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Welcome to the Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives

Our mandate is to acquire, preserve and make accessible important historical documents relating to our local region.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 - Friday from 1 pm - 3:30 pm

Saturday by appointment only.

 Look for our displays at these community events
  • McNab School Fun Fair May 25, 2017
  • "Voices from the Dust" Conference May 20th, 1017 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa
  • Arnprior Model Train Show, Nick Smith Centre June 3-4, 2017
  • McNab/Braeside Relay, Saturday June 24th 2017 at Waba Cottage Museum 4pm - 6pm
  • Canada Day, July 1, 2017 in front of the Arnprior Public Library



















AMBA representatives Julie Hartwick (President) and Laurie Dougherty (Archivist) were presented with a cheque for $500.00 by Mitchell Bellman and several Nylene employees on December 21 2016.

Nylene Canada Celebrates 50 Years of Business in Arnprior

Nylene Canada is celebrating 50 years of business in Arnprior manufacturing world leading nylon for the carpet industry, wire and cable coating and engineering plastics. As part of its celebration, Nylene asked its employees to select 10 charities serving the local community to receive donations on their behalf.

The employees selected the following charities: Arnprior and District Food Bank; Victim Services of Renfrew County; Arnprior Legion; Arnprior - Braeside - McNab Seniors at Home Program; Arnprior Regional Health Foundation; Hospice Renfrew; Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives; The Neighbour Link Fountain; Arnprior and District Humane Society; and Community Living Renfrew County South. The 10 charities represent the local causes that Nylene's employees feel are important parts of the fabric of a healthy and vibrant community.

In 2017, Nylene will be making the largest investment in the facility in the last 25 years. New equipment and processes will be added to the plant in order to expand its production of specialty nylon resins and position the company for future growth.

Nylene Canada is one of the most diverse manufacturing plants for nylon 6 polymers and continuous filament carpet yarns in North America. Nylene provides a wide variety of nylon 6 specialty products for multiple end use markets including carpet fiber, engineering plastics, wire & cable coating and nylon extrusion. Nylene products demonstrate innovation and quality with environmental properties such as recycled content and recyclability. It operates one of the few global nylon 6 depolymerisation processes that supplies superior quality, recycled nylon 6 products primarily to the carpet industry.

The company was founded in 1966 and operates as subsidiary of Polymeric Resource Corporation.


New Audio Interview!

Archivist Laurie Dougherty was interviewed by Heather Lang of Valley Heritage Radio about our new website. Click here to listen.


What's New

 Welcome to our new website.  Although it has a new look and feel, please note that it is still under construction.

Try out the new search facility.  Besides being able to search our archival descriptions as before, our virtual exhibits, the Town of Arnprior bylaws after 1970, and Patrick Wohler's genealogical newspaper articles are also now searchable.  The Archives is applying for further grants to continue digitizing documents and adding them to this platform.  This includes our extensive newspaper collection. We also encourage the public to donate to this worthwhile project through the link below.