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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Research: Quebec Non-Francophone Ancestors  by Althea Douglas M.A., CG. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Other Québec Archives[edit | edit source]

A list of Québec Archives selected from the CCA - Directory of Archives for Québec. Here you will find more complete details on holdings, up-to-date names of Contact Persons, as well as the addresses for many Roman Catholic Religious Archives and municipal or regional archives. Entries are either French or English, some portions in English are included below as a guide to where local and regional material may be found.

Archives de l’Assemblee nationale du Québec
Building Jean-Antoine-Panet 4th Floor
1020 Street of Parliam
Québec (Québec) G1A 1A3
Telephone: (418) 643-5030>

Extent of Holdings: 300 metres
Inclusive Dates: 1867-1985
Of interest might be their photographs of former members and buildings

Inclusive Dates: end of 19th and 20th centuries
Bureau des archives - Université de Sherbrooke
2500, Boul. Université
Sherbrooke (Québec) J1K 2R1
Telephone: (819) 821-8090

Extent of Holdings: 23 metres
Inclusive Dates: 1733-1992
Predominant Dates: 1930-1980

Centre Canadien d’architecture
Departement des archives

1920, rue Baile
Montréal (Québec) H3H 2S6
Telephone: (514) 939-7000

Inclusive Dates: 1892-1994

Centre d’archives de la Gaspésie
80 Boulevard Gaspé
Gaspé (Québec) G4X 1A9
Telephone: (418) 368-1534

Extent of Holdings: 200 Metres
Inclusive Dates: 1790-1994
Published Guides: Fonds corporation du Séminaire de Gaspé

Concordia University Archives
Service des archives de l’Université Concordia

Hall Building, Room 1015
1455, de Maisonneuve West
Montréal (Québec) H3G 1M8
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7775

Extent of Holdings: 2 linear km. Inclusive Dates: 1850-1995

Mandate/Holdings: The University Archives is the official repository for the documents of Concordia University and its two founding institutions, Loyola College and Sir George Williams University…in co-operation with other institutions also collects private papers to support research activities in areas of Montréal Jazz History, Montréal Irish Community, etc.

Cree Nation of Eastmain
Mailing: 76 Nouchimi
PO Box 90
Eastmain (Québec) J0M 1W0
Telephone: (819) 977-0211

Eastern Townships Resource Centre
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QuebecJ1M 1Z7
Telephone: (819) 822-9600 ext. 2261

Extent of Holdings: 175 metres
Inclusive Dates: 1680-1994
Predominant Dates: 1800-1950
Mandate/Holdings: … includes private papers of the anglophone community Published Guides:

A. Guide des fonds et des collections d’archives privees, ‘95
B. Guide to the Local Church Records, Montréal/Ottawa Conference, United Church of Canada, Volume 2, ‘86

[Eastern Townships] - Société Historique de Stanstead
Stanstead Historical Society, Archives

Location: 535 Dufferin Road, Stanstead
Telephone: (819) 876-7322

Extent of Holdings: 80 metres
Inclusive Dates: 1790 - Present
Mandate/Holdings: Primary material related to local history of border area. Secondary material for reference and information files.

Published Guides: A preliminary guide to the bound documents collection in the Stanstead History Society Archives. A summary guide to the papers of Charles Carroll Colby, (1827-1907).

[Eastern Townships]- Société d’histoire de Missisquoi
Missisquoi Historical Society
Location: 2 River Street
Stanbridge East (Québec) J0J 2H0
Telephone: (450) 248-3153

Mandate/Holdings: historical records of Missisquoi County. United Empire Loyalists and early New England immigrants, pioneer documents, a large collection of family histories, letters, photographs and daguerreotypes, diaries, family Bibles and a great number of genealogical records for some families going back to the 19th Century. Copies of 19th century newspapers…cemeteries of the area…land grants. There are records of many early businesses and professionals.

Published Guides: The Missisquoi Historical Society’s Annual Reports and other published collections of essays, photos and articles, are an important (though unindexed) source for family historians; there are over 20 volumes. A “Finding Aid” was published in 1985-86.

Jewish Public Library[Montréal]
5151 Cote Ste. Catherine Road
Montréal (Québec) H3W 1M6
Telephone: (514) 345-2627

Extent of Holdings: 236 linear metres
Inclusive Dates: 1850-1992
Predominant Dates: 1930-1990

Mandate/Holdings: Since 1914, the Archives has collected documents of local and national interest in the form of textual records (published and unpublished), clippings, photographs, manuscripts (hand-written and typescript), pamphlets, journals, yearbooks, memorabilia, audio-visual materials, computer diskettes and microfilms. The major areas of interest are literature, the creative arts, cultural events, education, Yiddish cultural milieu, Jewish life and customs, religion, architecture, Jewish identity, survivors associations, schools, organizations and professional associations.

