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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian: Newspaper Records by Ryan Taylor, revised by Susanna de Groot, PLCGS. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).
Finding and Using the Newspaper You Want (Continued)
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N4
General enquiries: 613-996-5115 or 1-866-578-7777 (Toll free in Canada and the US) Online Contact Forms
Their preferred method of receiving queries is via email, at either of the above addresses. There is a large collection of newspapers on mf at Library and Archives Canada. It published a union list in book form under the title Union list of Canadian newspapers held by Canadian libraries = Liste collective des journaux canadiens disponibles dans les bibliothèques canadiennes (National Library of Canada, 1977, with a supplementary volume in 1983). Since 1988 it has been published on microfiche only. This title is widely available in Canadian libraries of all sizes. Newspaper holdings for LAC are listed on their website:
Canadian Newspapers on Microform Held by the Library and Archives Canada
Provincial Archives of Alberta
8555 Roper Road
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W1
- The Legislature Library has a nearly complete collection of weeklies from 1905.
Both the Provincial Archives and Legislature Library have newspapers.
British Columbia Archives
655 Belleville Street
Victoria, British Colombia
Mailing address: 675 Belleville Street
Victoria, British Colombia V8W 9W2
Telephone Toll Free from Greater Vancouver area: (604)660-2421 (ask the operator for 250-387-1952).
From other areas in British Columbia, excluding Vancouver and Victoria: 1-800-663-7867 (ask the operator for 387-1952).
From everywhere else (250)387-1952
(please see their website for a complex and very firm note on what is required for an email query)
Their catalogue is British Columbia Newspapers on Microfilm.
“The collection does not include the major 20th century Vancouver and Victoria daily newspapers; researchers are advised to contact public libraries, university libraries, or the Legislative Library of British Columbia for these materials.”
They have newspapers from Manitoba dating back to 1859 and make the microfilms available for interlibrary loan.
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB)
Bonar Law-Bennett Building
23 Dineen Drive
University of New Brunswick Campus
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5H1
New Brunswick Newspaper Directory:
- The province’s largest collection of newspapers is at:
Harriet Irving Library
University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 7500 Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5H5
(Street address: 5 MacAulay Lane)
Telephone: (506) 453-4740
The Legislative Library also has a large collection. They have all New Brunswick newspapers and also make clippings files by subject from the four provincial dailies “concerning public issues and the activities of the New Brunswick government” so it appears unlikely these will be of use to genealogists.
Newfoundland and Labrador
The principal repository for newspapers is the Newfoundland and Labrador Collection, which is part of the:
Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries
Newfoundland and Labrador Collection
Provincial Resource Library
Arts and Culture Centre
St. John’s, Newfoundland A1B 3A3
A good listing of their newspaper holdings can be found in Terrence Punch’s Genealogical research in Nova Scotia (New revised edition, Halifax: Nimbus, 1998).
AO has a large collection of pre-1930 newspapers. In the 1960s, Ontario universities had a cooperative programme to microfilm local newspapers, and these microfilms can be found in many university libraries. The largest collection of post-1930 Ontario newspapers in one place (aside from LAC) can be found at the:
Toronto Public Library
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street (1 block north of Bloor)
Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8
Telephone: (416) 393-7131
Prince Edward Island
Public Archives and Records Office (PARO)
Hon. George Coles Building, 4th floor
175 Richmond Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1000
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 7M4
There are many newspapers here and at the:
The Archives nationales du Québec has nine locations, each of which has the materials for its area:
Abitibi-Témiscamingue et Nord-du-Québec
27, rue du Terminus Ouest
Rouyn-Noranda, Québec J9X 293
Telephone: (819) 763-3484
Bas-Saint-Laurent et Gaspésie, Iles-de-la-Madeleine
337, rue Moreault
Rimouski, Québec G5L 1P4
Telephone: (418) 727-3500
700, boulevard Laure, Bureau 190-2
Sept-Iles, Québec, G4R 1Y1
Telephone: (418) 964-8434
225, rue Frontenac, bureau 401
Sherbrooke, Québec J1H 1K1
Telephone: (819) 820-3010
Mauricie et Centre-du-Québec
225, rue des Forges
Trois-Rivières, Québec G9A 2G7
Telephone: (819) 371-6015
535 avenue Viger est
Montréal, Québec H2L 2P3
Telephone: (514) 873-1100, option 4
855, boulevard de la Gappe
Gatineau (Québec) J8T 8H9
Telephone: (819) 568-8798
Campus de l’Université Laval
Cité universitaire, C.P. 10450
1055, avenue du Séminaire
Case postale 10450, succursale Sainte-Foy
Québec G1V 4N1
Telephone: (418) 643-8904
Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean
930, rue Jacques-Cartier Est
Chicoutimi, Québec G7H 2A9
The principal repository for newspapers is the:
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)
475, boulevard De Maisonneuve Est
Montréal, Québec H2L 5C4
Toll free in Québec outside Montréal: 1-800-363-9028
Saskatchewan Archives Board
91 Murray Building, University of Saskatchewan
3 Campus Drive Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A4
The two offices’ collections reflect their geographical location, Regina collecting for the south and Saskatoon for the north of the province, but it is possible to have things sent to the other office if that is where you will be.
This is the best source for newspapers; papers from communities north of Davidson are in Saskatoon, the rest are in Regina. The weeklies on microfilm are available on interlibrary loan.
Department of Tourism and Culture - Yukon Archives
Yukon Place - 400 College Drive
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre - NWT Archives
P.O. Box 1320
4750 - 48 Street
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A 2L9
Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth
Box 1000, Stn. 800
Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0
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