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Municipal Archives
previous City of Windsor crest
c. 1954

Municipal Archives
- Windsor Public Library -


About the Archives:

What do we do?

The Municipal Archives acquires, preserves and makes available for research historic records of the City of Windsor, its boards and commissions.

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These records date from 1854, the year Windsor was incorporated as a village, and include documentation on communities that became a part of Windsor (Ford City / East Windsor, Ojibway, Riverside, Sandwich, Walkerville and the Townships of Sandwich East, West and South).

What do we have?

We have a multi-media collection including paper documents (journals, letters, diaries), posters, photographs, architectural drawings, maps, plans, audio tapes and ephemera. The Archives also holds a number of private collections such as the W.F. Herman Papers, Papers of Green Shield Prepaid Services Incorporated, and the Bruce J.S. Macdonald Collection.

Where does the researcher fit in?

Everyone is welcome to research the Archives' holdings;  Windsor's records are the people's records.  There are guides and indexes to lead you through the collections and helpful staff waiting to assist with your questions.

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Some access restrictions may apply to certain records in order to protect privacy.  Photocopying is available for most documents.  Archival material cannot be loaned, but may be used in the Archives' Reading Room.  To make the most of your visit, we ask that you come with paper and pencil.

Did you know:

  • Jackson Park was named after Cecil E. Jackson, Windsor Mayor 1927 - 1930

  • The first ever joint YM/YWCA was built in Windsor in 1927

  • As early as 1937, the Windsor Local Council of Women called on the City to create continuous riverfront parkland from the Ambassador Bridge to Hiram Walker and Sons property

  • Ford City changed its name to East Windsor when Chrysler Corporation moved to that municipality

The items below were taken from the Archives' collection.  Click to enlarge (where indicated).

Ford letterhead
letterhead from Ford Motor Co.
c. 1928


Windsor waterfront
view of Windsor waterfront
c. 1956 (enlarge)


Bridge toll rates
toll rates for Ambassador Bridge
c. 1940


Wartime flyer
wartime flyer
(between 1939-45)


Walt Disney Letter
letter from Walt Disney to
Windsor Star, 1938
from MS6, Herman Collection



Loan certificate
loan certificate
c. 1943


City crest
former City crest

Hours of Operation:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
10 AM to 5 PM

9 AM to 5 PM

  Appointments can be made for Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays by calling:
(519) 255-6770 Ext. 4414


Windsor Public Library
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
lower level)




Mailing Address:

Municipal Archives-
Windsor Public Library
850 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
N9A 4M9


For more information ...
phone: (519) 255-6770 ext. 4414
      fax: (519) 255-7207


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