P.E.I. legislative history goes online
More than a century of P.E.I. legislature history was released in an online archive Thursday, available to anyone in the world with an internet connection.
The new online legislative resource is a partnership between the Public Archives, the P.E.I. Public Library Service, UPEI's Robertson Library, and the legislative assembly. The online archives has been two years in the making.
Provincial archivist Jill MacMicken-Wilson said the online resource will allow the public to easily examine rare documents that might otherwise have to be restricted.
"Some of the materials that we've digitized are incredibly fragile," said McMicken-Wilson.
"If we continue to allow access to some of that fragile material then it's not possible to preserve that. So digitization like this allows us to give access that we might otherwise have to restrict."
The documents date back to 1893, which was the first year of the modern-day legislature. The documents continue through until 2011.
The resource also includes more than 800 hours of audio.