Researchers in the areas of water management, environmental resources, and local history can rejoice! The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has donated its corporate archives from its first 75 years of operation to the Library’s Special Collections department.
This is the first time the GRCA’s papers have been made publicly available to researchers and students. The GRCA manages the Grand River’s water and natural resources on behalf of 925,000 residents living in 38 municipalities.
The collection contains a wide range of invaluable archival records of interest. These include minutes, photographs, negatives, slides, moving images, administrative files, news clippings, and items from the GRCA’s library.
To date, approximately half of the collection has been catalogued, occupying a staggering 40 linear metres in the archival stacks. Once the final half is processed (another 40 metres), the GRCA will become Special Collections’ single largest collection, as well as one of its most intellectually significant.
The transfer of the papers was recently celebrated at a reception held outside the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room. At this time, the collection was officially opened and a memorandum of understanding was signed to renew the research agreement between the university and the GRCA.
Items from the GRCA collection are currently on exhibit in Special Collections' display cases, as well as within the department’s Reading Room.
Highlights of the display include:
The exhibit will run through the month of September into October and is open to the public.
For more information, contact:
Archivist, Special Collections