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About History Docs


History Docs is a searchable collection of carefully selected sets of primary and secondary source documents for use as information sources about peoples, places, things and events in Canadian history. The sets can be used:

  • as information sources, accessed in a critically thoughtful way, about topics in history and
    social studies
  • as a context for developing critical thinking tools that are particularly useful with historical documents and also applicable generally

View sample History Docs and supporting resources for the topics:

Also access the following sets free of charge:

  • Using History Docs: general suggestions to support inquiry teaching using primary and secondary sources.
  • Topics: lists of broad areas of study that contain many sets of documents dealing with more specific themes within each topic.
  • Individual History Docs: each set contains four elements

    • Overview of the set: summary description, thumbnail images, annotations, pdf and PowerPoint versions of the document set.
    • Image viewer: options to select, enlarge, navigate, or save documents and images.
    • Student tasks: suggested critical thinking tasks that can be addressed with the information contained in the designated set of historical documents.
    • Teacher notes: instructions and support materials that include background information for teachers.


Project leaders

Lindsay Gibson, Senior editor
Carlos Ormond, Production coordinator
Susan Teed, Web production manager
Roland Case, Project supervisor

Resource editors

Erica Anderson
Carrie Arbuckle
Genie MacLeod

French content

Carole Sadelain, Translator
Éric Jacques, Translator
Nathalie Blais, Linguistic reviewer
Romy Cooper, Editor
Armelle Moran, Project coordinator


Stephanie Dorsch
Paul Korczyk
Nathan Moes
Heather Babcock
James Miles
Graeme Stacey
Cliff Schwartz
Ryan Holly
Joseph Penner  

Colin Borst
Matt Bustin
Aisling Hassall
Lesley Scowcroft
Erica Mahoney
Kate O'Connor
Ana Pascolo
Toba Cooper
Eliza Billes

Jillian Cornock
Tiffany Bartlett
TJ Grisedale
Jennifer Bowden
Karla Dow
Tony Sodaro
Katie Nault
Ruth Kim
Azur Tyer
Jenn Mansour


Third-Party Content

  1. The TC2.ca web site contains third-party content that has been licensed to The Critical Thinking Consortium by third-party copyright holders for Authorized Users(s).
  2. Due to the variety of source for content, end-users should reference the copyright link on each resource to ensure copyright compliance.
  3. Every effort has been made to identify all licensed material with a copyright symbol © or an appropriate credit located near the borrowed excerpt or in a copyright credit index attached to the resource
  4. Please notify The Critical Thinking Consortium at mail@tc2.ca of cases where copyright has not been appropriately acknowledged so that corrective action can be taken.
  5. Except as expressly provided herein, it is illegal to reproduce, modify, translate, distribute, sublicense, sell, rent, or lease any third-party material without written permission from the copyright owner or their representative.