Online Resources

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.


You can explore more than 300 private fonds and collections, which include archival information on Eastern Townships families, political figures and writers, societies and institutions, and newspapers, among others. The United and Presbyterian Churches together provide more than 100 fonds. The database presents descriptive information such as archival details, biographical sketches, administrative and custodial history, scope and contents of the fonds, and special notes.

Explore the *NEW* Archival Collection Database


When searching the database for photographs, you can choose between 20 subjects from Agriculture to Transport, and/or 67 place names from Asbestos to Woburn. Each photograph contains a brief description and a link to the Terms & Conditions of Use.

Explore the Photograph Collection


In 2012, the ETRC embarked on a project to begin to put together a collection of thematic, illustrated finding aids.  With financial support from the Bélanger-Gardner Foundation, we are pleased to make available the first four finding aids, which include a description and images of the documents in the ETRC's archives collection that touch on education, colonization & settlement, the performing arts, and economic development.


All historic photographs available on the ETRC website are free from copyright. The photographs can be reproduced free of charge and without authorization from the ETRC, and only for personal, academic, or any other non-commercial use. However, users have to identify the ETRC collections as the source and indicate that all photographs are stored in our facilities in Sherbrooke. Any manipulation, manual or electronic, is strictly prohibited. It is also prohibited to translate or reformat the photographs without written authorization from the ETRC. To obtain quality copies or information on the photographs available on this site, please contact the ETRC.


The Archives Department can provide quality copies, prints and digital reproductions of all photographs available on this site.

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