The City of Ottawa Archives is the custodian of permanent and historical civic government records on behalf of the many City of Ottawa departments, as well as local, community records with historical value. We preserve, acquire, and make these documents accessible to City Staff, the public, and other researchers, for present and future generations. Our goal is to preserve records that enhance our understanding of the history, evolution, and development of the City’s social fabric, natural and built environment, and the people that lived, worked, and made significant contributions to the shaping of the city.
In support of its community mandate, the City of Ottawa Archives engages various audiences through educational programming, exhibitions, and outreach activities to connect with the ethno-cultural-religious heritage of the city.
Search our online catalogue to begin reviewing what’s in our holdings.
Virtual exhibits : Explore online access to our favourite artifacts, stories, and online collections.
Download a variety of Research Guides to understand how we provide reference services and as tools for researching various records found in our collections.