New online research resource: Frontier Life

The Library has a new online research resource Frontier Life. This resource is indexed in the library’s A-Z directory @ and also in the relevant subject guides @

While access to this resources is free, off-campus access to this resource is proxied – you will be prompted to login with the 12 digit barcode number on your StMU ID card (please see for more information on off-campus access to online library resources).


“Frontier Life | Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters” is an online collection of primary source documents documenting the development and expansion of frontiers created by the migration of Europeans to North America, Australasia and Africa, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Comprised of the digital scans of documents from sixteen archives and libraries around the world, this collection makes available a range of primary source documents including: letters, diaries, government papers, books, artwork, photographs, business papers and maps. Frontier Life, also includes material from the Hudson Bay Archives and the Glenbow Archives. A PDF overview ( provides more information about the collection.

* COVERAGE: 1650-1920


This resource is available to all libraries across Canada. Canada wide access for this resource was made possible by a number of Universities across Canada and Consortia Canada ( Read the news release @

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