The Archives & Special Collections house some of the more unique, rare and valuable collections in the Brock University Library with particular attention to resources highlighting the Niagara area, autism, United Empire Loyalists, and Freemasonry.

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  • George E. Curtis photographs of Niagara Falls collection, ca. 1860s-1870s

    Williams, Edie; Curtis, George E. (2019-12)
    A collection of albumen photographs featuring the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York taken by George E. Curtis ca. 1860s-1870s. Photographs also include parks located near these falls.
  • Travel Photo Album and Scrapbook, 1929-1934

    Cameron, Chantal (2021-06-15)
    One photo album and one scrapbook containing photographs, postcards, and travel manuscripts of a Massachusetts woman and her friends as they travelled to Ontario, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Illinois from 1929 to 1934. The photo album and scrapbook document several separate trips, including two different visits to Niagara Falls.
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake Postcards collection, 1907-1913, n.d.

    Cameron, Chantal (2021-06-15)
    The collection consists of 22 postcards of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Most of the postcards feature Niagara Camp. Eleven of the postcards are attached and contain different images on the front and back of the card. Images on these cards include the Cook Ovens at Niagara Camp; Fort Mississauga; the Military Hospital Building; Reviewing Artillery; St. Vincent de Paul Church; C.E.F. on Route March leaving Queenston Heights for Niagara Camp; the Queens Royal Hotel; the Guard at Niagara Camp; Wharf Scene; the Y.M.C.A. at Niagara Camp; the Old Powder Magazine at Fort George; the C.E.F. at Niagara Camp; Queen Street; Overseas Forces at Niagara Camp; St. Mark’s Church; Inoculations at Old Navy Hall at Niagara Camp; Steamer Cayuga leaving Niagara-on-the-Lake; Niagara Camp Forces ready to embark for the Front; View of the Wharf and Harbour; and Troops leaving for the Front. Most of the other 11 postcards contain writing. Images on these cards include Fort Mississauga; Disembarking Troops in Niagara-on-the-Lake; A March past Niagara Camp; A Bird’s Eye View of Niagara Training Camp; C.E.F. on route march leaving Queenston Heights for Niagara Camp; Cavalry Review; Drilling C.E. Forces; and Infantry Camp, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Queen’s Own Rifles and 48th Highlanders Order Books

    Cameron, Chantal (2021-06-15)
    Six order books. Four of these belong to the Queen’s Own Rifles (QOR). The remaining two belong to the 48th Highlanders of Canada.
  • Surgite Volume 13 No. 2, Winter 2021

    Brock University (2021)
    Publication of Surgite for Volume 13, Number 2, Winter 2021. The contents are: Letter from the President: Celebrating diversity and alumni success, Recognizing a Canadian hockey trailblazer, History preserved through archive donation, From open-air atrium to Rankin Family Pavilion, Career updates from across the decades, End of an era with passing of Jean Egerter.
  • Surgite Volume 12 No. 1, Spring 2020

    Brock University (2020)
    Publication of Surgite for Volume 12, Number 1, Spring 2020. The contents are: Letter from the President: An unprecedented time in Brock's history, Brock researchers respond to call for help for pandemic knowledge, Alumni in Niagara and beyond tell their Covid-19 stories, Bright future for Brock women's volleyball, Grad couple working at Brock welcome second son during pandemic, Iconic Brock figure Arnie Lowenberger mourned by University.
  • Griffiths/Cunningham Family Fonds, 1667-2013, n.d. (non-inclusive)

    Adams, Anne (2021-04-27)
    Family records comprised of correspondence, clippings, photographs, postcards and other items pertaining to the Griffiths and Cunningham Families.
  • Surgite Volume 11 No. 2, Winter 2019

