What are archives?

Archives are a collection of unpublished historical documents that help us to understand our society and the past.

Archives include: photographs, maps, journals, ledgers, financial accounts, diaries, notes, estate files, family letters, memos, artwork, vital statistics, church records, land records, architectural drawings, etc.

Corporations, universities, colleges and public libraries maintain archival collections.

Archives may be available for onsite and online review in formats such as: print, audio, video, film, digital and microfilm.

The Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Archives

North Branch of The Sault Ste. Marie Public Library
232C Northern Avenue East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada P6B 4H6
Website: www.ssmpl.ca
Email: archives.lib@cityssm.on.ca

What does the collection include?

As per the following screenshot from the library’s website, the collection includes records documenting the history of Sault Ste. Marie and the District of Algoma from 1822 to the present.

The Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Archives



How Do I Access The Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Archives?

As per photo number three, there are a variety of collections available via an online search. The following brochure is available at the circulation desk. For information, contact the SSMPL Archives.

Brochure Detail: The Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Archives



The Archives of Ontario

The Archives of Ontario
134 Ian Macdonald Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M7A 2C5
1-800-668-9933 (toll-free number, Ontario only)
Website: archives.gov.on.ca
Email: reference@ontario.ca

What does the collection include?

According to their website, “The Archives of Ontario is the largest provincial archives in Canada, and the premier source of information about the history of the land we now call Ontario and its people.”

The archives are valuable to those researching family history. There is excellent information with respect to conducting genealogical research. Records available include vital statistics (birth, death and marriage registrations), estate files, immigration records, and land records. For information, contact The Archives of Ontario.

Example of a Marriage Registration (1911-1925). The Archives of Ontario.


What have you discovered about your family’s history in the public archives?