Showcasing Atlantic Canada's rich archival sources
The Atlantic Canada Virtual Archives (ACVA) features collections of digitized documents and images,
accompanied by learning activities and commentary, of interest to a wide range of readers.
Housed in the University of New Brunswick Archives &
Special Collections department, the Edward Winslow Letters, 1783-1785,
document the efforts of a prominent Massachusetts Loyalist to reconstruct family and community life in
New Brunswick following the American Revolutionary War. A profilic and gifted writer, Winslow offers
an intimate account of the Loyalist experience and provides telling insight into eighteenth-century
social and political values.
The McQueen Family Letters, 1866-1930, chronicle in often breath-taking
detail the activities and relationships of a farming family rooted in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.
Brought together from four separate archives located in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, the 1200
letters in this collection follow the fortunes of a highly mobile family as they adapted to the
industrial age (five of six daughters and the only son taught school at some point in their lives) and
speak to us today as remarkable documents of Canadian social history.
Loyalist Women in New Brunswick, 1783-1827, features diaries,
letters, poems, reminiscences, and legal records relating to Loyalist women in colonial New Brunswick,
including women in three generations of the Winslow family. Their stories reveal the daunting challenges
that faced Loyalist refugees as they struggled to re-establish life as they had known it in their former
Black Loyalists in New Brunswick, 1783-1854, features petitions
relating to land grants in New Brunswick in which African Americans are either the petitioners or the
land granted to African Americans is the subject of attention. These documents, located in the
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, offer valuable primary
evidence about the experience of African Americans in colonial New Brunswick.
The MacDonald Family Letters virtual archive features ten letters written
by John and Helen MacDonald between 1779 and 1801. Their correspondence offers a rare glimpse into the early settlement
of St. John's Island (renamed Prince Edward Island in 1799).
Contested Terrain: Aboriginal Land Petitions in New Brunswick, 1786-1878,
features a digital collection of petitions relating to land grants in colonial New Brunswick, in which either Aboriginal people are the petitioners
or their land is the subject of attention. These documents offer valuable primary evidence about the experience of First Nations after the arrival
of the Loyalists and the founding of New Brunswick in 1784.