Archives

Since 1984, the Windsor’s Community Archives has been acquiring, preserving and making available historic records of the City of Windsor, its boards and commissions. The archives contain over 7,500 photographs and 20,000 sets of architectural drawings, mapsHistorical Atlas and maps and plans available for viewing by customers. Records date back to the late 1700’s, although records for Windsor start in 1854, the year Windsor was incorporated as a village. Documentation on communities that became part of Windsor (Ford City/East Windsor, Ojibway, Riverside, Sandwich, Walkerville and the Townships of Sandwich East, West and South) are included and available for viewing. The multi-media collection includes paper documents (journals, letters, diaries), posters, audio tapes and ephemera.

The Archives also holds a number of private collections such as the W.F. Herman Papers, Windsor Local Council of Women and Papers of Green Shield Prepaid Services Incorporated.

Everyone is welcome to research the Archives’ holdings, which cannot be loaned, but may be used in the Archives’ Reading Room. Requests have ranged from finding architectural drawings, to researching war criminals, to identifying an item, to researching old maps to finding sewer connections. What ever you may be in search of, there are guides and indexes to lead you through the collections and friendly, helpful staff waiting to assist with your questions. Some access restrictions may apply to certain records in order to protect privacy. Photocopying is available for most documents. Charges apply for reprographic services. To make the most of your visit, we ask that you come with paper and a pencil.

Archives

MANUSCRIPTS

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MS 1 Arts and Letters Club, 1921-1943
MS 2 George F. Macdonald Collection, [ca.1831]-1963
MS 3 Morrison Literary Papers, 1925-1954
MS 4 A. Douglas Waddell Collection, [ca.1918], 1927-1953
MS 5 Hallam Collection, 1884-1982
MS 6 W. F. Herman Collection, 1920-1949
MS 7 The Honourable James Baby Chapter I.O.D.E., 1921-1975
MS 8 J. Lewis Robinson Collection, [ca. 1707]-1984
MS 9 Wallace Renaud Collection, 1928-1933
MS10 Fuller Family Papers, 1855-1918
MS11 Guillot Family Papers, 1870-1912, 1951
MS12 Leonard N. Simons Collection, 1838-1839
MS13 Deaccessioned
MS14 Records of the Children’s Aid Society, 1888-1981
MS15 Gray Family Papers, 1854-1897
MS16 Davis Collection, 1888-1894
MS17 Canadian Inventory of Historic Buildings, 1975, 1977
MS18 Ontario Association for the Control of Accidental Poisoning, 1956-1983
MS19 Windsor Local Council of Women, 1934-1978
MS20 George Y. Masson Collection, 1916-1981
MS21 Border Cities Wire and Iron, 1920-1981 (not inclusive)
MS22 Music, Literature and Art Club Collection, 1902-1972
MS23 Rotary Club of Windsor Collection, 1914-1996 (not inclusive)
MS24 John Stodgell Collection, 1780-1935
MS25 Papers of Green Shield Prepaid Services Incorporated, 1942-1984
MS26 Brophey Papers, 1847, 1895, 1926-1960
MS27 Papers of Walter P. Wall, 1919-1922, 1933-1975
MS28 Iler Family Papers, 1820-1821, 1884-1911
MS29 Windsor Centennial Music Festival, 1966-1989
MS30 Smith Family Papers, 1870-1969
MS31 Records of Lanspeary’s Limited, 1915-1968
MS32 Records of the Home of the Friendless, 1889-1934
MS33 Records of Windsor Medical Services Incorporated, 1939, 1951-1970
MS34 Windsor Symphony Society, 1929-1989
MS35 Allen Collection, 1906-1967
MS36 Windsor Theatre Guild Collection, [1930?]-[1971?]
MS37 Haddow Collection, [after 1920]-1976
MS38 The Windsor Torch Club Collection, 1951-1987
MS39 The Lambie Family Collection, 1852-1905
MS40 The Walkerville Mercury, 1890-1891
MS41 St. Leonard’s Society of Canada Fonds, 1954-1988
MS42 N/A
MS43 Bruce J.S. Macdonald Fonds [189-?]-1986
MS44 Charles R. Knight Collection 1948-1954
MS45 Education Council of Windsor 1944-1957

 

RECORD GROUPS

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RG1 Records of the Chief Administrative Officer, 1955-1985
RG2 Records of the City Clerk’s Department, 1854-1993
RG3 Records of the Finance Department, 1853-1988
RG4 Records of the Building Department, 1904-1976
RG5 Records of the Amalgamated and Annexed Municipalities, 1858-1976
RG6 Records of the Windsor Utilities Commission and its Antecedents, 1892-1957
RG7 Records of the Amalgamated and Branch Libraries, 1906-1972
RG8 Records of the Windsor Police Services Board and Windsor Police Services, 1861-1994
RG9 Records of the Legal Department, 1864-1988
RG10 Records of the Planning Department 1919-1991
RG11 Records of the Mayor’s Office 1963-1992
RG12 Windsor-Essex County Development Commission Fonds 1927- [198-?]