Archives Research

January 2 - June 2018 service change

What is Happening?

  • PAMA is undertaking an elevator modernization project and the Archives is launching a comprehensive collection inventory project
  • Researchers wishing to conduct research will be required to make an appointment a minimum of 2 business days ahead of your visit. Researcher Spaces are available.

Archives Visitors and Researchers

  • Staff or resources (for example, microfilm readers) may not be available without pre-booking
  • Booking an appointment allows us to prepare for your visit and keep you informed of possible construction issues
  • For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Archives

Visiting the archives

Types of Records

What Can I Research?
What's the role of the archives?
What can I see?
Online Resources
Government records
Family History / Genealogy 
(Family historiesPerkins Bull family files)
Property research - (PDF how-to guide)
Personal records - (Perkins Bull collection)
Photography and film (portraiture glass negatives, McLeod glass plate negatives, war posters)

Visiting the Archives

We want your visit to the Archives to be productive and enjoyable. Researchers are strongly advised to make an appointment at least two days in advance of an intended visit. Please note that for those arriving without an appointment, we cannot guarantee availability of staff or archival records. Making an appointment helps us to serve you in several ways:

  • 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.
  • the archivist may need to limit or delay retrievals for individuals to maintain our service levels for everyone. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Archives Hours of Operation

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Saturdays, Sundays


Hours are subject to change; special closures for a week in May and
a week in November for inventory and processing.

All property requests require an appointment, due to the size of documents required in most such projects.

The Reading Room is closed on Mondays for collections processing and special projects.

Please note that on Thursday evenings the archives operates on reduced staffing. We appreciate your patience if other researchers are being served when you arrive. 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 on Thursday evenings. Please call ahead to discuss with an archivist.
To contact the archives, call 905-791-4055 x 3630 or

Shelves full of stuffAn Archives is a building or centre that has special documents. 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

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 archives?"

There is no charge to do your own research.

Visit reproduction for more information and the current price list for copies and scans.

How do I start?

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 for?
  • Bring your notebook to keep track of your research.
  • What do I already know about the issue? (keep this information in your notebook)
  • 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