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The Robertson Library at the University of PEI and its partners have created a fantastic search, discovery and display framework for newspapers and created a solid content foundation with the digitization of the Guardian from the 1890s to the 1960s. We’re seeking community support to keep growing this project and sharing the historical newspaper record of Prince Edward Island with Islanders and our worldwide community.

To focus the effort the IslandNewspapers.ca team (made up of community members, newspaper editors, librarians, historians, and systems developers) has identified five key titles for digitization and loading into IslandNewspapers.ca in 2014.

The effort needed to add new titles like those identified is substantial and this site is designed to help us build one of the best resources for investigating the history of one of Canada’s most unique areas. This effort includes: funds needed to purchase new “master” microfilm reels, providing the best possible quality image source; staff resources (including UPEI students) to scan, perform quality assurance, and test digital outputs; staff effort to add new functionality to the system in response to request from the community; and costs of temporary and long-term storage to preserve and steward the digital pages for the long-term. The Robertson Library is committed to creating and maintaining an archive of the complete history of the Province of Prince Edward Island, and we hope you will join us in making this effort a reality.

While monetary contributions are welcomed and encouraged there a number of other ways you can contribute to IslandNewspapers.ca's success.

  1. Tell your friends about IslandNewspapers
  2. Provide Feedback
    • We think this site is a great resource for our community, but if you experience issues using the site or discover errors, please let us know.
  3. Provide Content
    • We currently have almost 200,000 page images of the Guardian digitized, but we are missing pages, issues, or entire years of the paper. We are currently missing all of the issues from 1893, May-August 1894, 1896, 1897, January - May 1898 and January - June 1902.  Check your attics ... if you have the Guardian for any of the time periods mentioned, please contact us.
  4. Suggest a Feature

Contribution amount:

Funding goal: 
1,261.00 CAD 3%
Goal: 50,000.00 CAD