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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 ArchivesCanada
- 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.”
Archives of Manitoba 130-200 Vaughan Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1T5 Telephone Government Records: (204)945-3738 TelephoneGeneral Inquiries : (204)945-3971 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/
For books and publications, researchers are referred to the Manitoba Legislative Library in the same building. Telephone: (204)945-4243 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/leg-lib/
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 Telephone: (506)453-2122 Website: http://archives.gnb.ca/Archives/ 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 Newspaper Guide:
Legislative Library of New Brunswick 706 Queen Street P.O. Box 6000 Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5H1 Telephone: (506)453-2338 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:
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 & Labrador
The Rooms - Provincial Archives Division9 Bonaventure Avenue P.O. Box 1800, Station C St. John’s, Newfoundland A1C 5P9 Telephone: (709)757-8030 Email: email@example.com Website:
The principal repository for newspapers is the Newfoundland & Labrador Collection, which is part of the:
Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries Newfoundland & Labrador Collection Provincial Resource Library Arts & Culture Centre St. John’s, Newfoundland A1B 3A3 Telephone: 709-737-3955 Website:
Nova Scotia Archives 6016 University Avenue Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 1W4 (corner of University Avenue and Robie Street) Telephone: (902)424-6060 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:
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).
Archives of Ontario 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd. Toronto, Ontario M7A 2C5 Toll-Free Number (Ontario only): 1-800-668-9933 or (416)327-1600 Email: email@example.com Website:
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 fromLAC) 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 Website:
Prince Edward Island
Public Archives & 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 Telephone: (902)368-4290 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:
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 Email: email@example.com
Bas-Saint-Laurent et Gaspésie, Iles-de-la-Madeleine 337, rue Moreault Rimouski, Québec G5L 1P4 Telephone: (418) 727-3500 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Côte-Nord 700, boulevard Laure, Bureau 190-2 Sept-Iles, Québec, G4R 1Y1 Telephone: (418) 964-8434 Email:email@example.com
Estrie 225, rue Frontenac, bureau 401 Sherbrooke, Québec J1H 1K1 Telephone: (819) 820-3010 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mauricie et Centre-du-Québec 225, rue des Forges Trois-Rivières, Québec G9A 2G7 Telephone: (819) 371-6015 Email:email@example.com
Montréal Édifice Gilles-Hocquart 535 avenue Viger est Montréal, Québec H2L 2P3 Telephone: (514) 873-1100, option 4 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
855, boulevard de la Gappe Gatineau (Québec) J8T 8H9 Telephone : (819) 568-8798 Email: email@example.com
Campus de l’Université Laval Pavillon Louis-Jacques-Casault Cité universitaire, C.P. 10450 1055, avenue du Séminaire Case postale 10450, succursale Sainte-Foy Québec G1V 4N1 Telephone: (418) 643-8904 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean 930, rue Jacques-Cartier Est Bureau C-103 Chicoutimi, Québec G7H 2A9 Telephone: 418-698-3516 Email: email@example.com
The principal repository for newspapers is the:
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) 475, boulevard De Maisonneuve Est Montréal, Québec H2L 5C4 Telephone: 514-873-1100 Toll free in Québec outside Montréal: 1-800-363-9028 Website:
Saskatchewan Archives Board 3303 Hillsdale Street Regina, Saskatchewan Mailing address: P.O. Box 1665 Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3C6 Telephone: 306-787-4068 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:
Saskatchewan Archives Board 91 Murray Building, University of Saskatchewan 3 Campus Drive Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A4 Telephone: 306-933-5832 Email: email@example.com
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 interloan.
Department of Tourism and Culture - Yukon Archives Yukon Place - 400 College Drive Whitehorse, Yukon Telephone: (867)667-5321 Website:
For Northwest Territories:
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre - NWT Archives P.O. Box 1320 4750 - 48 Street Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A 2L9 Telephone: (867)873-7551 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:
Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth Box 1000, Stn. 800 Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0 Telephone: 867-975-5500
Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online course Canadian: Newspaper Records offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at email@example.com
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