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Anglican Church of Canada General Synod Archives

Address: 600 Jarvis St., Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2J6, Canada
Telephone: +1-416-924-9192
Fax: +1-416-968-7983

Official and personal papers relating to missionary activities in northern Canada including papers of Church Missionary Society (1802-), Rt. Rev. Bompas (1847-1916), Rt. Rev. Stringer (1888-1967), Rev. Whittacker (1890-1920), Rev. Naylor (1895-1939), Rev. Cody (1860-1948), and Rev. Canham (1881-1934).

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Archives of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land

Address: 200 Vaughan St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2C2, Canada
Year of foundation: 1875

Materials relating to the missionary activities of the Anglican Church of Canada in the Hudson's Bay Territories (1820-70) and since in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory, and Ontario.

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Arctic Institute of North America Collection, University of Calgary Library

Contact name: Claudette Cloutier
Address: Room 180, Earth Sciences Building 2500 University Dr. N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 Canada
Telephone: +1-403-220-3447
Fax: 1-403-282-6024
Open to the public? / Opening hours: Yes
Year of foundation: 1945

The collection represents the holdings of the library of the Arctic Institute of North America, a research institute of the University of Calgary. The collection reflects the mandate of the Institute, which is to sponsor research, to acquire and disseminate information, and to assist and co-operate in the orderly development of the North. The collection also reflects the broad University of Calgary community's interests in the North and in northern studies. The University Library provides reference, interlibrary loan, and technical services for the collection as an integrated part of the overall library services.

Arctic materials or materials applicable to the Arctic or polar regions, including some Antarctic materials, subarctic materials and some boreal materials; particular emphasis on northern Canada, but also materials on Alaska, Greenland, Scandinavia, Russia; geology, geography, meteorology, oceanography, glaciology, snow and ice, permafrost, zoology, botany, environmental impact studies, technology, energy resources, history of exploration, native studies and northern cultures, economic and social development, political development, northern government; particular strengths in older books (pre-1900), northern pipeline and oil and gas development, Canadian government publications; extensive polar serial collection obtained in exchange for the Institute's journal Arctic.

The Arctic Institute of North America also maintains Canada's northern database, the Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS). The ASTIS database contains 70,000 records describing publications and research projects about northern Canada and the adjacent waters. ASTIS includes all subjects and covers the three territories, the northern parts of seven provinces and the adjacent marine areas. ASTIS records contain abstracts, detailed subject and geographic indexing terms, and links to 15,500 publications that are available online.

Additional Internet resources: Library Catalogue (Search complete University of Calgary Library) [] ASTIS Database [] Arctic Institute of North America Collection Website [] Arctic Institute of North America Website []

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Bibliothèque de l'université Laval

Address: Bibliothèque générale, Pavillon Jean-Charles-Bonenfant, Cité universitaire, Ste-Foy, Québec G1K 7P4, Canada
Telephone: +1-418-656-2131
Fax: +1-418-656-7793

Special Collections: Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) microfiche collection on ethnology and anthropology. Includes sections on people of northern regions. Collection of 96 volumes on Environmental Review. Great Whale Project = Examen environmental du projet Grande-Baleine. TK 1427 Q3 G751 E96 1992. We also have this collection on microfiche. The Archives Division has two collections which might be of interest to people working on the North: 1. Fund Jacques Rousseau, 4 cubic feet 2. Fund Carl Faessler, about 2 cubic feet

The polar collection is integrated with the collection of Humanities and Social Sciences in the general library.

Languages: French, English

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Canada Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Library

Address: Les Terrasses de la Chaudiere, 10 Wellington Street, Hull, Quebec, K1A 0H4, Canada
Telephone: +1-819-997-0811
Fax: +1-819-953-5491

History of Polar Collection: The northern portion of the collection started early in the century as the library of the Natural Resources Intelligence Committee. It was later incorporated into the library of the Bureau of the Northwest Territories in the Department of the Interior where it remained until 1954 when it was taken over by the Northern Co-ordination and Research Centre. In 1965 it became part of the library of the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources, which in 1966 became the current Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

Subjects covered by the northern collection are: Arctic expeditions and explorations, aboriginal peoples, history, geography, sociology, natural history, natural resources, personal narratives, memoirs and biographies. Most of these works cover the Arctic regions with emphasis on the Canadian Arctic.

