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The PAMA archives reading room has a wall that features rotating shows about the Region's history, as shown through documents and photographs from the collection. Shows are free with admission as well as free to archives researchers.

The archives is open daily from Tuesday through Friday. Exhibits may be viewed on request on the weekend or Mondays, please ask the Access Peel desk for assistance.


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Peel Through the Photographer's Lens
December 4, 2017 to May 2018

Explore exciting new additions to the Peel Archives' collections. Discover a wide range of remarkable, rarely seen photographs of Peel, captured by prominent local photographers Al Betts, Betty Odlum, and Ron Duquette.

Betty Odlum (1924-2015) was a gifted amateur photographer. She skillfully documented her neighbourhood, the changing nature of Brampton's downtown core, and the demolition of the Dale Estate greenhouses for new residential development. The Kodachrome images offer a portal to the Town of Brampton's development.

A resident of Mississauga for over 42 years, Ron Duquette (born 1943) featured images from his donation chart the progression of Mississauga from rural to urban, in particular through projects by S.B. McLaughlin and Associates. Featured images include Square One Shopping Centre, The Valleys neighbourhood, and the recent Mayor's Gala.

Al Betts had a lifelong passion for photography, starting his own business in Streetsville around 1965. Images featured in the exhibit come from commercial clients' orders, projects for the Streetsville Chamber of Commerce, and the pages of the Streetsville Review.

Elephants on a purple backgroundAsian Christmas and New Year's Cards
December 2017

A selection of seasonal cards from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, China, and India, showing the various symbols that different cultures use to commemorate this time of year. All of the cards in the exhibit were received by Helen Tucker between 1956 and 1970, a peace advocate based in Mississauga, whose papers are now housed in the Archives.

Pictured is a card from Ceylon, now Sri Lanka.