For our valuable English speaking visitors
The Centre d’archives de la Grande Zone argileuse (CAGZA) is committed to preserving Northern Ontario’s Great Claybelt heritage and occupies the premises that for many years housed the Hearst bishopric. Renovated using materials that comply with best environmental practices and archival standards, this building, now part of the Université de Hearst campus, preserves thousands of historical documents produced by businesses, organizations, institutions, groups or individuals in or about the region, a territory that stretches from Iroquois Falls to Longlac, going south to Timmins. Crossed by what is commonly referred to as the highway 11 corridor, this territory includes a large part of the District of Cochrane.
CAGZA’s mission is to promote, safeguard and make accessible unique and unedited archival material related to the history and development of the region. Records collected in our repository cover a wide variety of subjects (business, politics, sports, community organizations, arts and culture, religion, etc.).
Type of archival material collected
- Textual documents (meeting minutes, correspondence, manuscripts, legal, financial or marketing documents)
- Photographic documents (negatives, photos, digital)
- Audio documents (cassettes, compact discs, digital)
- Audiovisual documents (VHS, DVD, digital)
- Published documents (newspapers, directories, guides, books, dissertations and theses)
- Genealogy collection
At the moment, our website is only operational in French. However archival descriptions as well as some online content and archival material are available in English.
It would be our pleasure to help you navigate our repository and serve you in English. Please fill in the contact form below and our team will be happy to help with your research or any questions you might have.