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 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.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Thursday

*The Archives are open to the public 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. Reference requests are accepted by letter, phone, fax or email. A charge of $ 10.00 per hour 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: members free, non-members $ 10.00/hr.
Additional hours: member’s $ 5.00/hr, non-members $ 10.00/hr.

Obituary look up by Archivist: $ 5.00/obit.

Digital copies of photos: $ 10.00/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.

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
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

Archives Collections

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
Tintype & Daguerrotype
Electronically stored data
Cemetery indexes
Individual family history
Correspondence files of local families
Historical atlases: 200 volumes
Other: Family bible collection, Scrapbook collection, postcard collection
Fire Insurance Plans