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Canada’s Archives Shares 19th-Century Photos On Flickr

Posted by admin on Nov 5, 2008

Canadian images and documents from the 19th century and early 20th century are getting the 21st century treatment on the online photo sharing network Flickr as part of a new project by Library and Archives Canada.

The project aims to make the heritage artifacts more accessible, the federal government agency says.

About 80 scanned photos and documents of Irish-Canadian history have been posted and tagged with geographic information for the public to comment on and tag as part of the 2008 Irish Studies Symposium. The two-day meeting of historians, students, genealogists, and researchers wrapped up Tuesday in Ottawa.

Kyle Browness, a project manager at Library and Archives Canada, said the ability to get archival documents “out there” and the interactivity of the medium are what makes the site attractive.

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