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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  • Nathan Ford fonds, 1792-1903, n.d.

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-05-12)
    Fonds mostly consists of correspondence written by, or to, Nathan Ford. Much of the correspondence concerns the War of 1812, especially the events around Ogdensburg. A significant part of the fonds concerns Ford’s claim for damages and losses incurred during the war. Reference is sometimes made to claims for damages in Niagara. Several letters to the editor are included which comment on the war and on some of the events that occurred in Niagara, such as the burning of Newark. Isaac Brock is mentioned in another of Ford’s letters. Also includes some information on the Jones family history. There are also several letters to the editor concerning tensions between France and the United States around 1797.
  • The Battle of Queenston print, 1836

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-20)
    A coloured print titled “The Battle of Queenston, Octr. 13, 1813. Which ended in a complete Victory on the part of the British, having captured 927 Men, killed or wounded about 500. Taken 1400 Stand of Arms, a Six Pounder, and a Stand of Colours”. It was published in London on April 12, 1836 for I.W. Laird’s Martial Achievements at 1 Leadenhall St. The print shows several stages of the battle, including the Americans crossing the Niagara River from Lewiston to Queenston; the British firing on the Americans as they land at Queenston; the first British counterattack on the redan battery, during which Isaac Brock was killed; and the British advance against the American position on the Heights later in the day. The painting is attributed to British Major James Dennis of the 49th Foot, who fought in the Battle of Queenston Heights. It was engraved by T. Sutherland. It first appeared in Martial Achievements of Great Britain by Thomas Sutherland shortly after the War of 1812. A note indicated it was based upon a drawing by “Major Dennis”. A painting based on Major Dennis’ account of the battle can be found at the RiverBrink Art Museum in Queenston. Many of the prints vary in detail from the painting. This particular print reverses the colours of the uniforms from the painting, showing men in red coats crossing from Lewiston and men in blue coats defending Queenston. The year of the battle included on the print is also incorrect. The battle took place on October 13, 1812, and not in 1813 as indicated in the title.
  • Rebellions of 1837-1838 Newspaper Collection, 1838

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-19)
    The collection contains American and British newspapers published around the time of the Upper and Lower Canada rebellions in 1837-1838. Many of the issues report on the events of the rebellions. Relevant news items from each issue have been described, with special attention to events that occurred in Niagara. Other articles of local interest concerning the War of 1812 or Welland Canal have also been noted.
  • Reminiscences of the early years of Brock University basketball

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-13)
    Consists of a 3-page typewritten account of Claude Zorzetto’s experiences with the early years of Brock University’s basketball team. Zorzetto was on the first Brock University basketball team in 1966 and remained on the team until 1970. Also contains several black and white photocopied photographs of the Brock University basketball team and players, including Zorzetto.
  • Broadside for Good Templars’ Strawberry Festival, 1869

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-13)
    A broadside advertising the Good Templars Strawberry Festival and Social Entertainment at Colt’s Hall, Suspension Bridge, N.Y. on July 2, 1869. The social is hosted by Frontier Lodge no. 740 of the Independent Order of Good Templars. The broadside reads “this festival will probably be the last and is pledged to be the best of the season! A number of very beautiful tableaux will be put upon the stage during the evening. Select music will be provided and everything done to make the entertainment one of social enjoyment. A committee of reception will be waiting to introduce strangers and to make all who attend this Festival feel themselves at home. The members of the Lodge extend a cordial invitation to all their friends to ‘Come, Taste and See’, that their strawberries are the sweetest and their ice cream the coldest that have been placed before them the present season”. Admission is 15 cents and the broadside is dated at Suspension Bridge, June 28, 1869. A note at the bottom of the broadside reads “In fulfilling the mission of Good Templars, Frontier Lodge has since its organization offered to the citizens of Suspension Bridge, Niagara Falls, Clifton, and the surrounding country frequent FREE entertainments, and the opportunity—which they are rejoiced to know has been freely availed of—of listening to some of the most talented speakers in the country. This has not been without expense to the Lodge, and having fitted up a hall at great cost it has now a small debt which it is desirable to liquidate, and solicits the patronage of the public to the accomplishment of this end”.
  • Ambrotype of horse drawn buggy in front of the American Falls, c. 1850

