Genealogy group will rent space in library basement

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CORNWALL, Ontario - A genealogy group with deep Francophone roots is set to move its vast archive of materials into the Cornwall Public Library.

La Généalogie et archives Saint-Laurent (GASL) and city hall have entered into an agreement that will see reams of pages and thousands of documents preserved in the basement of the library, so long as the group can secure funding to complete renovations to the space.

But that shouldn't be a problem.

A city hall report suggests the Trillium Foundation as well as other funding agencies have expressed interest to provide the money for the project.

In November last year the Cornwall Public Library board passed a resolution supporting, in principle, the creation of a community archives project which could include such agencies as GASL, as well as the SDG Historical Society and municipal partners.

It's hoped archival material from all the agencies can find a home under one roof.

"It's a good thing that we're doing this," said Coun. Bernadette Clement. "This is part of a larger plan that will group together agencies that have a like-minded goal."

While partnerships have not yet been formalized, there appears to be a consensus from a number of organizations to combine their efforts to  obtain archival space. there is a hope that space at the library could be expanded, if more archival groups wish to enter the fledgling partnership.

The city's lease agreement would last about five years, and would be subject to rental payments and the like, which will be formalized once the GASL secures funding for the renovations.

Organizations: Cornwall Public Library, Trillium Foundation, SDG Historical Society

Geographic location: Ontario

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