Canada: Manitoba Digitizing Centuries-Old Trading Post Records
From CTV Winnipeg:
The province of Manitoba will celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2020 and plans to mark the anniversary are well underway.
The Hudson’s Bay Company Archives (HBCA), which is part of the Archives of Manitoba, is getting help from The Hudson’s Bay Company History Foundation for a mass digitization project, one of the first Manitoba 150 projects.
HBCA is digitizing over 1000 reels of microfilm copies of pre-1870 trading post records, making them available to the world online.
The Project started in 2018 with approximately 1100 reels of microfilmed pre-1870 trading post records.
HBCA estimates that those reels contain close to 20,000 volumes of records. They will now be processed and integrated into the Archives of Manitoba’s online database. Once the project is complete the files will be accessible to the public.
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