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The images included in the Framing Canada website and the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) database are a small sampling from the LAC collection. Of the 30 million photographs held at LAC, just over 400,000 have been described, approximately 60,000 are available online, and the rest are originals.
Most photographs have not been described individually. Therefore, to search for images without individual descriptions you must use upper-level options from the "Hierarchical level" field.
To perform a Basic Search of LAC photographs:
Select one of the search options from the "Hierarchical level" field to refine your search. These are defined below.
You can further narrow your search in the "Online" field by selecting "yes" or "no."
Number of Results
This field allows you to change the number of records appearing on the results page for the duration of the search in progress. By default, the number is set to 10.
As with the Basic Search, the Advanced Search screen offers the same options for the "Hierarchical level," "Type of material," and "Online" fields to help you search for records with both digitized and non-digitized images.
It also provides advanced keyword search options that allow you to combine several words using operators (and/or), a date field, and an option to select "Government" or "Private" collections to further refine searches.
To search for a particular subject or topic in Basic Search, type one or more keywords:
This search will sort through all individual records containing the keywords you entered.
Please note that it is not necessary to include quotation marks around search terms. For example, if you perform a search for Immigrants from Scotland, it will generate an Archives Search Result list with every record containing both "Immigrants" and "Scotland" in the description. However, you can further limit your search by placing quotation marks around "Immigrants from Scotland." This will generate an Archives Search Result list with records containing that exact combination of words.
Your search results will be posted as a summary list from which you can obtain more detailed descriptions. By default, results are sorted by relevance, but may also be sorted by title, date or name.
Each entry on the list contains information that allows you to rapidly assess the relevance of the documents you have found, including:
You can print the images or save them on your own computer. Use the following link to access other options, such as obtaining photocopies: How to Access Library and Archives Canada Records.
Some records with individual descriptions have reference numbers (e.g., C-042954 or PA-050776), which means that a copy negative has been created from the original item. You can purchase a digitized image from the copy negative through the online Order Form.
Should you want to see an image that has not been digitized, you must request the photographic material from Reference Services, and arrange an on-site visit to Library and Archives Canada in order to consult the material.