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.

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Photographs from the ETRC Archives Department were published in Une histoire des Québécoises en photos by Hélène-Andrée Bizier.
To learn more, see Hélène-Andrée Bizier, Une histoire des Québécoises en photos, Saint-Laurent, QC: Fides, 2007.


Jim & Laverne Aitchison

“I was in touch with Jody Robinson about trying to find records for James Aitchison and Rachel Cook who lived in Sherbrooke until their death in 1921. I also wanted to find the birth record for their son Robert Bruce Aitchison b 1877. When my husband and I arrived at the ETRC we felt like one of the celebrities from Who Do You Think You Are?. Jody personally showed us around the library. She then walked us over to a table where she had boxes of books she had brought up from the holding area as well as another stack of books, directories, church records, etc., where we did find references to our Aitchison family. What a great resource for finding families of the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Thank you Jody, you made our trip worthwhile.”