own to include.
I note that nearly a decade after the initial 2011 post, this situation has not improved in any substantial way. Canadian newspapers reside in dozens of silos with a few papers per silo and each one has a different interface.
Major parts of the English-speaking world are covered by a few search engines. For example, in addition to the commercial systems in the U.S., there is also Chronicling America from the Library of Congress. The U.K. has a commercial system British Newspaper Archive. Australia, New Zealand, and many U.S. papers (mostly from Chronicling America) are included in Elephind.com.
I don’t understand why the Canadian newspaper archives are so Balkanized but it is a real shame for researchers.
One of the areas I have researched includes the newspaper appearances of fiction by authors such as Jules Verne. On occasion there are unique translations that appear in some newspapers. For example, the earliest (un)known English translation of Around the World in 80 Days is from a Maine newspaper.
There is so much potential. I hope our Canadian friends can coordinate their efforts under some national program or by cooperating with commercial databases. ProQuest gets my lowest vote since it is unavailable to independent scholars unless they physically visit a university library. Just try to do that in 2020. 🙂
Thanks to everyone who has commented on this the post over the last four years since I responded. My apologies for the delay.
Kenneth, thank you for the link to the theancestorhunt.com. That is an excellent collection of resources organized by province. Very handy. Similar to what Donica Belisle has put together. Here is the updated link for her page:
James, I agree that nearly a decade on, the broad trends still hold. However, there has been more digitization. The biggest recent leap has come, once again, from a commercial genealogy company, Ancestry.com. Ancestry has a large collection of Canadian newspapers now available in a single search at newspapers.com. The strength of the coverage is in Western Canada, but there are papers from other regions. It’s not comprehensive by any measure, but it’s impressive. Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal. Some big Western Canadian papers here.
I maintain subscriptions to several newspaper archives (Newspapers.com, NewspaperArchive.com, GenealogyBank.com, BritishNewspaperArchive.co.uk) along with Ancestry.com because they help me in my research. I’ve seen some Canadian titles here and there.
Something that searches most of the papers like https://elephind.com/ is needed. Perhaps the institutions with various silo projects need to find out what is necessary for Elephind to add their results to the free search engine. When a result comes up, the visitor is taken to the individual site.
I have posted a local newspaper, The Glengarry News, online at glengarrycountyarchives.ca. It is only browse-able though the newspaper files were OCR’d. I would like to have search results highlighted but my hosting site says no can do.
Advice most welcome.
Am very surprised that the first German newspaper in western Canada Der Nordwesten, later Manitoba Courier and then Kanada Kurier, was never digitised. It began in Winnipeg ca 1880 by William Hespeler (Commissioner of Immigration and Agriculture and later Speaker of the House in Manitoba), and only ceased publication in 2004. My queries have gone nowhere. Only a couple of microfilm resources – LAC and Manitoba Legislative Library. Certainly early editions to 1950 should be out of copyright. Pity. It was /is a huge resource for German immigrants then and researchers now. Money seems to be the issue I guess. Sad.
Thank you for putting together this list. I share the frustration of many in finding Canadian Newspapers. I especially would like to find more of the Upper Canada papers, the the Cornwall standard-freeholder. Here is a link to the SDG Newspaper and Photo Digitization Project which is quite promising https://archive.sdgcounties.ca/ .
Thanks for reading this article. Donica Belisle keeps a more current and comprehensive list of digitized historical Canadian newspapers here:
There are several Upper Canada papers in there. Not sure about the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder though.
Archive of most of the big NB papers (Irving owned), behind a paywall: https://da.tj.news/
UNB’s HIstorical newspapers online:
Muchas gracias! Estoy escribiendo la biografía de un soldado nacido en España pero que murió luchando por el Canadá y efectivamente me di cuenta de lo difícil que era encontrar la información que buscaba en prensa digitalizada. He encontrado su artículo muy interesante y útil, gracias por compartirlo!