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-13)
    A large ambrotype of a horse drawn buggy at the American Falls, c. 1850. There are two women and a man seated in the buggy, and two men standing in front of the buggy.
  • The York Gazette, October 17, 1812

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-12)
    An issue of the York Gazette, dated October 17, 1812. This issue contains a statement on the victory at the Battle of Queenston Heights on the back page. The article notes the death of Issac Brock, his aide-de-camp John Macdonell, and the leadership of Major General Sheaffe. It is noted that “On the 13th of this month a most glorious victory took place at Queenston over the enemy…Our forces, though a handful, compared with those of the enemy, were not intimidated by numbers, but bravely resisted…” Isaac Brock’s role in the battle is mentioned. It is stated that “General Brock watchful, as he was brave, soon appeared in the midst of his faithful troops, ever obedient to his call, and whom he loved with the affection of a Father, but alas! whilst collecting, arranging, forming, and cheering his brave followers, that great commander gloriously fell when preparing for victory. ‘Push on brave York Volunteers’, being then near them, they were the last words of the dying Hero—Inhabitants of Upper Canada, in the Day of Battle remember BROCK.” John Macdonell, Brock’s aide-de-camp, was also killed in the battle. He is acknowledged in the article: “Not let us forget to lament the untimely fate of the young, the affectionate, and the brave Lieut. Col. John Macdonnel, who received a mortal wound about the same time with his beloved General—attached to him from affection, his constant follower in every danger, this amiable youth is now buried with him in the same grave”. After the deaths of Brock and Macdonell, Major General Sheaffe took command, and “proved himself worthy to fill that important, tho difficult and dangerous situation in which he was placed. Being reinforced by troops (including a body of Indians) from Fort George, General Sheaffe succeeded by a most judicious movement, in gaining the flank and rear of the enemy…unable to resist or escape from the British arms, about 900 Americans surrendered prisoners of war…” The article is followed by tributes to General Brock.
  • Photograph of Merritt Fire Co. No. 2, Welland, 1890

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-08)
    A black and white photograph of Merritt Fire Co. No. 2, Welland, in 1890. The photograph is mounted on cardboard and features 29 men in uniform indoors. They appear to be displaying framed certificates in the front row.
  • Photograph of Edward Gander and the St. Catharines Girls Marching Band, c. 1915

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-08)
    A black and white photograph of Edward Gander and the St. Catharines Girls Marching Band. The photo was taken by Edwin Poole, St. Catharines, around 1915. The photograph is mounted on cardboard and features Edward Gander in the centre surrounded by 16 girls in uniform.
  • A trip to Niagara Falls sheet music, 1905

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-08)
    Sheet music titled “A trip to Niagara Falls” (descriptive march). The music is by Clifford V. Baker and published by Koninsky Music Co., Troy, N.Y. A green and white illustration of the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls by Starmer is featured on the cover. There are five pages of music with descriptive text in different sections, including the gathering of the touring party; on the way to the R.R. station; on the train; arrival at Niagara City; on the way to the falls; roar of the falls in the distance; the rushing waters of the upper rapids; at the falls; the falls in all their grandeur; preparing to leave for home; waiting for the train; homeward bound; home sweet home; and the party dispersing.
  • Third Regiment N.Y. State Artillery muster role, 1812-1814

