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International Archives Day 2020

Blog originally posted June 5, 2020

​Did you know June 9th is International Archives Day, and 

June 8- 14, 2020 is International Archives Awareness Week?​

Since its creation in 2008, the International Archives Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of archives, the links between good archives and good governance, and of the need to preserve archival records and facilitate access to them.

 ​​​Simcoe County Archives building

​​Simcoe County Archives building.  Copyright:  Simcoe County Archives

Did you know the Simcoe County Archives is the oldest county-level archives in Ontario?  The Archives has collected, preserved, and made records available since 1966. ​


Public records designated as permanent or archival are transferred to the Archives from the County of Simcoe, its Towns and Townships, and the City of Barrie.

Private records are donated to the Archives by private individuals, families, businesses, industries, and organizations.  Click here to learn more about donating records to the Simcoe County Archives. [link to the Donor Portal]

Information is captured on a variety of media types, including paper, plastic, glass, audio and video tape, electronic devices, and vinyl.

 Records storage in Simcoe County ArchivesPreservation

The Simcoe County Archives occupies a building that is fully climate controlled.

Records such as glass negatives and fragile paper may be microfilmed or digitized to ensure the information they hold is preserved in perpetuity.


Until the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, the Simcoe County Archives was open to the public.  The Archives will re-open as soon as possible after the County's emergency restrictions are lifted.

Virtual access to the Archives' collections remains a work in progress.

Descriptions of more than 40,000 records are available in the Archives' Descriptions ​Database.  Click here to search the database.       Records storage at Simcoe County Archives.  Copyright ​Simcoe County Archives

Many records can be accessed through the Online Exhibits, Archives Blog, and Council Records​ sections of the Archives' website.

 Woods and McCullough children

​2012-25 Mrs. Wood's children and the McCullough Girls.  Copyright:  Public Domain.


Six full-time staff members work at the Simcoe County Archives.  Everyone is called upon to fufill “other duties as required," but each also has a specialty.

County Archivist – manages staff activities and oversees building management.

Archivist, Corporate and Municipal Records – oversees transfers of permanent and archival records from corporate and municipal offices.

Archivist, Private Records – oversees donations of records from private sources.

Archivist, Digital Preservation – oversees the preservation of public and private records that are received digitally or digitized at the Archives.

Microfilm Technician – oversees the microfilm and microfilm digitization programs.

Reference Services Coordinator – oversees internal and external reference services.

Click her​e to see how staff at the Simcoe County Archives participated in the joint County of Simcoe and Local Immigration Partnership #ItStarts2019 campaign. 

Click here to learn more about the International Council on Archives and the International Archives Day. 

Click here for the Universal Declaration on Archives.