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  1. The 1956 Hungarian Memorial Oral History Project includes 400 hours of oral testimonies relating to refugees of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, collected by second and third generation Hungarian Canadians. The interviewees tell their personal stories of their involvement in the Revolution, their reasons for leaving and means of escape, places they lived en route to Canada, and the course of their lives in Canada. They also describe their ongoing relationship to their culture, language and religious practices, and to the community both in Canada and still in Hungary.
  2. Full texts of 50 000 poems by over 300 modern and contemporary American poets. Covers: major works of the American modernist period; the Black Mountain school; Deep Image poetry; Beat poetry; feminist poetry; confessional poetry; and, many contemporary writers from the 1980s - 90s. For more complete representation of African American poets, use Twentieth-Century African American Poetry (
  3. Full texts of over 40 000 poems by over 200 American poets from 1600 - 1920. Covers the works of major poets e.g. Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman; important literary groups e.g. the Transcendentalists; and less-known poets e.g. Emma Lazarus.
  4. Manuscripts, rare printed sources, maps, illustrations and other ephemera on frontier and pioneer life, as well as Native American history and culture.
  5. Texts, photographs, and illustrations on health, politics, age, race/ ethnicity, and social and economic issues in relation to LGBTQ rights and women's rights since 1940.
  6. This collection is comprised of full-length interviews with notable activists in British Columbia's labour movement on topics ranging from experiences at work, picket lines, strikes and rallies, to organizing unions and negotiating and bargaining collective agreements, as well as shorter interviews based on historic labour events in B.C. The collection includes memories from pre-World War II through to today, as well as reflections on the current state of the labour movement. It is a resource for information relating to labour history and general B.C. history, and the exploration of the intersection of issues like labour, work, politics, gender, race relations, economics, environment, and more.
  7. BC Laws provides free public access to the current laws of British Columbia. This current consolidation of BC Statutes and Regulations is updated continually as new and amended laws come into force, usually within 7 to 14 business days of enactment.
  8. Complete texts with all contemporary editorial matter of twenty versions of the Bible from 990-1970. Contains: 12 complete Bibles; 5 New Testament works; 2 Gospel works; William Tyndales translations of the New Testament, Pentateuch, and Jonah.
  9. Scans of letters and diaries, poems, plays, novels, religious writings, and similar materials from 1100-1900. Text of the manuscripts is not searchable.
  10. Interviews with early Burnaby residents focusing on life in the 1930s. Interviews were conducted by Burnaby Village Museum staff and Burnaby Historical Society members, and Simon Fraser University history students.
  11. Full texts of over 19 000 English-language poems by 177 Canadian poets from 1600 - 1900. Not included: variants, composition history, and scholarly apparatus.
  12. Full text access to the correspondence of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, influential figures in Victorian culture and thought, from 1812 - 1881.
  13. The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) collects resources in four major domains: News, Law & Government Information, Science Technology & Engineering, and the History and Economics of Agriculture. Print and digital resources from the CRL collection are available to member institutions through electronic delivery (look for links in the CRL catalog) or through Inter- library loan. SFU Library is a CRL member.
  14. Records dating from 1876 to 1956 that focus on the activities of the Chinese Freemasons of Canada, particularly in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. Founded in Victoria in 1876, the Cheekungtong (or Chinese Freemasons) functioned as an unofficial organization to maintain order in the Chinese communities and assist members in need. Written 90% in Chinese and 10% in English, these records reflect their activities supporting Chinese communities in Canada; the lives and concerns of their members in British Columbia; and their ties with China.
  15. Manuscripts, paintings, maps, photographs, drawings, and missionary periodicals documenting the experiences of British and American diplomats, missionaries, business people, and tourists in China from 1793 to 1980.
  16. Chinese-language documents dating from 1884 to 1922 and focusing on the history of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA). Founded in Victoria, British Columbia in 1884, the CCBA was the oldest association of its kind in North America and advocated for an inclusive society, and for individual and group rights for people of Chinese origin. Documents delineate the history of the association, recount its protests against discrimination, and record the history of institutions such as Victoria's Chinese Hospital.
