Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Elgin Papers digitally preserved

According to a press release from The National Records of Scotland, "Significant letters which provide a fascinating insight into one of the pivotal figures in Canadian history have been digitally preserved under a joint project between The National Records of Scotland (NRS) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC)."

"The papers of Lord Elgin, (Governor General of Canada from 1847-1854), include thousands of textual and graphic images of the documents accumulated by the Earl and his family during their stays in North America. Also available on the website is a catalogue of papers relating to his diplomatic career in Jamaica, China and India. These papers, still held by his descendants in Scotland, have been catalogued by the National Records of Scotland as its contribution to the project."

"LAC completed item-level descriptions for 2,225 textual and graphic records which link to the 11,570 images which LAC digitised for the website."

Read the press release, which does not (yet?) appear on the LAC website, at:

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