Research and Reference Services and Fees

The Archives is open for denominationally-related business from Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 4:45. We are also open by appointment to the general public during these same hours. Please note however, that during July and August the office closes at 4:00 rather than 4:45. For researchers visiting the Archives in person, there are no research fees. For those unable to visit the Archives in person, or unable to have someone visit the Archives on their behalf, the staff of the Archives can provide limited research services as outlined below (please do not send your payment for research in advance; an invoice will be sent out in the mail once research is completed).

1. Services and Fees for the General Public:

"Reference Service" consists of checking available finding aids, catalogues, indexes and databases to inform researchers of the types of material held in the Archives, and to inform users whether we might have records relating to a specific topic or request.

  • Up to 30 minutes no charge
  • Reference service that take longer than 30 minutes is considered to be research, and therefore follows the same fee schedule as the "Research Services" as mentioned below.

"Research Service" involves examining the record books, documents, and manuscripts (primary sources) held within the Archives in order to provide specific information relating to a research request. Research Service fees are based on staff time, not on whether information is found.

  • Flat Fee of $20.00 (plus 13% HST) for up to 1 hour of research
  • For research that requires more than 1 hour of time each additional half-hour will be charged at $10.00 per half-hour (up to a maximum of two hours in total).

Due to the large number of research requests received by the office and the time constraints on the Archives staff, research services beyond 2 hours cannot be provided. If more extensive research is required, and you are unable to visit the archives in person you may wish to hire a professional researcher.

2. Services and Fees for Church Officials

Reference and research services provided for congregations, presbyteries, synods, committees and boards of General Assembly, and the National Offices of the church, that are of an official legal, financial, or administrative nature, should be put in writing to the Archivist and are subsequently provided free of charge. Due to the large number of research requests received by the Archives, and the time constraints upon the Archives staff, reference and research requests of an unofficial informational and/or historical nature will follow the fee structure mentioned above for the general public.

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