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Guelph Public Library Archives
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City directories collection - Guelph Public Library

  • CA ON00126 C10
  • Collection
  • 1867 - 2013

Collection consists of city directories, which since 1875, have made up of two parts: an alphabetic listing of people’s last names giving their occupation and home address and of street names. The directories may also contain advertisements of local area businesses and brief facts on population and average household income. Earlier directories included communities other than Guelph such as Erin, Peel, Minto and Puslinch Townships.

The directories are arranged chronologically by year.

The Guelph Public Library does not have directories available for the years 1910, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1965.

Audio visual collection - Guelph Public Library

  • CA ON00126 C12
  • Collection
  • [196-?] - 2018

This collection consists of audio visual materials collected by the Guelph Public Library archives. These records cover a wide range of topics covering various aspects of the City of Guelph and its history. Included are materials created by Edward Johnson, the Guelph Light Opera Company, the Guelph Youth Orchestra, and Tamarack. Fonds also contains Roger's television episodes, the unveiling and dedication of a sculpture commemorating John Galt, the histories of Eden Mills, St. Joseph's Hospital, and Guelph's covered bridge.

Architectural Plans Collection - Guelph Public Library

  • CA ON00126 C18
  • Collection
  • 1966-1999

Collection consists of architectural plans of Guelph businesses, recreational facilities, and military instillations. They include the Stone Road Plaza, Knortigh Plaza, the Guelph Armoury and the branch libraries.

Guelph Spring Festival Collection - Guelph Public Library

  • CA ON00126 C19
  • Collection
  • [196-]-2006

Collection consists of program guides, media releases and announcements, photographs, promotional materials, and newspaper clippings related to the Guelph Spring Festival and collected by the Guelph Public Library Archives.

R.P. Brimmell collection

  • CA ON00126 C2
  • Collection
  • ca. 1900-2002

This collection consists of correspondence, books, articles, pamphlets, photographs and clippings collected by R.P. (Dick) Brimmell that document a range of events and subjects in the history of Guelph. Included are files on the 11th field regiment, Italian-Canadians in Guelph, material collected in Mr. Brimmell's capacity as a newspaper columnist, the Guelph Civic Arts Centre construction, the 16th battery, public schooling in Guelph, and the City's coat of arms.

These records also contain an assortment of administrative and executive records from a variety of clubs and organizations in which Mr. Brimmell participated. These include the Guelph Cricket Club, the Guelph Pipe Band, the Guelph Wellington Men's Club, and the Guelph Community Boating Club.

The photographs in this collection include aerial photographs of Guelph, pictures of homes, construction projects, military exercises and events and local landmarks and personalities.

Records are arranged by subject.

Brimmell, R.P. (Richard Philip)

Command post

This picture shows the command post of the 11th field regitment during an exercise.

Artillery ball

This picture shows a group of men in dress uniform at the artillery ball held in the Guelph Armoury.

Artillery ball

This picture shows a group of men standing in dress uniform during the artillery ball at the Guelph Armoury.

Artillery ball

This picture shows three men in dress uniform sitting near a leather bound suitcase containing a reel to reel recorder.


This picture shows soldiers parading down Wyndham street.

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