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.
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.
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.
Eastern Townships Resource Centre
2600 College Street
Jody Robinson, 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.
As part of the exhibition series DISCOVER YOUR PAST, the Eastern Townships Resource Centre is proud to announce the launch of its latest photo exhibition. "150 years Coaticook – A photographic journey” presents the daily life in Coaticook over the last 15 decades. The exhibition can be visited from September 13th until November 20th at the Coaticook Historical Society.
The Eastern Townships and World War I
The ETRC cordially invites you to attend its 16th annual Robin Burns Lecture at 7pm Wednesday, November 5th, 2014.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of World War I, the ETRC invites Michel Litalien from the Museum of Canadian Forces and historical collections of the Minister of national defense as this year’s guest speaker.
Drop-In Family History Workshops
The ETRC is pleased to be hosting family history workshops on Fridays through the summer. The workshops are geared towards beginners in genealogy and will provide an overview of the types of sources available for family research and give tips on how to find information, as well as review what is available online.