Local History


Special Collections

Microfilm Reader and Collection

Many historical and fragile documents have been preserved on microfilm, a 16 mm or 35 mm roll of photographic film containing miniaturized images of text. The current collection includes:

  • Local newspapers:
    • Cambridge Times
    • Dumfries Reformer
    • Galt Daily Reporter
    • The Hespeler Herald
    • The Prestonian
  • Census records:
    • 1851 Canada West Census
    • 1861 Canada West Census
    • 1871 Waterloo County South Census
    • 1881 Waterloo County Census
    • 1891 Waterloo County South Census
    • 1901 Waterloo County (North and South)
  • Church records
  • Local history documents

In-library access available for the Microfilm Reader and Collections at the Queen’s Square location.

Local History Collection

Get to know your city with these local history books, documents, and movies.

Vernon’s City Directories

Vernon’s City Directories contain alphabetical listings of all inhabitants, as well as a street directory listing of all inhabitants. Physical copies of these directories for Cambridge or Kitchener-Waterloo are available for in-library use.

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Phone: 519-621-0460

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