Local History                                                 

Discover collections of local history including photographs, news clippings and other historical documents on our local history site!

Elmira, New Hamburg and Ayr branches have sizable local history collections.

Local history collections are available during branch hours

Unfortunately, Region of Waterloo Library (RWL) cannot provide in-depth long-distance telephone, written or email research assistance.Nor can we extract copies of entries from our microfilmed collection.

Library staff will acknowledge research requests within one business day. Staff may also suggest local historians or organizations that charge for their services.

The RWL offers the following services that may assist you with your local history research. 

Search Tips

Once on the local history home page click one of the nine catagories available: Ayr Tweedsmuir, Centra Dumfries Tweedsmuir, Local Buildings, Family History, Maps, Photos, Local History, Library History, and Community Groups. 

To refine the search, click the Sort By dropdown menu and select Title.

All documents in the website have been scanned with their geographical loction listed first. For example, Ayr Travel Club or North Dumfries 1881 Map. 

Searches can also be done via the RWL catalogue. Type Local History Materials in the search field. 

Region of Waterloo Archives

New Collaboration! Resources from the Region of Waterloo Archives can now be found in the RWL catalogue!

Search using the words Region of Waterloo Archives reference materials to see everything that is available, and contact the Archives at Archives@regionofwaterloo.ca, or call 519-575-4400 to find out more about how you can access these resources. 

Other Local History Resources

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