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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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The Canadiana Collection

Pioneer Fun
Canadian Art History
An eclectic collection of Canadian art history reflects the interest of Ruth Konrad, founder of the Local History Collection and Chief Librarian (1959-1971) of Township of Toronto Library, later renamed Mississauga Public Library.
Canadian Fiction Prior to 1945
The collection includes the work of writers such as Ralph Connor, Marian Keith, Nellie L. McClung and Charles G. D. Roberts.

It was in the countryside of Port Credit and Erindale (Springfield) that Ernest Thompson Seton met some of the animals he wrote about in tales such as “The Springfield Fox”. The story is found in “Wild Animals I Have Known”, one of the many Seton titles and biographies in the collection.

Some of the inspiration for the popular "Jalna" series by Mazo de la Roche is thought to have come from her visits to Benares, the Harris family home in Clarkson. Both hardcover and paperback editions of the series are included in the collection, as well as biographies and literary criticism of the author.

The works of contemporary Mississauga authors are available in various locations of the Mississauga Library System and may be borrowed
Early Travellers and Settlers
Many of the earliest works about Upper Canada (Ontario) and Toronto Township (Mississauga) were written by travellers and settlers. Original imprints may be used in the Canadiana Reading Room and many titles are available online.
Native Peoples
Resources on Aboriginal history relate primarily to the area of the Great Lakes and include early Native/European relations, treaties and biographies.
World War I and World War II
Canadian involvement in World Wars I and II is described in general histories, campaign and battle overviews, regimental histories, source records, biographies and personal accounts.