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-08)
    A muster role of the Third Regiment N.Y. State Artillery. The document reads “We the Subscribers do voluntarily enroll ourselves in the Company of the Said Regiment under the Command of William Swaim and do pledge Ourselves to obey him and others our Superior Officers to Conform to the Laws of the said State and the Bye Laws of the said Company”. The list contains three columns, for “Name”, “Residence”, and “Remarks”. A date is listed in the “Remarks” column. The first date listed is January 16, 1812 and the last date listed is March 23, 1814. The muster roll consists of two pages. The first page is large and is folded. There are 49 names on the list, including Willaim Swaim (Capt.); Saml. Smith (First Lieut.); James Whitlock (Second Lieut.); Wm. Scudder; Charles Baldwin; John Banks; George Wilkes; Samuel Long; Robert W. Green; Charles McGregor; Robert Theal; Thomas Eastburn; Thomas Gardner; Anthony Doyer; Isaac Lyon; R. Moony; Thomas Loomis; James Rose; Jotham Townsend; Samuel Thomson; Samuel Hoyt; James Gifford; James Egbert; Lewis Ross; Wm. Fairbanks; Wm. Fritz; Wm. Johnson; Wm. Brown Junr.; Gilbert Barton; Thomas Burman; Cornelius Cooper; John Low; Henry Zellers; John Scholtz; James Gillilan; John Bezier; William Lee Junr.; John Gilmer; Dan Pierce; James Decker; Wm. Winship; Wm. Sim; and Wm. Decker.
  • Judgement Roll and Assignment of Judgement concerning Sir Allan McNab, 1847

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-08)
    A Judgement Roll and Assignment of Judgement dealing with a dispute between Sir Allan Napier MacNab, and George Truscott and John Cleveland Green. The Judgement Roll concerns a debt owed to MacNab and a charge against the defendants of absconding or concealed debts. It is 4 ½ pages and is dated October 14, 1847. It is attached to an Assignment of Judgement between Sir Allan McNab and Lucius Long, which is dated November 2, 1847. The Assignment of Judgement is related to the case between McNab and Truscott and Green. It appears that McNab was awarded 523 pounds, 1 shilling and 4 pence, which was then transferred to Lucius Long. The Assignment of Judgement is 3 pages and is signed by Allan N. MacNab and Wm. H. Boulton, Mayor of Toronto. A seal of the City of Toronto is included on the last page.
  • Guy St. Denis fonds, 1871, 1964-1967

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-06)
    Fonds consists of material acquired by Guy St. Denis while researching a book on Sir Isaac Brock’s portraits. All the material are photocopies. Most of the material is correspondence, with some news clippings, programs, and news releases. Much of the material concerns Captain M.H.T. Mellish, Isaac Brock’s great-great-great nephew. There is correspondence between S.E. Weir (founder of Riverbrink Museum in Queenston) and Captain Mellish concerning a watercolour portrait of Isaac Brock; correspondence between the Royal Trust Company and Captain Mellish concerning the opening of a branch in St. Catharines, a tomahawk owned by Tecumseh in Mellish’s possession, and Mellish’s appearance at the opening of the St. Catharines branch; correspondence between Captain Mellish and the British Museum concerning the identity of the artist who created the portrait of Isaac Brock owned by Captain Mellish; and correspondence between Captain Mellish and James A. Gibson, president of Brock University.
  • Interview with Dr. Charles A. Sankey

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-06)
    An interview with Right Worshipful Brother Dr. Charles A. Sankey with R.W. Bro. Wayne Elgie.
  • Guido Pugliese interviews, 1993-1994

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-06)
    Contains 5 compact disks of interviews conducted by Guido Pugliese. There are 4 disks of interviews with Niagara Italian Club Representatives dated 1993. The other disk contains interviews with Joe Aceti and Anthony Mollica about theatrical and other cultural activities in the Niagara Region and is dated 1994.
  • Niagara Now Rodman Hall Artists collection, 1970

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-06)
    The collection contains 2 8 mm film reels of footage from the Niagara Now Rodman Hall Artists. The reel is dated 1970. The films have been digitized and are available on a USB flash drive included with the collection.
  • Film of the Welland Rose Festival, 1978

