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Learn more about the history of Manitoba, its communities and Winnipeg with these specially selected resources.

Welcome to Winnipeg Public Library's Local History Info Guide

From books to online archives, newspaper clippings to historical postcards, Red River to the Winnipeg General Strike, local history associations, museums and more, we hope this Guide supports and inspires your research.  Keep checking back for updates or contact us for help with your searching.

You will find in this guide:

  • Bibliographical lists of titles related to specific Manitoba history topics or about the history of the province in general.
  • Links to access databases with local history content such as Canadian Reference Centre and Newspaper Archive.
  • Recommended links to online historical resources and organizations websites that can assist in your research.
  • Information about the Local History Room collection located on the 4th floor of the Millennium Library branch.

About the Local History Room Collection

The Local History Room was opened in 2005 as part of the renovated Millennium Public branch and is located on the 4th floor.  The overall goal of the Local History Room is to raise awareness of the Manitoba's historical heritage through its printed and electronic resources.  Its purpose is to provide centralized and easy access to unique and rare resources devoted to the history of the city of Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba, and create an environment that will appeal to general readers as well as researchers.  While there are books covering a wide range of topics, the strong points of Local History collection includes: histories of Manitoba communities as well as of the city of Winnipeg Winnipeg, Metis history (including the Riel Rebellion), local genealogy, biographies of local personalities, and rare prints of novels by local authors. 

The collection also includes:

  • Winnipeg Henderson's Directories from 1880 to 2000
  • Winnipeg and Manitoba telephone directories dating back 100+ years
  • Local History Clipping Files of local newspaper articles
  • A collection of magazines focusing on Manitoba topics
  • Rare prints of fiction titles from Manitoba authors

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Great Local History Reads

Library Online Resources

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