Library and Archives

Archival Collection

Since its beginnings in 1967, the Canada Science and Technology Museum has been collecting archival photographs, drawings, posters, and other paper documents relating to the history of science and technology. The total number of items has now been estimated at more than 2 million.

Archival materials are available for consultation in the Library by appointment only. To send an inquiry, please contact

Among the highlights of the Archival Collection are:

  • 220,000 images from across Canada in the CN Images of Canada Collection
  • 30,000 drawings of locomotives in the Canadian Pacific Railway Steam Engineering Collection
  • 25,000 photos, documents, and drawings relating to papermaking in the Domtar, EB Eddy, JR Booth Collection
  • 10,000 engineering drawings in the Porter Locomotive Collection
  • 8,000 car ads in the Jon De Bondt Collection of Automobile Advertising
  • 6,000 voyage reports, passenger lists, and travel brochures in the Canadian Pacific Steamship Collection
  • 4,000 items documenting the 150-year history of the Waterous company of Brantford, Ontario, in the Roy Belshaw Waterous Collection

The Archival Collection also contains extensive records relating to Canadian and American fire trucks built by the Thibault and Bickle-Seagrave companies, as well as many smaller fonds relating to scientific and technological developments in Canada.

Historical documents and photos relating to flight can be found in the Archives of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

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