Languages: English and French, as well as some material in aboriginal languages.

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Canadian Circumpolar Collection, University of Alberta Libraries

Contact name: Angie Mandeville
Address: 1-50 Cameron Library, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2J8
Telephone: Circumpolar Librarian: +1 780.492.5946 / Cameron Library Reference Desk: +1 780.492.8440
Open to the public? / Opening hours: Yes / Hours:
Year of foundation: 1960

The Canadian Circumpolar Collection is a world-class specialized and distinct reference centre for materials on Northern Canada, and an outstanding collection for circumpolar research. The boundaries of the collection are geographic with an emphasis on the North American arctic and sub-arctic regions. Information about the northern portions of the Canadian provinces and Canadian aboriginal peoples, Greenland, Scandinavia, Antarctica and cold regions in general can be accessed through this library.

It is a multidisciplinary collection of materials relating to the earth sciences, biological sciences, life sciences, applied sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Subjects covered include, but are not limited to: peoples of the north, health, education, religion, government, history of northern & antarctic exploration, land claims, land use, environmental concerns, mining, and engineering.

The collection is housed on the 4th Floor of Cameron Library. You will find materials such as books, print journals, government documents, think tank and activist publications, language materials, northern newspapers, etc. It numbers over 390,000 items.

Significant parts of the collection, including journals, e-books, and grey literature, are part of the U of A Libraries online collection, and can be accessed through library databases and the library catalogue.

Northern Newspapers on microfiche are housed with the newspaper collection on the 2nd floor of Rutherford Library North.

Rare and antiquarian books and letters are included in the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library on the lower level of Rutherford Library South.

Maps & Cartographic Materials:
Adjacent to the Canadian Circumpolar Collection, on the 4th floor of Cameron Library, is the William C. Wonders Map Collection. It is one of the largest collections of cartographic materials in Canada. The collection includes maps, atlases, globes, aerial photographs and other cartographic materials. While the emphasis of the collection is North American, it contains maps for all parts of the world.

The University of Alberta Libraries participate in interlibrary loans programs worldwide.

Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery Department:
2nd Floor, Cameron Library,
University of Alberta,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2J8.
Information: +1 (780) 492-3795.

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Canadian Museum of Civilization Library

Address: 100 Laurier Street, P.O. Box 3100, Station B, Hull, Quebec J8X 4H2, Canada
Telephone: +1-819-776-7173
Fax: +1-819-776-8491

The Document Collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization covers more than eighty years of Canadian anthropology. The collection provides extensive documentation of the Museum's activities since its beginnings as the Anthropological Division of the Geological Survey of Canada in 1910, then as the National Museum of Canada in 1927, next as the National Museum of Man in 1967, and finally as the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1986. The document collections were part of the Research Divisions until February 1992 when they were all centralized into one unit under the Library. Collected by and for geologists and natural historians with the Geological Survey of Canada, beginning in 1840's. Material relating to natural history, anthropology of the north allocated to the National Museum when it separated physically from Geological Survey in 1929.

Special areas: archaeology, ethnology, material history, native peoples and their art.

Languages: English, Russian, Scandinavian, North American Indian, Inuit, French, Russian, and other European languages in the polar collection

Geographical areas: Northern Canada and circumpolar regions. Expedition reports

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Canadian Museum of Nature

Address: Library: The Natural Heritage Building, C.P. 3443, Station "D", Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6P4, Canada
Telephone: +1-(613)364-4045
Fax: +1-(613) 364-4026

LIBRARY ACTIVITIES: Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Reference, Cataloguing

DESCRIPTION OF POLAR COLLECTION: Primarily North American, European; Canadian Arctic Expedition 1913-1918; Other explorations, expeditions, primarily natural history aspects

Languages: English, French, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian

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Centre de Recherche du Moyen Nord (Bibliothèque Paul-Émile-Boulet)

Address: 555, boulevard de l'Université, Chicoutimi (Québec) G7H 2B1, Canada
Telephone: (418) 545 5011 poste 5630
Fax: (418) 693 5896

Le Service de documentation du Moyen-Nord Québecois a débuté ses activitiés en juin 1977 à l'Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. La collection de base était constituée des documents du "Fichier Moyen-Nord" du Conseil Regional de Développment, région Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean-Chibougamau (region 02) et regroupait environ 500 rapports divers non-publiés. Depuis 1983, ce service est integré dans la Bibliothèque Paul-Émile-Boulet de I'UQAC.

