Celebrating Independence Day and Canada Day with appreciation for archives

July 2nd, 2014

Canada Day and Independence Day are here! While many of us enjoy the sun and heat that comes along with these summer national birthdays, we also take the time to reflect on the cultural and political heritage that has been archived, preserved, and managed for the lifespan of Canada and the United State’s centuries long histories.

Many Archive-It Partners are collecting content that does not exist anywhere else on the web or in print including important government documents and websites, cultural artifacts, and even social media. Content like this will someday likely be key to understanding current political and social climates in North America so that we can continue to appreciate and better understand the complicated and proud histories of Canada and the United States.

Here are just a few Archive-It collections that we feel reflect this spirit:

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/javcon117/

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/javcon117/

 

United States:

Smithsonian Institution Websites
Includes archives of the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Open Folklore
The large and dynamic fabric of folk art and culture in the US, including colonial and indigenous communities is represented in the websites archived by Indiana University.

Federal Depository Library Program Web Archive
The incredible amount of web content captured by FDLP, part of the Government Printing Office, will be integral to understanding the role and image of the US  federal government in the 21st century.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ankakay/

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ankakay/


Canada:

Canadian Government Information
The University of Toronto archived the entirety of government information published on the .ca domain before a major overhaul and downsizing of the content in in late 2013.

Aboriginal Canada Portal
This content portal managed by the Government of Canada provided access to resources, history, and culture links of interest to the aboriginal community in Canada. It was taken down in February 2013, but captured by the University of Toronto.

Prairie Provinces Politics & Economics
From the University of Alberta Libraries: “A developing collection of sites related to the politics, economics, society, and culture of the Canadian prairie provinces. The collection has a focus on Alberta with coverage of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.”