Archive donations

Our history is preserved through the various documents that are built up over time. Without them, it would be difficult for us – if not impossible – to understand the different developments that have helped make our world what it is today.

Whether you are a railway company, a manufacturer, an employee or former employee, or a railroad history enthusiast, your archives are important.

Do not neglect documents that can clutter your closets: they sometimes contain unknown treasures! Consider offering an archival donation to the Canadian Railroad Historical Association. To do this, a process is in place:

  1. Contact the Archivist: The following form allows you to enter your contact information and details about the proposed donations. Give as many details as possible and do not forget to include some pictures of what you offer.
  2. The Archivist will evaluate your donation proposal and contact you for more details if needed.
  3. Your donation proposal and the archivist’s recommendation will be presented to the CRHA Collections Committee for consideration at one of its meetings. The Committee will decide whether to accept your donation proposal.
  4. Whether the decision is favourable or not, the archivist will contact you to let you know. If the decision is favourable, the archivist will prepare the documents necessary to formalize the donation. It is important to know that regardless of the size of the donation, it is a legal necessity to sign a donation contract for the CRHA`s records.

For more details, please refer to our acquisition policy.

Form of proposal of donations of archives