Who We Are
The Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC) is a resource centre for the study of the Eastern Townships with a special focus on the English-speaking community. The ETRC was originally founded in 1982 by faculty members at Bishop’s University to further multidisciplinary research on the Eastern Townships through funding regional and community-based research projects, disseminating scholarly work in its own journal-Journal of the Eastern Townships Studies/Revue d’études des Cantons-de-l’Est (JETS/RECE), holding conferences and speaker forums, preserving archival collections and organizing exhibitions. Its original name Eastern Townships Research Centre reflected this academic oriented focus.
The ETRC Archives Department has over 52 000 photographs and postcards in its collection.
The photographs cover a wide variety of subjects and places. To explore some of our collection, go to Online Sources in the Archives Department section.
Professor of History at Simon Fraser University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
“During my many years as a historian of the Eastern Townships, I’ve always looked forward to my annual spring visits to the archives of the ETRC, and to the excitement of examining recently acquired materials expertly catalogued by the invariably friendly and professional archivists. By collecting family, business, church and other association-related materials, the ETRC has helped to fill a very large gap in the region’s neglected English-speaking history, in particular. Furthermore, I’ve greatly appreciated the opportunity to publish a number of my articles in JETS, an excellent outlet for research on the region. And finally, I’ve been much encouraged over the years by the opportunities to meet an interested public at the regular book launches and public lectures that the ETRC has organized on my behalf.”