Le Service de documentation du Centre de recherche du Moyen-Nord se spécialise dans l'acquisition et l'échange d'informations relatives au Moyen-Nord québecois, que nous définissons, pour des raisons pratiques, comme le territoire compris entre les 49 et 58 parallèles.

Le Service se concentre sur le document généralement difficile d'accès tel que les rapports, enquêtes, comptes rendus de colloques, documents publics d'organes gouvernementaux et de compagnies privées, textes de conférences, thèses, etc. Ces documents ne se retrouvent qu'irregulièrement dans les bibliographies spécialisées. La collection sur le Moyen-Nord québecois est constituée de documents commerciaux (monographs, cartes..) repérables sur la banque de données Badaduq et de documents "gris", de documents difficiles d'accès ou non commercialisés, d'articles de périodiques, de cartes non autonomes repérables sur la banque locale DOMYNO.

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Churchill Northern Studies Centre Library

Contact name: Courtney, Steacy
Address: Box 610, Churchill, Manitoba R0B 0E0, Canada
Telephone: +1-204-675-2307
Fax: +1-204-675-2139

History of Library: The library was founded in the spring of 1978, largely through the efforts of Ms. Nora Corley Murchison, the former long-time Chief Librarian of the Arctic Institute of North America. It is primarily an open-stack reference library with a vertical file specializing in research of the Churchill Region.

DESCRIPTION OF POLAR COLLECTION: Languages: primarily English

Subjects: limnology, climatology, geography*, geomorphology, biology*, botany*, anthropology*, ornithology*, entomology, ecology, geology*, oceanography, surveying, pipeline technology*, (Polar Gas reports). (*Indicates more complete collections.)

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Culture and Heritage Division Library. Department of Education, Culture and Employment. Government of the Northwest Territories

Address: Culture and Heritage Division Library, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9, Canada
Telephone: +1-403-873-7177
Fax: +1-403-873-0205
Publications: The library has none, other than an informal acquisitions list distributed monthly to libraries that have expressed interest in receiving it. The Heritage Centre, however publishes a series of pamphlets entitled The Heritage of the Northwest Territories and an annual Northwest Territories Archaeology Field Work. Both titles, intended for general audiences, may be obtained upon request.

The library was established in 1982 as part of the Northwest Territories Archives, its responsibility being the collection of published materials relevant to the history of the Northwest Territories. Because of its significant association through service to the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, essentially the territorial museum, the library has come to be recognized as a divisional facility collecting equally in the various areas of cultural management and history of the NWT.

Human history of the NWT, including but not limited to: archaeology, both historic and prehistoric; ethnography of northern native cultures including linguistic studies; arctic exploration including North Polar exploration; fur trade; whaling; missions and missionaries; observations and reminiscences of persons living and/or travelling in the NWT; transportation, particularly those forms that are unique and/or exceptionally important to the north; works about art created by territorial residents, or in which aspects of the NWT are the subjects; works of fiction, poetry or drama written by the territorial residents, or in which the NWT figures. The library houses a fine collection of rare books most of which are nineteenth century works relating to northern exploration. Northern collections once belonging to Admiral Sir Leopold M'Clintock and Rear-Admiral Noel Wright are amongst these.

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Environment Canada. Departmental Library

Address: Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0H3, Canada
Telephone: +1-819-977-2485

The Departmental Library was formally established in 1973 with the amalgamation of the Water Management, Canadian Forestry Service and Canadian Wildlife Service collections.

Northern materials are scattered in the general collection.

Languages: English and French

Geographic area: Arctic and cold regions, the Canadian North.

Subject specialization: Arctic research, northern development, social and economic impacts, environmental impact analysis, ecology, environmental management, forestry, land use and management, pollution, water resources, wildlife research and management.

