Collections, Archives & Research

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What We Collect

The Craigleith Heritage Depot is pleased to offer a variety of archival and research resources to visitors upon request: books, family records, letters, microfiche, newspapers, clippings, and more. Please note that use of our resources is by donation; we appreciate your support to help us maintain the archival collection.



Equipped with a work table, a Mac desktop computer, a microfiche reader, and shelves bursting with local history records, the Research Room is the perfect place to dive into archival resources.


For museum and archival services, please contact the Craigleith Heritage Depot.

Do you have a local history research question or topic in mind, but don't know where to start? We can help you. Visit us, call, or email to start your search. For museum and archival services, please contact the Craigleith Heritage Depot.

If you are unable to visit in person, we will go through our records on your behalf in exchange for a research fee. We can send an answer (for less rigorous requests) to you or prepare a dossier (for more detailed requests) for you to come in and read when you have time. Contact Us for more information and to make arrangements.

Please be prepared to give us as much information as possible about what you are looking for to help us with your research. You will be required to fill out and sign a Research Request Form.

  • Genealogy and family history records
  • local history books
  • Thornbury newspapers on microfiche
  • School records
  • Cemetery transcriptions
  • Photographs and postcards
  • Census records

Visit our Virtual Branch for a full listing of research links. The following are commonly used links for local history research projects.