Sudbury opens door to past 'stories'

Sudbury residents who want to dig deeper into the city's history can now do just that.

Falconbridge building home to donated records

The City of Greater Sudbury Archives officially opened in Falconbridge on Thursday. (Yvon Theriault/CBC)

Sudbury residents who want to dig deeper into the city's history can now do just that.

The city officially opened the doors to the City of Greater Sudbury Archives in Falconbridge Thursday.

The building houses municipal and privately donated records — such as letters, journals and photographs — and is available to the public by appointment.

Ron Henderson, the director of Citizen Services with the city, said a building like this has the potential to put the city's history under one roof.

Residents can view the archives by appointment. (Yvon Theriault/CBC)

"The stories that shape our city were sitting in numerous locations throughout the city — basements, attics, municipal buildings, libraries — they were everywhere," Henderson said.

"So this really became an opportunity to take all these stories these records and consolidate them into one building."

The building was donated to the municipality by Xstrata Nickel in 2007.

Henderson said it will cost the city around $375,000 a year to operate.

According to a press release from the city, some of the records currently available are building permit registers, land registry records, probate records, minute books, home movies and photographs. Many documents have already been archived, but many more are waiting to be catalogued and preserved.

The City said it will ask residents to contribute materials at a later date, once further renovations are complete and staff resources are available to process the documents.

To make an appointment, residents are asked to contact Shanna Fraser at 705-688-3965 or e-mail at