YouTube Videos About North American Public Archives

28 09 2009

The first video from the U.S. National Archives, which is the targeted at the general public, gives a good sense of what archives are good for.

Although somewhat amateurish in terms of production values, this video does a good job of explaining how to use the Canadian national archives, Library and Archives Canada.

This more professional-looking video discusses the impressive new home of the Archives of Ontario, which is located at York University.





Jesuit Archive Opens in Montreal

22 09 2009
The Martyrdom of Fathers Brébeuf and Lalemant by Joseph Légaré, 1838

The Martyrdom of Fathers Brébeuf and Lalemant by Joseph Légaré, 1838

The Jesuit Archive of Canada opens today in Montreal. It contains manuscript materials, books, and other primary sources related to the history of the Society of Jesus in Canada from 1611 to present. This archive will be a valuable resource for Canadian historians because the Jesuit Order played a very important role in our country’s history.  Fortuitously, the opening of the Jesuit Archive coincides with lectures in my Canadian history survey course in which I discuss the Jesuit missions in New France.  In preparation for my lecture yesterday on the destruction of Huronia, I asked my students to look at a volume of the Jesuit Relations in the original French (see here).

For more information about the archives, click here.

The image above is from the Wikimedia Commons and is in the public domain. It is a nineteenth-century representation of the killing of two Jesuit missionaires by the Iroquois in 1649. The Iroquois had captued these missionaries are part of their campaign against the Huron Confederacy. They were burned to death in a Huron village near the present-day Ontario city of Midland. The Catholic Church declared Jean de Brébeuf to be a saint in 1930.