About the Local History Collection

The Library owns an ever-growing historical and genealogical collection of the City, the Niagara River and Falls, and the Niagara Peninsula. The wide variety of rare material in these collections - including guidebooks, atlases, local histories, magazines, maps, photographs, art reproductions, newspapers, clippings, government reports and City Council minutes - are used extensively by staff and the public. 

These materials can be viewed at the Victoria Avenue library. Due to the rarity and nature of these materials they are not available for loan and cannot be borrowed through the InterLibrary Loan system.

Biographies of Niagara

If your family was at all prominent in the Niagara Peninsula area you may find them listed in one of the following books.Family Portrait


LHC 971.351 G865
"Annals of the Forty". Grimsby Historical Society Papers and Records, No. 1-10.

LHC 971.339C775
Coombs, A.E. History of the Niagara Peninsula.
2nd ed. located at: LHC 971.339 C775H

Ref 920.071 Dic
Dictionary of Canadian Biography, 12 volumes,(1000-1900).

LHC 920.0713 Dic
Dictionary of Hamilton Biography.

LHC 929.3713 Ell
Elliot, Noel Montgomery. People of Ontario 1600 - 1900 : alphabetized directory of the people, places and vital dates, 3 Volumes.

LHC 920.071 Can
Morgan, Henry James. The Canadian men and women of the time, (1898).

REF 920 M821
Morgan, Henry James. The Canadian men and women of the time. (1912).

LHC 929.2 059G
The Ontario Genealogist and Family Historian 1891- 1901, Volumes
1 - 12.

LHC 929.37133 Rei
Reive, Dr. W.G. Historical and Genealogical Notes.

LHC 920 R796
Rose, George Maclean. A Cyclopaedia of Canadian biography, being chiefly men of the time.