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HIST 1114 - Canada After Confederation (Historical Photographs): Personal Snapshots from the Canadian Past

This Library guide has some of the premier sites for primary sources, particularly historical photographs. It also includes how to find primary and secondary sources to help with interpretation and historical context for your photograph.

Women and the War

Members of  the Canadian Women's Auxiliary Corps (C.A.W.C.) in August 1942. BAnQ Vieux-Montréal P48S1P08097" by Conrad Poirier.

This file has been scanned and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons gracefully with the permission and cooperation of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec and Wikimedia Canada under the Poirier Project.

Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons




Welcome to the History 1114 - Personal Snapshots from the Canadian Past Library research guide.

This guide will help you navigate some useful Canadian image repositories for relevant historical photographs as well as, find library resources both primary and secondary which will provide historical context to the photographs you choose.

For you research assignment you will :

  • a) write a short biography (250 words) explaining who you are.
  • b) You will write three personal letters (250 words each) to a friend or family member each of which will be accompanied by a historical photograph from the period in which you are writing.  The purpose of the letter is to explain to your friend of family member what this photograph is, where it is, when it is and why you are sending it to them.  Maybe it represents an event you witnessed or participated in, maybe you are in the photography, or maybe it reflects an issue that is deeply important to your personal life.

All three of your letters/photographs must be connected by one of the historical themes of the course.


  • Gender
  • Political change
  • Challenging myths about Canada
  • Aboriginal peoples and the State
  • Everyday experiences with urban, suburban, or rural life
  • Canada's place in the world
  • Environmental change
  • Capital and Labour

Your chosen theme is the connective thread that links your letters together.



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