The Board of Management and Directors of the Arnprior Mechanic’s Institute petitioned the Council of the Town of Arnprior in October 1895 to become the Arnprior Public Library under “the Act respecting Mechanic’s Institutes and Arts Schools”. Books and book cases valued at $600.00 were moved into the Town hall and turned over to the new Library Board of Management consisting of R.G. Moles (chairman), Dr. W. H. Steele, John Tierney and George E. Neilson (Secretary and Librarian). Articles regarding Dr. Steele’s efforts to establish the library appeared in the Arnprior Chronicle (page 6, November 13, 1930) and the Ottawa Citizen .
Mrs. Judy Barker, chief Librarian of the Arnprior Public Library donated these records in October 1996 and May 2000.
Scope and Content
Four minute books and a photograph album from 1896 to 1992 record the business and development of the Arnprior Public Library over almost one hundred years. Motion picture films donated by members of the community and those withdrawn from circulation are also contained in this fonds. In August 2003, the Library donated 4 miscellaneous publications from their subject files which were no longer of value to the Library and a letter to Miss M. Gaudette from R. S. McLaughlin of General Motors of Canada regarding his autobiography.
The Construction, relocation of books and opening of the New Arnprior Public Library 1992-1993 is documented in 143 colour photographs.
a) Two copies of a market value appraisal of the Library & Museum building by Crawford, Humphrey and Associates Ltd. of Ottawa which was conducted in 1986.
b) Copy of 1933 revised plans of Library & Museum building which was then used as the Post Office, Customs and Inland Revenue Offices showing first floor plan, second floor plan, attic plan, roof plan and basement plan.
c) photocopy of handwritten financial statement May 31, 1966.
d) Emigration to Canada - “A narrative of a Voyage to Quebec and journey from thence to New Lanark in Upper Canada by John McDonald 1823.”
e)11th Annual Eastern Ontario Regional Games for the Physically Disabled program.
f) Sketches of Early Ottawa and District (from the Ottawa Journal 1963)- containing articles from Harry J. Walker and Lucien Brault.
g) Arnprior Public Library Annual Reports 2012, 2013
h) International Writers Festival - Arnprior Expressions poster which took place September 28 2013 at the Arnprior Public Library featuring Phil Hall, Sandra Ridley, David O'Meara, Phil Jenkins. Map Cabinet 3, Dwr 7.
i) Welcome to the Arnprior Public Library (4 page newsletter January 2015) outlines the history of the Public Library from 1895 to 2015.
Motion Picture Films: The following films cannot be viewed until transferred to VHS format for preservation reasons:
1) Two Related Industries  Produced by Caravel Films, presented by Huyck and sons. 2 x 16mm B&W composite release print.
This film examines the relationship between developments in felt manufacturing and improvements in the paper making industry. A dramatization of hand paper-making in the pre-industrial era is shown while the narrorator traces the develpment of felts in papermaking. Hi-speed “modern” newsprint and paper manufacturing machines are shown while the function of felts is explained. Numerous shots of Kenwood mills laboratory employees testing felts for durability, openness and finish are shown throughout the film.
2) The Town and the Mill  5 x 16 mm Colour composite release prints; 1/2 inch video tape copy.
The Town and the Mill was produced by Crawley Films Ltd. of Ottawa for Kenwood Mills Ltd. It portrays the Town of Arnprior as "a fine place to live" with "plenty of opportunity right here at home". The film includes shots of Harrington Street, fishing at the Arnprior wharf, the lighthouse, Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railways, highschool graduation ceremony, post office exteriors, hospital exterior, lumber yards, construction work on the Stewartville dam, the Kenwood Mill sign and water tower, Kenwood products and display, shift change at the mill, the Arnprior Golf Course, hunting, fishing, tobogganing, skating, Gardiner's store front and the Arnprior Curling Club. For copies contact Library & Archives Canada, Crawley Collection.
A detailed description of the motion picture films is available in collection file.
Accruals are expected.
See also: Scapbook Story of Arnprior and Arnprior Bylaw 57 as well as Town of Arnprior Minutes 3 June 1895 and 7 October 1895
The Arnprior and District Historical Society (ADHS) was formed in 1978 to disseminate historical information and awaken interest in the past by publishing historical material in the newspapers and otherwise, by holding meetings with exhibits, addresses, lectures, papers and discussions, by marking historical buildings, sites and roads, and by using the media to encourage public interest.
Donated by the Arnprior and District Historical Society, 1993 (Peter Hessel, President) and Kay Rogers 2000.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of the following 7 Series:
ADHS Series 1: Scrap Books. -- 1958-1994. -- 20 cm of textual records. -- approximately 50 photographs; b&w and col.
