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Mission Statement and Roles

Simcoe County Archives Mission Statement

  • To acquire, preserve and make available both the documentary heritage of Simcoe County, and the permanent corporate record of the County of Simcoe and its constituent municipalities.
  • To pursue a leadership role in the field of local / regional archival services.
  • To promote a healthy work environment for the staff which stimulates excellence in service delivery, personal / professional growth and safety.

- Adopted November 26, 2002

The Roles of the Simcoe County Archives

The Archives has two principal roles. The first of these is the preservation and promotion of Simcoe County's cultural and visible heritage. The Archives collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public, the documentary history of Simcoe County. The Archives' extensive and important collection of maps, photographs, original manuscripts, magnetic and digital recordings, newspapers and other records make it one of the most highly-regarded "regional" archives in the country. The archival collection documents the political, social and economic history of Simcoe County. In addition to private manuscript collections, the Archives houses the records and documentary histories of schools, churches, businesses and all manner of institutions, and its earliest record, a leaf from the Nuremberg Chronicle (Liber Chronicarum), dates from 1493.

The Archives' second role is to provide efficient permanent-records management services to the executive, management and administrative departments of the County of Simcoe. The same services are provided to the municipalities which comprise the County, and also, through a service agreement, for the separated City of Barrie. The Archives provides storage, organization and public access for the permanent-retention, non-active public records of the various levels of Simcoe County government.