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Deed of Land for town lot in Amherstburg from Douglas Terry, Photographer to Lovedy Ann Campeau, 1894
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Deed of Land for town lot in Amherstburg from
Douglas Terry, Photographer to
Lovedy Ann Campeau, 1894
Land Records Collection; file, Amherstburg,
Essex Co., 1853-1916;
Reference Code: F 603, MU1688.
Archives of Ontario

Archives are mainly made up of ‘primary sources’. These are original records created at the time of the event. They are generally unpublished.

Some examples are:

Video Clip: Queen reading a speech at the Royal York Hotel
RG 9-138 Information Services Branch of the
Department of Economics and Development
Archives of Ontario

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Minute Book of the Police Village of St. Eugène, 1959-1974
Township of East Hawkesbury records
Reference Code: F 1629-13, V749
Archives of Ontario


Photo: Family group outside a log building, [ca. 1900]
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Family group outside a log building, [ca. 1900]
Frank Wright
Black and white print
Reference Code: C 171-1
Archives of Ontario, I0014408

Many items are unique, fragile and irreplaceable. They require temperature controlled conditions for storage, careful handling, and, because of their rarity, supervised viewing.

Cover of: Ontario. Commission of the Walkerton Inquiry

Governments, corporations, and other organizations may have working papers and reports from studies and investigations they undertook. As an example, the Archives of Ontario, holds the records for the Walkerton Inquiry into the causes of the contamination of Walkerton water supply in May 2000.

Archives are not necessarily old. Governments and organizations archive material continuously according to records management policies. A public archives might also receive recent papers from individual donors.

Cover of: Ontario. Commission of the Walkerton Inquiry.
Part One: Report of the Walkerton Inquiry:
the Events of May 2000 and Related Issues.
Toronto: The Commission, 2002
Archives of Ontario Library Collection
Call No.: Govt Doc A-G Misc Box 9 no 1
Fire Insurance Plan, Toronto
Fire Insurance Plan, Toronto
Volume 1, Sheet 15, Fire Insurance Plan Collection
Reference Code: C 234-1-386-61
Archives of Ontario, I0023408