Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Ottawa History Digitization Survey

Digitized original sources are becoming increasingly important in genealogical and historical studies. Do you know of any online collections of digitized Ottawa historic materials?

Examples would be online newspapers, city directories, photographic collections, oral histories and other primary materials, likely from libraries, archives and museums, which
relate to the City of Ottawa.

Some of the materials identified so far are:

1. Ottawa City Directories: 1863 - 1899, broken series to 1881, digitized by Library and Archives Canada
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/canadiandirectories/022009-111.01-e.php?brws=1&type=1&PHPSESSID=61mfruhav8i67caui0gsf2u622

2. Ottawa City Directories: 1909 - 1916 and 1923, Internet Archives Texts, digitized by the Toronto Public Library,
http://wwyw.archive.org/search.php?query=ottawa%20AND%20mediatype%3Atexts

3. Early Ottawa Newspapers, digitized by Cold North Wind
Bytown Gazette, 1836 - 1845, 1,188 pages
Ottawa Free Press, 1871 - 1881, 5,902 pages
Ottawa Times, 1865 - 1867, 2,504 pages
http://www.paperofrecord.com/

4. William James Topley Photographs, digitized by Library and Archives Canada, 11,282 photographs, Ottawa-based photographer but not all are Ottawa subjects
http://search-recherche.collectionscanada.ca/archives/searchResults.jsp?FormName=MIKAN+Simple+Search&SortSpec=score+desc&QueryParser=lac_mikan&Language=eng&Sources=mikan&ResultCount=10&QueryText=topley&Media=&DigitalImages=1&PageNum=1

A variety of other online sources contain images of original newspaper, photographs and other documents pertinent to the topic of virtual exhibits, such as "Ottawa Becomes the Capital" by the City of Ottawa Archives and "The Billings Family" by The Billings Estate Museum.

Is anything missing? Please help by letting me know of other existing or ongoing digitizations of local original material to assist in identifying further needs and opportunities. Respond to: aa327 (at) ncf.ca

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