Huron County Museum

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Huron County Museum

Parallel form(s) of name

    Other form(s) of name


      • Museum

      Contact area

      Jenna Leifso



      Street address

      110 North Street





      Country name


      Postal code

      N7A 2T8


      519-524-2686 ext. 2201




      Description area


      The Huron County Archival collection was started in 1964 by the Huron County Historical Society. In 1988 the Reading Room and environmentally controlled document storage were added to the Huron County Museum. At this time, materials from the University of Western Ontario's Regional Archives Collection and School Records from the Ontario Archives were transferred to the new facility.

      Geographical and cultural context

      The Archives at the Huron County Museum acquires the archival records of the County and the private archives of individuals and organizations that complement the history of Huron County.

      Mandates/Sources of authority

      The mandate of the Huron County Archives is:

      • To act as the official repository for inactive public and private records created by the Corporation County of Huron and its current and former municipalities
      • To acquire, preserve, and make accessible non-government records
      • To provide assistance to local historical and archival organizations
      • To share knowledge through online resources, public programs and publications
      • To uphold trust and confidentiality

      Administrative structure

      Records management and collecting policies

      The current areas of acquisition and development include but are not limited to the following: area history, economic history, family history, government (county and municipal), industrial history (agriculture, pianos and organs, marine, logging and milling, salt, etc.), military history (33rd Battalion, 161st Battalion, British Commonwealth Air Training Plan), natural history, social history. The Archives will respect the collecting mandates of, and work with, partner institutions. In general, every effort is made to avoid accepting collections where the donor has begun depositing at another archival institution. Archival Records
      The donor of a collection may directly contact the Archives. No decision for acceptance can be made before the archivist has had an opportunity to assess the materials.

      Potential donations to the collection will be evaluated using the following criteria:

      • It is supportive of the Archives mandate.
      • Collection will support the Areas of Acquisition
      • The Archives has the physical capacity and staff resources to house and maintain it properly
      • There are no special conditions set by the donor on how the donation is to be housed, maintained, serviced and/or accessed.

      Retrospective appraisal of acquisitions may lead to the subsequent de-accessing of collections which no longer fit with the collections mandate of the Archives. De-accessioning may be done if alternative repositories can be found for the collections.



      Items in the Archives at the Huron County Museum include assessment and return of inhabitants, tax collectors and assessment rolls, coroner's inquests, voters lists, land registry copy books and abstract indices, chattel mortgages, court records, school records, Women's Institute Tweedsmuir histories, photographs, diaries, family histories, correspondence, scrapbooks, Huron County Council Minutes, Huron County Gaol records, and maps.

      Finding aids, guides and publications

      World War II British Commonwealth Air Training Plan photograph collection:

      Access area

      Opening times

      Tuesday - Friday, 10am-4:30pm. Appointments required.

      Access conditions and requirements

      A day pass for $5.00 plus HST per person. An annual pass for the Reading Room is $25.00 plus HST per person. All visitors must sign the register. No food or drink permitted in the Reading Room. The use of personal scanners is prohibited. Records and photographs are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Copyright Act.


      The Archives at the Huron County Museum is fully accessible.

      Services area

      Research services

      Archives staff will undertake research for those unable to access the Archives in person for $30.00 (plus HST) per hour, subject to staff availability. The Reading Room has a light table, magnifiers, finding aids, and local history books. Researchers are allowed to bring laptops and cameras (no tripods).

      Reproduction services

      Photocopies - $0.50 per page (plus HST)
      Photo Reproduction - $10.00 handling fee, 2nd+ same order $5.00 handling fee above cost (plus HST)
      Digital Copies - $10.00 handling fee, 2nd+ same order $5.00 handling fee above cost (plus HST)

      Public areas

      Control area

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          Maintenance notes

          Access points

          Access Points

          • Agriculture (Thematic area)
          • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
          • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
          • Genealogical (Thematic area)
          • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
          • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
          • Ontario (Geographic subregion)