The Archives

The Milton Historical Society maintains and operates these archives, named in honour of Alex Cooke, thus they are officially identified as the Alex Cooke Memorial Archives. A bursary was established in honour of Alex Cooke, presented annually to a graduating student from each of Milton’s high schools (see details below).

  • Hours of Operation:
    Wednesday and Saturdays, walk in between 9:30 am and 12 noon. We can provide more comprehensive service if you telephone or e-mail the Society with full details of your inquiry prior visiting the Archives. Archival use at other times is by appointment only. Please contact the Milton Historical Society for an appointment (e-mail or telephone 905-875-4156).
  • Archive Material Available:
    • documents
    • photographs
    • post cards
    • diaries
    • letters
    • maps
    • school yearbooks
    • military records (WWI & WWII)
    • Canadian Champion Negatives
    • Milton Canadian Champion 1862-1969
    • Halton Journal: 1855-1857
    • P. L. Robertson Collection
    • Ontario Blacksmith Collection
  • Archive Fee Schedule:
    • Hourly Archival Research (conducted by MHS volunteers for the general public): $25.
    • Hourly Archival Research for Non-Member use of Archives: $25
    • Hourly Archival Research Charge for Member use of Archives: No Charge.
    • Charge for any photographic image reprint for the general public: $25 per reprint. Photocopying Charge: posted at copier based on market rate
    • Charge for Student Use of any Archival research: No Charge (Student Membership is “free”)
  • Alex Cooke Bursary:
    Alexander (Alex) Cooke was a life long resident of Milton who had great interest in local history and genealogy. Alex was a founding member of the Milton Historical Society. He spent many hours researching history on local area families. Alex researched biographies for many of Milton ‘s early leaders. The project of assembling these biographies for easy access involved more than four years work. They were published by the society in two volumes and provide an important record for future generations of Miltonians.Alex was also a consistent volunteer with the Friends of Halton Region Museum and an active member of the Halton/Peel Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.The Alex Cooke Memorial Award is presented annually to a graduating student from each of Milton’s three public high schools. The award is presented to a graduating student who has achieved high marks in history and will be pursuing post secondary studies in history and social sciences. The winning students are nominated by the school. The award totals $100.00. The Alex Cooke Memorial Awards have been awarded annually since 2002 by the Milton Historical Society.The winners for 2007 include Taralyn Kerr from Bishop Reding High School and Caitlin Ward from Milton District High School. The above photo shows Sarah McCutcheon, the 2007 award winner for E. C. Drury High School, receiving her bursary cheque from MHS representative Bruce Carlin. At the time, Sarah was studying History at Queen’s University.The winners for 2011 include Colleen Grieve from Bishop Reding High School and Anthony Cooke from Milton District High School.