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Mackenzie King’s diaries go online

The Story

"It's a wonderful source. It transcends King in a sense," says Michael Eamon of the National Archives of Canada. In this radio interview with the CBC's Shelagh Rogers, Eamon is describing King's diaries, which are about to become available online. These historic documents will be fully searchable too - people can simply type in a keyword or date, and they'll find out King's views on a wide variety of topics, spanning the years from 1893 until his death in 1950.

Medium: Radio
Program: This Morning
Broadcast Date: April 30, 2002
Guests: Michael Eamon, Bob Huggins
Host: Shelagh Rogers
Duration: 4:18
Photo: National Archives of Canada

Did You know?

• Mackenzie King's diaries were made available online in December 2002.
• Along with the searchable online version of King's diaries, the National Archives has also created an accompanying website titled "The Diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King: A Real Companion and Friend." This site features overviews on various aspects of King's life and career. Topics include King and the Second World War, King and labour, King's spiritualism, and the residences of Mackenzie King.
• The task of putting King's diaries - almost 50,000 pages - online in a fully searchable format was completed over a period of five months. Ottawa's Cold North Wind Inc. was responsible for digitizing the diaries.
• Cold North Wind is also well known for its "Paper of Record" project, in which the company has made a number of Canadian newspaper archives available (and fully searchable) online. Many of these papers date back into the 1800s.
• As of March 2004, the website for Mackenzie King's diaries was receiving an average of 2,711 hits per day.


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