1161 Route 243 Melbourne, Quebec, Canada J0B 2B0
Mission Statement 

Our mission is to enrich both the local and wider community by researching, conserving, and sharing the history of our area.

Our Archives have grown and developed since our founding in 1962. We specialize in historical papers and documents of particular interest to the historical area known in 1962 as Richmond County. These documents include paper records (letters, diaries, journals, and other unpublished materials); photographs and other visual records; maps, plans, and architectural records; sound recordings and oral history tapes; printed material (local newspapers, books); and a growing collection of digitally stored data.

We are currently updating our Archives to respond to the digital era and to ensure the safe preservation of our multimedia materials. Our archives are open by appointment only.


General references for local history include listings for: Richmond, Danville, Melbourne, South Durham, Ulverton, Greenlay, Brompton, Windsor,St. Cyr, Denison’s Mills, Kingsey, Trenholmville, L’Avenir, Asbestos, Kingsbury, Kirkdale, Shipton, and Cleveland.



Family History researchers will find many sources for information, which include:

  • Cemetery indexes
  • Index of individual names in local cemeteries
  • Census records: Township of Melbourne 1851, Township of Ely 1861, County of Drummond(Durham) 1861, Township of Shipton 1851, Township of Kingsey 1861
  • Land grant indexes
  • Books of births, marriages, and deaths for District of St. Francis 1815-1879
  • Individual family histories
  • Computer listings of genealogy
  • Index of the Annals of Richmond County & Vicinity, Vols. 1 & 2 revised 1998
  • Legal documents (photocopies)


Original newspapers, which number in excess of 600, date from 1864-1928. These include:

  • Richmond Guardian
  • Richmond Times-Guardian
  • Times & County Record
  • Richmond News & District of St. Francis Advocate
  • Danville Courier
  • Danville Times
  • Danville Union
  • Windsor Times

Photographs & Maps

Richmond County Historical Society’s collection of local area photographs and postcards includes: schools, churches, industry, mercantile, mining, agriculture, railway, portraits, and social life.
A wide assortment of maps of the local areas is available.

Railway History

Rail enthusiasts and historians will find information and photographs of the following historic railways:

  • Orford Mountain Railway
  • Grand Trunk Railway
  • Asbestos & Danville Railway

Special Collections

The archives house collections of papers and photographs donated by local families. Included among these are:

  • Annett Collection
  • Christine Aspinall Collection
  • Boast Collection
  • Booth Collection
  • Day Collection
  • Dickson Collection
  • Doyle Collection
  • Grainger Collection
  • Gilchrist Collection
  • Harkom Collection
  • Hayes Collection
  • Horan Collection
  • Ignatieff Collection
  • Manning Collection
  • McAdams Collection
  • Paige Collection
  • Pray Collection
  • St. Cyr Collection
  • Watters/Sims Collection

The following Web sites are especially useful to the researcher who is searching for Richmond County (Eastern Townships of Quebec) information:

Eastern Townships Resource Centre

Jazmine Aldrich, Head Archivist

Jody Robinson, Director Ex Officio
819-822-9600, ext. 2647

Le Centre de l’Estrie des Archives nationales du Québec (Sherbrooke)


For Roman Catholic records, contract the Secretary at:

Ste. Bibiane Parish (Richmond)


The RCHS archives are open by appointment only.

Archivist and Genealogist – Nicholas McCormick-Gagnon, archivist.rchs.shcr@gmail.com.

For more information visit our policies page.

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