In Part 1, we looking at the catalog of the Maritime History Archive\’s holdings. In Part 2 we\’re looking at what else they have to offer.
Staff can be hired to do research and provide scans of documents for a fee. Considering all they have in their holdings, the fees are not unreasonable. Research is done for $40/hour Canadian dollars, with a minimum charge of one hour\’s research time. Scans are an extra fee, the cost depending on what you are requesting. If you choose to go the snail mail route, there is a shipping charge. Depending on the size of the file, charges range from $2-$5 for shipping within Canada. Contact the Archive for shipping outside of Canada. Also note that a 15% HST tax is on top of the stated fees. A detailed breakdown of fees and how to make payment is on their website here. The page was last updated February 2017, so there should be no surprises.
The Archive has a few publications available for sale:
2018 Heritage Calendar:
Using images from the Archives, the calendar is $20.00 if you\’re local, or $25.75 if they\’re shipping it to you. Taxes are included.
Births, Deaths & Marriages in Newfoundland Newspapers 1810-1890:
This can be purchased as either a downloadable database, or as a CD. Cost for either is $57.44 with tax. Please note that neither is compatible with Mac operating systems.
Ships and Seafarers of Atlantic Canada:
This is also a downloadable database that can be purchased as a CD. It is actually three databases. There\’s one of Certificates of Registry for ships from major ports in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI. It covers years from 1787-1936.
The second database contains crew agreements from St. John (NB), Yarmouth (NS), Windsor (NS), and Halifax (NS). Years covered are 1863-1914. The database has information on over 200,000 names.
The third database contains crew agreements from non Canadian vessels, and contains over 100,000 names. They state that this database is a sampling, and by no means a complete database.
Cost is $57.44 taxes included. This product is also not compatible with Mac systems.
This is a set of 9 reels of microfilm. The Canadian Fisherman was a monthly journal that dealt with the commercial fishing industry. You\’ll not only find articles on the Atlantic Canada fishing industry, but also the Pacific, the Great Lakes, and the Prairies. It ran from 1914-1970. Cost is $290. It does not say but I would assume taxes are extra, since they do not specifically say taxes are included.
To see more details of the publications and place an order, look here.
This section can give you an insight into everyday life of Newfoundland and Labrador. There\’s exhibits on the ferries (called the Alphabet Fleet), Coastal Women, and the Titanic. You\’ll also find links to some of the collections we discussed in Part 1. They also provide links to virtual exhibits on other sites. Among the more than 20 exhibits I found:
- 6 different collections of digitized diaries
- Photographs from the Grenfell Mission hospital
- The Twillingate Sun, a newspaper that ran from 1880-1953
- The Mercantile Navy List and Maritime Directory. Digitized are various years from 1868 to 1938
- An exhibit detailing the sinking of the USS Pollox and the USS Truxtun in 1942