    Brock University (2019)
    Publication of Surgite for Volume 11, Number 2, Winter 2019. The contents are: Brock News, Fall Preview Day Attracted Local and International Students, Brock Formalizes Partnership with Public Health, Brock University, Niagara Folk Arts Partner to Help Newcomers, Educating the Big leagues Leaders, A Brock Milestone: 10 Years of Confetti and Happy Dances, Homecoming Celebrates Alumni Excellence, Indigenizing Education at Brock and Beyond, Brock Research Team Invents Process for Self-Healing Plastic, Sustainability Student Maps Niagara's Invasive Species, CCOVI Celebrates as Oldest Fitness Participant Turns 99, Women's Hockey Captain Graduates on High Note, New Residence Signals New Era for Brock University, CPA Ontario Invests in the Success of Brock's Goodman School, Brock's New Engineering Program Breaks the Mold, New Brock Facility to Support Economic Growth in Niagara, Supporting Student Success.
  • Surgite Volume 10 No. 1, Spring 2018

    Brock University (2018)
    Publication of Surgite for Volume 10, Number 1, Spring 2018. The contents are: Brock News, Nurturing the next generation of Brock leaders, Sexual orientation research gets global attention, Decades of commitment - to Brock and each other, Brock wins another teaching excellence award, Badger pride on tap for Homecoming, Brock-enhanced tracking tool provides surgical updates on patients, Co-op champion honoured by Brock, SPMA experience leads alumna to Canada Games role, Brock's mosquito experts conducting Dominican research, Rankin Family Pavilion highlights a new look for Brock, Hitting the bricks - or concrete - for Community Care, Brock Badgers make national waves, Remembering Bill Matheson.
  • Surgite Volume 11 No. 1, Spring 2019

    Brock University (2019)
    Publication of Surgite for Volume 11, Number 1, Spring 2019. The contents are: Brock News, Brock's New Strategic Plan Sets Key Goals for the Future, There was No Stopping this Harvard-bound Brock grad, Brock Welcomes its Inaugural Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement, Order of Canada awarded to Brock Chancellor and Accomplished Alumna, High-flying Grad at CTC will be Feted at Homecoming, Brock adds more Partnerships to Help Build Stronger Communities, Researcher is Finding ways to Save the Bee Population, Students make an App to Help Counter Intellectual Disabilities, Courtside Support takes Student to Major Athletics Award, Brock on Board for 2021 Canada Games, Robertsons' Gift will Support Generations of Students, Governor General Honours Brock Grad for Teaching Excellence, Education Alumni Among Canada's Most Outstanding Principals, Gift from Grad to Support Brock Students with Disabilities.
  • Surgite Volume 12 No. 1, Spring/Summer 2020

    Brock University (2020)
    Publication of Surgite for Volume 12, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2020. The contents are: Letter from the President, Brock Researchers Respond to Call for Help for Pandemic Knowledge, Alumni in Niagara and Beyond Tell Their COVID-19 Stories, Bright Future for Brock Women's Volleyball, Grad Couple Working at Brock Welcome Second Son during Pandemic, Iconic Brock Figure Arnie Lowenberger mourned by University.
  • Letter to Alexander from George Hamilton, August 1812

    Hamilton, George (1812-08)
    Letter (4 pages) to Alexander from George Hamilton. The writer apologizes for not writing sooner, and adds that Charles has likely given an account of their expedition. The Long Point Militia is mentioned, and it is stated that it will be some time before they will have a sufficient reinforcement. The Oxford militia is also mentioned. He writes that he has heard from some Indians that Governor Hull has about 1500 men and that they mentioned 4000 to you. He adds that little dependence can be placed on their intelligence but the former account agrees better with other information, with some being on this side at Sandwich and the remainder at Detroit. He writes that how or when they proceed he does not know, but thinks that going down the river in a large boat is the correct and most predictable plan. He is afraid that the coming reinforcements will be too small. It is reported that a few men have been placed at certain distances on the river with the intention gaining intelligence, and a few of the enemy are said to be at the mouth of the river, and the rest to Sandwich. He writes that he does not know when this may reach you, and that Mr. Woodruff has an order on him for forty pounds. He asks that his sister be assured that he is quite well and in good spirits, and out of danger. He says that it would give Charles and himself much pleasure to see him at the head of your Troop, but is afraid that will not take place, and so hopes to have the pleasure of seeing him soon, August 1812. No postmark.
  • Letter to Capt. Alex. Hamilton of Queenston from Charles Askin, Strabane, 30 August 1812

