Little has been written about Canada's nineteenth century domestic servants. Many servants were too busy with household tasks to document their own lives, while others were illiterate and unable to write their own accounts. Those of the upper classes saw little importance in documenting the lives of "mere" servants, making for very few primary accounts of what a servant's life actually entailed.
The June/July edition of Canada's premier history magazine, the Beaver
, features a fascinating article about Quebec's servants in the nineteenth century. In the article, author Louisa Blair pieces together the history of these forgotten workers. You can find the article here, "Life Below Stairs