The archival collections at the Community Archives include textual records, photographs, maps, newspapers, and other materials that provide information about the people, places and development of Hastings County. You can search for relevant materials on our online catalogue, Discover.

Where there are no copyright restrictions, we share our photographs on Flickr. These are photographs where the term of copyright has expired, or where the Archives owns the copyright. These images may be freely re-used for any purpose (although an acknowledgement of the Community Archives and a link to the Flickr image page would be appreciated).

Some highlights of the Community Archives collection are:

  • City of Belleville minute books (1836-1860 and 1896-1959), bylaws (1850-1931), assessment rolls (most years 1864-1980), and other records
  • County of Hastings minute books and bylaws (1842-1997), assessment rolls (1871-1906) and other records
  • The Intelligencer newspaper photographs (mainly negatives) (ca. 1940s-2000)
  • Mika collection of news clippings, articles, research notes, photographs and images regarding Belleville and Hastings County, Canadian railroads, United Empire Loyalists, the Mika publications and other subjects
  • Leona Riggs fonds with family photographs and other materials related to music and family life in Belleville
  • Hastings County Historical Society papers and records (1957-present), including the Building Research Committee papers and the Hastings County 1800-1900 Architectural Study
  • Gerry Boyce fonds with source materials for his publications including Historic Hastings (1967), Hutton of Hastings (1972), The St. Andrew’s Chronicles (1978), Sidney Township1790-1990 (1990), and Eldorado: Ontario’s First Gold Rush (1992)
  • Collections from Earl Van Blaricom, the Wanamaker family, and Terry Forin regarding genealogy, family history, and the United Empire Loyalists
  • Maps, plans, and architectural drawings
  • Local newspaper collection including some 19th century papers not available elsewhere
  • Microfilm of selected Hastings County Land Registry Office records

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