Geographers, urban planners, architects, historians, and other researchers require access to primary source information about the city of Montreal. This is an annotated directory of services and information are offered in the Montreal region. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and more entries will be added.
Heritage Montreal Documentation Centre
|address||100 Sherbrooke Street East. Suite 0500. Montreal, Quebec. H2X 1C3|
|contact [at] heritagemontreal [dot] qc [dot] ca|
Héritage Montréal is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Greater Montréal's architectural, landscape, and social heritage. Their Documentation Center is a unique reference library of heritage, planning, renovation, legislation and urban issues.
Heritage Map Collection - Conservation Centre
Bibliothèque et archives nationale du Québec
|address||2275, rue Holt. Montreal, Quebec.|
|public transport||Metro: Rosemont. Bus transfer: 197|
|contact person||Jean-Francois Palomino|
Maps of Montreal and Quebec. Depository of Quebec government maps. Accessible by appointment only. Consult website for hours. Web Address access to historic maps (French): http://services.banq.qc.ca/sdx/cep/accueil.xsp
Humanities and Social Sciences Library
|location||3459 McTavish Street, McLennan-Redpath Complex|
|deena [dot] yanofsky [at] mcgill [dot] ca|
|contact person||Deena Yanofsky|
Print collection contains fire insurance plans (1950 series), Landuse Plans (post 1960s), scanned historical maps (Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries), aerial photographs, topographic maps, cadastral plans, geology maps, census maps, land use maps and thematic atlases. Digital collection (available to the McGill University Community only), contains topographic data, city of montreal landuse and cadastral drawings, SIURS database, Canadian Census data, and other digital resources
Map Library - Université du Québec à Montréal
|location||Bibliothèque générale (UQAM). Pavillon Hubert-Aquin|
|contact person||Josée Lambert (Map Librarian/Cartothécaire), Maryse Léon (Technician)|
Collection consists of Canadian maps, atlases, aerial photographs and other resources accessible for public consultation. Consult their website for hours
Archives: Société de Transport de Montréal (STM)
|address||Secretariat and legal affairs
Room F-2300 Place Bonaventure, Floor F
800 De La Gauchetière Street West
The archives contain little-known documents that provide researchers with insight on lesser-known chapters of the history of public transit in Montreal. It is strongly recommended that people interested in carrying out research at the archives, to contact the Secretariat and Legal Affairs Department before visiting. Information about the archives catalogue can be found on their website.
Canadian Pacific Railway Archives
|info [at] cprheritage [dot] com|
The collection contains photographs, graphic artwork, documents, publications, and artifacts created and collected over the course of the company's existence. Although it is a private collection with the primary function of serving the business requirements of Canadian Pacific Railway, special arrangements can be made for access to the Archives for research or commercial purposes, upon submission of a written request. Access is provided at the discretion of the company. For more information contact info [at] cprheritage [dot] com
City of Montreal Archives
|address||Hôtel-de-Ville. 275, Notre-Dame Est. Room R108|
|telephone||514-872-2615 or 514-872-1173|
The Archives contains three primary collections: Municipal Library Collection (Fonds de la Bibliothèéque de Montréal), Former Municipality Collection (Fonds Privé) , and City of Montreal Collection (Fonds de la Ville de Montréal). All three collections contain documents, maps, and photographs. Collections (fonds) are available for specific places such as Parc Lafontaine or departments of City such as Public Works (Travaux Publiques). Also available are files of press-clippings from 1930 to present. Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 12:00 & 13:00 to 16:30. Photocopying service available.
Quebec Archives (BANQ) - Montreal Branch / Archives Nationale du Québec (BANQ), Centre régionaux de Montréal
|address||535 avenue Viger Est, Montréal (Québec) H2L 2P3|
|icono [dot] cam [at] banq [dot] qc [dot] ca|
The Archives contain documents, maps, and photographs about the City of Montreal and surrounding area. Fonds (collections) descriptions are available on-line in the archives catalogue http://pistard.banq.qc.ca/unite_chercheurs/recherche_simple. Contact the ANQ for hours and access to the fonds.
City of Montreal Departments and Services
Montreal's Heritage / Patrimoine urbain
|department||Service du développement économique et urbain|
Website has practical information about the architectural, urban, and archaeological heritage of Montreal. Elements includes a Architectural inventory of Montreal, architectural features of Montreal, and much more.
By-Law Office / Réglementation municipale
|address||Hôtel-de-Ville. 275, Notre-Dame Est. Room R 106|
|contact person||Daniel Raymond|
Office contains By-Law information and zoning maps (cartes usage préscript) available for each borough (arrondissement) of the new City of Montreal (merged city). Majority of the documentation is in French. Office also contains older by-law information for each borough prior to the merger. Service is available in English and in French. The staff is available to help with the understanding of the organization of the documents, but not in the interpretation of the by-laws. For the most up-to-date changes to bylaws it is necessary to contact the individual borough offices, this list is available on-line at: ville.montreal.qc.ca/pls/portal/url/page/Contenus_Partages_Fr/
arrondissements/accueil_arrondissements. Réglementation municipale hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 12:00 & 13:00 to 16:30. Photocopying service available.