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Freshwater Institute Library. Regional Library, Central & Arctic Region, Fisheries & Oceans Canada

Address: 501 University Crescent, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N6, Canada
Telephone: +1-(204) 983-5170
Fax: +1-(204) 984-4668

History of Library: In 1966, the Fisheries Research Board of Canada founded the Freshwater Institute (FWI) in Winnipeg. The Institute is located adjacent to the Fort Garry Campus of the University of Manitoba. The FWI library has evolved to become the regional library for the Central and Arctic Region of Fisheries & Oceans Canada. This region encompasses the central part of Canada's geographic area (Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta) and Canada's northern territories (Northwest Territories and Nunavut). Primary users of the library's collection and services are the departmental science researchers and aquatic habitat management biologists of the region, as well as the University of Manitoba community, other government departments and consulting companies. The collection covers most aspects of freshwater ecology and a wide range of Arctic marine topics, including marine mammals. The library's inventory is included in the WAVES database, a cooperative catalogue of the departmental libraries in Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The Central & Arctic Regional Library has developed one of the best working collections of material in its subject area in North America, and carries a large number of unique reports especially as they relate to the aquatic ecosystems of the region's geographic responsibilities.

Languages: Most monographs and serials held are in English. Other languages - French, German, Russian, Japanese, etc.

Size of Polar Collection: Books: 25,000; Periodical titles: 200; Pamphlets and Reprints: ; Microfiche:5000

Additional Internet resources: The WAVES catalogue is available at: Most post-1998 published departmental reports are full-text accessible from a link in their WAVES catalogue record.

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Glenbow Museum

Address: 130-9th Ave. S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3, Canada
Telephone: +1-403-268-4197
Fax: +1-403-265-9769

DESCRIPTION OF POLAR COLLECTION: Geographic Area: Western Arctic (from Hudson Bay West)

Special Strengths: Historical literature and fiction

Languages: primarily English

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Hudson's Bay Company Archives. Provincial Archives of Manitoba

Address: 200 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg MB R3C 1T5, Canada
Telephone: +1-204-945-4949
Fax: +1-204-948-2008

History of Library: The library was established in London in the 1920s to support the work of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives Department. The library was transferred to Canada with the archives in 1974. The library also includes what survives of the libraries maintained for the use of the directors and staff in London and Canada, the most important of which are the 'Fur Trade Libraries'. It is from these constituent libraries that the library's 18th and 19th-century holdings largely come.

Particular strengths of the library are the history of the Hudson's Bay Company and the fur trade, native peoples and the exploration of the Arctic and Western North America. There is no separate polar collection. Remarks under following headings deal with the library as a whole.

Languages: English; holdings in other languages not significant

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Institute of Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology Library. Geological Survey of Canada (Calgary) Library

Address: 3303 - 33rd Street NW / 3303 - 33e rue Nord-Ouest, Calgary, Alberta T2L 2A7 / Calgary (Alberta) T2L 2A7, Canada
Telephone: (403) 292-7165
Fax: (403) 292-5377
Year of foundation: 1967

The library holds a special collection known as the "Polunin Collection" which deals with the arctic.

Languages: English, French and Russian

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Inuit Tapirisat of Canada Library

Address: 170 Laurier Ave., Suite 510 West, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V5, Canada
Telephone: +1-613- 238-8181
Fax: +1-613-234-1991

The library is located in Inuit Tapirisat of Canada's head office in Ottawa. It is a small library which is only staffed when requested. The library is not formally organized, not due to lack of interest, but due to lack of sufficient funding. It is hoped that one day the many valuable materials in the library will be properly organized in order to extend best possible usage.

The I.T.C. library is devoted mostly to the areas of: Northwest Territories, Northern Quebec, and Labrador. Most of the material is directly concerned with native affairs.

Languages: English, a few in French and some in Inuktitut.

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KIAC School of Visual Arts Library

Contact name: Jen Laliberte
Address: 994 3rd Avenue Box 569 Dawson City, Yukon Canada Y0B 1G0
Telephone: +1-867-993-6390
Fax: +1-867-993-6392
Open to the public? / Opening hours: Yes/ Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 4pm-7pm; Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm; Saturday 12pm-4pm
Year of foundation: 2007
Activities: Reference library with an emphasis on visual arts and a special focus on Northern/Arctic themes, aesthetics, research, and content. Library also houses a wide selection of periodicals, audio visual materials, and an image database.
Publications: Art, architecture, textiles, First Nations studies, design, political studies, theory, literature, sound, media art, performance, oral history, sculpture, printmaking, geography, mapping, photography, etc.

