formerly the Archives and Collections Society  

On-line services

Our organization and our services

Opening hoursfrom – until
Monday10am – 6pm
Tuesday10am – 6pm
Wednesday10am – 6pm
Thursday10am – 6pm
Friday10am – 6pm
Saturday10am – 6pm
Sunday10am – 6pm

We are located in Prince Edward County on the shores of Lake Ontario; map and driving instructions are available. Entry is free for everyone (occasional exceptions are made for special events) but we do encourage membership. Advance notification for large groups is appreciated, please contact us.

Our mission

We are a federally incorporated charity under Letters of Patent 367302-2 of 21 October 1999, with a General Policy oriented towards maritime and related history; conservation of documentation; education; and research.

Located on the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, our facilities are open during normal hours all year round. We welcome visitors, but would encourage you to become a Member and enjoy the full facilities of our reading room area on the main floor, the second floor and our gardens.

Most of our documents, books, magazines, charts, etc are available for consultation either immediately or at very short notice (some older documents are subject to handling restrictions) and limited copying services are available subject to certain copyright restrictions.

If you are unable to visit the Society's reading room and research centre, we may be able to carry out some research on your behalf. Members will receive some assistance free of charge, other visitors (and members wishing to develop projects beyond a certain quantity of research involvement) may be charged additional fees.

We are primarily a volunteer-driven organization, and if you do have some spare time, we would truly appreciate adding you to the team. For details, pleas see our volunteer page.

As a Registered Charity (under the terms of paragraph 149.1 of the Income Tax Act and revised bylaws approved 14 September 2014 under the Not-for-profit Corporations Act), we welcome the help of members, friends, donors, sponsors and benefactors to help us expand our collections and better serve our educational and conservational aims. Various details of donations and sales to the Archive are explained here. We would also ask you to consider sponsoring the Naval Marine ArchiveThe Canadian Collection by planned or deferred giving, or by Corporate gifts.

On-line and various services.

Our main catalogue (OPAC or Online Public Access Catalogue) currently contains about fifty thousand books. Our volunteers and staff continuously add more books and we hope to have the remainder of our holdings – magazines, charts, artwork, etc – online by the middle of 2014.

Our de-accessioned (surplus) holdings are available for sale, and you can access our secure web page for payments online. You may also wish to refer to our pages concerning bibliographic terms and art print terminology.

We also make many of our surplus books available through Biblio which is our preferred on-line bookstore.

We also make available a worldwide book search page for new and used titles, as well as a utility to deal with ISBN changes to 13 digits.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details.

Our new name

Here is a little background to our recent change of name. When we were founded in 1999, the generic name Archives and Collections (ACS) Society seemed to provide for the activities of the Society. Over the years there was discussion of how our name could be more descriptive, and finally at the end of 2011, Lord Sprules put forth a new name Naval Marine Archive The Canadian Collection™ which our Board received in a positive light. Now we have a descriptive name which identifies our organization more clearly and this was published in the Canada Gazette after we had applied for supplementary letters patent. Only the name was changed – our by-laws, business numbers, etc, remain the same.



Revised: 17 October 2014