Archives room in Deseronto Public Library

Archives room in Deseronto Public Library

Today the Deseronto Archives transferred 100 boxes of material from its former location in Deseronto Public Library to the Community Archives here in Belleville. The Community Archives is jointly funded by the City of Belleville and the County of Hastings. Each municipality in Hastings County gives financial support to the Archives through their contribution to the County, and they are all able to take advantage of the Community Archives’ facilities to care for their records.

In Deseronto, the small Archives Room was running out of space for archives. Since the establishment of the Archives in 1997, a lot of material has been collected about the town. Here are all the boxes once they had been shipped to Belleville, before they were transferred into the vault:

Deseronto Archives in CABHC reading room

Deseronto Archives in CABHC reading room

Materials in this collection include:

  • Minute books of the Town from 1872
  • Records of Deseronto Public Library going back to its foundation in 1885
  • Records of Deseronto Cemetery
  • Photographs of the town
  • Maps of Deseronto
  • Subject files on aspects of the history of Deseronto and the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

Many of the photographs from this collection have already been digitized and are available on Flickr. We will continue to add posts on Deseronto’s World War I history to the Deseronto Archives’ blog.

The collection is now safely housed in the CABHC vault, where there is plenty of room for additions! Deseronto-area residents can continue to bring archival materials to the Deseronto Public Library, from where they will be transferred to Belleville for preservation in the Community Archives.

Deseronto Archives on shelves in CABHC vault

Deseronto Archives on shelves in CABHC vault

The Deseronto Archives Board will continue to meet, and is planning a number of history-related activities in Deseronto for 2017. We look forward to sharing news of those with you in the months to come.