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Sault Ste. Marie Public Library


The Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Archives, located at the North Branch, collects records that document the history of Sault Ste. Marie and the District of Algoma. Our records date from 1822 to the present and include several collections that have been designated as Cultural Property by the Federal Government for their outstanding significance and national importance.

Below are some of our notable collections:

Abitibi Power & Paper Co. Col. Sydney Penhorwood     John Ferris
Algoma Central Railway Dr. John Shannon Diaries Land Registry Files
Algoma Film Council       Edwin T. Durham       Morley Torgov
Algoma Ore Division Elliot Durham Papers Ontario Women’s Institute
Algoma Steel Corporation General/Plummer Hospital  Roberta Bondar
Bussineau Diary Glyn Smith Sault Opera Society
Clergue Family Papers Great Lakes Power Sault Ste. Marie Public Library

To aid researchers in locating information, there are a number of finding aids available for our archive collections:

Historical Forestry Database - This extensive collection includes thousands of maps, aerial photographs, and hundreds of thousands of other documents. The collection details seasonal and regulatory management of the company, their bush camps, forestry information, as well as the implementation and effects of government legislation. The database was created as through a multi-partner effort to preserve one of Sault Ste. Marie’s oldest collections of historical papers.

Sault History Online  - Search Sault Ste. Marie’s history through original documents from the archives.

Archeion – Search Archeion for information about archives held by organizations all over Ontario. Archeion is a service provided by the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO). Records include photographs, diaries, minute books, church registers and municipal records covering all periods of Ontario’s history.

Our Digital World - Operating since 2005 and as a non-profit since 2012, ODW provides open access to heritage collections from public and academic libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, women’s institutes, newspaper publishers, and community organizations.

Our online catalogue also allows researchers to search for archival material by keyword and subject.

To view any of the original documents please fill out and submit the Document Retrieval Request Form.

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*Please note that research questions may be subject to a reasearch fee of $40 per hour. If a question is subject to a research fee, you will be contacted by library staff before any work is done.

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