Library and archive

Our library and archive exist to help people answer questions about Labrador.

That includes students writing papers, faculty working on their research, local people wondering about their family history…any questions at all.

Our library is a collection of over 5,000 published books, journals, videos, music, and other items.

Most of this material can be borrowed (whether you’re part of the Memorial community or not), and all of it can be viewed on-site. We also provide on-site access to the Memorial Libraries’ extensive electronic holdings: materials the public can’t access online from home.

To search the library, use the Memorial University Libraries Online Catalogue
(tip: filter your results using “Labrador Institute” in the left-hand pane)

Our archive collects unpublished materials, which we’ve produced or acquired during various projects, which donors have given us for conservation, or which we’ve inherited from other institutions.

To date, processed holdings include over 11,000 photographs, 150+ hours of audio recordings, 750+ hours of video, and several metres of text. Much of this has been digitized (particularly the AV material), and we have additional born-digital content as well. Everyone is welcome to consult our archival materials, but they do not circulate.

To search the archive, consult our finding-aid-in-progress (updated 12 August 2019). Emailing Morgon Mills (morgon.mills@mun.ca) is also a good idea, as many materials have not yet been fully processed.


Projects and resources

Encyclopedia of Labrador

The Encyclopedia of Labrador is made up of short articles on some aspect of Labrador’s natural or social history, written by LI staff members or others in the University community or the Labrador area with knowledge on a given subject. 

Find the Encyclopedia of Labrador, from A to Z, here.

Labrador and the Census

Labrador and the Census is the culmination of a Labrador Institute Library research project led by Morgon Mills. It is a free, online digital resource providing access to government census data for Labrador, going back to 1857.

The data have been compiled, standardized, quality-checked, and structured in a user-friendly workbook format for independent use by communities, researchers, governments, and individuals interested in the demographic history of Labrador or its sub-regions or communities.

Access the full dataset here (right-click and select "Save As" to download).

The dataset is designed to be self-explanatory, but an accompanying 40-page report is also available, containing a prose introduction, sample charts showcasing Labrador population trends, pull-out maps of the region’s historical communities and sub-regions, and a guide to the structure and uses of the dataset.

Copies of the report are available from the Labrador Institute for $10.


When, where, who

For all inquiries, including reference services, contact program coordinator Morgon Mills (morgon.mills@mun.ca).

Contact

Labrador Institute

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000