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Volume 2, Number 5, September-October 2006

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Public History Inc.


As part of its ongoing community outreach efforts, Ottawa-based firm, Public History Inc., made a generous donation of $20,000 in December 2004 towards the digitization of the Red and Black Series files of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs held at Library and Archives Canada. The files cover most aspects of the government administration of Aboriginal affairs in Canada between 1872 and 1964. A database containing these records is accessible through the Web exhibition Aboriginal Documentary Heritage.

When the exhibition launched on June 21, 2006, 100 microfilm reels (approximately 120,000 pages) from the Red Series could be accessed through the online database. In the coming months, another 90,000 pages from the Red Series will be available online. The remaining records from the Red Series and the entire Black Series will be digitized in 2006-2007 and added to the database.

Public History Inc. is North America's largest historical research company, with over 70 employees across Canada. The firm specializes in Aboriginal history; litigation research, analysis and support; document analysis and report writing; and social policy and data analysis.

For years, the Red and Black Series files have been heavily consulted by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal historians, genealogists and legal researchers in the Ottawa area. The digitization of these records will enable researchers throughout Canada and around the world to enjoy similar access to these valuable documents.

It is hoped that future partnerships with Public History Inc. will serve to facilitate the public's access to and knowledge of our diverse collection, and to assist in the preservation of Canada's documentary heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.

For more information about Public History Inc., please visit www.publichistory.ca.

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