Collections and Research - McCord Stewart Museum

Collections and Research

For over one hundred years, the Museum has been building its rich collections of objects, images and documents that bear witness to the social history of Montreal, the city’s place within Quebec and Canada, and the vitality of Indigenous cultures.

Discover our collections online or in person at our exhibitions, or make an appointment to consult our collections database in our Archives and Documentation Centre.

Online Collections

The open access platform, Online Collections, makes it easy to consult over 154,000 objects, photographs and archival documents from the Museum's collections.

The site also features approximately 144,000 royalty-free images that may be downloaded in the highest resolution available, free of charge, with no restrictions on their use. Created to provide unparalleled access to the McCord Stewart Museum’s collections, the project is a first for the institution.



340 linear metres and 3,500 rare books
3,980 online

Correspondence, diaries, minutes, books of account, contracts, maps and plans, dance cards, advertisements, menus and assorted other documents, all reflecting the histories of individuals, families, associations, administrations and businesses, events, and social customs and practices.
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Documentary Art

More than 92,000 works
30,780 online

Oil paintings, watercolours, lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, posters, press illustrations, sketchbooks, drawings and cartoons, dating from the 18th century to the present day.
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Dress, Fashion and textiles

More than 27,000 garments and accessories
980 online

Garments and accessories covering three centuries, worn by men, women and children in Canada, primarily in Montreal; fashion from Montreal designers, manufacturers and retailers; handmade domestic textiles, primarily quilts and coverlets.
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Indigenous Cultures

More than 16,000 objets
6,780 online

Clothing and accessories, domestic objects, hunting and fishing equipment, weapons of war, objects used for transportation, ceremonial items, archaeological objects and works illustrating various forms of artistic expression.
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Material Culture

More than 62,000 objets
18,120 online

Furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, pewter and other metal objects, items related to food preparation, interior decoration, household management and tobacco, scientific instruments, terrestrial and celestial globes, toys and games, sports equipment, weapons, hunting and fishing tools, coins and medals.
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More than 2,150,000 images
92,000 online

Collection of vintage Canadian photographs including prints and glass negatives, stereograms, composites, painted photographs, daguerreotypes and other types of early photographic processes, family albums, vernacular photographs, documentary photographs, artist portfolios, cameras and photographic equipment from 1840 to the present day..
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EncycloFashionQC is the unique online encyclopaedic reference for the history of fashion in Quebec. An initiative of the Museum, it aims to be the authoritative source of information on designers, manufacturers, retailers, organizations, and events that have left their mark on fashion created in Quebec throughout the industry’s history.

Archives and documentation centre

Over 820 sets of documents from the Archives collection as well as the Photography collection, are available for public consultation. The Archives and Documentation Centre also offers users access to a reference library of 9,000 works and specialized periodicals, in addition to more than 3,500 titles from its rare book collection.
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Photographic services and copyright

The Museum is allowing the free use of all the digital images available online of archives and objects believed to be in the public domain. These images are offered free of charge, without restriction, in accordance with the guidelines provided.

Use these images and their descriptions in myriad ways! Historical research, educational program development, illustrations for articles, reports, presentations, and books, commercial or decorative purposes, and much more!
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The Conservation Department is at the heart of the Museum's mandate to preserve, study and present its objects. Our engagement in hands-on and scholarly activities relating to preservation makes our objects more accessible, allowing visitors, colleagues and researchers alike to enjoy and learn from our collections.
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Collections are at the heart of what the Museum does. Meet the people whose job it is to build and care for them.

Their passion is to know their collections inside out, and share that knowledge with audiences that can include Indigenous communities, virtual visitors and specialized scholars, to name just a few.
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Donations and loans


The Museum continues to selectively build its historical collections to fulfill its mission as a repository for Montreal’s social history. Thanks to our generous donors, the outstanding collections continue to grow.
The Museum’s curators are always interested in learning about objects and their stories.


In accordance with its collections access policy, The McCord Stewart Museum authorizes loans of objects to other museum under certain conditions.
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