Archives & Research

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Research Room

The Research Room is a gateway for visitors to research numerous Bruce County related topics.  There is an extensive collection of reference material in the Research Room in the form of books, periodicals and microfilm.

Interested in doing research at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre?  We can assist with all types of research pertaining to Bruce County, including but not limited to:

We are here to help!

The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre is home to a wonderful Research Room, housed in the 1878 Southampton Public School.

Bruce Museum when it was an old school house
Archives & Research Page Staff

Knowledgeable staff supervise the Research Room and are available to assist you.

Archives and Books

Upon consultation with staff, researchers can also access archival documents pertaining to their research. 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 – including:

  • Municipal and County Government Records
  • Education Records
  • Business/Organizational Records
  • Personal Papers
  • Multimedia Collections

Experienced staff make your Archives experience Unforgettable!

From Monday to Friday, archival materials are available through the archives staff.

Archival materials are not available on the weekends.

For more information, contact Archival Assistants,
Sue Schlorff or Deb Sturdevant,
at  519-797-2080, ext 129

During your research process, you may also wish to consult our Research Links page for online resources related to the history of Bruce County and its residents.

If you are unable to visit the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre we are able to do fee for service research for you.  Fill out the form below and we will contact you about your request.

Bruce County Archives Research Request Form*

*Please note, the minimum fee for completing a research request is $30.00. If no information is available relating to your request, you will be so advised in the initial ‘time/cost’ assessment that you receive from us, and no fee will be charged.

The Bruce County Archives is grateful for the partnership and support of the Bruce County Historical Society, the Bruce County Genealogical Society.

Donate to Archives and Research (artifacts, money, time, etc)

Muncipal Records

The Archives are the official repository for many of the permanently retained records of the Corporation of the County of Bruce. As well, the other municipalities of Bruce County – past and present – have deposited some of their archival materials in the Archives. These records include Land Transfer Copy Books, Assessment and Collector’s Rolls, Voters’ Lists, Minutes, By-Laws, correspondence and more.

Education Records

In March 2009 the Bluewater District School Board transferred historic records of the Bruce County School Board and prior (pre 1969) to the Bruce County Archives. These records include Minutes and Cash Books of the various school boards over the years. Also included in the transfer are General and Daily Attendance Registers. These records are available to researchers if they are over 100 years old.

Business / Organizational Records

A massive amount of records are produced through the day-to-day work of companies and local organizations. Transactions, meeting minutes, advertising, photos, memos, correspondence and other parts of the paper trail can eventually be housed in the Archives. From ledger books of a general store or furniture factory, to the minutes of a local chapter of a Women’s Institute, the Archives are collecting these records.

Personal Papers

As the years go by, everyone amasses a great amount of records in the form of personal letters, journals, diaries, business correspondence, photographs and the like. Often, these materials are passed on from generation to generation and can find their way into the Archives. These records give us a first hand account of what life was like in the past.

Multimedia Collections

The Archives have a growing collection of still and moving imagery. The photographs and postcards number in the thousands and show scenes and people from all over Bruce County throughout the years. Much of our video collection consists of oral histories, conducted by the Bruce County Historical Society and Township of Bruce Historical Society. We also house the Bruce County Veterans Oral History Project Videos. Excerpts of some of these can be found at We also have some family videos and videos of the local communities which are gradually being transferred to DVD for easier access.