Héritage / Library and Archives Canada tips

Discussion in 'Research Material' started by Richelieu, Jan 13, 2020.

  1. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    Over the past couple of years I have been dabbling with the Héritage collection with varying degrees of success and exasperation, but recently I had a Eureka moment – you can find the microfilm reel number in the LAC catalogue. You may still have to scroll through hundreds/thousands of pages to find what you are looking for but at least you will know that you are looking in the correct reel. N.B. There are some reels missing from Héritage and much of LAC’s collection is not available online.


    Note that the ‘Online’ filter applies only to documents on LAC’s own servers and should be disregarded for Héritage searches.

    URL syntax: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c5734/3?r=0&s=2

    c5734 is the reel number – no hyphen. You will get a ‘Page Not Found’ error if the reel is unavailable.

    3 is the page number – if you pick a number out of range you will get a ‘Page Not Found’ error.

    r=0 is the orientation – scale 0 to 3.

    s=2 is the size/definition – scale 1 to 6, 6 being the largest.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2020
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  2. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    I use a similar method when navigating Heritage. It is faster to edit the URL line to move around than to click the links.
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  3. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    Requesting the digitisation of microfilm reels:

    CRKN: “As the materials in the Héritage collection come from Library and Archives Canada, the process to request their digitisation is completed through their website (process and link below)...

    Reel request process

    To request that a reel be digitised, please fill in the reproduction order form here: Order form for copies. There is no cost for this request. Please note under special instructions that you would like the Canadian Research Knowledge Network to digitize and upload the reel and we will then be able to process and upload it to Héritage. This process can take up to 12 weeks while LAC retrieve the reel and it goes through the digitization and cataloguing process. As the reel is digitised, catalogued, and uploaded to the website, you can track it’s process on our What’s New in the Collections page.”

    Some reels are still restricted but that these restrictions can be reviewed as follows:

    LAC: “We need to inform you that the requested material is Code 32: Restricted by Law. As a result, the terms of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act (ATIP) therefore apply and this material must go through an informal review by an ATIP analyst, in accordance with the legislation, before being made available for consultation or reproduction. This process may involve a time delay beyond our service standards. For more information regarding ATIP, please visit our website: Access to information and privacy - Library and Archives Canada

    If you already have an active request with ATIP to access this restricted material, please reply to this email and provide your ATIP request number.”

    EDIT: See New Resource - Canadian Photo Albums PDF for tips about accessing WW2 Canadian Film and Photo Unit (CFPU) collection at LAC.​
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2020
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