The Community Archives keeps documentary materials of all kinds relating to Belleville and Hastings County, Ontario, and makes them available for research.

Our archives was established in 2010 as a three-way partnership between:

Each partner has substantial collections of archival materials that help us understand the history of our communities.At the Community Archives, these materials are safely stored in environmentally-controlled conditions and made available for use by researchers. The Community Archives is jointly funded by the County of Hastings and the City of Belleville, and is administered as part of the Recreation, Culture and Community Services department of the City of Belleville.

You can keep up to date with our activities on Facebook and Twitter. Many thousands of photographs from the Community Archives are now available on Flickr, with a separate Flickr collection for the Deseronto Archives. Digitized textual records are available through our online catalogue, Discover. We also publish a regular newsletter, The CABHC Patch.

If you are responsible for records in a local municipality, you may be interested in our guide for transferring records to the Archives.

Donations

If you have historical materials relating to Hastings County or Belleville that you think would be of interest to others, please consider bringing them to the Community Archives so that they can be safely stored here for use by future researchers. Or you might prefer to loan materials to the Archives for digitization, so that they can be shared with others through the Archives' collection of photographs on the Flickr website.