  17. Copies of correspondence and other records of the Codrington family pertaining to the West Indies and numerous estates owned by the family throughout the Caribbean region. Records date from 1272 to 1899.
  18. Confidential Print series issued by the Foreign and Colonial Offices from c. 1839 to 1969, for countries of the Arabian peninsula, the Levant, Iraq, Turkey and many of the former Ottoman lands in Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt and Sudan.
  19. Confidential Print series issued by the Foreign and Colonial Offices from c.1824 to 1961, for the USA, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America.
  20. Declassified documents on United States foreign and military policy since 1945.
  21. Photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, and other primary sources that document the history of women in the United States.
  22. A collection of manuscripts, photographs, books and book chapters, journals, magazine articles, financial documents and interviews dating from 1898 to 1975 that focuses on the settlement in Canada of Doukhobors fleeing religious persecution in their native Ukraine. Many items in Russian are accompanied by complete English-language translations; other items, including publications from the Doukhobor community and photographs with Russian inscriptions, are not translated.
  23. Full text of over 200 works of prose fiction from 1500 1700. Genres include: prose romance, jest books, rogue literature.
  24. Treaties, statutes, declarations, government and cabinet proceedings, military dispatches, orders, acts, sermons, newspaper articles, pamphlets, personal and official letters, diaries, and other sources, as well as accompanying annotations, documenting British history from the years 500 to 1914.
  25. Full text of over 183 000 poems by over 2700 poets from the British Isles and former British colonies. Periods covered from the 8th to early 20th century.
  26. Transcripts of interviews with scholars, researchers, and university professors, as well as artists, filmmakers, and creators. Figure/Ground is an open-source, para-academic, inter-disciplinary collaboration.
  27. Correspondence, diaries, government papers, business records, land transactions, legal documents, speeches, books, and pamphlets documenting European settlement across the various frontiers of North America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, between 1650 and 1920.
  28. A collection of documents and images focusing on German settlement in Canada, particularly in the province of Alberta. The selection of print resources found here is about 50% in German and 50% in English.
  29. Manuscripts, print, and visual primary sources on global history and trade of commodities, such as sugar, chocolate, coffee, fur, tobacco, opium, oil, wine, and more, from c1550. Collection also includes scholarly essays, which provide background information on materials.
  30. Online print material and images delineating the handover of Hong Kong's sovereignty in 1997. Includes books, academic papers, original art works, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, ephemeral materials documenting the handover ceremony, photographs, and government documents. About 60% is in English and 40% is in Chinese.
  31. Papers issued by the British House of Commons, in all formats. Primarily contains papers from between 1801-2004, but some date back to late 1600's. Constitutes a richly detailed primary source for 19th, 20th and 21st century Britain, its colonies and the wider world. Topics include Canadian confederation, the abolition of slavery, electoral reform, affairs of the British in North America, and more.
  32. A set of digitized newspapers, journals, and magazines originally published by alternative presses during the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Independent Voices provides access to the powerful voices of feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Latinos, gays, lesbians and more.
    The full collection is available to funding libraries during the funding/digitization campaign (through December 2018), Simon Fraser University is a funding library. The collection will become open access in January 2019.

    A limited number of publications are open access for public viewing now.

  33. Monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals and photographs about Indigenous populations in North America. Topics include the political, social, and cultural history of Native Peoples from the 16th century into the 20th century,
  34. A selection of interviews conducted with early Indian immigrants to Canada, almost all of them British Columbians, in 53 audio files. The interviews cover reasons for and regulation of their immigration to Canada; work and living experiences once in Canada; labour, legal and political issues that affected the immigrants; relations with other racial and ethnic groups; family life and adjustment to Canadian society; and ongoing links to their country of origin. Almost all interviews are in Punjabi, with a few in English and Hindi.
  35. Full text access to various versions of Shakespeares plays and poems (old-spelling transcriptions, modern editions, scans of the Folio editions); text and audio on Shakespeares life and the Renaissance period; images and production information for stage and film adaptations; and literary essays.
