Friday, July 19, 2013

Follow Friday: L’Ami du Peuple

If you have (or had) family, friends and relatives living in or around Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, you’ll want to take a look at L’Ami du Peuple [the People’s Friend].

This French-language newspaper published between 1942 and 1968, and most of it is available as digitized images. I found articles about my mother’s family (Desgroseilliers) and related families from the 1940s and 1950s.

L’Ami du Peuple is part of the collections that include “newspapers, oral histories, photographs, books, newsletters, legal documents, meeting minutes and other ephemeral materials” available at Multicultural Canada.

All of this material can be searched or browsed, and best of all – it’s free.

You’ll find records like 1956 Hungarian Memorial Oral History Project, Canadian Jewish News, German Canadians, Hong Kong Handover Collection, and Zhyttia i Slovo (a Ukrainian-language newspaper).

You can do a broad search of the digital collections or search specific collections. Each collection has its own years of coverage and may have anything from a few issues to whole series.

Multicultural Canada is a great online resource. Drop by and see what you can discover.

Image source: “News”, openclipart (

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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