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Our Saga: The Creation of a City

Mississauga's history unfolds from the Native Mississaugas to early towns and villages and the City that was created in 1974.

Mississauga and the First World War
Local History
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Ruth Konrad Collection of Local History

Collected from sources such as the Brampton Conservator, Globe and Mail, Mississauga News, Mississauga Times, Port Credit Weekly, South Peel Weekly and Toronto Star, the Mississauga Historical Anthologies comprise twenty volumes of typed material on the development of Mississauga prior to 1981. Most volumes are indexed.
Local Archives Files
Approximately 300 files relate to local events, buildings, and people. Contents include news articles, brochures, reports, notes and newsletters. Search items by title or use the Index to Heritage News.
Books and Authors
The collection features Mazo de la Roche, Ernest Thompson Seton and Dorothy Livesay, well-known authors with connections to Peel County. Also available are the working papers of Kathleeen Hicks and selected papers of Verna Mae Weeks, Mississauga historians.
Directories and Telephone Books
A number of crisscross directories are available from 1968 to 2001, as well 19th century directories such as John Lynch’s Directory of the County of Peel for 1873-4. Local phone books may be obtained for 1966 and1978 to the present.
Family Histories
The collection of family histories continues to grow, with emphasis on Mississauga and area.
Land Records
Abstract Index Books (1800-1958) and Land Records for Toronto Township (1807-1902), Port Credit (1851-1901), and Streetsville (1853-1920, 1945-1954) are available on microfilm in the Arts & History Department.
Maps and Atlases
Maps and atlases illustrate the development of Peel County and present valuable information about the City of Mississauga. The 1859 Tremaine Map shows early patterns of land holding and settlement in Peel. Historical atlases are available for most Ontario counties, including the 1877 Historical Atlas of Peel County.
Mississaugas of the Credit
Material on the Mississaugas of the Credit includes maps, treaties, histories and personal accounts. Treasured titles are two books by Peter Jones (Kahkewaquonaby), Methodist missionary and Chief of the Credit River Mississaugas.
Newspaper Clippings
Albums of local newspaper articles from approximately 1960 to 2000 cover historical, social and political issues in Mississauga. Titles and some indexes may be searched online.
Available on microfilm in the Arts & History Department are the Streetsville Review, the Mississauga News, the Mississauga Times and the Port Credit Weekly. The Streetsville Review has been partially indexed.
Ontario Local Histories
An extensive collection of local histories is available for genealogical and general research. It offers representative titles from throughout the province and greater concentration on southern Ontario.
Perkins Bull Collection
William Perkins Bull published a series of books in the 1930s and 40s to document the history of Peel County. The collection also includes Cemeteries of Peel County and Families of Peel County, available on microfilm in the Arts & History Department.
Heritage photographs describe local people, places, events and buildings from the 1860s to the 1990s. Most of the collection may be viewed on the Historic Images Gallery.
A variety of scrapbooks about life in Mississauga are available and some indexes may be searched online:
Toronto Township Documents
Toronto Township Papers and Toronto Township Council Meetings Minutes (1844-1970) are available on microfilm in the Arts & History Department.
Treasures of the Collection
The restoration of important local titles reflects the quality of the collection and the specialized work of conservation.