  36. Interviews collected in the 1970s and 1980s documenting the experiences of Italian women who immigrated to Canada throughout the first three quarters of the twentieth century. Approximately 100 hours of interviews, with 60% in English and 40% in Italian. See the Italian Canadian Photographs Collection for a selection of archival images from the period.
  37. Interviews with Japanese Canadians on topics ranging from early immigration; their participation in pre-World War II industries including fishing, farming, and the lumber industries; and their internment during World War II. The majority of audio files are in English, but some are in Japanese.
  38. Resources and contextual information relating to the Komagata Maru incident of 1914. Includes diaries, images, newspaper articles, rare government documents, publications, videos, and audio recordings. Also included is an interactive timeline and passenger list, lesson plans, and bibliographies.
  39. Complete record of the Canadian House of Commons Hansard (debate transcripts) from 1901 - present. Search within the full text, speaker names, parties and topics of the Hansard, and get links to biographical information about parliamentarians, including party, gender, constituency demographic profiles and election outcomes.
  40. Digital archive of records from the Stationers Company in London, which provide insight into the history of printing, publishing, copyright, and bookselling from 1554 to the 20th century.
  41. Full texts of over 350 000 English literary works of poetry, drama and prose; video and audio of poetry readings; unabridged audio recordings of Shakespeares plays; essential literary criticism journals and reference resources.
  42. International law and legal information resource, which includes historical coverage. Canadian content includes Annual Statutes of Canada from 1867 and historical provincial session laws, statutes, and law reports. International jurisdictions include the US (federal and state), the UK, and others worldwide.
  43. Diaries and personal writings, published studies and questionnaires, photographs, and file reports, manuscript and typescript papers on everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain. Thematic studies, including surveys, ephemera, accounts, and observations were collected by investigators and personal accounts were submitted by volunteers of the social research organization, Mass Observation.
  44. Scans of European travel writing manuscripts from 1200-1500 about journeys to Central Asia, China, India, Mongolia, Persia, and Southeast Asia.
  45. Diaries, scrapbooks, correspondence, research files, drawings, manuscripts, publications and teaching materials produced by the American zoologist, Edward Sylvester Morse, during his time in Japan. Materials note shop signs, fireworks, hairpins, agricultural tools, music, games, art and architecture, tea ceremonies and other aspects of life in 19th century Japan before it was transformed by Western modernization.
  46. Letters, travel journals, diaries and oral histories, scrapbooks, government papers, hand-drawn maps, watercolours, objects, emigration pamphlets, shipping papers ,and rare printed materials on migration from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe, and Asia to the New World and Australasia between 1880 and 1924.
  47. Monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, photographs, statistics, and other documents from the 19th century. Topics cover political, social, and cultural history, and science and technology around the world.
  48. Personal narratives of immigrants who came to North America between 1800 and 1950.
  49. Scans of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and early printed books, with associated bibliographic references and scholarly annotations.
  50. Postcards collected by Philip Francis that visually capture a wide array of places, people, events, industries, geographic and architectural landmarks, and modes of transportation associated with British Columbia. Many are from the "golden age" of postcards, 1900 to 1920, and publishers include Vancouver's Thompson Stationery Co. and Warwick Brothers & Rutter, the first Canadian company to produce Canadian-made colour postcards. A large percentage contain personal messages.
  51. Access to millions of pages of digitized historical content. Includes books, magazines, and primary source material: maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons, poems digitized by the Gale company.
    Free for residents located in British Columbia and the Yukon, Canada. SFU Authorized Users may access the same Gale Digital Collections from anywhere with a valid SFU ID and password.
  52. Colour images of manuscripts and rare printed materials, as well as photographs, ephemera and memorabilia covering popular culture in Britain, America, and Canada from 1950 to 1975.
  53. Video interviews chronicling the experiences of older lesbian-gay-bisexual-transfolk conducted as part of a project called "Stories of Older Queers: Videography and Archives of Queer Elder Experiences."
