Library launches new Digital Archives

Brantford’s history can be explored in a quick and convenient way thanks to a new online digital archive platform launched by the Brantford Public Library 

More than 1,000 items are currently housed in the archives, which can be accessed 24/7 online through the Your History section of the Brantford Public Library’s website.  

“Whether you are a seasoned local history buff, or someone who is just curious about the area, there will be something in the new online archives that will catch your interest,” says Library CEO and Chief Librarian Rae-Lynne Aramburo. 

A direct link to the Digital Archives is 

Currently, the digital archive collection consists of historic images of Brantford and scans of old digital publications. These scans include the full version of a 1974 publication celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell conceiving the idea of the telephone. Another document provides a detailed history of breweries that have operated in Brantford. 

There are a number of features within the digital archives that make it easy to discover specific items or to simply browse. For example, there’s a "What’s New” section, where visitors can see the latest additions to the collection. There’s also an advanced-search area where people can search by keyword, media type and date-range.  

Along with the new digital archives, the Library also offers an online Birth, Marriage, Death Index, which can help anyone researching their family tree locate announcements in local papers. Microfilm versions of these papers, along with an extensive print collection, can be accessed in the Library’s Local History Room, which is located in the Main Branch. Additionally, Library members can get free access to when visiting a Library branch.