Archives Research

Peel Public Health continues to recommend enhanced measures to protect residents in Peel from the spread of COVID-19. The Archives and PAMA remain closed, and awaiting further information from Regional, Provincial, and Federal authorities. Please refer to this page for updates.

Archives Appointments

  • Visitors wishing to conduct archival research must make an appointment a minimum of two (2) business days prior to their visit. Please note that the archives experiences high demand. To avoid disappointment, book early.
  • Staff or resources (for example, microfilm readers) are generally not available without prior booking.
  • Booking an appointment allows staff to prepare both you and the archives for your visit and to advise you of any unexpected service changes. For more information, see Visiting the Archives below or contact the Archives.

Visiting the Archives

Types of Records

Archives blog

To contact the archives,
 905-791-7800 x 3630 or
Government records
Family History / Genealogy 
(Family historiesPerkins Bull family files)
Property research - (PDF how-to guide)
Personal records - (Perkins Bull collection)
Photography and film (portraiture glass negatives, McLeod glass plate negatives, war posters)

Making the most of your visit

We want your visit to the Archives to be productive and enjoyable. Appointments help us to serve you:

  • archival research generally requires retrievals from a variety of sources and locations in our secure storage areas; calling ahead reduces your wait time;
  • there may be information or items you need to bring with you, in order for us to help you;
  • 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.
  • the archivist may need to limit or delay retrievals for individuals to maintain our service levels for everyone. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Archives Hours of Operation

Tuesdays 10 am to 4:30 pm *
Wednesdays 10 am to 4:30 pm *
Thursdays 10 am to 8:30 pm *

10 am to 4:30 pm *

Saturdays, Sundays,


* Please note that the Archives is closed from 12 to 1 pm, and 5 to 6 pm.

On Thursday evenings the archives operates on reduced staffing. We appreciate your patience if other researchers are being served when you arrive.   

Shelves full of stuff

How do I Start? Some Basic Questions

Below are some basic questions to guide your research:

    • Do I have a clear idea of what information I'm looking for?
    • What do I already know about the issue?

    Next, contact us!

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