The Welland Historical Museum collects both reference and archival material of local historical significance with particular focus on Welland and the four Welland Canals. Researchers will find material about local families, black history, buildings and monuments, business and industries, communication and transportation, the community, government and human services, the military, sports and the arts.

Our resources come in the following formats:

  • Historical land records
  • Digital copies of newspaper clippings and scrapbooks
  • Genealogical resources
  • Photographs
  • Books
  • City directories
  • Maps
  • Advertisements
  • School records
  • Oral histories
  • Local histories

Ask the Archivist


The following services are available in the Archives:
1. Retrievals of Welland Museum collection and reference materials
2. Research Requests (*please allow 4 -6 weeks)
3. Image/Text Reproductions

The archives are by appointment only.
Please contact the Archivist at to arrange an appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the re-organization of the archival collection, all Archival Services are temporarily on hold until further notice.

Click HERE for a list of our Archival Service Fees

Donations (By Appointment Only)

To discuss potential donations, please contact the Archivist/Registrar at or by phone at 905.732.2215

The Welland Museum is grateful for the generosity of those who donate archival items to the Museum that expand on, and deepen the story of Welland & Pelham. It is through you that our collection grows, enriching this story for everyone. We take this stewardship of caring, accountability and providing access to the items for present and future generations very seriously, guided by current museum best practices and Ontario ministry guidelines.

Artefacts and archival items accepted into the collection must have a significant relevance to Welland & Pelham, such as made in Welland, and be in good condition.


In order to speed up the donation process, please take a minute to answer the following 6 questions before contacting the museum:

You MUST answer YES to the following 3 questions

  1. Was your item(s) acquired in Welland/Pelham?
  2. Do you know the history/provenance of your item(s)?
  3. Do you own the item(s) that you are donating?

You MUST answer NO to the following 3 questions

  1. Is your item torn, broken, stained, faded or damaged in any way?
  2. Do you notice any signs of mold or insect presence anywhere on your item(s)?
  3. A list of items that the museum is no longer accepting is available on our website, located under Donations and Acquisitions. Does your item appear on this list?

If you answered YES to questions 1 – 3, and NO to questions 4 – 6, please continue with the donation process. If not, please do not proceed with your donation.We thank you for your interest in the museum, but are striving to abide by the set of standards set by the Ontario Museums Association.


Due to environmental standards set by the Ontario Museums Association, the Welland Museum will no longer be accepting the following:

Items that exhibit signs of mold, Newspapers, Blue Prints, Furs, Sewing machines, Baby buggies, Large industrial tools
As a result of insurance restrictions, all donations left outside of the museum will be discarded.

*All potential donations are reviewed and decided on by the Artefact Acquisitions Committee at meetings held bi-monthly. Due to the heavy volume of donations at times, please allow considerable time for us to contact you with a decision.


The Welland Historical Museum is responsible for the conservation of all objects and archival material entrusted to its care. Actions aimed at the safeguarding of cultural property for the future are carried out behind the scenes at the museum to prevent or treat deterioration of our precious collection items.

Check back in 2017 for a list of conservation services pertaining to your own personal items!

Historical Land Records

The Welland Museum is home to Land Records from the town of Welland/Village of Welland, Pelham/Fonthill and the Township of Crowland. We house over 35,000 records ranging from 1878 – 1955.

Currently, to gain access to records specific to the above towns, you will need the Instrument # that pertains to the record you are looking for. As our records are currently being catalogued, please contact the St. Catharine’s Land Registry office at 905.684.6351.

For additional information on records registered from Lincoln County and parts of Welland County please visit

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