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Our mandate is to acquire, preserve and make accessible important historical documents relating to our local region.

Located in the lower level of the Arnprior Public Library, the Archives is open Monday to Friday from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm and Saturday by appointment only. 


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What's New? 



Newspaper Digitization Project - Updated to include linked Birth, Marriage and Death notices

As of June 2018, the Archives’ complete collection of local area newspapers dating from 1863 to 1937 is available online, free to the public! The newspapers are searchable, browse-able and downloadable. Type in a term on our main search page and you'll find results within specific newspaper issues, or browse the full collection using our finding aid

Over 700 issues of local newspapers were digitized, the bulk of which are issues of the Arnprior Chronicle. Other newspapers include the Arnprior Watchman, the Scottish American Journal, The Canadian Times and the Arnprior News, among others. These are an invaluable resource for genealogists, researchers and the public in general. 

New - Birth, Marriage and Death notices linked to digitized newspapers!

In February 2019, we completed a project that links our indexes of birth, marriage and death notices to the digitized issue of the newspapers that they originally appeared in. Go to the Finding Aid page to learn more about how to find the original obituary, birth or marriage announcement for your ancestor in Arnprior.

Special thanks to the Ottawa branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society for their generous grant that made this project possible.





Exhibition: 150 Years of Living off the Land

This exhibit explores the connection between what McNab settlers produced in the early days in the Township and what local producers are making today. Living successfully off the land means different things today than it did before confederation. We interviewed several McNab/Braeside families who are producing maple syrup, honey, alpaca wool products, and vegetables from large to very small scale producers.  Click here to visit our online exhibit, 150 Years of Living off the Land

Our thanks to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Sport for partially funding this project through the Ontario 150 Community Celebration Program.