Our Archives

After eight decades of collecting, the Stanstead Historical Society Archives have become an essential and frequently consulted resource for the history of Stanstead County and of the Eastern Townships of Quebec generally.

A little history…

At the time of the Colby family donation in 1992, the former Carrollcroft dining room and adjacent storage rooms were given over to greatly expanded archives. In 2014, state-of-the-art mobile storage equipment was installed in a new archival storage space below the solarium. Visitors to the archives generally fall into three main groups: academic researchers, genealogists, and users wishing to consult back issues of the Stanstead Journal.

The Stanstead Historical Society is the official depository for the Stanstead Journal from November 1845 to the present day. Also digitized copies from November 1845 to 1986.

The Archives Service

Open to the public, Tuesday to Thursday, by appointment only.

Arrangements can sometimes be made for service on Monday or Friday to accommodate out-of-town users. Information inquiries from out-of-town users are expected and welcomed. Requests are accepted by letter, phone, fax or email. A charge of $10/hr for research conducted by the Archivist.

Contact our archivist for your archive inquiries.

Archivist: Kathy Curtis
Telephone: (819) 876-7322
Email: archives@colbycurtis.ca

Consulting Fees

  • First hour: $10/hr (Members free)
  • Additional hours:
    $5/hr (members), $10/hr (non-members)
  • Obituary look up by Archivist: $5/obituary
  • Digital copies of photos: $10/copy
  • Photocopies: $ 0.25/copy
  • It is possible to request digital copies of archival documents, cost to be determined by the size of the request.


The Archives Collections


  • Textual records (local history), varied primary & secondary manuscripts and printed materials relating to the community, deposited since 1929
  • Bound collections of business ledgers, minute books & inventories (over 350)
  • Photographs (6 collections)
  • Slides
  • Negatives
  • Tintype & Daguerrotype
  • Maps
  • Plans
  • Electronically stored data
  • Cemetery indexes
  • Individual family history
  • Correspondence files of local families
  • Genealogy
  • Diaries
  • Historical atlases (200 volumes)
  • Bible 
  • Scrapbook
  • Postcard
  • Fire Insurance Plans

Major Fonds

  • Moses F. Colby (1795-1863)
  • Charles Carroll Colby (1827-1907)
  • Harriet Child Colby (1838-1932)
  • William Benton Colby (1833-1884)
  • Emily Strong Colby (1836-1866)
  • Abby Lemira Colby (1859-1943)
  • Jessie Maud Colby (1861-1958)
  • Charles William Colby (1867-1955)
  • Emma Frances Cobb Colby (1866-1945)
  • Dr. John Child Colby (1873-1926)
  • Border Business and Professional Women’s Club
  • Charleston Academy
  • Christ Church
  • Gilman-Knight-Hawes
  • John Thomas Hacket (1884-1959)
  • Jason Lee (1803-1845)
  • Ralph Merry IV (1786-1863) which includes original diaries
  • Morrill Family
  • Edward James Struthers (1893-1974)
  • Orson Shorey Wheeler (1902-1990)

Oral History Files

  • Vivian Mosher Jameson
  • Allen Yale
  • Lois Cooper
  • Merrick Belknap
  • Wilder Hatch
  • Wilson & Lydia May
  • Alan Bacheldor
  • Ernestine Whipple
  • Catherine Stuart Hatch
  • Olive Stebennes
  • David Lepitre
  • Lawrence Tilton
  • Alan Bullock
  • John Boynton
  • Phyllis Dustin
  • Nellie Hudson
  • Doris Gosselin