Series consists of seven scrapbooks (unbound), loose clippings, photographs, and a signature book, pertaining to the activities of the local historical society.
Scrapbooks Photos: H12.2
Photos Description Year
1 b&w, 1 col. 5 members of historical society 1981
1 col. Royal Oak no date
1 b&w Grace St. Andrews United Church on John St. 1936
3 col. Christmas gathering of society members 1970's
1 col. Plaque on "Opeongo Road" no date
2 col. “Flaming Leaf” bus tour no date
8 col. White Lake Historical Day 1992
(festivities, buildings, period costumes)
8 col. Royal Oak Plaque Unveiling no date
1 b&w Executive members 1982-1983
27 col. Society dinners. Names of people in 1982-1984
3 col. Leo Lavoie book signing no date
1 col. Roy MacGregor, Ottawa Citizen columnist 1992
7 col. Bus trip to Athens, Delta (Beverly) Sept. 26, 1992
and Smiths Falls
1 col. Arnprior Town Crest no date
1 col. Edna Carey, President of Society no date
3 col. Aileen Emard, Helen Anglin and Edna Carey
in Victorian period dress no date
3 col. Sean Conway, guest speaker no date
8 col. Local dignitaries, members of
Society and M.P. Len Hopkins
at banquet no date
ADHS Series 2: Administrative Records. -- 1979-2000-- 6 cm of textual records.
Series contains Constitution & Bylaws, Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Administrative records (includes notes regarding trips, activities, reports etc. by Norma Hall), Archives Committee.
ADHS Series 3: Programs & Projects -- 1978-1996 -- 4 cm of textual records. Series consists of material related to various programs and projects undertaken by the Historical Society including: Museum & Library Centennial Project (1963-1967), Exploring our Heritage: The Ottawa Valley Experience (1978), Canadian Pacific Railway Station (1978), House Tour (1979), Heritage Dinners (1985-1996 with gaps), Friends of Heritage Award; Ernest B. Wolff (1985), Speeches by Norma Hall (1986-1988), Presentation of Clan McNab Artifacts (1986) Royal Oak Plaque (1988), the Heritage of Ontario Cemeteries workshop (1989), Governor General's Visit (1991) Miscellaneous Programming (1979-1996), Awards.
Norma Hall's speeches covered the following topics:
Edgewood Estate, McNab settlers, Van Courtland (Van Cortland) connection with Arnprior, Daniel McLachlin in Arnprior, Early Arnprior Houses, Lombardy Place (McLachlin residence - later hospital), The Hill.
ADHS Series 4: Financial Records & Grants. --1980-1995--4 cm of textual records.
Series contains financial records from 1980-1993 and Grants 1984-1995
ADHS Series 5: Publications.--1979-1994--4 cm textual records.
Series contains documentation for publications produced by the Arnprior & District Historical Society including: First Newsletter 1979, The Arnprior Story by Leo Lavoie 1984, Reprint of 1892 Saturday Globe (featuring Arnprior) 1992, Mighty Fine Bread and Fancy Pastries by Peter Hessel 1994, Miscellaneous Pamphlets
ADHS Series 6: Newsclippings and Miscellaneous Historical Research-- 1982-1996--2 cm textual records
Series contains news clippings about the ADHS programs as well as topics of historical interest to the area from various newspapers.
ADHS Series 7: Recordings --1977-1990-- 24 audio cassettes, 2 VHS video cassettes H12.3
Series contains oral history recordings of members of the Arnprior community and recordings of guest speakers at Historical Society dinners. The audiocassettes were recorded by Philip Powell in 1977-1978. Also contained in this series are two videocassettes with CJOH newscoverage of the last Ottawa River log run in 1990.
1. Mr. S. Graham, Mrs. Cunningham
2. Jack Murphy
3. Alex Staye, John Hough
1. Mr. & Mrs. Belsher
2. Mr. & Mrs. Belsher
3. Miss Mary Blair
4. Harry Buder
5. Tony Deschenes
6. Evan Farmer (case empty)
7. Jean Finnie
8. Hubert Gardner
9. Miss M. Hanson
10. Miss Flora McNab
11. Andrew McNab
12. Mrs. Mansfield
13. Jack Murphy
14. Jack Murphy
15. R. J. Taylor
2 cassettes of 1930's music
Mrs. Banister about Archives (poor quality recording)
Show & Tell April 1988
2 unidentified cassette tapes
CJOH footage may NOT be reproduced without permission from station.