P994 - Eastern Townships Aerial Photographs collection.

- 1933-1978; predominant 1945. - Ca. 4000 photographs. - 30 maps.

Administrative history

Founded in 1982 by Bishop's University faculty, the Eastern Townships Research Centre (ETRC) is a non-profit organization located at Bishop's University. Its mission is to further multidisciplinary research into the history and culture of the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, and to preserve the archival heritage of the English-speaking community. It sponsors research on the Eastern Townships region by Bishop's University faculty and librarians, in such fields as geography, history, business, sociology, education, psychology, art and architectural history, environmental studies, and women's studies. The ETRC's principal objectives is the dissemination of research findings. This is accomplished through its bilingual publications and the sponsoring of lectures and conferences.

The Archives Department of the ETRC is devoted to the preservation and promotion of the region's rich and colourful heritage for the purpose of research and teaching. It acquires, processes, preserves, and gives access to archival fonds and collections that illustrate the development of the Eastern Townships English-speaking community. The Archives Department has been accredited since 1991 by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.

Scope and content

The collection contains mainly source material on the geography and landscapes of the Eastern Townships from Energy, Mines & Resources, Government of Canada, from 1933 to 1978. It covers the counties of Richmond, Sherbrooke, Compton, Frontenac, Shefford, Drummond, Brome, Stanstead, Missisquoi and Megantic. It also covers the areas of Thetford, Upton, Verchères, Richelieu, Montreal, Sorel, Joliette, Berthier, Ste. Marie, Quebec city, Portneuf, Lotbinière, Chateauguay and the county of Rouville. Aerial photographs provide direct visual evidence of the landscape and a three dimensional view of the earth and its features that is not available from ground level. It consists of aerial photographs and maps.

Finding aid(s)

Eastern Townships Aerial Photographs. Collection (P994), prepared by Angela Howran under the supervision of Daniel Bromby, February 2002.


Title based on contents of collection.

The documents were donated in one accession (2001) by the Department of Environmental Studies and Geography of Bishop's University.

Copyright held by the Government of Canada.

The publication Aerial Photo Interpretation (1969), by Barry Sully, is available (see the archivist).

The following finding aid is available : Eastern Townships Aerial Photographs. Collection (P994), prepared by Angela Howran under the supervision of Daniel Bromby, February 2002.