LCMSDS is a partner in “Wartime Canada,” a digital database of written and printed matter from the First and Second World Wars. Caitlin McWilliams is a research associate with the project spearheaded by Dr. Jonathan F. Vance and Dr. Graham Broad of the University of Western Ontario. The website, featuring downloadable scans of materials and lesson plans, is an invaluable resource for researchers and enthusists alike. Visit the database at

From the website:

“Wartime Canada was envisioned as a way to make the visual heritage of the nation at war freely available in digital form. Our emphasis is on the kind of material that is usually regarded as disposable – the very material that was omnipresent in the lives of Canadians in wartime.

The documents are sorted by category but in a manner to encourage browsing – rather than imposing a narrative, we are letting the artifacts speak for themselves and encouraging users to explore this history in any order they wish. New items are constantly being added, so visit us frequently.

Wartime Canada is intended to provide material that is freely downloadable for reproduction and research, and we have made every reasonable effort to ensure that all documents are in the public domain. Please direct any questions on this matter to the project co-directors.

The website is a collaborative effort involving universities, institutions, and interested individuals from across Canada, with funding from The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Public Outreach program. We are very grateful for financial support from the Ley and Lois Smith Fund, through the Department of History at The University of Western Ontario.”

Wartime Canada is constantly expanding its collections, and would be grateful for the donation or loan of any materials that can be scanned and added to the website. Please feel free to contact either of the project co-directors, Jonathan F. Vance or Graham Broad, or if you are in the Kitchener-Waterloo or Greater Toronto Area contact Caitlin McWilliams at [email protected].

Follow the project on Twitter at @WartimeCA.

We are always interested in comments, suggestions, and corrections – we can be reached at [email protected].