The Archives became a formal component of the Onoway
Museum in 2014, primarily as a result of the large
number of school registers that became part of the
collection. A set of policies was developed to enable an
archives to be established, complementary to the
collection of the Onoway Museum.
Policy information -The Archives will
accept historical materials of any medium,
including manuscripts, textual records,
photographs and other visual records, maps,
This includes documents from clubs and
organizations (minute books, financial
records, newspaper clippings, photographs of
activities, correspondence, etc.) as well as
documents from individuals (letters, military
documents, invoices, photographs, municipal
assessments, report cards, etc.). The goal is
to document local history and make this
available for research.
Archival records are available to the
public for research or study purposes, in
compliance with FOIP requirements re
disclosure of personal information.
A team of volunteers began entering the data to make
these registers searchable. The vast majority of
registers are from Beaupre / Onoway Schools (over 1,200
registers) but the collection includes many of the now
defunct one-room schools as well as schools in Lac Ste.
Anne County. Nearly 3,000 school registers have been
entered in the database so it is possible to search for
a specific school, year, teacher, etc.
Some of the registers go back as far as 1909 and
others are as recent as 1990.
School Registers in
Onoway Museum Archives
Beaupre / Onoway
Lac La Nonne
For most of the defunct schools, the number of
registers in the collection is very limited.
Volunteers are now working on documents that have
accumulated since the museum's opening in 2007. These
include records from organizations and individuals in
the Onoway area.
What can I expect to find in the Archives?
Onoway Community Hall Rentals
Records include school registers, account books and
tax rolls from municipal government bodies (school
districts, village council), minute and account books of
organizations and clubs, photographs, newspaper
clippings, municipal maps, letters, receipts, DVDs,
calendars, event programs - there are no limits!
Videorecordings (on DVD) conducted as part of the
Guild's Oral History project are housed in the Archives.
Village of Onoway Tax Assessment records.
Some of the community organizations searchable to date
Onoway Royal Purple
Onoway Women's Institute
Onoway Community Assn.
Onoway Red Cross
Lac Ste. Anne Music Festival Assn.
and Lac Ste. Anne Music Society
Beaupre School District
Onoway Curling Company
Spruce Lodge School District
North Paddle School District
Pine Ridge School District
Some of the individuals and families whose documents
are in the archives include:
Pine Ridge Tax Assessment 1909
Should I donate the boxes of
papers in my basement
to the Archives?
The Archives will accept historical materials of any
medium, including manuscripts, textual records,
photographs and other visual records, maps, and plans.
This includes documents from clubs and organizations
(minute books, financial records, newspaper clippings,
photographs of activities, correspondence, etc.) as well
as from individuals (letters, military documents,
photographs, municipal assessments, report cards,
certificates of birth/wedding, etc.). The goal is to
document local history and make this available for
How do I donate items to the Archives?
Individuals may bring documents, etc.
they wish to donate to the museum. The Collection
Committee will review the materials and, based on
guidelines that have been set, determine whether any
or all of the materials fit those guidelines. Upon
acceptance, the donor must sign a Deed of Gift
relinquishing ownership of the materials to the Onoway
and District Historical Guild.
It may be helpful to contact the museum prior to
bringing in materials. A visit to the Archives and
discussion of how the materials in the Archives serve
the community may be of value.