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.

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Image of the month: Spring Flooding at Clarence and Church Streets

On March 13th 1936, residents and business owners in Woodbridge found themselves completely cut off from their neighbours by raging water from both the spring thaw and Humber River. Covering the streets, sidewalks and in some cases the ground floor of cottages, the water reached depths of up to three feet. The above image was taken at Clarence and Church Streets (present day Clarence Street and Meeting House Road), just west of the Humber River in the heart of Woodbridge.

M990-30, Spring Flood, Clarence and Chuch Sts., ca. 1954


Collection of the month: Vellore Euchre Club Fonds

Established in 1928, the Vellore Euchre Club was a charitable group that helped raise funds and awareness of organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Club, which was in existence for 63 years, was heavily involved with the Vaughan Senior Citizens’ Cabinet, which acted as a liaison between Vaughan’s various Seniors’ organizations. Spanning the years 1959-1991, the Vaughan Euchre Club fonds consists of letters, minutes, newspaper clippings and accounting sheets, detailing the operation of the Club for over three decades.

Vellore Euchre Club fonds (M991.32)


Jill Shaw
Archival Records Analyst
City of Vaughan Archives
City Clerk’s Office


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  • 3 thoughts on “The Way We Were: Archives Collection and Image of the Month Series

    1. I love reading these “The way we were” posts. I learned about the role of City’s Archives department, how and what information is retained. By having these posts that show history, they tell a story of how the City evolves to be the way it is today. It gives you a sense of appreciation of all the people that helped and are still helping to build the City.

    2. These are great photographs. It’s really interesting to read the background behind them and learn more about the city. I always like the throwbacks to old toronto compared with new toronto, hopefully city of Vaughan can incorporate some of that with their big development plans coming up. Lots of exciting changes!

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