Institut nordique du Québec

Institut nordique du Québec - Ensemble pour le Nord


The Northern and Arctic Studies Portal


collections / Archives and sources

Selection of Web resources that disseminate archival material (manuscripts, correspondence, maps, newspapers, photographs), as well as artifacts and works of art related to the North, the Arctic and, in particular, to Indigenous peoples.

Access to the free databases is open to all. Some of them provide access to bibliographic references only, while others allow the full text of publications to be obtained (free access). Restricted-access databases are part of the resources acquired through institutional subscriptions. Their use is license-based, and is restricted to members of the universities mentioned.

  • Free Ressources

    • Avataq Cultural Institute
      Three separate collections are available through the website: an archeology collection, an art and artifact collection, and archives of drawings, historical photos, and oral histories. The institute also houses a library that holds more than 4,000 publications, mostly concerning Nunavik and the Nunavimmiut, as well as information about other Arctic regions and indigenous peoples. Open access resource.
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    • Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program
      Archival collection on polar exploration and research developed by Ohio State University. Include virtual exhibitions.
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    • Hubert Wenger Eskimo Database
      Bibliography of literature reporting first contact and first observations of the Inuit, hosted by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
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    • Images du Nord et de l’Arctique
      Photographs and postcards of the Université Laval library, representing First Nations and Inuit, settlers, missionaries, explorers and landscapes from Canada's Arctic and Northern Quebec. Includes photographs of the Judicial Expedition in 1923 at Pond Inlet (Baffin Island), with Captain Bernier.
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    • Labrador Inuit through Moravian Eyes
      Provides photographs, maps, drawings, and manuscripts on the 250-year relationship between Moravian missionaries and the Inuit of Labrador. Open access resource.
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    • Publications de la Société Makivik (BANQ)
      Five digitized Makivik Corporation publications: Atuaqnik, Makivik Annual Report Corporation, Makivik Magazine, Makivik News and Taqralik. Makivik Corporation promotes the preservation of Inuit culture and language, as well as the health, well-being and education of Inuit in their communities. Open access resource.
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    • Social History of the Eastern Arctic Database
      This database contains abstracts of documents that deal principally with what is now Nunavut Territory and includes other material from the Inuvialuit Settlement Area, the Northwest Territories and Nunavik (Arctic Quebec).Designed to provide users with access to documents related to the social history of the Eastern Arctic that are in the archives of Canada. Contains references only.
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    • SPRI Museum catalogue
      Bank of more than 5000 images from the collections of the Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge). The images are grouped into eight collections, including the Arctic Material Culture Collection, the Polar Art Collection and the Inuit Art Collection. Open access resource.
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    • SPRI Picture Library
      One of the largest historical and contemporary photographic libraries related to Arctic and Antarctic exploration, housed by the Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge). Of particular interest is the Picture Library catalog, which gives access to more than 20,000 photographs of British expeditions carried out between 1845 and 1960. Open access resource.
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  • Restricted access

    • Early encounters in North America : peoples, cultures, and the environment
      Letters, stories, accounts and images from more than 1400 authors about the first contacts between First Peoples and Europeans, between 1534 and 1850. Provides access to documents by people, places, years, type of environments, etc.
      ULaval | McGill
    • Empire Online
      Manuscripts, printed works, correspondence, maps, photographs, etc., related to history, politics, culture and colonial societies from the collections of 23 libraries in the United States and the United Kingdom. Opportunity to filter by geographic region (North America).
      ULaval | McGill
    • Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters
      Printed books, government, legal and commercial documents, newspapers and magazines, maps, photographs, etc., dealing with the theme of the borderlands and colonization during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Includes 18 archival collections from the United States and Canada, including the Hudson's Bay Company Archives (Archives of Manitoba) and thematic guides on First Nations, exploration, expeditions and travel.
      INRS | ULaval | McGill
    • Indigenous Peoples. North America
      Includes extensive monograph, manuscript, newspaper, periodical and photograph collections. McGill has text mining rights for Gale Databases for our researchers. Please contact a librarian for more information.
    • Notre mémoire en ligne - Canadiana
      A virtual library dedicated to Canadian history, providing access to prints from the era of early European settlers to the mid-20th century. Various collections related to autochthony and northernness are included, including those of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives, Jesuit Relations and Native Studies.
      INRS | ULaval | McGill
    • North American Indian thought and culture
      Biographies, stories, oral histories, speeches, photographs, drawings and audio files related to Indigenous history and culture in North America. Provides access to documents by people, places, years, type of environments, etc.
      ULaval | McGill