Vital statistics, Assessment & Collector Rolls are digitized and in Common Folder
20 m of textual records
1 x 16 mm motion picture film
History / Biography
Arnprior was first settled by Europeans in 1825 when Archibald McNab brought 80 settlers from Scotland to the township he named after himself. In 1862, Arnprior was incorporated as a village and in 1892, it was incorporated as a town. The population grew as Arnprior provided employment through its various industries, most notably the McLachlin Mills, the Kenwood Mills, the Canadian Public Booth Co., M. Sullivan and Son, Pfizer and Scheel Windows to name only a few. Over the years, Arnprior has grown into a thriving community providing its residents with a wide range of social and public services.
Records were donated by the Town of Arnprior Clerk Carol Rousselle in March 1997, July 2000 and July 2004.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of by-laws, assessment and collectors rolls, minute books, account books and other records documenting the activities undertaken and decisions made by the Town.
Please see separate series and sub-series descriptions in this database for more detail as to Scope and Content.
The detailed description of this large collection was supported by a grant from the Arnprior and District Historical Society, which is gratefully acknowledged.
The collection is arranged into the following Series and Sub-Series:
SERIES I COUNCIL MINUTES & PETITIONS
SERIES II TOWN OF ARNPRIOR BYLAWS
SERIES III COMMITTEES & BOARDS
Sub-Series: Cemetery Records
SERIES IV ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS
Sub-Series: Administrative Files
Sub-Series: Correspondence Files
SERIES V DEPARTMENTAL RECORDS
Sub-Series: Department of Public Works
Sub-Series: Human Resources
Sub-Series: Parks and Recreation Photographs
SERIES VI VITAL STATISTICS
Sub-Series: Birth, Marriage and Death Registers
Sub-Series: Birth, Marriage and Death Returns
SERIES VII FINANCIAL RECORDS
Sub-Series: Tax Records
SERIES VIII MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS
Please use digitized version for Vital Statistics and Assessment & Collector Rolls.
Minutes, tax assessment and collectors rolls and bylaws which are not restricted. Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths are restricted for 104, 80 and 70 years respectively.
Restrictions to other Town of Arnprior records are currently under review.
Minute books reveal issues facing the Town that required resolution by the passage of bylaws. Dates of volumes may overlap due to reports included within certain minute books. Minutes of Council are public record, therefore all records are Open.
Volume 1, April 2, 1888 to December 31, 1897 (plus statement of Municipal & school trustee elections for 1898) D12
Volume 2, January 10, 1898 to June 6, 1902 - D12
Volume 3, July 4, 1902 to May 26, 1902 - D12
Volume 4, June 4, 1906 to May 27, 1910 - D12
Volume 5, June 1910 to September 1913 - D12
Volume 6, October 1913 to December 1917 (contains list of nominees for 1916 Municipal election) - D12
Volume 7, December 1917 to December 1922 - D12
Volume 8, January 8, 1923 to December 28, 1925 - D12
Volume 9, January 25, 1926 to December 28, 1928 - D12
Volume 10, January 1929 to 1952 (Front Minutes) - D12
The vital statistics from 1896 to 1928 were digitized in August 2009. Please use digitized version on common drive and not the originals.
Birth, Marriage & Death Returns (2002 accession)Received Birth records 1949-1959 (rolled pages) from Clerk in June 2014.
Scope and Content
This series contains Birth Marriage and Death Registers (Bound Volumes) from 1896 -1970 and Birth Marriage and Death Returns (cards) from 1897 - 1919. These records are subject to Provincial freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation: records of Birth are closed for 104 years, records of Marriage are closed for 80 years and records of Death are closed for 70 years. Researchers will only have access to Open records within volumes that contain both Open and Closed records. There are gaps in this series of records.
Sub-series: Birth, Marriage & Death Registers D10 and D12
Sub-series: Birth, Marriage & Death Returns D12.1 to D12.4
These records are filed according to date of return. If a birth occurred late in December of 1899 for instance, the Birth record is filed in the 1900 returns if the physician sent in the registration in the new year.
Births: Schedule A D12.1
1897 - 1898
1901 (two records)
1902 - 1904
1913 (one record)
Marriages: Schedule B D12.2
1894 (one record)
1898 - 1899
1902 - 1904
1914 - 1916
Deaths: Schedule C D12.3
1888 - 1896
1901 - 1904
Miscellaneous List compiled from fragments which have now been destroyed.
Please use digitized version rather than orginal.
Records of Birth are closed for 104 years, records of Marriage are closed for 80 years and records of Death are closed for 70 years.
- Petitions to Arnprior Council for Local Improvements 1900, 1912-1952 E 17.2
(Sidewalks, Sewers, Roads etc.)
Sub-Series: Promotional Material
- The Town and the Mill;  5 x 16 mm Colour release print
- “Arnprior - A Good Place to Live & Work” poster (undated)
- Arnprior 2000 Millenium Calendar featuring many archival images and a calendar of events to celebrate the millenium. D17.3 (posters D16.9)
- Arnprior 150 promotional materials including posters, pins, bookmarks, commemorative booklet, events passport, newspaper insert published in the EMC and a collection of writing submitted by Arnprior residents entitled "Write-on, Arnprior, Reflections - Past, Present & Future of a town in celebration of its anniversary". D17.3
- Town of Arnprior Newsletter, 1998 D 17.3
The Town of Arnprior launched its first issue in June 1998. It provides useful information on who’s who at the Town Hall and Council and what services the Town provides for its residents.