Geomatics Service, Public Works / Comptoir Géomatique, Travaux Publique
|address||801 rue Brennan. On first floor.|
Up-to-date print maps of: cadastral boundaries (plans cadastral), landuse drawings (plans cartographique), property line maps (plan ligne de rue), street line-maps, public property land registry (registre propreté publique de la Ville de Montréal). Print copies 8:30 to 12:00 & 13:00 to 16:30. Please note: Digital copies of cadastral plans, landuse plans, and street line-drawings (Autocad and GIS formats) are available at the Walter Hitschfeld GIC for members of the McGill University community only. Digital copies for commercial purposes are available at the Comptoir Geomatique.
Master Plan, City of Montreal / Plan d'urbanisme, Ville de Montréal
|department||Mise en valeur de territoire et du patrimoine, Division des politiques et du Plan d'urbanisme|
|plan-urbanisme [at] ville [dot] montreal [dot] qc [dot] ca|
The Master Plan is a reference document that presents a planning and development vision for the City of Montreal, as well as measures for implementing the goals and objectives resulting from that vision. The Plan deals with issues applying both to Montréal as a whole and to the specific characteristics of the 27 boroughs. In addition, this document contains information on the planning exercises for the "Detailed Planning Areas" such as: Griffintown, Pie-IX Boulevard, and Turcot Yards as examples. The Plan also provides maps, a glossary, and information on the public consultation process. Document available in HTML format and PDF formats, in both English and French.
Property Valuation Department / Service de l'évaluation
|address||Hôtel-de-Ville. 275, Notre-Dame Est|
This department produces, maintains and defends property valuation and rental value rolls for taxation purposes in accordance with the Act respecting Municipal Taxation. Tax roll information is currently being updated; back up Sept. 15, 2010 with 2011-2013 roll - see http://evalweb.cum.qc.ca/. Valuation summaries are currently unavailable - this web page will be adjusted when update is completed (Sept. 15): http://evalweb.cum.qc.ca/Role2007actualise/recherche.asp
Provinical and Regional Government Services
Land Register of Quebec - Montreal Office / Registre Foncier du Québec - Bureau de Montréal
|address||2050, rue de Bleury, local # RC 10 and 1.10. Montreal, Quebec|
The Land Register of Québec is a public register of all real property transactions in Quebec. All citizens can access it and trace the history of transactions made on a lot since its creation. Lists, registers, and documents, pertaining to property lots in Montreal can be consulted at the Montreal registry office. It is possible to consult documents on-line at www.registrefoncier.gouv.qc.ca/sirf/ (French only), provided they have been entered in the digital Land Register database. Please note that fees are charged for the online database, in-person consultations, and reproductions.
Montreal Metropolitan Community / Communauté métropolitain de Montréal (CMM)
The Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal is the organization responsible for the planning, coordination and financing of the following jurisdictions; Land Use Planning of the Territory, Economic Development, Social Housing, Equipment, Infrastructure, Services and Activities for the Metropolitan region, Public Transit, Metropolitan Transportation Network, Sewage Planning and Management, Air Quality Treatment Atmospheric Purification, and Wastewater Treatment. Further information is available on their website.
Centre of the history of Montreal / Centre d’histoire de Montréal
|address||335, place D'Youville , Vieux-Montréal. H2Y 3T1|
The Centre d’histoire de Montréal is a museum with permanent and temporary exhibitions about the history of the City of Montreal.
|address||2050, rue Amherst, Montréal (Québec)|
Ecomusée Fier-de-Monde is a museum that focuses upon the industrial and working class history of Montreal. It also serves as the museum of the Centre-Sud neighbourhoods of Montreal. The hours and entry prices are posted on their website. Their documentation and collection centre is available for consulting (fee-based). Most of the information available at this Museum is in French.
Montreal Museum of History of Archaeology / Pointe-a-Callières
|address||350 Place Royale. Vieux Montréal|
|info [at] pacmusee [dot] qc [dot] ca|
The museum has both a permanent and temporary collections about the history and archaeology of the region of Montreal. The documentation centre is open to the public, for more information about the documentation centre contact 514-872-9121 and by email at emajor [at] pacmusee [dot] qc [dot] ca.
Digital Program, McGill University Libraries
The Digital Program has been created to digitally capture and provide electronic access to McGill University's unique rare and special collections via the World Wide Web using advanced digital technologies. These collections include, rare books, maps, manuscripts, prints, photographs, sound recordings, and more. Several resources about the city of Montreal are available through the the Digital Program.
Images of Montréal, Canadian Metropolis: 1872-1898
Images of Montréal, Canadian Metropolis: 1872-1898, offers a collection of m re than 300 images taken from old documents: L'Opinion publique, a weekly published in Montréal from 1870 to 1883, Art work on Montreal, Canada and Montreal illustrated 1894. Its growth, resources, commerce, manufacturing int erests, published in 1898 and 1894, respectively. These three illustrated works are part of the Pointe-à-Callière collection.
Montreal: Municipalité et Métropole 1920-1960: 301 photographies
A searchable database of photographs, containing 301 historical photographs of Montreal that ranges from buildings, places, municipal services, and people
Saint-Henri - Vivre en ville