The Archival Collection is comprised of the primary records of individuals, families and organizations typically from the local area and working in support of our Niagara Book Collection. These records can include diaries, correspondence, photographs, legal documents, original maps, sketches, reports and much more ranging from the earliest settlement of the Peninsula to the present time.

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  • Turning The First Sod for the Municipal Power Line 

    Unknown author (1908-11-28)
    A clipping of the turning of the sod ceremony for the laying of the first municipal power line in Toronto. Included are photographs of Mr. J.H. Fryer of Galt, Mayor Oliver of Toronto, Sir James Whitney, and Hon. Adam Beck.
  • Who Owns the Earth and How Did They Get it? 

    Hyde, Henry M. (1909-02)
    The author mentions the issues associated with using hydroelectric power in Niagara Falls and discusses the issues that may arise based on past experiences, "To the myopic and indifferent public the idea of a few men getting ...
  • The Romance of Transmission 

    Stratton, George Frederic (1908-05)
    This article is describes the aesthetic elements of Niagara Falls and aspects and those related to the power company. The author uses detail to describe the hydro towers, for example: "The construction of this line, is ...
  • John Guay Brock University Photos 

    Adams, Anne (2018-01-15)
    17 coloured photographs
  • The Power by-law 

    Ellis, P.W.; White, W.T. (1907-12-27)
    These are "proceedings at a special evening meeting of the Canadian club, at which the City Council of Toronto and the Electrical Development Company each provided a speaker to discuss 'The Power by-law' Mr. P.W. Ellis ...
  • Niagara Falls Already Ruined 

    Adams, Alton D. (1906)
    The article begins with the statement "Niagara Falls are already ruined!" and goes on to say "it is to be considered that the American Falls are in much more imminent danger than the Canadian. The pipe line, canal, and ...
  • The Electrical Features of Niagara 

    Unknown author (1897-06-05)
    The article includes "facts and figures about Niagara" and is discusses the following: The Niagara Falls Power Company, The Niagara Falls-Buffalo Power Transmission Line, The Niagara Falls and Lewiston Railway, Niagara ...
  • Canada Post Office Documents, 1833, 1835, n.d. 

    Adams, Anne (2018-01-15)
    One 9 ½ page booklet of typed instructions to a Deputy Post Master in Canada. The size is 28 cm x 17 cm. One 3 ½ page contract (typewritten including annotations) for transporting His Majesty’s Mails. The size is 31 cm. ...
  • A Few Remarks About the Niagara Gorge 

    Buck, L.L. (1894)
    The author analyzes the gorge by dividing it into six parts and studying those portions of the gorge separately. The article then concludes that "at whatever point the falls have been, the river above them has spread over ...
  • Niagara Falls and Their History 

    Gilbert, G.K. (1895-09)
    An article about Niagara Falls, describing the following: The Drainage System, The Two Plains, The River and the Gorge, The Recession of the Cataract, Development of the Laurentian Lakes, The Whirlpool, Time"
  • Electrical Transmission at Niagara Falls 

    Foster, Horatio A. (1895-01)
    The article details the process of the Niagara Power Company and how it began with "a charter for the Niagara Falls Power Co. was obtained from the Legislature on March 31, 1886, by citizens of Niagara Falls; but there ...
  • Harnessing Niagara 

    Forbes, George (1895-10)
    The author mentions his role in the engineering work to do with the power companies at Niagara Falls. At the conclusion of the article he mentions, "If required, the power could be sent much more than a hundred miles, and ...
  • Industrial Niagara/Wind as a Motive Power in the United States 

    Abbott Vaughan, Arthur; Waldo, Frank (1895)
    The article discusses the industrialization of the area surrounding the power development. Also mentioned is the process of transmitting the power, "...it is necessary, in order to attain requisite economy, to raise the ...
  • A Triangulation Survey: For a Tunnel at Niagara 

    Mitchell, C.H. (1892)
    The article discusses a triangulation survey required to create a tunnel "a mile long and pass under the heart of the city, a triangulation survey for it must needs be made, of a sufficiently accurate character as to enable ...
  • How Niagara's Power Will be Utilized 

    Sellers, Coleman (1891-09)
    The article discusses the power that can be produced using Niagara Falls. The author mentions "The theoretical value of the water that passes over the crest of this mighty dam has been represented as requiring all the ...
  • Construction of Canadian Niagara Power Company's 100,000 H.P. Hydro Electric Plant at Niagara Falls, Ont. 

    Smith, Cecil B. (1905-01)
    The article discusses the details of the progress of the plant in Niagara Falls, Ontario by the Resident Engineer for the Company. The author describes the progress in sections: coffer dam, bridge, canal and forebay, ...
  • Niagara Military Museum collection, 2009, 2017 

    Adams, Anne (2018-01-09)
    One book and 4 flyers pertaining to the Niagara Military Museum
  • Janet Carnochan letter, 1914 

    Adams, Anne (2018-01-09)
    One 3 ½ page handwritten letter to Canon Ker from Janet Carnochan.
  • Niagara Falls and Montreal photos, [1870-1880] 

    Adams, Anne (2018-01-09)
    5 sepia photographs of Niagara Falls and 3 sepia photographs of Montreal. All photos are mounted on 28.5 x 23 cm. ivory cardstock.
  • Jean Lussier Post Card, 1930 

    Adams, Anne (2018-01-09)
    An autographed sepia postcard depicting the end of a successful ride over the Horseshoe Falls by Jean Lussier.

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