    Askin, Charles (1812-08-30)
    Letter to Capt. Alex. Hamilton of Queenston from Charles Askin, Strabane. He writes that nothing of much consequence has happened in this quarter since he last wrote. Some rebels have returned from Cleveland where they had been to take some American prisoners. The Thames was taken on her passage back but no one on board perished. He notes that there are still about 600 prisoners at Detroit and Amherstburgh, and that there are 3000 troops at Cleveland. He states that the dead the Yankees have of the Indians is incredible. He writes that there was an auction yesterday at Detroit, where a number of the articles taken at the surrender of the place were sold. He purchased two wagons here. He heard an officer say yesterday that the Captain’s share of the prize money would be £800. He writes that he hopes it may be 80, for it will help many of his friends in this quarter very much, but it seems so large a sum he can hardly credit it. He states that he saw Lord Selkirk’s sheep this morning, who had come down while the Americans were on this side of the River. Governor Hull had taken part of them and divided the others among his friends. Most of them are collected and are now at Detroit. He asks if any newspapers he gets can be sent to him for his mother and father, as they are anxious to know what is going on and they are now unable to get newspapers there. He also asks that Hamilton inquire about the things he sent to his father in the spring and fall, as they never arrived. Mr. Bush intended leaving Detroit and going to the States, but is now laid up with the Gout, August 30, 1812.
  • Letter to Captain Alex. Hamilton from Charles Askin, 25 August 1812

    Askin, Charles (1812-08-25)
    Letter (7 pages) to Captain Alex. Hamilton, N. Lt. Dragoons, Niagara, from Charles Askin, Strabane. He writes that since George has left he has not had an opportunity to write, so any items of consequence that occurred in this quarter he has probably already heard from George. He regrets not having left with him as he has witnessed some shocking scenes. He states that Major Chambers was sent to River Raisin and Fort Miami to take possession of some block houses and destroy them, and to bring anything belonging to the United States, such as arms and provisions, to Amherstburgh. He writes that the commander at River Raisin refused to surrender. He notes that the Indians could not be got ready for a day or two, but at last they got off from Amherstburgh. When they arrived at the River Raisin, all the inhabitants had surrendered, agreeable to the capitulation of Detroit. He adds that the inhabitants were plundered by the Indians, and that they were looking to them for protection as had been promised by our Government, but it was not in their power to provide it. He notes that hardly a horse was left in the settlement and the violence was great. They remained one day at River Raisin and then went to Fort Miami, where the Indians plundered, but not so greatly as at River Raisin. He adds that they have been forced to lock their horses in the stables at night and watch them well in the day time. He states that Colonel Procter is made Governor of the Michigan Territory and Judge Woodward is his Secretary, and that the Governor is too stiff to be very popular. Robert Dickson is expected here every day. He notes that there has been so much public property taken at Detroit that it is supposed there will be a great deal of prize money, August 25, 1812. A note next to the address states the letter was forwarded by Major Chambers.
  • Letter to Capt. Alex. Hamilton, N. Lt. Dragoons, Niagara from Ch. Askin, Strabane, 5 August 1812

    Askin, Charles (1812-08-05)
    [The following letter was dated August 5, 1812. Given the content of the letter, it is more likely that this letter was written on September 5.]
  • Letter to Captain Alex. Hamilton. N. Lt. Dragoons from Charles Askin, 21 July 1812

