Sunday, 4 November 2012

Canadian WWI photographs from the British Library

Photographs of Canadian troops departing for war in Europe are now available via the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts catalogue.

The Canadian WWI photographs are part of a collection containing the work of Canadian photographers who copyrighted their work between 1895 and 1924. As a result, the collection contains a number of photographs relating to the war, although almost all of them are produced on Canadian soil. These have been digitised for the Europeana project and just over 150 pictures of regimental mascots, soldiers leaving for Europe, Canadian war work and military inspections are available to search and view in detail.

To find them go to http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/americas/2012/11/a-history-photographed-canada-in-world-war-1.html and search for Canada for the date range from 1875.

Is this the way of the future? Will Canadians increasingly have to look to UK institutions for materials on Canada's history?

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