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In this episode, we speak with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Archivist, Emma Hamilton-Hobbs, about the William James Topley photographic collection, which is one of the most widely consulted sources of late 19th- and early 20th-century photographs held at LAC.
Kevin Bazzana, author of the award-winning biography Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould tells us about Gould's extraordinary career in music and the surprising secrets revealed to him about Gould's private life while conducting research at Library and Archives Canada.
We speak to author, comic book historian and retired Library and Archives Canada archivist John Bell who generously donated his Hulk-sized comic book collection to LAC in 1996.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier was a man full of charisma, charm and passion. This passion is seen in many of the letters he wrote to his wife Zoé. But perhaps we gain a deeper insight into his character through his letters to Émilie Lavergne.
Discover Library and Archives Canada's cookbook collection and the impact these books and recipes have had on our relationship with food and cooking throughout our history.
We speak with inveterate book collector Ronald I. Cohen who donated his entire Lucy Maud Montgomery collection to Library and Archives Canada (LAC) between 1999 and 2003.
Discover the life and work of Peter Rindisbacher, and the impact he had on Canadian visual culture.
Discover Mary Travers (La Bolduc), a traditional housewife who became known as the "Queen of Canadian Folksingers."
Library and Archives Canada's Métis researcher William Benoit and Janet La France of the Saint-Boniface Historical Society discuss the roles their respective institutions play in providing individuals with a means of unraveling their ancestry, their identity.
On February 3, 1916 at 8:37 p.m., the alarm was raised on Parliament Hill that a fire had broken out in the Centre Block. By the next morning, the building had been reduced to a smoking ruin, encrusted in ice. The exact cause of the fire was never determined.
We explore the evolution of the game of Curling, its development as an organized sport, and the creation of a Canadian curling culture, with curling historian and Canadian men's curling champion, Warren Hansen.
We look at the work that went into the latest collaboration between the National Gallery of Canada and Library and Archives Canada, which features 15 rare daguerreotypes dating back to the very beginnings of photography.
We explore the story of Yousuf Karsh who was sent to Canada by his parents as a teenager and pursued his dream to become an internationally renowned photographer.
May 28, 2015
You don't have to go far to see the influence that comic books have had on contemporary culture, but you might be surprised to learn that Library and Archives Canada holds an extensive collection of comic books and related material within its vaults.
021: In Flanders Fields: A Century of Poppies
April 30, 2015
Learn about the poem, In Flanders Fields, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and the Canadian soldier who wrote it.
March 26, 2015
Many Canadians have a growing interest in discovering their family heritage. Their quest can be simple in the beginning, but often it becomes the work of a lifetime.
March 13, 2015
Discover the story of Celia Franca, a woman who introduced Canada to world-class dance performances, pioneered the internationally famous National Ballet of Canada and devoted her entire life to dance.
February 12, 2015
Our flag, with its distinctive maple leaf and bold red-and-white colour scheme has become such a potent symbol for our country that it's hard to believe it has only been around for 50 years.
January 8, 2015
January 11, 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. While some aspects of his life and legacy remain contentious, most agree that his role in the creation of Canada was paramount.
November 20, 2014
Go back in time! Discover Canada in the mid-1800s through the works of an artist who documented the country from sea to sea.
October 23, 2014
When you hear the words "rare book," you might think of an old, valuable book that's hard to find, but there is much more to rare books than this.
September 18, 2014
Explore the service files of over 640,000 men and women who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War as soldiers, nurses and chaplains.
September 4, 2014
Discover the life of a soldier through his eyes and gain insight into how day-to-day activities may have unfolded during the First World War.
July 09, 2014
Explore Library and Archives Canada's sheet music collection, the most comprehensive Canadiana sheet music collection in the country.
May 28, 2014
In honour of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, Marc-André Bernier, Chief of Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Service, joins us to discuss shipwrecks.
March 27, 2014
Library and Archives Canada's (LAC) Virtual Gramophone
is a multimedia website devoted to the early days of Canadian recorded sound, providing an overview of the 78-rpm era in Canada.
January 23, 2014
By the turn of the 20th century, sales of dime novels had decreased and the pulps,with their screaming story titles and attention-grabbing cover art, began to capture the public interest.
August 13, 2013
Explore the evolution of photography and learn more about Library and Archives Canada's extensive photography collection.
March 14, 2013
Few things define what it is to be Canadian more than our love of hockey—"Canada's Royal Winter Game".
February 13, 2013
Between 1869 and the late 1930s, approximately 100,000 children were brought to Canada from Great Britain.
October 30, 2012
This year, Library and Archives Canada commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
September 27, 2012
Portraits of intriguing Canadians.
June 22, 2012
The massive immigration of Irish settlers to Quebec in the 1800s.
March 28, 2012Listen Now
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Connecting youth to Canada's history by making military service files available in person and online.
February 9, 2012Listen Now
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A community-engagement and photo-identification project launched by Library and Archives Canada in 2004.