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.
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, and 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 SHS Archives are the official depositors of the Journal.

The Archives are open to the public from 9:00 to 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, appointments are appreciated.

Arrangements can sometimes be made for service on Monday or Friday to accommodate out-of-town users. Information enquiries from out-of-town users are expected and welcomed. Reference requests are accepted by letter, phone, fax or e-mail. A charge of $10.00 per hour for research conducted by the Archivist.

For visitors to the Archives:

First hour: members free, non-members $10.00/hr
Additional hours: member’s $5.00/hr, non-members $10.00/hr

It is possible to request digital copies of archival documents, cost to be determined by
size of request.

Obituary look up by Archivist is $5.00 per obit.

Digital copies of photos $10.00 per copy. Photocopies 25 cents per copy.

Contact our archivist for your archive inquiries:

Stanstead Historical Society
535 Dufferin, Stanstead, Québec Canada J0B 3E0
Telephone (819) 876-7322
Fax (819) 876-7936
Archivist: Kathy Curtis
E-mail: archives@colbycurtis.ca

Major Fonds

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

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


Textual records (local history), varied primary & secondary manuscripts and printed materials relating to the community, deposited since 1929. Bound collections of over 350 business ledgers, minute books, inventories, ect.

Photographs: 6 collections
Electronically stored data
Cemetery indexes
Individual family history
Correspondence files of local families
Reference materials: Some historical atlases, 200 volumes
Other: Family bible collection, Scrapbook collection, postcard collection
Fire Insurance Plans

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.