The Municipal Archives limits the amount of research (actually consulting archival records), on behalf of public researchers, to one hour per year per researcher. Staff will do all we can to help researchers identify good archival sources - but cannot take the time to do more than minimal research for users.
Users requiring additional research assistance can consult our List of Professional Researchers (pdf).
The Municipal Archives provides copying services subject to copyright legislation, donor agreements, and the physical condition of the records. Copies are provided for research and private study; other use may require authorization from the copyright owner.
If you can specifically identify the material required, contact the archives with your copy request.Staff can advise to get the best copy suited to your needs.
If you are in the Archives’ Reading Room, you can use a hand-held camera, or the microfilm scanner/printer to make your own copies (digital or paper) for research and private study; otherwise all copying is done by Municipal Archives staff or approved external services.
If you see material on the Municipal Archives’ database or website or albums in the Flickr Commons, you may share or download it for personal research and enjoyment. See terms for use beyond research and private study. This material has no known copyright restrictions, unless noted with the item (eg. that the photographer be acknowledged). This means that:
If you are a rights holder and wish to contest the use of specific material, please contact the Archives.
Images provided online are sized for web-viewing; higher-quality copies can be requested.
You can pay for your copies by cash, cheque, or money order at the Municipal Archives; or with debit or charge cards in person at a Customer Service Centre.
The following fees apply to all copies made at the Municipal Archives:
Postage and handling fees are based on the cost of the copying service:
Harmonized sales tax of 15% applies to all fees.
Courier service is at the expense of the researcher.
Students with valid school identification will receive a 10% discount.Permission to Publish Form (fillable pdf). Archives staff will notify you of copyright issues, and determine if commercial use requires a fee Use fees help fund ongoing efforts to care for our collection
The Municipal Archives promotes awareness of and appreciation for our heritage primarily by providing access to its holdings, but, as resources permit, will also provide:
Contact Us to discuss your ideas.