Languages: Primarily English.

Some texts in French and a small number of holdings in the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in (Dawson/Moosehide)dialect of the Hän language and other Yukon/Alaska/Northwest Territories First Nations languages.

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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Library

Address: 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1S3, Canada
Telephone: +1-902-424-7890
Fax: +1-902-424-0612

A marine history reference collection of books and periodicals, the subject specialty being ships and shipping, including some naval. The area covered concentrates on the Atlantic coast and eastern Arctic areas of Canada.

Our polar books are historical accounts chiefly about searching for the Northwest Passage.

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Memorial University of Newfoundland, Queen Elizabeth Ii Library

Address: PO Box 4200, St. John's, Newfoundland A1B 3Y1, Canada
Telephone: +1-709-737-7428
Fax: +1-737-2153

COLLECTIONS: Extensive holdings for Labrador, Newfoundland and the Canadian Eastern Arctic, much housed in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies.

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Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library Special Collections

Address: Baldwin Room, 789 Yonge St., Toronto M4W 2G8, Canada
Telephone: +1-416-393-7154
Fax: +1-416-393-7229
Year of foundation: 1883

Bibliography of Canadiana (1934-); The Northwest Passage 1534-1859: a catalogue of an exhibition of books and manuscripts in the Toronto Public Library (1963)

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National Archives of Canada

Address: 395 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N3, Canada
Telephone: +1-613-995-5138
Fax: +1-613-995-6274
Year of foundation: 1872

Official repository for federal government agencies. Important collections include Northern Affairs Program (1890-1977), Department of the Interior (1821-1961), Surveys and Mapping Branch (1857-1971), Indian Affairs (1677-1978), Indian Affairs and Northern Development (1867-1976), and RCMP (1868-1976). MG 29 and MG 30 contain 19th and 20th century polar records. Also holds microfilm copies of most textual records up to 1904 in the Hudson's Bay Company Archives.

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National Library of Canada

Address: 395 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N4, Canada
Year of foundation: 1950
Publications: Canadiana (1953-, 12pa); Canadian machine-readable databases: a directory and guide (1987); Canadian Theses.

Originally the Canadian Bibliographic Centre, charged with responsibilities for compiling the national bibliography, Canadiana, and developing a Canadian Union Catalogue. Extensive, theoretically comprehensive, holdings of documents relating to northern Canada published since the enactment of legal deposit under the 1953 National Library Act.

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National Research Council of Canada. Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI)

Contact name: Montgomery, Margot J.
Address: CISTI, Montreal Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0S2, Canada
Telephone: +1-613-993-1600
Fax: +1-613-952-9112

Scientific and technical information services. History of Library: CISTI was formerly the National Science Library of Canada. Name changed in 1974 to reflect breadth of activity.

Integrated with the general collection of international science and technical information Languages: all

Size of Polar Collection: Unable to specify

Periodical titles: 22,300 for whole collection, incl. polar

Printed Brochure Available: Yes

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Northwest Territories Archives

Address: Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Government of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9, Canada
Telephone: +1-(403)873-7698
Fax: +1-(403) 873-0205

Description of holdings: Records related to the human history of the Northwest Territories including government records (federal, territorial and municipal), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, private individuals, businesses, native organizations, religious institutions, non-profit associations, sport organizations, and heritage associations. These records can be found in numerous formats including textual material, photographs, sound recordings, newspapers, films, videos and maps.