  54. Documents related to rodeos across Western Canada and the role they played in building communities in the west. These materials are primarily from the first half of the 20th century and include rodeo programs, newspaper articles, Cowboy Protection Association meeting minutes, oral transcripts, contestant lists for rodeos and archival documents from the Department of Indian Affairs relating to Aboriginal participation in rodeos.
  55. Scans of manuscripts and paintings by the Wordworths and their contemporaries from the Wordsworth Trust. Includes: working notebooks; verse manuscripts; correspondences; Lake District guide books; maps; paintings; and other secondary sources.
  56. Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) records selected by Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Transcripts of hearings, research reports, submissions from tribal councils, organizations and interest groups, and more.
  57. Collection of teaching datasets and instructional guides covering a range of research methods. By picking a dataset and working through the accompanying guides, students can learn data analysis by practicing themselves.
  58. Videos on all aspects of the research process and methods. Also covers practical skills such as project management and writing for publication.
  59. Oral histories of Scottish immigrants to British Columbia that were recorded in 2003 and 2004 by SFU's Centre for Scottish Studies.
  60. Search archival holdings of both the SFU Archives and SFU Library's Special Collections and Rare Books. Mostly descriptions of records, with direct access where available.
  61. Original manuscript and rare printed materials on transatlantic slavery, abolition, and social justice. Collection also includes scholarly essays, chronology, and bibliography, which provide further information on materials.
  62. Books, serials, manuscripts, supreme court records and briefs, biographies, chronology, bibliographies, and more on the transatlantic slave trade, the global movement for the abolition of slavery, the legal, personal, and economic aspects of the slavery system, and the dynamics of emancipation in the U.S., as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions.
  63. Search across four Smithsonian collections on technology, design, innovation: Worlds Fairs and Expositions, Trade Literature and the Merchandizing of Industry, Air & Space Magazine (1986 to current), and Smithsonian Magazine (1970 to current).
  64. Combines Air & Space Magazine and Smithsonian Magazine. Topics include aviation, space, innovation, history, science, technology, arts, and culture.
  65. Historical manuscripts from Early Modern Britain and Europe, between 1509 to 1782. Materials are linked to text-searchable calendars.
  66. A collection of thirty interviews that documents the experiences and reflections of the community of the Technical University of British Columbia (1999-2002) in Surrey, British Columbia. Each item includes: the audio of the interview with enhanced indexing and the ability to navigate to specific times during the conversation, a metadata tab which provides additional information about the interview and the interviewee, and a third tab with the full transcript.
  67. Correspondence, newspaper clippings and other materials related to Shirley Petten's landmark ruling on same-sex survivor benefit rights from the BC Worker's Compensation Board in 1992.
  68. Public mail, memoranda, reports, cables, meeting notes, news clippings, and more on the Tiananmen Square demonstrations, China's human rights issues, and U.S. - China relations in the post-Cold War Era.
  69. Print materials, including magazines, newspapers, newsletters, calendar-almanacs, and books, documenting the emergence of a Ukrainian-Canadian culture in Canada. The materials are largely in Ukrainian with some English texts.
  70. Print material published in Canada between 1900 and 1950, focusing on Ukrainian immigration to Canada, particularly during the first wave (1891-1914) and second wave (1919-1939). Includes publications of various Ukrainian-language publishing houses and printing presses, including the Socialist press of the inter-war period.
  71. Covers a wide-range of history and criticism. Includes full-text access to The Comics Journal, as well as interviews, criticism, images, and journal articles that document the continual growth and evolution of this art form.
  72. Search across four collections on popular entertainment in the 19th and early 20th centuries: Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic; Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks; Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment; Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema.
  73. Correspondence of early to mid-Victorian British women writers.
  74. Canadian legislation, case law, and commentary. Contains the databases BestCase Library, CriminalSource, and LawSource.
  75. Documentary records developed in support of both White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT) and U.S. Government positions in a series of mid- to late 20th century court cases relating to WMAT land claims, water rights and other socioeconomic matters.
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