Over a hundred years ago, the Champlain Society was created with an expressed mandate to spread awareness of Canada’s documentary heritage. True to the technology of the time, books were favoured and the Society has since published over 100 volumes. It plans to continue doing so for a very long time (we love books!).
But we will not rest in our mission. This site represents our latest effort to ensure that the books that have moulded our sense of the past and of the geography of our country continue to be readily available to those who wish to consult them. Using the best technologies at our disposal, we have made these books easily available so that the scholar, the student, and the simply curious can consult this vast body of knowledge.
The material is organized into five series: Occasional Papers of the Champlain Society, Hudson’s Bay Company Series, Ontario Series, Publications of the Champlain Society, and Works of Samuel de Champlain. At different times over the years, the Society has worked in cooperation first with the Hudson’s Bay Company and then the Ontario Government to produce series of volumes on themes of mutual interest. As part of its mandate to spread awareness about Canada’s documentary heritage, the Champlain Society has published volumes of works by Samuel de Champlain, including previously unpublished documents, plates, and maps. The Society’s publication program continues with the Publications of the Champlain Society Series, presenting key and often little-known documents on aspects of the Canadian experience, edited and introduced by an expert in the field.
The books are available using the Champlain Society’s Fulltext Explorer, a platform that allows the reader to browse through this rich archive of Canadian history, zooming in and out of pages of their choosing. By becoming a member of the Society, you have access to all of the books and the added ability to search, download, save, and print any of the volumes. For more information on this and all of the other benefits of membership, please visit http://www.champlainsociety.ca/.
This project is funded by the Museums and Technology Fund of the Government of Ontario, and we are deeply grateful for its generous support. Together, we are confident that this new venture will go far in helping generations of Ontarians and Canadians know their past and the people whose works have shaped our imaginations.
Click here for the Champlain Society’s Digital Collection