The following information is the latest from the Library and Archives of Canada (LAC) with thanks to Dick Eastman’s EOGN blog for pointing this one out:

Today, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) commemorates the 170th anniversary of the Canada Gazette by making accessible the digitized back issues, from 1841 to 1997, on its website dedicated to this official publication.

“Current issues of the Canada Gazette have been available to Canadians at most libraries and through subscription, and the Canada Gazette Directorate has a searchable database on its website of all issues since 1998,” said Daniel J. Caron, Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada. “However, an online database that includes all issues of the Canada Gazette, since 1841 and searchable by keyword, is a major achievement that allows even greater access to this very important resource.”

Digitization of these back issues began in 2008. At that time, LAC’s database contained about 30 percent (or close to 300,000 pages) of the Canada Gazettecorpus, including images taken from microfilm, microfiche and rare original copies of the Gazette held at LAC. In August 2010, the staff of LAC and the Canada Gazetteinventoried the missing editions and, with the help of the Canada Gazette Directorate, were able to get copies from other libraries across Canada. Today’s announcement of the launch of the entire publication marks the completion of this multi-year initiative.

The initiative was made possible thanks to the contribution of the Department of Canadian Heritage, more specifically its Canadian Culture Online Program. LAC also wishes to acknowledge the collaboration of the Canada Gazette Directorate, which provided funding assistance for the development of the database and supported the creation of the written content for LAC’s website, A Nation’s Chronicle: The Canada Gazette. (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/canada-gazette/index-e.html)

Often referred to as “the official newspaper of the Government of Canada,” theCanada Gazette has been an important instrument in the Canadian democratic process for 170 years. It has informed Canadians of the operations of government and encouraged them to participate in the legislative process.

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The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.

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