The archive collection is a trove of Canadiana: there are the historic covers, including some by Group of Seven members A.J. Casson, Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. MacDonald, and a celebrated cast of contributors, including Margaret Atwood, Farley Mowat, Joseph Boyden, Mordecai Richler, and even Lucy Maud Montgomery. It’s a Canadian who’s who of journalists who graced our pages, including Ralph Allen, Peter C. Newman, Christina McCall, Barbara Moon, Peter Gzowski, Trent Frayne, and June Callwood, to name just a few.

This is the first archive of its kind in Canada. It chronicles our coverage of every major issue in the past century: war, political upheaval, massive social change. You won’t find a better way to explore your country’s past, says current Maclean’s editor-in-chief Mark Stevenson, and better understand its present.

The Maclean’s Historical Digitization Project, made possible with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, came to life thanks to work by Bondi, a digital publishing company that created a searchable database of all our past issues. You can explore it by year, author, or subject. The archive is easy to navigate, whether you want to explore our extensive coverage of the Great War (a phrase that first appeared in Maclean’s), or you’re looking for a specific story, such as Margaret Atwood’s 1974 profile of Margaret Laurence.

Every week, the Maclean’s editorial staff will curate a new collection of timely recommendations. Happy reading. Happy Canada Day.