Significant Collections: Government Federal government records from 1920 to 1967 NWT Council records from 1921 Government of the NWT Records from 1967 Records of the City of Yellowknife Other Newspapers from 1938 Richard Finnie films and photographs Doug Wilkinson films and photographs CBC radio and TV programmes Records related to the constitutional development of the NWT Henry Busse photographs Robert Porritt papers and photographs Oral history recordings including the Oblate collection Collections from native photographers including Stephen Angulalik, James Jerome, and Joseph Idlout

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Northwest Territories Court Library. Northwest Territories Department of Justice

Address: Court House, 1st Flr., 4903-49th St., Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A 2L9, Canada
Telephone: +1-403-873-7618 or 920-8626

History: The development of the court library is closely linked to the development of the courts in the NWT. The Library was established in 1955 by the Honourable Mr. Justice J.H. Sissons. From 1955-1978, the court library was situated on the premises occupied by the Supreme Court but there was no library staff. With the construction of the new court house in 1978, the library facilities and services were enlarged. A separate room was set aside, and a librarian was hired as a consultant to set up and update the collection. The position was made permanent with the year, a technician was hired, and the collection was expanded. The library now occupies half of the first floor in the Courthouse.

The collection is a standard law library, containing primary and secondary Canadian legal materials. Due to our geographic location, efforts are made to collect materials on northern/native legal issues. This part of the collection is relatively small but the records have extended indexing for better retrieval.

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Northwest Territories Legislative Library

Address: Legislative Assembly Building, P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife, N.W.T. X1A 2L9, Canada
Telephone: +1-867-669-2203
Fax: +1-867-873-0207

The Government Library was established in 1973 to serve as a central library for the Government of the Northwest Territories. In September 1993, the Government Library became the Legislative Library of the Northwest Territories and was moved into the new Legislative Assembly building with a branch library remaining in its previous location to continue to serve government employees. The Legislative Library serves Members of the Legislative Assembly and their staff and employees of the Territorial government as its primary clientele. Researchers, consultants, the media and the general public are all welcome to use the library. The Legislative Library has depository status for N.W.T. government documents.

Geographic Area: primarily Northwest Territories

Languages: English with some publications, mostly government documents, in Inuktitut, Dogrib, North Slavey, South Slavey, Gwich'in and Chipewyan.

Library Catalogue: Unicorn

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Northwest Territories Renewable Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development (RWED) Library

Address: 600, 5102 50th Ave., Yellowknife, NWT X1A 3S8, Canada
Telephone: +1-867-920-8606
Fax: +1-867-873-0293

The library was established in 1980. It is part of the NWT Department of Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development.

The library primarily contains material related to northern natural resources. The main geographic focus is the Northwest Territories with some material from Nunavut, Yukon, Greenland, Alaska and Russia.

Additional Internet resources:

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Nunavut Public Library Services

Contact name: Ron Knowling
Address: P.O. Box - 270 Baker Lake Nuanvut, X0C 0A0
Telephone: 867-793-3353
Fax: 867-793-3360
Activities: NPLS Headquarters and Distribution Centre Headquarters provides policy guidance as well as financial, technical, and operational support to public libraries in Nunavut. Services available to Nunavummiut all across the territory, which include the borrower by mail program, intended primarily for those living in communities without a public library, inter-library loan services, and the web catalogue of library holdings (Nunavut Libraries Online -, are coordinated centrally by HQ. NPLS Headquarters is located in the Kivalliq region community of Baker Lake (Qamani'tuaq).

Public Libraries in Nunavut are administered at the community level through contribution agreements with Nunavut Public Library Services (NPLS), a responsibility of the Government of Nunavut's Department of Culture, Language, Elders & Youth. Operating at arm's length from government, Nunavut public libraries vary program and resource offerings from one community to the next, depending on needs and aspirations articulated by the local community.

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Ocean Engineering Information Center (OEIC). Memorial University of Newfoundland

Address: C-CORE, OEIC, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St.John's, Newfoundland A1B 3X5, Canada
Telephone: +1-709-737-8377/78
Fax: +1-709-737-4706

An information centre to provide information search services to members of the sponsoring groups. The Centre has a technical report collection (29,500 titles) and has been in operation since 1976. Sponsoring Groups are C-CORE (Centre for Cold Oceans Resources Engineering) and Ocean Engineering Research Centre, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Cold ocean engineering in Canadian waters, with specific emphasis on sea ice and icebergs, and offshore hydrocarbon development, remote sensing, centrifuge and experimental modelling,space systems and the application of space technologies to harsh environments, intelligent systems, marine robotics and subsea sensing, geophysics, geomechanics and the environment. Current collection only. Documents (some) are weeded out after five years. Concentrated on acquiring the "grey" or "fugitive" literature (i.e. documents not readily accessible as yet through the commercial databases).

