Archives and Primary Sources

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.

To consult the various categories and subcategories that this collection contains, use the filter Collection.

Resources

Displaying 1 - 15 of 15 results

  • Avataq Cultural Institute

    Available to all

    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, as well as information about other Arctic regions and indigenous peoples.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***, *** First Peoples of the North ***, Archives and Primary Sources
    Free - Open Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: Archeology, Artifacts, Arts, Inuit, Nunavik
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  • Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program

    Available to all

    Archival collection on polar exploration and research developed by Ohio State University. Include virtual exhibitions.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***
    Free - Open Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: Exploration, Primary Sources
    Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program

  • Early Canadiana Online

    INRS | Laval | McGill

    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.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***, *** First Peoples of the North ***, Archives and Primary Sources
    Reserved Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: Indigenous peoples, Colonialism, Hudson’s Bay Company, Europe, Jesuits

  • Early encounters in North America : peoples, cultures, and the environment

    Laval | McGill

    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.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***, *** First Peoples of the North ***, Archives and Primary Sources
    Reserved Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: Indigenous peoples, Colonialism, Europe, First contact, Primary Sources

  • Empire Online

    Laval | McGill

    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).

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***
    Reserved Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: Indigenous peoples, Colonialism, History, Politics, Primary Sources

  • Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters

    INRS | Laval | McGill

    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.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***, *** First Peoples of the North ***, Archives and Primary Sources
    Reserved Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: Indigenous peoples, Colonialism, Hudson’s Bay Company, Exploration, Borders, Primary Sources

  • Hubert Wenger Eskimo Database

    Available to all

    Bibliography of literature reporting first contact and first observations of the Inuit, hosted by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***, *** First Peoples of the North ***, Archives and Primary Sources, Databases
    Free - Open Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: Bibliography, Inuit, Literature, First contact
    Hubert Wenger Eskimo Database

  • Images du Nord et de l’Arctique

    Available to all

    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.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***, *** First Peoples of the North ***, Archives and Primary Sources
    Free - Open Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: Canadian arctic, Indigenous peoples, Postcards, Joseph-Elzéar Bernier, Missionaries, Northern Quebec, Photographs

  • Indigenous Peoples. North America

    McGill

    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.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***, *** First Peoples of the North ***, Archives and Primary Sources
    Reserved Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: North America, Indigenous peoples, Primary Sources

  • North American Indian thought and culture

    Laval | McGill

    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.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***, *** First Peoples of the North ***, Archives and Primary Sources
    Reserved Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: North America, Indigenous peoples, Culture, History, Primary Sources

  • Publications de la Société Makivik (BANQ)

    Available to all

    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.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***, *** First Peoples of the North ***, Archives and Primary Sources
    Free - Open Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: Inuit, Periodicals, Makivik society

  • Social History of the Eastern Arctic Database

    Available to all

    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.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***, *** First Peoples of the North ***, Archives and Primary Sources
    Free - Reference only, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: Eastern Arctic, History, Inuit, Nunavut, Primary Sources

  • SPRI Museum catalogue

    Available to all

    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.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***, *** First Peoples of the North ***, Archives and Primary Sources
    Free - Open Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: Arts, Material culture, Images, Inuit, Scott Polar Research Institute

  • SPRI Picture Library

    Available to all

    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.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***, *** First Peoples of the North ***, Archives and Primary Sources
    Free - Open Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: British expeditions, Exploration, Photographs, Scott Polar Research Institute

  • The Labrador Inuit Through Moravian Eyes

    Available to all

    Provides photographs, maps, drawings, and manuscripts on the 250-year relationship between Moravian missionaries and the Inuit of Labrador.

    Collection(s): *** Archives and Primary Sources ***, *** First Peoples of the North ***, Archives and Primary Sources
    Free - Open Access, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Subjects: Inuit, Labrador, Missionaries, Moravian, Primary Sources

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