Archives & Local History
The Archives was established in 1968. It first consisted of a small collection of documents and photographs that were stored in a closet in the Centennial Building. Over the years, the Archives has grown to include thousands of photographs, many metres of textual records, family histories, maps, plans, films, and musical recordings.
In 2005, the Archives moved to the Whitby Public Library’s new building at 405 Dundas St. W. Visit us for information about Whitby’s history and its people — including the village of Brooklin and the hamlets of Myrtle, Myrtle Station, and Ashburn.
The Archives acquires, preserves, interprets, and makes available, through a comprehensive archival collection, unpublished records of historical or cultural significance essential to the understanding of the heritage of Whitby and its people.
How can I access the collections?
The Archives is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 – 1:00 and 2:00 – 5:00 or by appointment. The Archivist is often off-site for community presentations and meetings. While we make every effort to update the website and social media with changes in the schedule, we suggest that you call ahead to ensure the Archives is open when you plan to visit.
Access to original material in the Archives reading room requires staff assistance. Links to our online collections are located on the right side of this page. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 905-668-6531 ext. 2022.
Archeion is the online gateway to archival records in Ontario. Search Archeion to find records of businesses, individuals, families, and organizations from all periods of Whitby’s history. Here you can locate the finding aids for our original material.
Whitby Historical Photographs
A large portion of our photograph collection has been digitized. The website is searchable by keyword, name, and/or address. You can comment on images and browse through our many virtual exhibits.
Whitby Historical Newspapers
Whitby’s historical newspapers are digitized and fully searchable with highlighted text results. More recent newspapers, including Whitby This Week, have been indexed online and full articles are available on microfilm in the Library.
Name Indexes to Books with Local Historical Significance
Library staff have put together indexes for some of our most requested local history books. These indexes can help you determine if you need to visit the Library to consult the books in our Local History Collection.