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The Rooms Provincial Archives - Mandate

The Rooms Provincial Archives division is mandated, through the Rooms Act 2005, to preserve those records of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador which are deemed to have enduring legal, fiscal, evidential or research value. The Provincial Archives also collects records from private sources which have enduring value to the history of the province.
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Pleasantville: From Recreation to Military Installation
June 23, 2014 – Ongoing
Level 2 Atrium

Pleasantville before the First World War, was the site of the St. John’s cricket grounds. With the declaration of war, Pleasantville quickly emerged as a tent city, the home of the storied “First 500”. It was here that the First Newfoundland Regiment recruits began preliminary military training during the months of September and October of 1914. This exhibition highlights some of the activities and training of the Blue Puttees up to their embarkation on the SS Florizel for overseas service.

Image credit: The Rooms Provincial Archives Division, E 36-47, Tents at the Royal Newfoundland Regiment training grounds, Pleasantville [between Sept. and Oct. 1914], Provincial Archives photograph collection.

The Trail of the Caribou in Trench Maps
May 13, 2014 - Ongoing
Level 3, Inside Archives reference room

The Rooms Provincial Archives collection of trench warfare maps provide researchers with an opportunity to learn more about our long and rich military history and the important role Newfoundland troops played during the First World War.

Image Credit: The Rooms Provincial Archives Division, MG 9.53, Beaumont Edition 2.B 57o S.E. parts of 1 & 2 Ordnance Survey (map), 1916, Charles Sydney Frost fonds.

An Tine Beo: The Living Tradition
Level 3

Find out why so many people from Trepassey to Tilting describe themselves as Irish Newfoundlanders.

An Tine Beo: The Living Tradition Newfoundland - Ireland Archival Records - visit this new information station and search photos and finding aids allowing you to begin to uncover your own Irish roots.

A project of the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Ireland, with generous support from Tom and Susan Foran.

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