As of October 2019, the Canadian Quaker Archives, composed of the Arthur Garrett Dorland Reference Library and vault, has temporarily suspended operations. The Archives Committee is working to address issues to lead to the re-opening of the Canadian Quaker Archives as soon as possible. (Last updated: March 2021)
For anyone seeking information regarding our library or vault holdings, inventory lists can be found at quaker.ca/archives/our-collection. For those requesting genealogical information, we recommend a visit to www.ancestry.ca (there is free access at many public libraries) as our earliest records are available there.
Many transcriptions of those early records, historic journals, and much more are also available on the Canadian Friends Historical Association website.
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Welcome to the website of the Canadian Quaker Archives, your gateway to the history of Quakers in Canada.
The Canadian Quaker Archives, composed of the Arthur Garrett Dorland Reference Library and the vault, are located at Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario.
On this website you will find information about the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Canada from the 1700s onwards. This includes indexes to our collection as well as transcriptions of the early records of Quaker Meetings.
More transcriptions, newsletters and information on Canadian Quakers may also be found on the website of the Canadian Friends Historical Association.
Genealogists will also find our early Quaker records on www.ancestry.ca.
The Canadian Quaker Archives welcomes inquiries from researchers and genealogists. The Archives Committee will answer as soon as possible. Visits are currently suspended due to covid restrictions at the Pickering College campus but will be welcomed by appointment once this is possible.