In the Spotlight // The Marsh Collection Society

The Marsh Collection Society?

Our mandate is to collect, preserve and encourage research into the heritage of Amherstburg and the lower Detroit River district.

Established in 1994 at 235A (2nd floor) Dalhousie St., this registered non-profit organization was founded in 1983 by the late Helen and John Marsh, whose family operated the Amherstburg Echo for over 80 years. It was, however, their intent that a facility to house their historical collection should be established only after their deaths, which occurred in 1986 and 1993 respectively.

What’s in the Collection?

The resource centre contains a large collection of photos, books, documents, postcards, artifacts and many more items relating to the area. An extensive library boasts several shelves of books on a wide range of subjects – church records, Canadian, ON and local history, Black and First Nations history; Marine and Military, Prohibition, Railway, WW1, 2 and 1812 – and more. Microfilm holdings include census records for Essex County, the Amherstburg Echo (1874 – 2012) and Assessment rolls. A collection of land instruments (Amherstburg and Malden) is also a very valuable resource.

What do you do there – how does one access the Collection?

There’s always someone here during regular hours to assist researchers. Perhaps you want to access genealogical records – we will also teach a beginner how to get started in documenting a family’s history. Want to discover when your older house in Amherstburg was built?  Staff can help with that. The Marsh papers contain a variety of local history subjects which can be researched.  You are welcome to sit and read microfilm – or you might just like to browse through the library. There is no admission charge or fee for the use of materials, but there is a small charge for photocopies. Check out our website at and Like Us on Facebook. 519-736-9191