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Primary sources: Canadian: Diaries and letters

Explore Mackenzie King's diary

This is a page from Mackenzie King's diary, September 7, 1901.

Databases with digital diaries and letters

Use Omni, the Library catalogue to find diaries and letters/correspondence

Our libraries purchase print and electronic versions of diaries and letters that have been published. These versions can have helpful annotations, include transcriptions (from handwritten to type set), and, in the case of print copies, can be checked out of the Library.

Try the search strategy below. For any print versions you retrieve, you can go to book stacks/shelves to review and check out or request them to be delivered to a library of your choice.

1. This search targets Omni, the Library's catalogue records describing primary sources. Give it a try.

  1. Run the Omni pre-configured search, which automatically populates the first row with words that will retrieve records with, for example, diaries, correspondence, and speeches. THEN,
  2. In the 2nd row add your own keyword(s) that relate to your topic. Separate keywords with AND to ensure all terms appear in the records you retrieve.

Here's an example using poverty AND laws 

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