May 20, 2022

Canada: Ottawa’s City Archives & Ottawa Museum Network Introduce Virtual Collections Catalogue Online

The new online catalogue/database was formally introduced today.

From CFRA:

…the city and the Ottawa Museum Network, which includes local museums like Vanier Museopark, the Diefenbunker and Bytown, have teamed up to create an online collections catalogue to give you easy access to historical records, images and artifacts.

“Archives are seen as black holes where records go in, never to be seen again and certainly even in the museum world, when you go to a museum and you see an exhibition, there’s plenty more behind the scenes,” said Paul Henry, the city’s archivist. “It’s almost like the old adage of the tip of the iceberg, so what you have in the back rooms of the museums and in the processing areas of the archives are all the hidden records that aren’t necessarily open to the public or that only get to be seen through exhibitions or when you come to the archives do to research.”

“Through the collections database, what we’ve done is we’ve brought all of those catalogue records out so that people can see the breadth of the collection for the local museums and for the archives,” he told CFRA.

Direct to the Catalogue/Database

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