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CNS – Centre for Newfoundland Studies

Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Newfoundland Canada

Start here for any questions you have about Newfoundland and Labrador. Requests for both research advice and quick facts will be answered.

ASC Archives and Special Collections

Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s Newfoundland Canada

Newfoundland Quarterly

The Newfoundland Quarterly was founded in 1901 as “a literary magazine of interest to Newfoundlanders at home and abroad.” It is the second oldest magazine in Canada. Publishing four times a year, the NQ offers unique, hard-to-find-elsewhere content on Newfoundland and Labrador culture and history.

Provincial Historic Commemorations Program

The PHCP is a citizen-driven program of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador that allows for the commemoration of aspects of our history and culture that are of provincial significance.

Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site

A general information site for all ages, covering natural environment; aboriginal peoples; society, economy and culture; exploration and settlement; the Arts; government and politics.

Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Heritage Structures

This digital collection was produced under contract to the Canada’s Digital Collections program, Industry Canada.

Maritime History Archive

The Maritime History Archive collects and preserves documents relating to the history of maritime activities in Newfoundland and Labrador and throughout the North Atlantic world.

SS Daisy Legal History

The SS Daisy Legal History Committee is a committee of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador whose mandate is the preservation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s legal heritage, including the history of law, the courts, the lawyers and the Law Society. The name of the committee is taken from the government boat SS Daisy that carried lawyers, judges, sheriffs and clerks to the courts in smaller communities in pre-1949 Newfoundland.

Dictionary of Newfoundland English

Full text of this landmark work on the language of Newfoundland, compiled by G.M. Story, W.J. Kirwin and D.A. Widdowson.

Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (HSA) is a volunteer, non-profit organization with a mandate to protect, preserve and promote the province’s history and heritage.

Newfoundland Salt Fisheries: A Digital Exhibit

An exploration of the salt fish processing industry and way of life that sustained Newfoundland for over 400 years, through archival images and text.

The Rooms Provincial Archives

The Rooms Provincial Archives Division, which is the public archives of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador

Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

A province-wide organization with a primary interest in promoting the enjoyment and protection of all wildlife and natural history resources in the province.

NF Shipwrecks on the Web

Site run by Robert Parsons of Grand Bank, retired teacher and author of several books on shipwrecks around the coast of Newfoundland, and a shipwreck map of south coast schooners.

Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives

For a complete listing of archives in Newfoundland and Labrador that may be usefull in your serch,
please visit the website of the Association of Newfouland and Labrador Archives

Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

P. O. Box 8008, St. John’s, NL A1B 3M7

Newfoundland and Labrador Studies Journal

It is a bi-annual, interdisciplinary journal devoted to publishing original essays, in either English or French, about the society and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, past and present.

Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

MANL is an organization of individuals and groups working towards the preservation of our cultural and natural heritage.

Digital Archives Initiative

Your gateway to the learning and research-based cultural resources held by Memorial University and partnering organizations.

East Coast Trail Association

A non-profit organization dedicated to the establishment and maintenance of a hiking trail the length of the east coast of the Avalon Peninsula, and other related trails, with guides and maps.

History in Schools: Grade 8 Newfoundland History Course Resources

The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site Project and the provincial Department of Education have created a web site which complements and expands the Curriculum Guide: Grade 8 History Curriculum Guide Reference Site. It provides a clear, expert introduction into the province’s history and culture from the beginning of the 19th century to the present. The site contains more than 400 articles, which are divided into five units – each corresponding to the five organizational themes outlined in the Grade 8 Curriculum Guide.


Canada’s History

History is happening right now at Canada’s History, where our mission is to make the discovery of our nation’s past relevant, engaging, empowering and accessible to all Canadians.

Canada’s Digital Collections archived at Library and Archives Canada

This page lists the projects included in Canada’s Digital Collections (CDC). CDC was operated by Industry Canada between 1996 and 2004 to provide young Canadians with skills and experience in preparing digital Canadian content of local, regional and international interest. The various collections that were produced during this time period have now been archived by Library and Archives Canada

The National Trust for Canada

The National Trust for Canada is a national charity that inspires and leads action to save historic places, and promotes the care and wise use of our historic environment.


Established in 1999 to promote Canadian history and historical education. It has taken over responsibility for the Heritage Minutes and Heritage Fairs from the CF Bronfman Foundation.

Parks Canada

A division of the federal government department of Canadian Heritage, with responsibility for national historic sites, federal heritage buildings, heritage rivers, marine conservation areas and national parks.

Canadian Genealogy & History

A listing of Genealogical and Historical Web sites from East to Western Sea.


In homes, schools and libraries across Canada, people are looking for evidence of what it means to be a Canadian. Archives Canada is a gateway to archival resources found in over 800 repositories across Canada–it’s your gateway to Canada’s collective memory.

Library and Archives Canada

This website has been designed to provide optimal access to Library and Archives Canada resources for both the experienced researcher and the general user.

Canadian Council of Archives

The objects of the Council are: To preserve our national heritage by improving the administration, effectiveness and efficiency of the archival system. To recommend on national priorities, policies and programmes for the development and operation of a Canadian archival system.

Provincial Historical Societies

The Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society

New Brunswick Historical Society

Federation des societes d’histoire du Quebec

Manitoba Historical Society

British Columbia Historical Foundation

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

Historical Society of Alberta