In-house Databases: access to OEIC documents is provided through a SPIRES retrieval system, which is available online at the Centre. The OEIC database, along with several other databases is also accessible on the "Arctic and Antarctic Regions CD-ROM".

Additional Internet resources: C-CORE search:

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Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines Library

Address: 6th Floor, 159 Cedar Street, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 6A5, Canada
Telephone: +1-705-670-7130

History of Library: Founded in 1978 and reorganized in 1982. Relocated to Sudbury, Ontario in 1991.

Description of Polar Collection: Northern Ontario material only.

Languages: English and French.

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Provincial Archives of Alberta

Address: 8555 Roper Road, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6E 5W1
Telephone: +1 (780) 427-1750
Fax: +1 (780) 427-4646
Year of foundation: 1963

Materials of northern interest include: Anglican Church of Canada, Diocese of Mackenzie River - Records of missions, bishops and administration, 1859- 1942; Lassifer Kuma Oils Ltd. - Records of oil companies involved in Arctic exploration, 1952-1972; and C. Klengenberg - Photographic album of residence at Rymer Point, Victoria Island, NWT, ca. 1924.

Holdings Total Volume: 19,000 linear metres of government records; 2,900 linear metres of private papers; 44,846 maps; 22,000 architectural drawings; 75 paintings/drawings; audio/visual working collections - accessible to the public; 400,000 historic photographs; 6,000 hours of sound holdings; 9,500 hours of archival video and film holdings

Inclusive Dates: 1795 - current

Predominant Dates: 1841 - current

Guides to Holdings/Inventories: Sources for Women's History at the Provincial Archives of Alberta; A Guide to the Archives of the United Church of Canada; A Guide to the Archives of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate: Province of Alberta -Saskatchewan; Alberta: Index to Registrations of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1897 - 1905. Vol. 1; Alberta's Local Histories in the Historical Resources Divisional Library; The Letters of Lovisa McDougall, 1878 - 1887; Voices of Alberta: A Survey of Oral History Completed in Alberta to 1980; Voix Albertaines (supplement to Voice of Alberta); Government Records Collections held in the Provincial Archives of Alberta

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Provincial Archives of British Columbia

Address: Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C. V8V 1X4, Canada
Telephone: +1-604-387-5885

Description of Archive or Manuscript Collection: Manuscripts, government records, books, pamphlets, newspapers, maps, photographs and oral history tapes relating to the history of British Columbia and the northwest coast, and, to a lesser extent, Alaska, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

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Provincial Archives of British Columbia. Northwest Collection

Address: 655 Belleville, Victoria, B.C. V8V 1X4, Canada
Telephone: +1-604-387-5885

History of Library: The Provincial Archives of British Columbia dates from the reorganization in 1893 of the Legislative Library, which had existed in colonial times. The Northwest Collection of printed material is a major part of the Archives.

DESCRIPTION OF POLAR COLLECTION: Emphasis on Arctic exploration in the 19th century -- the search for Franklin; Alaska, the Yukon, Eskimos. Printed Brochure Available: Yes. Size of Polar Collection: (These figures are approximations.) Books: Approximately 900 titles and 1100 volumes; Periodical Titles: 10; Pamphlets and Reprints: 325 pamphlets. Reprints included in the figures for books

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The Inuvik Centennial Library

Address: Box 1640, 100 Mackenzie Road, Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0, Canada
Telephone: +1-867-777-2749
Fax: +1-867-777-3221

The Inuvik Centennial Library, located 200 miles above the Arctic Circle, was built as a Canadian Centennial project in 1967. In 1996 the initial library was closed down, and the move was made into a larger 7,500 sq. ft. facility adjacent to the original one. The library has currently more than 30,000 items which include books, audio cassettes, videos, and magazines.

We house the Dick Hill Northern Collection, an extensive compilation of materials pertaining to the Arctic with a focus on the Canadian Western Arctic.

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University of British Columbia Library

Address: 1956 Main Hall, Vancouver B.C. V6T 1Z1, Canada
Telephone: +1-604-822-2298
Fax: +1-604-822-3893

In the Special Collections and University Archives is housed the A.J.T. Taylor collection which was donated to the University in 1946. The collection consists of voyages, travels, explorations, etc. relating to the Arctic. Many of the books were chosen for the donor by Dr. Stefansson, a personal friend. See entry for University of British Columbia, Special Collections and University Archives.

