First World War nursing sisters challenge added to Co-Lab

In April 2018, Library and Archives Canada launched Co-Lab, a new collaboration tool, for the public to contribute by transcribing, tagging and interacting with historical records. You responded with enthusiasm to our four introductory challenges, completing hundreds of pages of transcription and translation, and adding hundreds of tags, in just two months!

Now we are adding a new challenge: showcasing the personal files of some of Canada’s nursing sisters who served in the First World War.

Between 1914 and 1918, just over 2,000 women enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and went overseas. The war was perceived as exclusively male, but the presence of nursing sisters near the front and close to the line of fire has shattered this misperception and highlighted the importance of female caregivers during the war. These women looked after almost 540,000 soldiers and worked near the battlefields under difficult conditions.

You can get started right away!

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. Take on the challenge: transcribe, translate, tag and/or describe their writings and photographs.

Want to do more?

Did you know that you can contribute to any digitized image you find using our Collection SearchBETA? Try it out by opening any image in our new viewer and scrolling down to see options for using Co-Lab within this new search tool.

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