Remembrance Day: An Essential Resource Guide for Media

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This media kit is intended for journalists who cover Remembrance Day. We offer a multitude of resources that could interest your audience and readers.

Did you know that Library and Archives Canada has, without a doubt, the country’s largest archives on the First and Second World Wars?

Our rich collection is full of records, photographs, films, music and works of art that can accompany or supplement an article, report or program segment. Through these archives, follow the brave men and women who heroically took part in these wars.

Please contact media relations at 819-994-4589 or bac.media.lac@canada.ca for any inquiries.

Canada and the First World War

This web page illustrates, through our collections, the many roles that Canadian men and women played during the First World War, and the defining mark that the war left on our society. Consult Canada and the First World War.

Canada and the Second World War

This web page tells how to access military service files and features virtual exhibitions, Flickr albums and official histories of the Second World War. Consult Canada and the Second World War.

War Diaries of the First World War

From the start of the First World War, Canadian Expeditionary Force units were required to maintain a daily account of their “Actions in the Field”—commonly referred to as a War Diary. This database contains the digitized war diaries of Canadian Expeditionary Force infantry, artillery and cavalry units, brigade, division and corps commands, as well as support units such as railway and forestry troops.

100 Stories: Canadians in the First World War

This online memorial features the stories of 100 people who personally experienced the First World War. All of the stories are biographical in nature and compiled largely from original military records, photographs, census records and other historical materials held here at Library and Archives Canada.

Personnel Records of the First World War

In 2013, we committed to digitizing all of the Canadian Expeditionary Force service files by the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. We started by removing pins, clips and staples, as well as adhesive, to prepare all 622,290 files for digitization. The project is 100% complete; you can consult the Personnel Records of the First World War on our website.

Military-Related Co-Lab challenges

Invite your audience to take the challenge to transcribe, translate, tag and/or describe these military records. The more work we collaborate on using the Co-Lab crowdsourcing tool, the more accessible and usable our digital collection will become for everyone.

Correspondence regarding First Nations Veterans returning after the First World War

The records in this challenge (still to come) were created by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs (then known as the Department of Indian Affairs) after the war and document the federal government’s tracking of First Nation soldiers’ lives after they returned to their homes and communities. Consult Correspondence regarding First Nations Veterans returning after the First World War.

The Call to Duty: Canada's Nursing Sisters

It was not only men who served in the First World War or “Great War.” Over 2,000 women also enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and went overseas. Check out the letters, diaries and photographs of Canadian nursing sisters who served during the Great War. Follow these nurses as they witness the destruction of war, participate in social events, and help patients. Consult The Call to Duty: Canada's Nursing Sisters.

Photos

You can now use our new Collection Search to access millions of photographs just by using keywords. For your convenience, albums are also available on Flickr.

Videos

We have over 90,000 files in our video collection, including both short and full-length features, documentaries and silent films, some dating back to 1897.

Music

If you are looking for a song to mark Remembrance Day, see the section on Songs of the First World War in our Virtual Gramophone.

Social Media

If you use our resources on social media, please tag us @LibraryArchives.

Copyright

For information on Non-commercial reproduction permission for Library and Archives Canada collection material, please contact BAC.Droitdauteur-Copyright.LAC@canada.ca.

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