TEI: Early Canada Online

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Historical MaterialsEnglish (including Old/Middle English)French (including dialects)21 September 2007Chris Ruotolo Fixed broken links; converted to TEI P5 4 February 2002

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Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a digital library providing access to over 937,800 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 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.

ECO began in 1997 as a pilot project to create an online digital library. Over three years, 550,000 pages of text were taken from the CIHM’s microfiche collection and scanned into digital images. The second phase of ECO began in 2000 and is scheduled to continue to 2004. During this time, 1,250,000 pages of colonial, federal, and provincial government publications will be scanned and published.

Along the way, a few special projects have also been added to the collection. These include 20,000 pages of text detailing the history of Hudson’s Bay Company, and 22,500 pages of Jesuit Relations texts, translated into English by Reuben Thwaites. These collections are also accessible to the general public.

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A list of the projects funders is supplied on the web site here (also in French).


A bibliography of articles and reports is included on the web site here (also in French).


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