The Canadiana collections are strong in pre-Confederation history, Arctic exploration including the search for Franklin and Polar expeditions, Pacific Northwest history with emphasis on British Columbia, the fur trade, ethnology, and literature. The ethnology is primarily British Columbia Indians, but there is some coverage of other Indians and Eskimos.

Additional Comments: This description does not take into consideration materials scattered throughout the general library in various interdisciplinary studies, nor materials in microform.

Associated Archive or Manuscript Collections. Archive Name: Manuscripts, Special Collections Division, University of British Columbia. In Charge: George Brandak, Manuscripts Curator, Special Collections Division

Size of Polar Collection: Books: 700 - 800; Periodical Titles: approximately 6; Pamphlets and Reprints: approximately 200; Photographs: approximately 100. Printed Brochure Available: General leaflet for Special Collections Division is available

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University of British Columbia. Special Collections and University Archives

Address: 1956 Main Mall, Vancouver B.C. V6T 1Z1, Canada
Telephone: +1-604-822-4879
Fax: +1-604-822-9587

Description of Archive or Manuscript Collection: Regional manuscript collection with emphasis on B.C. industry (lumber, fishing, mining), labour history, literary figures, etc. about 4,000 linear feet. The book collection includes the A.J.T. Taylor collection which was donated to the University in 1946. The collection consists of voyages, travels, explorations, etc. relating to the Arctic. Many of the books were chosen for the donor by Dr. Stefansson, a personal friend.

Manuscripts of northern interest include: Sir Edward Belcher, 18 feet, correspondence, documents, diary, etc. 1736-1874; Sir John Franklin, 1p., letter to Dr. Bedford 11 July 1840; Julius von Osterr Payer, 3p., notes written on board Tegetthoff 1874; David Alexander Stewart, 17p., essay on Sir John Richardson presented to Osler Society, Winnipeg, 1929. Records of the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers, Yellowknife Local 802, 1944-1967. Original manuscript of an unfinished play "The North West Passage, Or Voyage Finished", written and performed on board HMS Hecla in Winter Harbour, December 1819, 38p.

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Yukon Archives

Contact name: Ian Burnett, Territorial Archivist
Address: Yukon Archives, P.O. Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6, Canada
Telephone: +1-403-667-5321
Fax: +1-403-393-6253
Open to the public? / Opening hours: Tuesday & Wed., 9:00-5:00pm; Thursday: 1:00-5:00pm; Friday: 1:00-9:00pm;Saturday: 10:00-1:00pm, 2:00-6:00pm; Closed on Monday & Sunday
Year of foundation: 1972
Publications: Please see the finding aid section of the website for titles (

History: 1971: Passage of the Archives ordinance established the Yukon Archives. 1972: First Territorial Archivist was appointed and the Archives facility was opened officially. Initially part of the Library Services Branch, Department of Tourism, Conservation and Information. 1977: The Library Services Branch was reorganized into the Department of Library and Information Resources. 1981: The Department became part of the newly formed Dept. of Heritage and Cultural Resources. 1982: This new Department was expanded to include Tourism and became known as Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Resources. 1983: The Archives assumed responsibility for the Access to Information Act. 1984: Libraries and Archives were combined into one Branch; the Branch was assigned to the Department of Education. 1990: In October 1990, the Archives moved to its new facility at Yukon Place, Whitehorse; 2003- transferred to the newly formed Dept. of Tourism and Culture, Cultural Services Branch.

Yukon related material and arctic/circumpolar material in all media--library, government records, manuscripts, corporate records, photographs, films, sound recordings, maps, plans, etc.

Acquisitions Policy: Yukon: Comprehensive : current and retrospective titles in all subject areas. Neighboring jurisdictions (western Northwest Territories, northern British Columbia, eastern Alaska): representative: significant current and retrospective titles on topics of lasting relevance to Yukon. Polar, cold regions: selective: significant current titles on topics of special relevance to Yukon (e.g. northern resources management, cold weather engineering)

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