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The Hamilton Association Archives
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Welcome to the Archives Section of the HAALSA website

Founded as The Hamilton Scienti­fic Asso­ci­a­tion, the Hamilton Association is one of Canada‚Äôs old­est non-profit cul­tur­al organizations. It has en­deavour­ed to en­hance community knowledge with free public lectures since 1857.

The Hamilton Public Library, Royal Bo­ta­ni­cal Gar­dens, Hamilton Camera Club, Art Gal­lery of Hamilton, and Mc­Master Uni­ver­sity all began as sections of, or drew early support from, the Association.

From this page you can access a variety of docu­ments, images and other resources that illustrate the nature and range of the Association's activities since its founding in 1857. The coverage varies greatly, as we have many records from years in the last two decades, some records from a few years in the the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and nothing or almost nothing from other years.

This section of our site is very much a continuing (albeit slow!) work in progress. Visit to your heart's content today. Then return in a year or two, to see what we may have added.

If you possess any historical materials pertaining to the Association, such as old minute books, annual lecture brochures, posters, letters, photographs, or newspaper articles, we would be delighted to see them. Contact the Association President or our Corresponding Secretary by email or speak with any member of the Executive Council at one of our public lectures. Click here for more contact details.

The HAALSA Archives

Past Presidents
..including John Rae
Other Council Members
Essays on our past
HAALSA and Hamilton
Past Lectures