Archives Research

Visiting the archives

Types of Records

What Can I Research?
What's the role of the archives?
What can I see?
Online Resources
Government records
Family History / Genealogy (Family historiesPerkins Bull family files)
Property research (PDF how-to guide)
Organization (companies, non-profits, clubs)
Personal records (Perkins Bull collection)
Photography and film (portraiture glass negatives, McLeod glass plate negatives, war posters)
Family fonds coming soon

Visiting the Archives

We want your visit to the Archives to be as productive as possible.  Researchers are encouraged to e-mail or call at least two-days in advance of their visit.  Calling ahead helps us to serve you in several ways:  

  • archival research generally requires retrievals from a variety of sources and locations in our secure storage areas; calling ahead reduces your wait time;
  • archivists are resourceful and can suggest ideas, especially if we are able to consider your research needs in advance;
  • we can sometimes save you an unnecessary trip in the event our holdings don't suit your research needs;
  • table space and equipment (such as microfilm readers) is limited in the Reading Room. 

Walk-in researchers are always welcome.  But space is limited and staff may already be busy assisting other researchers.   The archivist may need to limit or delay retrievals to maintain our service levels. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Please note that due to retrieval logistics, assessment rolls and heavy objects must be requested one day in advance if you want to consult them during extended Reading Room hours on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Please call ahead to discuss with an archivist.

Archives Hours of Operation

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Saturdays, Sundays


Archives exhibits are viewable by request on weekends; please ask Service Peel for access.

The Reading Room is closed on Mondays. Archives staff dedicate Mondays to vital collections processing and special projects. In certain limited circumstances, and by appointment, the Supervisor of Archival Services may make the Reading Room available for research on this day. We thank you for your understanding.

Special closures
  • Tuesday, May 3 to Friday, May 6, 2016 (inventory and processing)
  • Sat. May 21, 2016 (Victoria Day holiday weekend)
  • Tuesday, November 1 through Friday November 4 (inventory and processing)

Please note that on Saturdays and Thursday evenings the archives operates on reduced staffing. We appreciate your patience if other researchers are being served when you arrive.
To contact the archives, call 905-791-4055 x 3780 or x 4677 or

Shelves full of stuffAn Archives is a building or centre that has special documents. Some people use the term "an archive", instead of "the archives." Either is correct. Archives play an important role in preserving a community's heritage. When you go to an archives, you find things that are often not available anywhere else. They are one-of-a-kind documents that have not been published and are not for sale

There are lots of archives in Canada with some related to a specific theme, such as the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes archives. Archives such as the Archives of Ontario and Library Archives Canada contain material that relates to a larger area.

Records in the Peel Archives are all about Peel. Getting started on your research is easy, and there is always someone on hand to help you. Also read "What's it like to visit the archives?"

There is no charge to do your own research.

Visit reproduction for more information and the current price list for copies and scans.

What can I research?

What's the role of the Peel Archives?

Archives works with the Region of Peel, City of Brampton, City of Mississauga and the Town of Caledon to protect their original minutes and bylaws. Other groups, such as the Peel District School Board house their records at the Archives.

Archival records provide important information during times of change. Some examples of how records are used include:

  • Environmental assessments
  • Heritage assessments of properties threatened by demolition
  • Heritage designation
  • Tourism
  • Community celebrations
  • Naming streets, parks or buildings

What can I see at the Archives?

  • Photographs
  • Maps
  • Architectural plans
  • Posters
  • Newspapers
  • Letters
  • Journals
  • Business records
  • Government records
    See also about council records
Along with original records, we also have a book collection featuring local history and genealogy title. Search our collection on LibraryThing.

A Brampton Newspaper - March, 1948

    Archives storage room



How do I start?

We suggest that you bring with you some basic tools:

  • A simple notebook is cheap and easy-to- use
  • Pencils (pens can damage documents)
  • File folders (optional)

Some Basic Questions

Below are some basic questions to guide your research:

  1. Do I have a clear idea of what information I'm looking for?
  2. What do I already know about the issue? (keep this information in your notebook)
  3. Can the Peel Archives help me? Call us or email us at if you're not sure.
  4. Researchers are encouraged to e-mail or call at least two-days in advance of their visit.  Calling ahead helps us to serve you better. Please contact our Archivist at 905-791-4055 x 4677 or x 3780 or email
  5. Bring your notebook to keep track of your research.