Unwritten Histories

The Unwritten Rules of History

Page 2 of 15

Guest Post: Demystifying the ‘Access to Information Request’ Process

LAC Headquarters

I. Padraic Ryan, “The headquarters of Library and Archives Canada on Wellington Street in Ottawa, Canada.” CC BY-SA 3.0.


Welcome to back to Unwritten Histories! As promised, this week we have a special guest post by Dennis Molinaro. You may know him better as the Canadian historian who uncovered top secret documents showing that the federal government approved wiretapping on Canadian citizens during the Cold War. Being something of an expert on the subject, he has kindly agreed to provide a short guide to submitting ATI Requests, or “Access to Information” Requests, something all historians should know! Enjoy!


Dennis Molinaro

Dennis Molinaro holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and his research focuses on the historical use of emergency powers and their effect on society. He is currently completing a second book on Canada’s role in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance and its covert Cold War wiretapping programs. He teaches at Trent University.



Continue reading

Canadian History Roundup – Week of April 30, 2017

Canadian History Roundup April 30, 2017

Paul Louch, “Bermuda – Trans-Canada Airlines,” 1958. Library and Archives Canada, R1300-1135. Copyright Expired


The latest in blog posts, news, and podcasts from the world of Canadian history.


Continue reading

An Ode: A History of Lilacs in Canada

The History of Lilacs in Canada


[The guest post that was planned for today has been postponed. Instead, here is a meditation on a history that is very personal to me. Special thanks to Pete Anderson for his help in researching this post, and for providing the photograph below.]


Spring is a very special time of year for me. For the most part, this has to do with lilacs, my favourite flowers. When I was a little girl, my elderly neighbour, Mr. Sullivan, had the most amazing lilac bush. He had planted several seedlings together when he first bought the house in the 1950s, so that by the 1980s, they had grown together into this massive tree. Every May, since this was Montreal, the tree would explode into bloom. This was my favourite time of the year, and one I looked forward to for months. The tree was next to my second-story bedroom window, so whenever my window was open, the scent of lilacs permeated my room. Mr. Sullivan would also bring over armfuls of lilac flowers for my family, and I always begged to be allowed to put a bouquet of them in my room. Over the years, lilacs have come to represent spring, joy, and wonder for me.

So, when I spotted a blooming lilac bush during a run the other day, I got to wondering about the history of lilacs, particularly in Canada. My husband was dubious; after all, who really cares about the history of a particular flower, even if it is really pretty? But, as I’ve discovered with my research, there is more to this flower than meets the eye.


Continue reading

Canadian History Roundup – Week of April 23, 2017


Canadian History Roundup April 23rd, 2017

Germain Beauchamp “Pause crème glacée à l’Expo 67.” 1967. BAnQ Vieux-Montréal P809,S1,DBP054. CC BY-N.C.-N.D. 2.0


The latest in blog posts, news, and podcasts from the world of Canadian history.



Continue reading

Digital Pedagogy: A History of the Yukon in 100 Objects

A History of the Yukon in 100 Objects

Several weeks ago, a new blog started showing up in my social media feeds, A History of the Yukon in 100 Objects. Just FYI, titles like that are catnip for me! After some investigating, I discovered that this project was created by Amanda Graham — a faculty member at Yukon College — for the students enrolled in her course entitled “Northern Studies 200: Research in the North.” The project echoes the BBC and the British Museum’s “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” but reconfigured for a classroom setting. Graham was kind enough to agree to talk to me about this project so that I could in turn share it with you! I’ve talked previously about the importance of active learning in Canadian history, as well as the possibilities of digital history. However, such activities can often seem intimidating, so I hope that this blog post, the result of that conversation, will convince you that they are worthwhile additions to any classroom!

But first, allow me to introduce Amanda Graham!

A History of the Yukon in 100 ObjectsAmanda Graham, BA, Dipl. NOST MA

  • Coordinator/Instructor, University of the Arctic
  • School of Liberal Arts

Amanda Graham was the first graduate of the college’s Northern Studies program. She joined Yukon College in 1992 as managing editor of The Northern Review, taught northern studies, and served as Chair of Social Sciences and Humanities in the old Arts and Science Division for two terms (1994-1998). In 2004, Graham resigned to coordinate UArctic programs at Yukon College and to teach northern and circumpolar studies and, variously European and Canadian history. She piloted a successful service learning course that linked coursework and reflection to voluteer work with the Arctic Winter Games.


Continue reading

Canadian History Roundup – Week of April 16, 2017

Canadian History Roundup April 16, 2017

Marie Claire, April 22 1938. Musée du costume et du textile du Québec, 1516-31. CC BY 2.0


The latest in blog posts, news, and podcasts from the world of Canadian history.


Continue reading

Historian’s Histories: Krista McCracken

Welcome back to our regular series, Historian’s Histories, where we examine the historiography of historians! If you’ve spent any time on the internet lately, then you’re likely already familiar with our next  victim historian, Krista McCracken! Krista is well known as one of the fantastic editors behind the Canadian history powerhouse blog, Active History, and is a model for how to do public history in a socially responsible way. So I am exceptionally grateful and pleased  to feature her work here! Enjoy!


Krista McCrackenKrista McCracken is a public history professional currently working as an Archives Supervisor at Algoma University’s Arthur A. Wishart Library and Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. Krista’s research primarily focuses on community archives, residential schools, access, educational outreach and Northern Ontario. She lives and works on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Métis people.


Continue reading

Canadian History Roundup – Week of April 9, 2017


Canadian History Roundup April 9, 2017

Bob Tripple, “Women on Sky Glider chair lift,” (1971), Pacific National Exhibition fonds, AM281-S8-: CVA 180-6891. CC by 2.0

The latest in blog posts, news, and podcasts from the world of Canadian history.


Continue reading

Upcoming Publications in Canadian History – May 2017

Upcoming Publications in Canadian History May 2017


Welcome back to our monthly series, “Upcoming Publications in Canadian History,” where I’ve compiled information on all the upcoming releases for the following month in the field of Canadian history from every Canadian academic press, all in one place. This includes releases in both English and French. To see last month’s releases, click here.


Continue reading

Best New Articles from March 2017

Best New Articles March 2017


Because, let’s face it – who has time to catch up on all the journal articles published in Canadian history?

Welcome back to the Best New Articles series, where each month, I post a list of my favourite new articles! Don’t forget to also check out my favourites from previous months, which you can access by clicking here.

This month I read articles from:

Quick note: As I’ve mentioned previously, some of these journals place a hold on releasing their material to non-subscribers. This hold can range anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Since I would like to be as inclusive and comprehensive as possible when reporting on new publications, I will include new issues as they become available, in cases when they there is a hold. So, if you see journal issues that look old or out of place, that’s why.

Here are my favourites:


Continue reading

« Older posts Newer posts »

© 2017 Unwritten Histories

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