Archives Research

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,
 905-791-4055 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

Mondays Closed
Tuesdays 10 am to 12 pm
(Lunch break)
1 pm to 4:30 pm
Wednesdays 10 am to 12 pm
(Lunch break)
1 pm to 4:30 pm
Thursdays 10 am to 12 pm
(Lunch break)
1 pm to 5 pm
(Dinner break)
6 pm to 8:30 pm

10 am to 12 pm
(Lunch break)
1 pm to 4:30 pm

Saturdays, Sundays


Hours are subject to change; special closures for a week in May and
a week in November for inventory and processing.

Please note that 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

There is no charge to do your own research.

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

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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