An image of items from Ajax Archives, including a Town of Ajax pamphlet and various Ajax seals.
A black and white photo of an aerial view of South Ajax in 1966.
Cover of The Commando, one of Ajax's first newspapers. Volume 1, dated May 15, 1943.

The Ajax Archives is responsible for the appraisal, acquisition, preservation, and use of municipal records of permanent value and the private records of individuals and organizations that significantly contribute to understanding:

  • The changes in the area now known as the Town of Ajax;
  • The people who lived, worked, or had an impact upon Ajax; 
  • The connection between the Town of Ajax and the HMS Ajax; and
  • The Archives will prioritize building and maintaining a collection that is representative of Ajax’s diverse community.

Visiting Ajax Archives

The Ajax Archives maintains a display case in Town Hall and a display table in the Local History area of Ajax Public Library’s Main Branch to promote the history of Ajax.

Public access to the Archives is not permitted, but items may be made available, either digitally or physically through a Research Request.

Please be aware that not all originals are available for in-person viewing. The Archives will strive to make archival material available for use either in physical or digital format where feasible. 

Requests for in-person visits should be submitted at least one (1) week in advance and the visits will be held at Main Branch, 55 Harwood Ave. S.

Using Ajax Archives

Many of the photos, documents, and history books in the collection have been digitized and can be viewed by visiting the OurOntario website (currently unavailable)

If you are a researcher looking for information that may be in the collection, please fill out the Research Request form.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Archives, please complete the Donation form

If you intend to use material from Ajax Archives for publication, exhibition or broadcasting, please complete the Ajax Archives Request to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Materials form.

Digital Ajax Archives

Did you know that Ajax is named after a World War 2 battleship, HMS Ajax? Many of the streets in Ajax are named after veterans who served on the 7th and 8th HMS Ajax. To find out if your street is one of them, take a look at our digital archive (currently unavailable)!

Full issues of the The Commando, one of Ajax's first newspapers, are available to view online (currently unavailable)!