About the Archive

The CCGW Catalogue offers online access to the collection at the Canadian Centre of the Great War. In its current beta form, it allows access to the Great War Portraits Online collection. An ongoing digitization project that began in Fall 2016, Great War Portraits Online offers visitors a glimpse into our vast collection of World War One photographs from official documentary images to individual snapshots taken by soldiers in the frontlines.
As only part of our image collection is digitized at the moment, new images will become available as the project progresses. Great War Portraits Online is only the foundation of the CCGW Catalogue. Our intention is to build a comprehensive, online accessible World War One catalogue that includes photographs, objects and the related stories, allowing visitors far and wide a chance to see our collection, regardless of their physical location.
If you have a photograph of a family member that served in World War One and would like his or her photograph and story to be part of the Great War Portraits Online, we would be happy to have it be a part of our catalogue. The actual photograph remains with your family and the centre will ingest a digital copy of the original, along with your story and additional research by the centre if necessary. Please email Caitlin Bailey curator@greatwarcentre.com for more details.