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Canada Year Book Historical Collection

  • Covers the first century of Canada's history (1867-1967), with historical text, tables, charts and maps, supplemented by interconnected learning resources for students and teachers. The 1867 to 1886 editions were written only in English; French editions are included 1887-1967.
  • Text and tables cover population, industry and the economy, trade, immigration, labour, transportation, agriculture, communications, and government.

Early Censuses of Canada

  • Electronic reproduction of an 1876 publication which includes 343 tables from 98 Censuses taken between 1665 and 1871.
  • Includes data on the social and economic conditions in Canada from the earliest settlements to 1871, including Atlantic Canada, New France, Lower Canada, Upper Canada, Western Canada.
  • All tables require Beyond 20/20.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (U.K.)

  • The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) are the most detailed primary sources covering the past two centuries for Britain, its colonies and the wider world. They are the working documents of government for all areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy, showing how issues were explored and legislation was formed.
  • HCPP now includes over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688. HCPP delivers page images and searchable full text for each paper, along with detailed indexing.

Proquest U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection (Congressional Publications)

  • Captures every aspect of American life from the early 19th century onward: farming, westward expansion, scientific exploration, politics, international relations, business, and manufacturing.
  • This is a collection of U.S. Government publications compiled under the directive of Congress. It includes Congressional reports and documents as well as executive agency and departmental reports ordered to be printed by Congress.

Sessional Papers of Canada - also available in Microform

  • Sessional Papers are reports tabled in the House of Commons and published as a set of volumes for each parliamentary session. These and other topics are represented by text and statistical tables such as: annual reports of departments, estimates and public accounts, early census reports, and reports of royal commissions.
  • Before the Dominion Bureau of Statistics was established in 1918, the annual reports of government departments such as Agriculture, Indian Affairs, and Railways and Canals were the main source of statistics on Canadian economic and social activity. The public accounts and annual reports of departments are particularly good sources for detailed historical statistics.

Historical Statistics of the United States

  • The standard source for statistical indicators of American history, from Colonial times to the present.
  • Topics range from migration and health to crime, Colonial statistics and the Confederate States of America. The fully searchable and downloadable electronic edition permits users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own particular areas of interest.