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-01)
    One 16 mm film reel of the 1978 Welland Rose Festival.
  • Instructions for the defence of Fort Niagara and the Frontier, 1814

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-01)
    A colour copy of Instructions for the Defence of Fort Niagara and the Frontier by Lieut. Col. Bruyeres, R.E., to Lieut. Gangreben, R.E. The original letter is in the National Archives—Kew (England). The letter is dated at Quebec, March 9, 1814 and concerns plans to strengthen defences on the Niagara frontier. It was written at a pivotal time during the War of 1812. The British had recently captured Fort Niagara and the Americans would soon begin a major offensive attack in Niagara in July. Bruyeres writes “as it is possible the enemy many soon be prepared to endeavor to regain possession of Fort Niagara, and to carry on offensive operations on the whole of that Frontier I am most particularly commanded by His Excellency Sir George Prevost to direct that you will use every exertion in your power to strengthen the Works of that Fort in as efficious and expeditious a manner as possible to resist whatever efforts may be made against the position to carry it by a Coup de Main. To reduce the enemy to the necessity of opening Trenches and the regular operations of a Siege will be a material point gained; but you must at the same time be well prepared to destroy the Works…on the shortest notice by explosion, should it be deemed expedient to have recourse to this measure. He continues “Mississauga Point must be Fortified and occupied with every possible dispatch—also the Works at Fort George to be repaired and an intermediate Battery between Fort George and Mississauga Point to be established in conformity to the instructions left with you on the 29th January. These are essential positions to be immediately occupied with strong Batteries to act against the opposite shore. The Batteries on the Queenston Heights with the Block House, and Redoubt at Chippawa are also to be executed without delay. His excellency is desirous to have an immediate report of the progress that has been made, and the measures that have been adopted for the… performance of these different services, and the number of workmen that are now employed. You will report most particularly on the present state of Fort Niagara, and transmit to me a correct Plan of the Works and Buildings at that Fort; also a Plan of Fort George, with the American entrenchments, and the alterations that have been made to the Works of the Place. You will also transmit Plans for the proposed Works at Mississauga Point, the Battery in that vicinity, at Queenston Heights, and Chippawa, these to be accompanied by regular estimates of the expence to be incurred and requisitions…that you will require to be forwarded from hence for the construction of all the Buildings & c. I sincerely hope you are perfectly recovered and that the exertions you are called on to make for the defence and security of the Niagara Frontier will be rewarded by success in you undertakings. I hope to hear from you or Lieut. Yule as frequently as possible by every favorable opportunity being much interested in all your proceedings”.
  • Interview with Lou Cahill, May 1, 1998

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-01)
    Two cassette tapes of an interview with Lou Cahill by Peter Johansen of Carleton University. The interview took place on May 1, 1998. A typewritten transcript of the interview is also included.
  • Martin Van Buren Lewis correspondence, 1857-1863

    Cameron, Chantal (2022-04-01)
    Consists of correspondence between Martin Van Buren Lewis and his wife Mary. There is also some correspondence from Mary to her mother and some letters from Martin’s friends. There are 15 letters from Martin to Mary. Some of the letters were written while he was at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and others from Warren, Ohio. He writes about a training accident for which he was hospitalized, the rules he must follow, and his studies. There are 12 letters written by Mary to her mother. The letters are written from the Lake Erie Seminary in Painesville, Ohio and addressed to her mother in North Bloomfield, Ohio. She asks for food to be sent and more letters too. She also comments on the numerous rules students are expected to follow. There are three letters to Lieut. M.V.B. Lewis in Ohio from friends. One of the letters is from a friend who recently visited Niagara Falls and describes his trip. He notes that “I went to Niagara Falls to visit a female cousin there. I saw Blondin go over the Falls on his rope and it was the most daring feat that I ever witnessed”.

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