    Askin, Charles (1812-07-21)
    Letter to Captain Alex. Hamilton. N. Lt. Dragoons, Niagara, from Charles Askin, Oxford. He writes that he has arrived here with most of his party, which he is sorry to say is very small, and there is little probability of it being much stronger. He adds that the Indians have not joined us yet and seem very unwilling to do so. He notes that one hundred and fifty were to go with us, and that Norton will hardly be able to bring fifty. He writes that the Regimental coats of the 41st Regiment are worn by many militia and they appear to be very proud of them. On their way they have mustered a few volunteers, including Thomas Racey, Col. Bostwick, and one of John D[?]’s brothers. He understands that Mr. Pallinson [?] & Mr. Baby had passed Long Pt. yesterday on their way to York to attend the Parliament and was told there has been two or three skirmishes at Amherstburgh. He adds that Division two of the 41st Regiment were attacked by 40 of the enemy and refused to surrender. They made a charge at them, but the cowardly yankees fired a volley at them and wounded them both. One was taken prisoner and died soon after, the other supposedly died as well. He writes that he was extremely happy to find that the militia at Sandwich did not behave in the shameful manner it was said they had. He states that he has seen a man who was present when they marched down from Sandwich to Amherstburg, who said that Col., Ft. George [?] was up there and gave three cheers on their arrival, and then ordered them to march. He writes that he still has hopes that the militia there will behave as well as that in any other part of the Province. He adds that Alex is Lieut. of a troop of horse commanded by Capt. Jacobs. He has not heard how James is employed. He adds that he is not at all pleased with this letter and asks that it be destroyed, July 21, 1812.
  • Letter to Capt. Alex. Hamilton from George Hamilton, 15 July 1812

    Hamilton, George (1812-07-15)
    Letter to Capt. Alex. Hamilton, Niagara, from George Hamilton, Chippewa. The letter concerns some business with Mr. Summers, formerly belonging to the 2nd Troop which merits [?] misrepresentations and has been “to the devil”. He writes that to you and others he states that he is very sorry [?] that it has taken place and pretends not to have had any hand in it. However, he writes that he has from General Brock himself that he first proposed only allowing the 1st Troop to continue and begging the charging [?] powder, preferring the Genl. information to his being from the highest authority?. He says that some state that they joined the 2nd, and not the 1st Troop. He writes that he has nothing to do with it but it would be unfair to press them to join against their will. He adds that Summers is a very decent lad and deserves to be appointed as sergeant [?], which he intended to do as soon as the 2nd Troop had been filled up. He writes that there is nothing more that he wants at present than to be aboard the Royal George and Prince Regent. He states that he will go as a volunteer when things become serious. Some passages are very difficult to read. He appears to be writing about raising men, and feels that an injustice has been done to him and he should have had the command of one of the Comp. He writes that they now wish him to take command with all the best men taken out. He adds that he is on his way with McCormick to Fort Erie and will return in a day or two to Queenston. July 15, 1812.
  • Letter to Wm. H. Merritt, Niagara Lt. Dragoons, Deleware, from Alex. Hamilton, July 1812

    Hamilton, Alexander (1812-07)
    Letter to Wm. H. Merritt, Niagara Lt. Dragoons, Deleware, from Alex. Hamilton. The letter offers for the use of Government 70 lbs. of pork and 370 bushels of pears, and requests an answer as soon as convenient. A copy of the letter was also sent to Edward Couch, Commissary General, Fort George, July 1812.
  • Letter to Messrs. George and Alex. Hamilton, Merchants of Queenston, from John McGill, York, 4 January 1812

    McGill, John (1812-01-04)
    Letter to Messrs. George and Alex. Hamilton, Merchants of Queenston, from John McGill, York. The letter states that McGill will accept the four hundred bushels of peas, as well as any further quantity, for the use of the Government at the rate of five shillings per bushel. They are to be delivered into the Kings stores at Queenston or Fort George by May 1. He asks to receive a reply to this offer, January 4, 1812.
  • Oath of office for Frederick Barton Tench, Catherine Maria Hamilton, and Lewis Rooke Marsh, sworn at Queenston, 25 December 1834

    1834-12-25
    Oath of office (printed blank) for Frederick Barton Tench, Catherine Maria Hamilton, and Lewis Rooke Marsh, sworn at Queenston, December 25, 1834. A handwritten note signed by T.A. Stayner states that this oath of office does not authorize any postmaster or his office to open letters unless special authority has been granted by the D.P.M.G.

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