E - Pubs

The Oshawa Museum is always looking for avenues to make our original research available to our visitors, both local and from around the world. We are pleased to now offer e-publications on our website.

Mourning After - The Victorian Celebration of Death

The Sea Shanty Exhibit - Exploring Oshawa's Relationship with Lake Ontario

Henry House 2011 Excavation Report

Since 1957, the Oshawa Museum has been acquiring and preserving for the public, records that trace Oshawa's rich history from its earliest settlement.

The Archival Collection

Hotel GenoshaThe focus of the archival collection is strictly items related to the history of Oshawa. Items found in this collection are available for those who are researching Oshawa's early pre-history as well as those who are interested in learning more about local businesses or researching their family genealogy.

The archival collection continues to grow and we rely on donations from people throughout our community to assist us with preserving the rich history of Oshawa.

Our collection includes historical information on Oshawa, its families, businesses, social organizations and many other areas of interest. Included in the collection are photographs, postcards, documents, atlas's & maps, scrapbooks and other Oshawa related memorabilia.

The archives also maintain a library of local history books as well as general reference books that are available to assist researchers. The library includes titles such as Life in Canada by Thomas Conant, Upper Canada: The Formative Years 1784-1841 by Gerald M. Craig and History of the Ontario Regiment: 1866-1951 by Captain Lex Schragg.

If you are interested in learning more about the archival collection and if we may be able to assist you with your research, please contact us at and we will be happy to help.

In addition to making Oshawa's historical information available, our staff also provides lectures, presentations, and conservation work and research assistance by appointment.
Under Research button – Fee Schedule

Finding Aids

Conant Ledger
Fire Department Oshawa Finding Aid for the Clayton Shaver Collection
Map Finding Aid

Fee Schedule: Effective October 4, 2011

Money raised through user fees helps to maintain the collection, as well as allows us to continue to collect valuable items related to the rich history of Oshawa.

User Fees:
A fee of $5.00 will be charged when the archivist pulls any item from storage. This fee is waived for members of the Oshawa Historical Society, who are entitled to 2 free searches of the archives per year.


Photocopying Fee:
$0.50/ per page for black & white
$0.80/ per page for colour

Digitization Fee:
$5.00 for the first item
Additional items:
$1.00/ item 8 x 10 or less
$2.00/ oversized items


Research Fee:
$25/ hour for the archives staff to conduct research

A free quote will be provided prior to commencing research.
Shipping and Handling Fee:
$1.00/ handling fee

Price of postage varies by weight and destination.
We reserve the right to refuse to copy materials that may be damaged in the process.

Reproduction of archival items will be made in accordance with the Copyright Law. Items copied are to be used for the purposes of private study, scholarship or research. It is up to the patron to determine copyright status and to contact the copyright holder if they wish to use the copies in a manner that does not fit the terms of "fair use".