Stored on the shelves in the Archives is every kind of record imaginable. These records tell the story of Bruce County – both past and present. The Archive is particularly strong in the following subject areas:
Large stands of forests used to cover much of what is now Bruce County. The diversity of the trees and their sheer numbers made this area an ideal place for talented and industrious individuals to create a living working with this rich resource. Thus, from the earliest cottage industries to the most modern manufacturers, Bruce County has an enduring history with furniture making. It is a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. For more information on Furniture Factories in Bruce County click here.
The Reading Room and Archives contain a variety of marine related resources. These include books on the maritime history of Bruce County, microfilm of Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes 1863-1873, Lighthouse Keepers logs, and more. For photographs see the JH Scougall photo collection and the Archives slide show . Both of these collections include a number of marine related photographs. To see more photographs visit our Reading Room.
Want to know about Bruce County’s involvement in the Fenian Raids? the First World War? the Second World War? The Bruce County Archives has books on the general history of the wars as well as Bruce County’s involvement. There are microfilm reels from pre 1900 involvement in the 32nd Bruce Battalion. Most of our Area Histories have a chapter on the military involvement of their community. We have a variety of newspapers that cover the war years. Our collection boasts both audio and video oral histories of local veterans.
Bruce County has a strong natural history. The Bruce Beckons is a wonderful book about the natural history of Bruce County by Sherwood Fox. We have a reference copy as well as holding the manuscript. Many of our Area History books have a chapter on the natural history of the area. We also hold the Grey Bruce Birding Committee records.
We have a newly acquired collection of copies of all of the Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir Collections from Bruce County. These books show a women’s perspective of history. We also have various original minute books, scrapbooks, rally books, minutes of the Bruce County Tartan Committee and Tweedsmuirs.