The City of Thunder Bay Archives is excited to announce a new online tool to make searches of their collection even easier. Their new public search portal now allows anyone to search “finding aids” (the titles and descriptions of historical records) online.

The City Archives preserves, promotes, and makes public the City's corporate history. Their collection includes records of the Cities of Thunder Bay, Fort William, Port Arthur, and surrounding areas dating back as far as the 1880s.

Until now, finding aids could only be accessed in-person at the City Archives.

“We’re very excited to offer this new search tool to the public,” said Christina Wakefield, City Archivist. “Our mandate is to promote the City’s history, and now anyone can browse our collection no matter where they are.”

The new public portal can be accessed at

While the finding aids can be searched online, the records themselves can still only be accessed at the City Archives. To schedule an appointment, book online at, or contact the Archives at (807) 625-2270 or

The Archives is located at 235 Vickers St. N. and is open to researchers by appointment, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

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Contact: Christina Wakefield, City Archivist, (807) 625-2270,