Research room set up with tables and chairs

Welcome to the Walker Industries Research Room at the Niagara Falls History Museum; the Museum’s library. The Research Room is a reference library, which means that the books may be enjoyed inside the library but they may not be removed. The research room at the Museum is, much like the Museum itself, focused on the history of Niagara Falls. The library contains both secondary and primary sources. Some subjects which you can research in the Research Room include information about Township Two: Mount Dorchester, Stamford Township, arrival of the Loyalists, prominent families and genealogy. Other research topics available to learn more about include, the War of 1812, early tourism, daredevils, the different communities within Stamford Township and the amalgamation of these communities to form what is today known as the City of Niagara Falls. Additionally, the research room includes resources about Canada, Upper Canada, Ontario, First Nations, the United Empire Loyalists and other early settlers, the Underground Railroad, Censuses, Upper Canadian Rebellion, Fenian Invasions, Confederation and the First and Second World Wars.

The Museum also has articles posted online about local history topics they can be found in our History Notes section.


There are a couple of resources on our website for genealogical purposes. Check out our Niagara Falls Museum guest ledger search for visitors to Niagara Falls starting in 1831.  You can also check out the list of topics and resources in our links section.

The Walker Industries Research Room is available to members of the public who reserve a time slot by calling the City of Niagara Falls Museums at (905) 358-5082 or emailing the Museum [email protected]


We have a few resources that could be defined as “Teacher’s Resources” including Bobbie Kalman’s Series about Life in the Nineteenth Century and would recommend the following websites for teacher resources:

Historica Canada

The Canadian Encyclopedia

The Canadian Encyclopedia, Niagara Historic Frontier

Historica Canada: Think Like A Historian

The Brock University's Online Map Library

Canada’s History Magazine

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

Niagara Legacy Council

Historic Plaques of the Niagara Region: Ontario

Historic Plaques of the Niagara Region: Canada

Niagara Falls History

Access Heritage's The War of 1812

Canadian War Museum Education

For students we offer the same research assistance as our general public; however, we can also address proper researching skills and strategies, narrowing a theme to a thesis, writing skills and creating citations and bibliographies.