WWI Resources


Visit the Archives of Ontario 2014 WWI centenary web exhibit

  • Using the wartime letters between young soldier Harry Mason and his sweetheart, Sadie Arbuckle, "Dear Sadie" tells the moving, bittersweet story of their relationship. It also explores the shattering reality of war, both on the front lines and the home front.
  • The Archives of Ontario commemorates Remembrance Day 2014 by showcasing the contributions made by the T. Eaton Company and its employees to the war effort during World War I in a new online exhibit – Eaton’s Goes To War.
  • The Archives of Ontario web exhibit includes a resource page that lists WWI web resources available from other archives, museums and cultural institutions.

Resources from archives across Ontario

 Institution  Resources  Click
CBC Digital Archives War & Conflict: First World War resources cbc digital archives
Deseronto Archives Blog posts about the First World War in Deseronto  
Diocese of London
 WW1 Virtual Exhibition
Elgin County Archives Click here to view First World War ACDP-funded digitization project.  91st B Company page
University of Guelph John McCrae Collection and more.  
Law Society of Upper Canada Archives These Laid the World Away online exhibition.  law society
McMaster University (William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections) grid57b 092ww1map
Oshawa Community Museum and Archives  Garrow Collection - Letters from the Trenches  private-condolences oshawa community museum and archives
 Oxford Remembers There will be 100 special events and programs hosted throughout Oxford County between 2014 and 2018 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of World War One.

Events and programs will be organized and implemented by staff and volunteers of the Museums, Archives, Libraries and Historical Societies along with any and all interested partners.

This project will raise awareness of the past achievements and sacrifices made by Oxford’s citizens on both the home front and the war front during “the War to End all Wars” WWI.
 Port Hope Archives Book of Remembrance - created by the (former) Town of Port Hope in 1919 to honour those killed in action during the conflict. Read more...  
Queen's University Archives tn V23-Can-Individuals-2
WW1 Thunder Bay Centennial Project The World War One - Thunder Bay Centennial Project is a four year 
cooperative community partnership (2014-2018) to document the centennial of World War One.

Over the next four years, the World War One - Thunder Bay Centennial
Project will commemorate this time in history (1914-1918) through stories, displays, exhibits, and more.

It is a work in progress and some pages of the site will have more content than others, with new material added on a regular basis. Community involvement in this project is always welcomed in order to add valuable personal context to the collections and resources. 

This initiative is a partnership project between the following local organizations:
Click here to view the World War One – Thunder Bay Centennial Project.
University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services We Will Do Our Share - a video tour of the University of Toronto's efforts during the First World War. Guided by UofT Archivist, Loryl MacDonald.  UofT_Varsit
City of Vaughan Archives In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and
the 75th Anniversary of the Second World War, the City of Vaughan
Archives has released a virtual exhibit in honour of the men and women
from Vaughan (Vaughan Township and the Village of Woodbridge) who
served and sacrificed in two of history’s greatest conflicts. Released in
time for Remembrance Day, this exhibit encouraged residents of Vaughan to bring forward family photos, documents and stories from two of history’s greatest conflicts.
Western University Archives and Research Collections Centre No. 10 Canadian Stationary Hospital fonds

Helen Woolson fonds

18th (Western Ontario) battalion association record book 1915-1920, AFC 301

Evelyn and Frederick Albright fonds [correspondence]

Leonard Family fonds

Miscellaneous personal war diaries, photographs and memoirs are also found throughout the collection.

Most of these can be located via the Shared Library Catalogue.

 Whitby Archives Whitby Remembers: The First World War Centennial 

 Early Canadiana Online Search for archives from across Canada in Early Canadiana Online using keywords such as: military / world war, 1914-1918 / militia / battle* / infantry / campaign* / army / armed forces / war -- and narrow the date range from 1914 on for items such as:

militia lists

trench journals

honour rolls

victory loans

 eco canadiana

If your archives institution has any WW1 records to share, please contact the AAO Office (info below).

Address: 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 202, Toronto, ON M5S 2T9 

Phone: 647-343-3334 | Email: aao@aao-archivists.ca


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