The SHS Archives

Local history documents and photographs, including a rare books collection of over 350 publications.


Stanstead Historical Society Archives and Documentation Centre

After eight decades of collecting, the Stanstead Historical Society Archives Centre 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 expand the archives centre. 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 Archives Centre is the official depositor of the Journal.

The SHS Archives and Documentation Centre is closed to the public at the moment. For any remote requests, it is possible to reach the  Archivist from 9:00 to 12:00 a.m. and from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Research and reproduction fees may apply.

To contact the Archivist, please call 819-876-7322.

Research inquiries, may also be sent to

Archival Fonds and Collections

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.