|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.
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
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.
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
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
below were taken from the Archives' collection. Click to enlarge (where indicated).
letterhead from Ford Motor Co.
view of Windsor waterfront
c. 1956 (enlarge)
toll rates for Ambassador Bridge
letter from Walt Disney to
Windsor Star, 1938
from MS6, Herman Collection
former City crest