Jack Ray: Midway Marvel


An Exhibit Selling Glamour and Illusion, October 11 - November 19

Visit the gallery on the first floor at the City Archives and discover the special exhibit presented by the North American Carnival Museum and Archives on Jack Ray: The man and his 1930s Art Deco drawings and park designs.

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Central Archives is on the move


December 16, 2010.  Slated to move in January 2011, City Archives is suspending its walk-in service as of December 31 until further notice. more / suite

2010 Calendar



Sunday, 17 October, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Joint Event with the Archives of the City of Ottawa

Phil Jenkins, Here to Stay: An immigrant's personal view of Ottawa, 1951-2010
Followed by the FCOA AGM

Location: Colonel By Room, 2nd Floor, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.
No charge; donations welcome. 

Phil Jenkins is a prolific local author, advocate, historian and columnist whose family immigrated to Canada in 1951.



Tuesday, 26 October, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Joint Event with the Archives of the City of Ottawa
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2009 Calendar


April 4: Conservation of old books, paper and photographs

Do you have fragile family treasures that you are worried about preserving?

The City of Ottawa Archives, and the Friends of the City of Ottawa Archives are proud to sponsor two workshops that will give you the knowledge and skills to protect your valuable papers and photographs. more / suite

Construction of the new Central Archives


October 23, 2009 - Housing Minister Jim Watson and Mayor Larry O'Brien broke ground today for the new Central Archives and Ottawa Public Library Materials Distribution Centre. The $38.6-million facility is being built at 100 Tallwood Drive between Meridian Place and Woodroffe Avenue. See "Activities - Home for the Archives" for more information.

The new facility will feature the artwork of Don Maynard, who won the competition that was initiated as part of the City of Ottawa's Public Art Program.

William Pittman Lett


FCOA supports a proposal to name the new City Archives after William Pittman Lett (1819-1891). He was an all-round citizen whose civic duties, as well as his community service and private pastimes, mark him as a fitting choice. In 1855 Lett was invited to become the first City Clerk of the newly-named municipality of Ottawa. It was a post he held for 36 years, until declining health forced him to retire in 1891. The Lett Building, as so proposed, would be housing some of his own work when it comes to corporate records. more / suite

Civic Appreciation Award for Heritage, 2008


          John J. Heney

John Heney is an outstanding advocate for Ottawa history and heritage spending untold time and energy as a volunteer on historical and heritage pursuits. John is the founding and current president of the Friends of the City of Ottawa Archives, which has since 2003 been promoting proper facilities for the City’s extensive internal documents and invaluable community holdings. A permanent home is finally in sight. This facility will stand as a major cultural force in the city for generations to come – sustaining sound City governance, civic history and community heritage. John Heney has had a key role in its coming into being. more / suite

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