About ETRC

For over 40 years, the ETRC has been a recognized organization for the study of the Eastern Townships of Quebec. While its Archives Department concentrates on the acquisition of private archives related to the English-speaking community, the Centre’s mission, mandate and on-going activities are meant to be inclusive of all communities present in the Eastern Townships.

Preserving and Promoting the Region’s History

As one of the top accredited archives in Quebec, the ETRC preserves the documentary heritage of the Eastern Townships and serves as an archival expertise resource for local heritage organizations.

Accredited by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec and by the ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec, the ETRC Archives acquires, processes, preserves and gives access to archival fonds and collections that illustrate the development of the Eastern Townships’ English-speaking community. Thousands 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 promotes the Townships’ rich and unique history through public lectures, colloquia, and exhibitions. The Centre offers educational materials for teachers and its own publication, the Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (JETS). As a long-standing and proud member of the Bishop’s community, the ETRC creates bridges between Bishop’s and the surrounding communities.

The ETRC acknowledges that the Eastern Townships are situated on the unceded ancestral territory of the W8banaki nation, the Ndakina. K’wlipaï8ba W8banakiak wdakiw8k (phonetics: koleypaionba wonbanakiak odakeywonk) | You are welcome on the Abenaki territory.

The ETRC shows how exciting it is to have quality research produced in the region, research that is expressed in the two languages that signify the historical richness of the Eastern Townships.

Martin Pâquet
President of the Clio-Québec Subcommittee of the Canadian Historical Association

What a great resource for finding families of the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

Jim & Laverne Aitchison