After a decade of discussion, the Glengarry Historical Society decided to establish an Archives as its 50th anniversary project.  Over the years many documents had been both donated and collected by the Society and these had been stored at a number of locations throughout the County.

In January 2012, thanks to the generosity of Barry MacDonald, the bulk of the documents were moved from their various locations to the Priest’s Mill in Alexandria.  Almost immediately it became clear that we had insufficient space to do more than basic sorting.  By May of 2012, the hunt was on for a larger accommodation.  Thanks to David Anderson and Bernie MacCulloch, a meeting was arranged with the Ian MacLeod and Chris McDonell the Mayors of South and North Glengarry in May.  The objective of the meeting was for the Society to obtain a lease on the Glengarry Land Registry Office in Alexandria.  It was at this point that the two Mayors became interested in the potential for a County Archives.  Shortly after the May meeting that the Society was able to enlist the help of a new Society member, Allan J. MacDonald.  Allan was formerly Deputy Archivist for Ontario.

In due course space was negotiated with the Upper Canada District School Board to house an Archives in the former French section of Glengarry District High School High School.    The partners in this development are the Townships of North Glengarry and South Glengarry, Glengarry History and the Glengarry News.  Allan J MacDonald has been nominated County Archivist by both Townships.  Though this is an honorary position, it  nonetheless is  an appointment of great importance.  The County Archivist will be responsible for the management of records and archives stored under his care.

The Board of Glengarry History voted to invest $20,000 in the  Corporation that will govern the Glengarry County Archives.  The archives, including the D A Macdonald Collection, is on permanent loan to the Glengarry County Archives.

The D A Macdonald Collection

During the course of 2012-13, Glengarry History has collected all the papers of D A MacDonald former MP for Glengarry and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.  The documents were retrieved by Dane Lanken in perfect condition after 150 years of storage in an attic in Alexandria.  This collection is believed to be of national significance and has not yet been studied by historians.


The Archives, located at 212 Main St N, Alexandria,  is open 10am-3pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays.