We want your visit to the Archives to be as productive as possible.
Researchers are encouraged to e-mail or call at least two-days in
advance of their visit. Calling ahead helps us to serve you in
- archival research generally requires retrievals from a variety of
sources and locations in our secure storage areas; calling ahead
reduces your wait time;
- archivists are resourceful and can suggest ideas, especially if we
are able to consider your research needs in advance;
- we can sometimes save you an unnecessary trip in the event our
holdings don't suit your research needs;
- table space and equipment (such as microfilm readers) is limited in
the Reading Room.
Walk-in researchers are always welcome. But space is limited and
staff may already be busy assisting other researchers. The archivist
may need to limit or delay retrievals to maintain our service levels. Your
patience and understanding is appreciated.
Please note that due to retrieval logistics, assessment rolls and heavy
objects must be requested one day in advance if you want to consult them
during extended Reading Room hours on Thursday evenings and Saturday
afternoons. Please call ahead to discuss with an archivist.
Archives Hours of Operation
|Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday||10:00 a.m.
- 4:30 p.m.|
10:00 a.m. - 8:30
Archives exhibits are viewable by request on weekends; please ask Service Peel for access.
The Reading Room is closed on Mondays. Archives staff dedicate Mondays to vital collections processing and special projects. In certain limited circumstances, and by appointment, the Supervisor of Archival Services may make the Reading Room available for research on this day. We thank you for your understanding.
- Tuesday, May 3 to Friday, May 6, 2016 (inventory and
- Sat. May 21, 2016 (Victoria Day holiday
- Tuesday, November 1 through Friday November 4
(inventory and processing)
Please note that on Saturdays and Thursday evenings the archives
operates on reduced staffing. We appreciate your patience if other
researchers are being served when you arrive.
Archives is a building or centre that has
special documents. Some people use the term "an archive",
instead of "the archives." Either is correct. Archives play an
important role in preserving a community's heritage. When you
go to an archives, you find things that are often not
available anywhere else. They are one-of-a-kind
documents that have not been published and are not for sale
There are lots of archives in
Canada with some related to a specific theme, such as the
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes archives. Archives such as the
Ontario and Library
Archives Canada contain material that relates to a larger
Records in the Peel Archives are
all about Peel. Getting started on your
research is easy, and there is always someone on hand to help you.
Also read "What's it like to visit the
There is no charge to do your own
Visit reproduction for more information
and the current price list for copies and scans.
What can I research?
What's the role of the Peel Archives?
Archives works with the Region of
Peel, City of Brampton, City of Mississauga and the
Town of Caledon to protect
their original minutes and bylaws. Other groups, such as the Peel
District School Board house their records at the Archives.
Archival records provide important
information during times of change. Some examples of how records
are used include:
- Environmental assessments
- Heritage assessments of properties threatened by
- Heritage designation
- Community celebrations
- Naming streets, parks or buildings
What can I see at the Archives?
- Architectural plans
- Business records
- Government records
See also about council records
Along with original records, we also have a book collection
featuring local history and genealogy title. Search our collection
How do I
We suggest that you bring with you
some basic tools:
- A simple notebook is cheap and easy-to- use
- Pencils (pens can damage documents)
- File folders (optional)
Some Basic Questions
Below are some basic questions to
guide your research:
- Do I have a clear idea of what information I'm looking
- What do I already know about the issue? (keep this
information in your notebook)
- Can the Peel Archives help me? Call us or email
us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're
- Researchers are encouraged to e-mail or call at least two-days in advance of their visit. Calling ahead helps us to serve you better. Please contact our Archivist at 905-791-4055 x 4677 or
x 3780 or email email@example.com.
- Bring your notebook to keep track of your research.