Relief Ledger 1936-1943 Closed D 17.7
Bail Book 1954 - 1972 Closed
Town of Arnprior Veteran Street Names D16.7
- publication produced by Ad Hoc Committee in 2005. Includes documentation up to 2009 for Moe Robillard Street, Allan Bond Court, Bev Shaw Parkway, and Edward "Vince" Evans Court.
Digitized Assessment & Collector Rolls in Common Folder
Scope and Content
Assessment Rolls 1887-1931 D 1, D 2, D 3, D 4
Assessment rolls provide the following information: name of taxable party, occupation, address of taxable party, tenant or householder, age of taxable party, public or separate school supporter, number of children, number of concession and name of street, number of lot or house, value of real property, number in family, and religion. By the 1920’s, the name of the wife and other family members sometimes are listed in the rolls.
1887 - 1893 (digitized) D1
1894 - 1903 (digitized) D2
1904 - 1919 Note: 1913 (missing) (digitized to 1909) D3
1920 - 1931 D4
Collectors Rolls (Tax) (35 volumes) 1881-1931
Collectors rolls provide the following information: name of party assessed, address, tenant or freeholder, date of assessment notice, public or separate school supporter and amount paid.
Correspondence Files Box List not available at this time:
An original File list was created in 1997upon the transfer of files from the Town of Arnprior to the Archives. The collection was re-processed in 2015-2015 resulting in some files being culled where the content of the file was not of historical significance. A new file list will be added to description when this process is complete.
This sub-series was previously known as Appendix C.
The cenotaph in Low Square on Raglan St. Renfrew. The war memorial was a gift to the town from the Hon. Thomas A. Low. The inscriptions are 1914, 1918, Somme, Passchendaele, Amiens, and lists of names at the bottom.
Given to Arnold McIntyre by neighbor Mrs. Thomas Barnes in 2012.
Scope and Content
Souvenir Folder produced by Photogelatine Engraving Company Ltd. Ottawa, containing 16 early Photographic Views of Arnprior Ontario, which are identified as:
C.P.R. Bridge Arnprior
The Madawaska, Arnprior, Ont
McLachlin's Mills from Chats Lake, Arnprior, Ont
The Driveway (at entrance to Park)
Elgin Street, Arnprior, Ont (looking east from Daniel St)
John Street, Arnprior, Ont (looking north)
Elgin Street, Arnprior, Ont (looking west from John Street
The McPhee House, Arnprior, Ont
C.P.R. Station, Arnprior, Ont (view is actually that of the C.N.R. Station, Arnprior) Note this image was taken sometime between 197-1923 based on modifications to locamotive. Source: Donald J. McQueen.
1918: 'The Chimney Swift', and ‘The Original Paper-Makers’ pp.47 (missing) September 1918
2. Ontario History:
1959: ‘The Camboose Shanty’, Vol. LI No.2: 1959
3. Canadian Entomologist:
1917: Portrait of a Wolf Spider (incomplete article), February 1917.
1919: Popular and Practical Entomology, 'Remarks on Collembola', Vol.LI No, 4 April 1919
1919: Popular and Practical Entomology, 'Further Remarks on Collembol', Vol LI No. 12 December 1919
1920: 'A New Species of Pseudachorutes (Collembola), August 1920.
1922: Popular and Practical Entomology, 'Tiger Beetle Larvae', November 1922.
1926: 'The "Drumming" of Stoneflies (Plecoptera)', March 1926.
4. Natural History:
1923: 'Some Bird Voices of the Northern Woods', Vol.XXIII No. 3 May - June 1923
1925: ’ A Bird Trickster Outwitted - How the yellow warbler circumvents the cowbird' Vol.XXV. No. 1 January 1925 p.54-57.
5. Scientific Monthly:
1936: ‘The First Official Photographer’ (concerning the 5th John Charles Fremont expedition of the expansion to the West in the USA and Solomon N. Carvalho’s photographic work) Vol.XLII Jan – June 1936.
6. The Canadian Field Naturalist:
1919: ‘Champlain’s Astrolabe’ Vol.XXXIII, No. 6, Dec 1919
1921: '‘A Baby Porcupine’. In The Canadian Field-Naturalist, Vol.XXV, No.4 ; April 1921.
1925 : ‘The Christmas Bird Census at Arnprior, Vol.XXXIX, No.7. October 1925
1926: ‘Champlain as a Naturalist’, Vol. XL, No. 6; Ottawa, Canada. Sept 1926.
1931: ’The Unnatural History of the Beaver’, Vol. XLV, No. 1 Ottawa Canada, January 1931
1935: ‘The Nest of the Great Crested Flycatcher’, Vol.LXIX, No2; February 1935 and Bird Census from 1934.
1936: 'Nesting of the Red-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)', Vol. LIII No. 3, March 1936
1943: ‘An Apparently Unrecorded Food for the Red Squirrel’ in the Notes and observations section. Vol.57, No.6, September 1943.
1931: 'Position of Wood in Beaver Dams', Vol 74 No. 1929, December 18, 1931.
1932: 'Boughs, Butts and Beaver Dams', Vol 75, No. 1935, December 29, 1932.
1934: ' ‘How Some Birds Satisfy Thirst', Vol. 80, No. 2068, August 17, 1934.
1940: ‘The identity of the tree, “Annedda”’, Vol. 92. No. 2376, July 12, 1940.
1943: 'Vitamin C in Evergreen Tree Needles', Vol. 98 No. 2541, September 10, 1943
1979: Cover photo of Alligator Tug 'Amable du Fond', Vol 170 No. 3960, November 20, 1979
March 29 1930 - Article that Macnamara collected "The Biginnings of Entomology".