With the support of members and stakeholders, CRKN identifies, describes, and digitizes documentary heritage to expand and improve the Canadiana collections: Canadiana Online and Héritage.
The Canadiana collections are available at no charge to users thanks to the merger of CRKN and Canadiana.org, and through the three-year commitment made by CRKN members to the Heritage Content Access and Preservation (HCAP) fund. The HCAP fund is a redirection of CRKN member Canadiana.org subscriptions and membership fees, or for those who did not subscribe to Canadiana, a set annual fee, to fund the ongoing support and development of Canadiana content and the Trustworthy Digital Repository (TDR) platform. To learn more about contributing to the Heritage Content Access and Preservation fund, contact Rebecca Ross at email@example.com.
The strategic growth of the Canadiana collections is overseen by the Preservation and Access Committee (PAC) and the PAC’s task groups, the Heritage Content Priorities Task Group (HCPTG) and the Platform Technical Task Group (PTTG).
The HCPTG released its final report in November 2020. The report outlines principles, criteria and recommendations for guiding the development of the Canadiana collections and CRKN’s heritage services (digitization, hosting and preservation) with the goal of ensuring that the collections and services remain vital and continue to meet member and stakeholder needs. The report can be found here. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canadiana Online (2018-present)
The Canadiana Online collection contains 19 million pages (96,000 titles) of digitized historical publications, including monographs, serials, and government publications. The collection is largely composed of materials published prior to 1921. Canadiana Online also includes all content from the closed Early Canadiana Online (ECO) collection, including content from the CIHM microfiche series.
Newspapers and annuals (digitized from CIHM fiche) are currently being added to the collection. Under the guidance of the Heritage Content Priorities Task Group, CRKN is in the process of consulting with its members and the wider community regarding how the collection should continue to evolve.
Search the Canadiana Online Collection
The Héritage collection is a joint project supported by CRKN members and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and draws from the rich resources of archival microfilm held by Library and Archives Canada. Héritage includes 41 million pages (over 900 collections) from some of Canada's most popular archival collections chronicling the country and its people from the 17th to the mid-20th centuries. The majority of the material in Héritage is handwritten.
CRKN and LAC continue to work together to develop the collection, with approximately 100,000 pages added annually.
Search the Héritage Collection
For questions about the Canadiana collections or for assistance in using the collections, please email email@example.com.