Digitization of the Nouvelle-France historical archives
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DIGITIZATION OF THE NOUVELLE-FRANCE HISTORICAL ARCHIVES


The result of close cooperation between the Direction des archives de France and the National Archives of Canada, initiated by the Canadian Embassy in France, the digitization of the historical archives of Nouvelle-France has enabled Canada and France to become the first two countries in the world to have a database of their shared history entirely available on line.

A veritable technological challenge, specific tools (navigator, search platforms) had to be developed for the digitization project to enable the general public in both countries to discover their common history, using a new database containing some 600,000 documentary images and about 1,000 cartographic records. The undertaking, which is an unprecedented archival feat, aims to enter 1,000,000 documentary images on line in the near future, and 2,000,000 by 2005. It will certainly be one of the most extensive resources on Nouvelle-France available to the international scientific and genealogical community.

On the occasion of the launch of the portal on http://www.archivescanadafrance.org in early November 2003, Internet users will be able to visit the virtual exhibition entitled [translation] Nouvelle-France: New Horizons, History of a French Land in North America. Focusing on 12 topics that will illustrate the life of the men who set sail to settle in the New World, the exhibition aims to revisit the departure of French emigrants to Nouvelle-France and life in the colony from the 16th to 18th century by examining 350 archival records, manuscripts, printed documents, maps and plans, portraits, prints and medals selected for their visual quality, representative nature, emotional impact and eloquence.