Archives: Researching from a Distance

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Identifying resources and accessing primary archival resources from a distance is getting easier all the time. Many archives have searchable finding aids on their Web sites. Most have at least an introduction to their holdings and contact information. Trent University Archives has full-text finding aids for all of their holdings online and the Canadian archival community has built a national system of electronically linked finding aids called Archives Canada.

Archival materials do not circulate and cannot be acquired through inter-library loan. If a researcher sends in a mail or e-mail request, we will try to accommodate it. 

Extensive research, however, is beyond our resources; it will be necessary for those conducting extensive research from a distance to hire someone to undertake this work on their behalf. It is possible to hire independent certified researchers who will conduct research for a fee; contacts are listed through the Archives of Ontario (Genealogical Researchers) and the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

We will provide copies of materials if copyright law allows and if the condition of the original document permits copying. We will also provide photographic copies when requested. Additionally, we can, in some instances, scan images and documents and then e-mail them to the researcher. There are charges for all these services and limits to the amount that we can undertake.