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The Private Archives and Colonial Records database contains detailed descriptions, at the file or item levels, of textual records from fonds originating in the private sector (e.g. the Sir Wilfrid Laurier fonds) as well as pre Confederation government archival fonds. These documents are conserved at Library and Archives Canada as originals, transcriptions, photocopies or microfilm copies. Sometimes one also finds digitized reproductions of original documents.

While these records constitute a rich source of information for researchers, it is important to note that not all of the fonds concerning these provenances are described in this database. The list of those that are described in it is provided below. Researchers will find in the General Inventory database a general description of all of these fonds and the other fonds conserved at Library and Archives Canada.


The descriptions are written in English or French, according to the language of the documents; documents written in other languages are described in either English or French.

Generations of archivists have worked on the description of these archival records so as to help researchers become more familiar with the history of Canada. Automation and Internet and Web development now allow us to make them more widely accessible to the general public.