Consult our archives

archives research

The majority of documents kept by the CRHA Archives and Documentation Centre are available for consultation.

Online Searches

Descriptive records of fonds and collections processed using our ArchiLog database are available online. Some photos can also be viewed there in low resolution or directly in the Photo Album. The collection of books and journals can be consulted through our Biblio-Tek catalog. Finally, all back issues of Canadian Rail magazine are available.

Searches On Site

It is possible to consult our documents in person. You can do this by making an appointment with the archivist. Consultation, reproduction and user fees may apply. See the CRHA Pricing Policy for details.

See the Guide for Researchers for our opening hours, contact information for the Centre, consultation rules and much other useful information.

COVID-19: No on-site researchers are accepted at this time. A joint committee between Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and Services d’archives privées agréés (SAPA) has been set up to define the services that could eventually be offered to clients on site in the archive centres. The committee’s recommendations will have to be submitted to government authorities to obtain public health endorsement for their implementation. Thank you for your understanding.

Requests for Research by the Archivist

It is possible to ask the archivist to carry out your required research, using the search request form. It should be noted that fees are charged for this service. Similarly, other fees may apply for the reproduction of documents found. See the CRHA Pricing Policy for details.


The Centre does not hold any documents that can assist in genealogical research or research on former railway employees. For other ways to access such information, please see our help document on this topic.