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Researchers note:

The Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives hours Monday - Saturday,
10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Closed holidays. For more information, please telephone 613-354-3027
or e-mail enquiry to archives@lennox-addington.on.ca

For over one hundred years, the Lennox and Addington Historical Society collected papers, records, photographs, oral history and other documentary sources which help the researcher to discover and interpret the history of Lennox and Addington and the stories of the people of the county. The result is one of the finest local history archives in Ontario. Most of the material is open for public access. The archive collections of the Society are now in the custody of the Lennox and Addington County Museum and the Reading Room is open to the public six days a week, year round. (Closed statutory holidays.) Besides the documentary history collection of the Lennox and Addington Historical Society the Archives also has contains many municipal records.

The Lennox and Addington County Museum is part of the Information Services Department, County of Lennox and Addington.


How to Contact the Archives

The postal address is: Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives,
97 Thomas Street East,
Napanee, Ontario, Canada K7R 4B9

Telephone number is: (613) 354-3027 If you call during business hours, and get the answering machine, don't panic! Staff are talking on the telephone. If you wish, you may leave a message and staff will return the call.

Fax number is: (613) 354-1005.
Please note, the fax machine is only turned on while the Museum is open.

e-mail address is: archives@lennox-addington.on.ca.

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How to find the Museum and Archives

The Museum is located in the Town of Napanee, which is east of Toronto, half-way between the cities of Belleville and Kingston. The Museum is about an hour from downtown Kingston (the waterfront).

By car, take Highway 401 to the main Napanee exit (old highway 41) and go south, towards the downtown. (When you exit the 401, you will see a McDonald's Restaurant, and a Tim Horton's Coffee Shop.) Highway 41 becomes Centre Street. Continue south under the railway overpass, and you will see Thomas Street East on your left. There is no traffic light at Thomas Street. Turn left (east) and follow Thomas Street to the County Complex. The Museum is behind the County Court House.

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The Archive Holdings

The Genealogical Research Library
The Archives reading room contains a specialized genealogical collection. Note: This collection is focused on Lennox and Addington. If your family never lived in Lennox and Addington, or at least in the Kingston - Bay of Quinte area, we can't help you!

Genealogy:To learn more about the collection donated by the Lennox and Addington Historical Society and researching Lennox and Addington people using this resource, click here.

Historical Collections
The archives contains municipal records from the County of Lennox and Addington, the old Town of Napanee, villages of Newburgh and Bath, and some of the pre-amalgamation townships within the County. The quantity and type of record from each municipality varies. The archives also has a wide collection of the papers of local residents and organizations, from the activities of the Loyalist sons and daughters, up to the present. An excellent, historical library of new and older reference books complements the archives. The library was donated by the Lennox and Addington Historical Society and is non-circulating. The Lennox and Addington County Museum uses PastPerfect software for curatorial work. It also participates in ARCHEION and you will therefore find descriptions of some of the Society's collections on the Archeion website. Go to the site and click on Lennox and Addington County Museum.

Additions to the archive collections are welcomed. To enquire whether your items are appropriate, please contact the Manager of the Museum by e-mail or telephone 613-354-3027.

The Museum is the custodian of the Napanee Standard, Napanee Express, Napanee Beaver, The Heritage and other local papers. For conservation reasons, research access may only be granted to issues which are microfilmed; that is, up to and including 1977 for most papers. The Museum also has purchased other microfilm useful for local research.

The Photograph Collection
There are over 10,000 original images collected and donated by the Lennox and Addington Historical Society. Close to 8,000 are indexed by subject matter or sitter. Black and white reproductions may be ordered at cost. Please allow generous time (two months) for an order. The usual rules governing Intellectual Property (copyright) apply. If you require a digital image, please consult the Archivist.

VanLuven Brothers Livery Stable, Moscow, Ontario, 1905 (N-5692)
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The Archives are open Monday - Saturday, from 10:00 in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon all year 'round. They are closed Holidays. The Society suggests that researchers do not attempt to begin after 4:00 p.m. as there is insufficient time to do even limited work. It is recommended that clients set aside a minimum of two hours for their quest. Go like a pro ! The Society suggests that the researcher comes alone, rather than with onlookers, who can be distracting. Researchers should arrive in good time to complete their work.

Admission is $3.00 for adults: $2.75 for seniors and students. Passes are also available for purchase.

Handicap Access: The archives are on the ground floor and are fully accessible. Washrooms are also accessible.

Children under the age of 14 are not normally permitted to handle original materials which are often fragile. However, for special projects, students under the age of 14 may use the resources, if accompanied by an adult who works with them. A prior appointment is required. Please telephone the Museum (613) 354-3027 and ask to speak with the archivist.
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Photocopying, Photographing, Videorecording, Scanning and other forms of Mechanical Reproduction

A photocopying service is available at the Museum. However, many items in the Society's collection are the unpublished work of living individuals. The Canadian Copyright Act places some limits on making copies of such sources without the prior consent of the author. Please come prepared to spend time reading and taking notes. The Lennox and Addington Historical Society also respects all Privacy Acts and is careful to honour donor agreements. Staff also reserve the right to restrict copying of very fragile originals.

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Commissioning Research

Staff will answer simple queries. Genealogical enquiries and complex research requests should be referred to one of the contract researchers available in Ontario. On occasion, Lennox and Addington Historical Society Volunteers will do more complex research for a fee to benefit the Lennox and Addington Historical Society.

For more information about the Museum, please visit the County of Lennox and Addington website.

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