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What Happens to Donated Records?

​​​Records donated to the Simcoe County Archives become the permanent property of the Archives.

Donated records will be arranged and described (the archival equivalent to library cataloguing) according to accepted Canadian Archival standards, then stored in climate-controlled vaults to ensure they are kept safe for future generations. Where possible and necessary, access copies will be made to safeguard fragile material. Records will be made available to the public in our reading room. A curated selection may also be made available online via our blog and, in due course, through our online database search portal.

We are not a lending library; material may not be taken out of the Archives.

Occasionally we determine that donated records do not fit our mandate. In that case, we'll offer the records back to you. If you don't wish to have the donation returned, the Archives will use its discretion as to the disposition of the records. Usually this means looking at options to transfer them to another, more suitable, institution.​​