McGill University Archives
3459 McTavish Street, Room M6-17B
McLennan Library Building
Montréal (Québec) H3A 1Y1
Telephone: (514) 398-3772

Extent of Holdings: 12,000 cu. ft. boxes
Inclusive Dates: 1797-present

Mandate/Holdings: Institutional records of the University; private papers of staff and graduates as well as organizations and individuals in McGill’s milieu. Includes publications, scrapbooks, photographs, architectural plans, microfilm, films, audio recordings, videos, and computer tapes.

Published Guides: Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University, 3 volumes, 1985. Available on the internet.

Ottawa Conference Archives, United Church of Canada, Montréal and Laurentian Presbyteries and Québec congregations within the Ottawa Presbytery are housed at the Archives nationales du Quèbec at Montréal, q.v., which moved to av. Viger in May 2000.

Extent of Holdings: 200 linear metres
Inclusive Dates: c. 1800-1980

Mandate/Holdings: Records of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian churches until church union in 1925…records of McGill theological colleges. (Congregational, Wesleyan, Presbyterian and United Theological College); personal papers, photographs, school records etc.

McCord Museum/Musee McCord d’histoire canadienne
690, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal (Québec) H3A 1E9
Telephone: (514) 398-7100

Extent of Holdings: 300 metres d’archives historiques; 750 000 documents photographiques, 16 500 dessins (drawings), 500 cartes et plans (maps).

Inclusive Dates: 1750-1950
Predominant Dates: 1850-1900

Mandate/Holdings: Includes a large photographic archives, Notman Collection (450 000), others (300 000); in all 750 000 photographs which contain manuscript documents, and private fonds important for the study of social, economic and family history

Published Guides: McCord Family/Papers—Inventaire analytique; Cuthbert-Bostwick—Repertoire Index; Greenshields Family—Finding Aid.

Québec Diocesan Archives(Anglican Church of Canada)
Bishop’s University,
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke(Québec) J1M 0C8
Telephone: (819) 822-9600 ext 2567

Extent of Holdings: 60 metres
Inclusive Dates: 1793-1994

Mandate/Holdings: Diocesan Level Administration records and parishes for the Anglican Church of Canada, Diocese of Québec. Early material covers both Upper and Lower Canada as this was all part of the Diocese until 1840. The collection also has a number of early Canadian Church publications and material dealing with education and social services. There are parish minutes, membership lists, etc. General guide in: Guide to Archives of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada, (Anglican Church of Canada, 1995). ISBN 0-9697207-1-8.

Societe d’histoire de la Haute-Yamaska(Formerly Societe d’histoire de Shefford)
135 Main Street
Granby (Québec) J2G 2V1
Telephone: (450) 372-4500

Extent of Holdings: c. 100 metres
Inclusive Dates: 1840-1992
Mandate/Holdings: archives privées pouvant enrichir les connaissances en histoire régionale…Répertoire et index des greffes des arpenteurs Mitchell et O’Dwyer (manuscrits et plans) (private archives for additional knowledge of regional history, Registers and index of the notes of surveyors’ Mitchell and O’Dwyer (manuscripts and plans).

Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke
275, rue Dufferin
Sherbrooke (Québec) J1H 4M5
Telephone: (819) 821-5406

Extent of Holdings: ±55 metres
Predominant Dates: 1880-1950

Mandate/Holdings: Cantons de l’Est avec statut privilegié pour la ville de Sherbrooke. (Eastern Townships with special statue in the city of Sherbrooke).

Société historique de la Côte-Nord
9, avenue Marquette
Baie-Comeau (Québec) G4Z 1K4
Telephone: (418) 296-8228

Extent of Holdings: 105,2 metres
Inclusive Dates: 1927-1992

Université Laval, Division des archives
Pavillon Jean-Charles-Bonenfant, Bureau 5489
2345 Allée Des BibliothequesUniversité Laval, Sainte-Foy (Québec) G1V 0A6
Telephone: (418) 656-2131 ext. 3722

Université de Montréal
Location: Service des archives, Pavillon principal Local E-619
Service des archives C.P. 6128
Succursale Centre ville Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7
Telephone: (514) 343-6023

Université du Québec à Montréal
Service des archives et de gestion des documents

C.P. 8888, Succursale Centre-VilleMontréal (Québec) H3C 3P8
Telephone: (514) 987-6130

Ville de Montréal Service du greffe
Division de la gestion de documents et des archives
City of Montréal Archives

275, rue Notre-Dame Est, Bureau R.134
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 1C6
Telephone: (514) 872-3496

Western Québec School Board
15 rue Katimavik
Gatineau Québec J9J 0E9
Telephone: (819) 684-2336

Extent of Holdings: 76 metres
Inclusive Dates: late 19th century-Present

Mandate/Holdings: Records pertaining to the mainly English language Protestant school boards in Western Québec (WQSB) is an amalgamation of the Greater Hull School Board, the Pontiac School Board and the Northwestern Québec School Board, each of which had absorbed many small local boards over the years.

Finding Aids:
Northwestern Québec Old School Boards (1932-1972)
Greater Hull Old School Boards (1864-1972)
Northwestern Québec (1972-1987)
In process: Greater Hull (1972-1982)


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