The History of Newfoundland Publishing


A Brief History of Newfoundland

Literature Review

Early Publications

First Newfoundland Publishers

Reading in Newfoundland

Cultural Revival



This website will discuss the history of publishing in Newfoundland and Labrador, and explain how the unique situation in the province is something librarians should understand and consider when building their collections. Likewise, this project considers how the cultural revival of the 1970s, spurred further development in the publishing industry and how today's expanding tourist trade has raised a number of questions regarding the ability of the publishing industry to tell a unique story.

Unlike the most other provinces in Canada, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians still hold a memory of a time before confederation, a time when they were still a nation. This unique history has meant that the roots of the publishing industry in Newfoundland developed independently from the rest of Canada. In the early years of the colony publishing in Newfoundland was slow to develop due to lack of settlement, low literacy and British disinterest in developing culture and literature on the island. However, when Newfoundland finally adopted a printing press in the mid-seventeenth century, the industry became essential to the island nation that was now dependent on the news and literature produced by the countries small presses.

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This website was created by Sara House and is based on a paper written for Publishing LIS 519 at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.
Last updated July 31, 2010