The Way We Were: Archives Collection and Image of the Month Series

The main role of the City Archives is to manage government records with long-term business value. The City of Vaughan Archives also collects, preserves and makes available for research permanently valuable non-government records from the Vaughan community that document the rich and diverse heritage of the City of Vaughan. Every month we’ll share pieces of Vaughan’s heritage in a regular feature called The Way We Were.

To view more from the City’s archival collections, visit the City of Vaughan’s Facebook page.


Sunday School Teachers’ Improved Class-Books, 1891-1984
These booklets were used by Sunday School teachers to record their students’ attendance as well as general notes about their pupils. The booklets also contain advice for teachers on spiritual self-examination.

Established July 10, 1915, the Vellore Women’s Institute was one of the many branches of the Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario (FWIO), created in Vaughan to capture and preserve local community history as well as to promote female endeavours. Organized as a means for women to gather, discuss and work together to improve their standard of citizenship and homemaking, the Vellore branch fostered a sense of community, while working towards the growth and empowerment of all women.

Like the other branches of the FWIO, the Vellore branch compiled Tweedsmuir Village Histories, which recorded the local history of the community as well as the branch itself. The Vellore branch differed from many other branches, however, in that it chose to record the history of many local communities rather than just Vellore itself. The fonds spans the years 1835 to 1994 and consist of minute books, financial statements, photographs, postcards, pamphlets, cemetery plot indexes and Vaughan newspapers.

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