The Archives houses a great variety of materials that tell the story of education in the Hamilton-Wentworth area. Below is a list of some of the materials in our archives … and this collection is still growing.
These include the official original minute books, records and documents of the present Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, the former Hamilton Board of Education, the former Wentworth County Board of Education, and the former school areas or sections of the Townships of Ancaster, Barton, Beverley, Binbrook, Dundas, Glanford, East Flamborough, Stoney Creek, and West Flamborough. These are available to the public for research purposes.
Student Attendance Records
All students enrolled in the public school system have their daily attendance recorded in Attendance Registers. These Registers were originally stored in their schools. Most of these Registers are now housed at the EAHC. Although not all Registers have been located, there are many thousands of these documents now in storage and available for research purposes. Many of these attendance documents date from the mid to late 1800’s right up to 2004. These documents provide a great insight into not only daily attendance, but often valuable historical and cultural information of a given era and period.
The EAHC has thousands of photographs of schools, classes, student events. These are fully catalogued on a database and copies are generally available for interested parties. We are currently in the process of beginning to digitize these photographs, as well as an extensive collection of photographic slides, which will also be accessible to the public in the near future.
Books and Documents
The EAHC has a collection of over 8,000 textbooks and curriculum documents used in the school systems in this area. There is also a selection of local elementary and secondary school yearbooks. These are often available for loan and research purposes.
The EAHC has a large collection of trophies, plaques, paintings, prints, certificates, diplomas, school name letters, cornerstones, student desks, clocks, bells, and other miscellaneous items, which have been collected either by former teachers or students and donated for display purposes. Also included is a vast number of instructional items and equipment in many subject areas. Many of these items are available for loan to schools holding important anniversaries or reunions.
A large Display Hall at the EAHC illustrates the development of education in this part of Ontario. Displays include a look at different ways in which various subjects were presented; a typical school office; and the world of the custodian. As well there is a display of some of the memorabilia of schools now closed, but not forgotten. Nearby is the Hall of Schools, which contains school name letters and plaques, honour rolls, photographs, and bells of schools of yesteryear. Outside the Macassa Avenue site, are our memorable displays of school cornerstones, architectural fixtures and school names