Canadian historical society journals free online. Archived journals from various provinces and cities in Canada.
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Vols. 1-5, 1894-1930
St. John, N.B.: New Brunswick Historical Society Dewey Dec. 971.1
The Collections were published from 1894 to 1919 as 12 consecutive numbers divided into four volumes. Vol 1 is deceptive in that it appears to be one continuous publication, without title pages or breaks indicating the start of new numbers 2 and 3. It also contains no Table of Contents for numbers 2 and 3. The remaining volumes also fail to list the contents of several numbers. You will find a complete Table of Contents for the first four volumes, with page numbers, at the link entitled “TOC Vols I-IV”. Each volume has an index at the end.
Vol. II, No. 5 was not found online.
Vol V, no. 13, was published in 1930. Contents are: Journal of Abijah Willard of Lancaster, Mass., p. 3; Historical-Geographical Documents Relating to New Brunswick, p. 76.
Vols. 1-20 & Index, 1879-1921
Halifax: Nova Scotia Historical Society Dewey Dec. 971.1
The Index (last link) is a 211-page PDF file of the Society’s combined index to this publication and to the Society’s Journal, which began publication in 1998. The Journal does not appear to be available free of charge.
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Vols 1-14 & Index, 1899-1923
Toronto: Ontario Historical Society Dewey Dec. 971.1
Subject and author indexes (last link) are for Vols 1-20. This publication contains numerous historical articles, as well as vital records such as birth and marriage registers.
Nos. 1-8, 1900 to 1922
Ottawa: Esdale Press
Ottawa: Esdale Press Dewey Dec. 971.1
The Society was formed in 1899, and had, “for its object the encouragement of study of Canadian history and literature, the collection and preservation of Canadian historical records and relics, the cultivation of a national spirit, and the building up of a Canadian loyalty and patriotism.”
Nos. 1-26, 1896-1928
Toronto: Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Toronto Dewey Dec. 971.1
The Society was organized in 1895. According to its Constitution, “the objects of the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Toronto are the encouragement of a study of Canadian history and literature; the collection and preservation of Canadian historical records and relics, and the building up of Canadian loyalty and patriotism.” The constitution seems to indicate that the society would focus on national rather than local history.
Annual Transactions 1898-1904, 1914-1916
Toronto: Rose Dewey Dec. 971.1
The Association was founded in 1896. Full membership was available only for persons who could trace their lineal descent from the United Empire Loyalists, and the purpose of the society was to preserve the history of those loyalists. Until 1914 this seems to have been the only United Empire Loyalists’ Association. In that year the Canadian Parliament passed an act that created a nation-wide association with branches in all provinces and territories; with the Toronto branch as the chief one.
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Annual Reports 1913-1940; Annual Index for all Annual Reports 1913-2015
Kitchener: Waterloo Historical Society Dewey Dec. 971.1
The Waterloo Historical Society documents the history of Waterloo Region, including the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, along with the Townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.