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Migration to New Worlds

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License Begins: 
March 1, 2018

Collection Overview: Please see   PDF brochure (linked below)  and Video at Youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m18gPQQs-co&feature=youtu.be   

Migration to New Worlds offers a wide-ranging and in depth look at the emigration of peoples from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From 1800 to 1980, the resource charts the movement of people throughout the ‘Century of Immigration’, through the First and Second World Wars and into the modern era. Late eighteenth- century documents also provide context on the early stages of migration.

Timeline: 1800-1980

Made of two modules: Century of Immigration / The Modern Era

Canadian Archive Sources:

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21: Photographs and objects reveal the process of immigration in action, with English, Italian, German, Dutch and Eastern European passengers arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Oral history extracts provide information on experiences from war brides and refugees arriving in Canada during and after the Second World War. 

Glenbow Museum: Manuscript diaries and letter collections chart the life of immigrants and their reasons for emigration to Canada, whether prompted by family concerns, business opportunities, religious calling or military postings. Collection highlights: Brook Family Fonds, 1883-1919, Alexander Begg Letters, 1843-1914, Wood Family Fonds, 1886-1906, Archdeacon J. W. Tims Family Fonds, 1883-1890, Miles / Hanlan Family Fonds, 1892-1908

Libraries and Archives Canada: Canadian and British government correspondence, reports and returns from the Department of Agriculture, Canada House, the British Overseas Settlement Board and the Department of External Affairs discussing British and Japanese emigration to Canada, 1842-1928.