Archives Department

The Archives Department of the Eastern Townships Resource Centre is devoted to the preservation and promotion of the region’s rich and colourful heritage. Accredited by the ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec and by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the Archives Department acquires, processes, preserves and gives access to archival fonds and collections that illustrate the development of the Eastern Townships’ English-speaking community. A variety of documents such as diaries, letters, minute books, photographs, postcards, maps, plans and audio-visual material are made available to researchers. Assistance is also provided to genealogists tracing their family roots.

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The ETRC Archival Collection and Photo Collection document the history of the Eastern Townships and its English-speaking communities, providing a window on the past life of these communities. Please check back regularly as we continue to enhance the content of our databases.

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The Old Library of Bishop’s University houses the Eastern Townships Collection, which includes the largest collection of publications on the Eastern Townships as well as many genealogical resources.  Among the material, researchers will find indexes to vital statistics, newspaper notices and cemeteries; census returns; the Lower Canada Land papers; directories and gazetteers; and historical newspapers.

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Eastern Townships Resource Centre
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, Quebec
J1M 1Z7

Vicky Martineau, Archivist
819-822-9600, ext. 2261

We strongly recommend that researchers who wish to visit the Archives Department make an appointment with the Archivist in advance to ensure that any material to be consulted can be retrieved and made available upon arrival.

The Consultation Room and Archivist’s Office are located in the Old Library, McGreer Hall building on the campus of Bishop’s University (identified as B12 on the campus map).  Researchers can visit the Old Library Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Archives Department collects and makes available various private archival fonds and collections that show the development of the Eastern Townships and its English-speaking communities.

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