Trinity Historical Society

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Authorized form of name

Trinity Historical Society

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Contact area


Jim Miller Primary contact



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Newfoundland and Labrador

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Postal code

A0C 2S0







PO Box 8

Description area


The Trinity Historical Society preserves and promotes the history of Trinity, through the acquisition and preservation of artifacts and archives, and through the promotion and acquisition of historic properties. Material for the archives was collected by founding members of the community. As the collection grew, the Historical Society recognized that the archives required dedicated housing, separate from the museum, and that the material should be catalogued, preserved and accessible to the public. In 1997 the archives moved to the Court House and with the assistance of the Canadian Council of Archives and the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives, we began the process of organizing the collections. In 2001 it was decided to move the archives to the Lester-Garland House as it has a better controlled environment for the preservation of the archival material.

Geographical and cultural context

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The Trinity Historical Society Archives collects and preserves records and manuscripts of enduring value, relating to the history of the town and citizens of Trinity and of the Trinity area.

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies



The Archives' 20 metres of textual records date from the 18th to the 20th century. They include the records of businesses such as Slade's, Grieve and Bremner, Ryan Brothers, the Green Family Forge; court records and magistrates records; parish and church records, including records of many of the churches of the resettled communities that were formerly part of the Parish of Trinity; records of the Trinity Benefit Club, going back to its inaugural meeting in 1838; The Trinity Mutual Marine Insurance Company, and other societies and organizations; school records; crew agreements; voters' lists; census material; records of the Commissioners of Roads; and Poor Relief, as well as a collection of individual manuscripts, and an extensive, fully catalogued collection of historic and contemporary photographs.

The archives has extensive material available for people researching their family history. Sources include:

Cemetery inscriptions
Parish records for Trinity, Port Rexton and Bonavista
Voters' Lists
Census material
School registers
Wills and land grants
Poor relief books
Family trees
Directories and yearbooks

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

The Lester-Garland house is open from mid-May to mid-October from 10 am - 5:30 pm daily.

Access conditions and requirements

Patrons are required to pay a one time user registration fee of $10.00.


Services area

Research services

The Archives will conduct research for people who are unable to visit in person. A nominal fee is charged for this service.

Reproduction services

Reproductions of photographs may be ordered at cost. Photocopying services are available at a cost.

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created - April 10, 2013


  • English


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Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Trinity, Newfoundland and Labrador
CA A0C 2S0