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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.

Maps & Atlases

Maps & atlases are useful both for locating lots and for descriptions of early towns, industries and historic buildings. Most are well illustrated and contain directories of business and professional people.

The library owns the complete set of illustrated historical atlases of Ontario counties for 1870-1880.

LHC 929.37133 His
Mini-Atlas of early settlers in the District of Niagara. 
March 1983, revised edition November 1983. Covers the years 1782-1876

LHC 971.339 N577
Town lots in Newark. Niagara Historical Society No. 27 p 11-13. Covers year 1795

LHC 971.339 N577
Town lots in Newark. Niagara Historical Society No. 27 p 14-17. Covers year 1800

LHC 971.339 N577
Map of town used after 1826. Niagara Historical Society No. 27 p26-29. Covers year 1826

LHC 971.13 Tra
Trace, Mary. Guide to Southern Ontario Place names for family researchers. Covers years 1875-1881

LHC Periodical
Bertie Township Map. Notes from Niagara. volume 2 # 2 1982. Covers year 1876

LHC Periodical
Niagara Township Map. Notes from Niagara. volume 3 # 3 1983. Covers year 1876

LHC 911.71338 Ill
Illustrated historical atlas of the counties of Lincoln and Welland. Covers the year 1876

Ready Reference
929.1713 Rob
Robbins, Douglas A. A. Genealogist's guide to Ontario's Counties and townships