St. John's, Newfoundland—known as
North America's oldest city—boasts an
impressive collection of archival and
The Province's capitol city is home to
four excellent archival collections and
its university houses a first-rate library
of over a million volumes. Combined, these
institutions offer a broad range of material
for the potential researcher.
Naturally, much of this resource focuses
on our home Province, Newfoundland and
Labrador, but many other areas of research
and scholarship are also available, especially
in the field of maritime history. Among
the items located here are:
Extensive historical photograph
(mainly of Newfoundland/Labrador
and nautical subjects).
Newspaper collections on microfilm.
These include extended runs of
papers from all over the globe,
including the Christian Science
Monitor; Boston Evening Transcript
1877-1899; the Belfast Newsletter
1738-1925; the Financial Times
(London) 1955-present; Gazette
(Montreal) 1834-1999; New York
Times 1926-present; Times (London)
1785-present; Wall Street Journal
1895-1998. (Many more are also
Mainly from the Newfoundland/Labrador
Provincial Government plus the
Canadian Federal Government.
These come from worldwide sources
and encompass practically all
including most of the 19th/20th
century British Empire vessel
crew agreements; Lloyd's material
and Registers of Colonial shipping.
Business materials for Newfoundland,
the Maritimes and New England.
such as Parish Registers from
Newfoundland, western England
and some Irish.
There are many types of documents
available in this format. Irish
pamphlets 1700-1850; United Nations
Documents—General Assembly, Security
Council etc.; Three Centuries
of Drama (1500-1830); British
Sessional Papers, including Parliamentary
debates and Select Committees
and United States Government documents,
are but a few of the items at
Student dissertations and theses
on Newfoundland/Labrador and a
wide variety of other topics.
(Reproduction of certain of these
is limited to a set number of
pages, or by author's permission
If any of
the above document sources may be of use to
you, or if there is anything else you wish
to inquire about, including web-based research,
please let us know.