Discover the Archives

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The mission of the Archives is to identify, collect, preserve and make available archival material which documents the history, growth and development of the community of Dundas and immediate area.

We welcome you to visit us in the C.E. (Clare) Crozier Reference Room and learn more about the history of your community.

Archival Collections

The Archival Collections consist of original, one of a kind, documentary material. They include textual records, photographic material, maps, plans, audio-visual records, and books.

Textual records

The records created and maintained by Dundas citizens, families, organizations, and businesses form the archival collections of the Museum. Descriptions of the records can be found on the Archives Association of Ontario’s database of archival descriptions: Archeion

The Museum is pleased to be the custodian of the Town of Dundas records which consist of archival records created and maintained by the Town of Dundas from 1847 to 2000. These records include assessment rolls, Town Council proceedings, records of departments and committees, and other historically significant records related to the Town of Dundas.

Inventories

Photographic materials

The Dundas Museum and Archives holds thousands of photographic prints & negatives, slides, and postcards. We are in the process of uploading items from the Photograph Collection as well as other images to our improved, searchable Visual Database. New content will be available on a regular basis so make sure to check back.

Some images are also available on our Flickr site. The Museum is participating on Flickr Commons to further our educational mission and increase public access to our photograph collections. These photographs are either in the public domain or there is no known copyright. We offer them for personal research and enjoyment.

Reference Collection

The Reference Collection consists of files and books which have been assembled to assist researchers in their discovery of Dundas history. The most significant is the Woodhouse Family History Collection which provides information about thousands of Dundas citizens over the years. We also have House Histories files which give historical information about some houses in Dundas and Subject Files which include files on organizations, businesses, and events in Dundas.