7 September 2007

Archives and Research Library Hours Extended

If you are researching your family history, interested in learning about maritime shipping, need information about New Brunswick history or have questions about the nature around us, the Archives and Research Library of the New Brunswick Museum is the place to go for all this and more.

Beginning September 8, the Archives and Research Library will be open Saturdays, with the exception to holiday weekends. This will enable more people to have access during weekends to pursue research and gather information. Felicity Osepchook, Head of the Archives and Research Library, observes that researchers coming for the first time “are quite amazed at the breadth and richness of the collections available to them.”

Located on the first floor of New Brunswick Museum's Collections Centre at 277 Douglas Avenue, the Archives and Research Library is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Free parking is available and wheelchair access can be arranged by contacting the Archives.

This fall the Archives and Research Library will also offer free genealogical information sessions. On September 20 at 1 p.m., October 20 at 10:30 a.m., and on November 22 at 1 p.m., take a tour of the library and learn about the resources available to trace your family history. As one researcher attending a session stated that “this is a fabulous resource. I will be spending time here.” Pre-registration is required by calling (506) 643-2349.

The majority of the Archival and Research Library collections are searchable on a database accessible through the Museum website www.nbm-mnb.ca. Archival holdings include business records, personal papers, and documents relating to the social, military, religious and political life of New Brunswick, with emphasis on the nineteenth century. A recent visitor noted, “More people should know about the wealth of information in this Museum.” Both published and manuscript materials are available, with reference staff on hand to help identify specific areas of interest. One researcher commented that “because of their help, I pretty quickly found my grandparents' mortgage from 1923. I was thrilled (and hooked).”

The New Brunswick Museum's Archives and Research Library is located at in the Collections Centre at 277 Douglas Avenue, Saint John. Telephone (506) 643-2322; Fax (506) 643-2360; e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information:

Felicity Osepchook

Head, Archives and Research Library

(506) 643-2324

Wendy Martindale

Head, Community Services

(506) 643-2338