The Archives & Special Collections is continually digitizing our collections to make these more accessible to researchers.  In some cases, entire collections of records have been placed online.  Primarily, only selected items that best represent the holdings of a collection will be digitized.  These are intended to assist researchers and inspire them to visit Brock University to see the rest of the collections.

Use the following format to cite a digitized record:

Letter – Bliss Carman to Ethelwyn Wetherald, 15 December 1897, Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald Fonds, 1872-2007 (RG 84), Brock University Archives, Brock University Library. Accessed 17 March 2015. http://dr.library.brocku.ca/handle/10464/4391.

Archival Documents

Brock University Digital Repository

The Digital Repository (DR) is where all of the digitized items from the Archives & Special Collections are made available.  The DR is keyword searchable and can be browsed.

We have categorized our digitized materials into three areas:

  1. Archival Resources – primary records from various collections within our Archives
  2. Digitized Books – published works from our specialized book collection
  3. University Archives – materials that chronicle the history of Brock University

Many of these digitized items can also be found in larger scale digital projects such as the Internet Archive and Our Ontario.

Image of Isaac Brock

Brock University’s War of 1812 Collection

The Archives & Special Collections has a large collection of primary and secondary records about the War of 1812.  Some of these resources include: Canadian, American and British newspapers from the war period; contemporary booklets, addresses, speeches, legal records and more; written documents from the War; research and writings of 1812 historians  Dr. Frederick Drake and Robert Malcomson; and modern works of history about the conflict.  The following are resources to help you find our 1812 related materials:

A research guide to our 1812 resources

Digitized works on the War of 1812

“The War: A War of 1812 newspaper” – an entire run of this newspaper online

1812History: The Brock University Library partnered with six Niagara heritage institutions to digitize and place online their 1812 era records and artefacts.  The result was over 1000 items captured by 22000 images.

Digitized Map of Welland Canal

Welland Canal Maps – First and Second Canals

We have digitized some survey maps, land appropriation records and books on the Welland Canals.

Welland Canal Digitized Records

To view the locations of the Second Welland Canal survey maps on a modern day map, visit this link: Second Welland Canal – Google Maps.