Funding for the Early Canadiana Online Initiative

(Link hat tip to Michel-Adrien Sheppard aka Library Boy)

On November 14, 2005, announced receipt of a new grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Culture Online (CCO) program.

At a time when there seem to be endless cutbacks for these types of programs, it’s nice to see consistent funding for the digitization of our national history. It’s been quite a while since I last checked in on CIHM, and I found clicking around the ECO project to be an enjoyable experience – and highly recommended!

From the press release:

“Canada in the Making, now in its sixth and final year, is a project focusing on the history of governance in Canada, with the goal of making 1.5 million pages of early official publications available by spring 2006. With this support from Canadian Heritage, will be able to add a further 250,000 pages this year. These will include selected Acts, Debates and Sessional papers from the Colonial period to Confederation, and from 1867 to 1900. Over the next six months major serial titles such as the English Sessional Papers (already in process), the Senate and House of Commons Debates and the Statutes of Canada will be added to the full-text searchable Early Canadiana Online database at”

From the About ECO page:

Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a digital library providing access to 2,076,137 pages of Canada’s printed heritage. It features works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century.

ECO is produced by (formerly the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions / CIHM), a nonprofit organization for preserving and providing access to early Canadian publications, first on microfiche and now online.

How cool would it have been to have these resources back in high school? for that big history project?

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