Christmas Issues

    Christmas Issues of Newfoundland and Labrador periodicals and newspapers form a unique collection in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies. A common practice at the end of the nineteenth century was to issue a Christmas number as a supplement to the regular edition. The issue would contain poetry, essays, anecdotes, photographs, stories and plenty of advertisements. The material would not necessarily be related to Christmas. CNS has a selection of these Christmas issues and a few have been digitized on the Digital Archives Initiative but we are always hoping to find missing issues. The image below is of the cover of the 1901 issue of Christmas Bells. A preliminary index guide to all the known Christmas Annuals was created in 1989 by Peter Churchill and Jeff Monk. More up-to-date versions of the guide (edited by William Kirwin) are available in the Centre. We have also indexed issues in our Periodical Article Bibliography. We hope you enjoy these Christmas Issues as time permits during the festive season. Merry Christmas from everyone here in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies!