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Have you ever wanted to research your family's past, or wondered about the history of your home? Are you interested in the history of the City and its services and attractions? The City of Thunder Bay's Archives contains many sources that can help you answer these questions. The Archives holds a wide range of materials about the social, political, economic, natural, and built history of Thunder Bay. You'll find historically significant materials from City Departments and agencies, as well as from the former cities of Fort William and Port Arthur. Records date from as early as 1884.

You can search all of our finding aids and records lists online. Archival Highlights provides a general overview of our holdings, or you can browse by subject, or the list of all series alphabetically by series title.

The Archives includes records for:

You may also view finding aids of:

Many of our photographs can now be found on Flickr.

Our holdings cover all aspects of municipal government such as planning, finance, recreation, protective services, and others. Archival records may be viewed by members of the public, local historians, academic researchers, genealogists, lawyers, students, and engineers during regular business hours. See Visiting The Archives for more detailed information and services available.

While most of the City Art Collection is on display in City-owned public spaces such as parks, facilities, office lobbies, hallways, and meeting rooms, the remainder is stored in the City Archives and Records Centre. The City Archives is also represented on the City's Public Art Committee.