Canal Archives

Throughout the United States, there are archives of canal materials in various libraries. To help canal researchers, below, is a listing of the known archives. Anyone knowing of others is requested to send that information including canals covered to Dave Barber at so that it can be added to this list.


Lewis University library, Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection, Romeoville, IL: Illinois and Michigan Canal, Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, Illinois Waterway.


Indiana State Archives, 6440 East 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Hours 9:00 – 4:00 Mon-Fri, Closed All State Holidays, Phone: 317-591-5222, Fax: 317-591-5324, Email:, web site at  All the canal records of the State of Indiana


Harvard University Library, Cambridge, MA: Middlesex Canal

University of Massachusetts Lowell Library at the Mogen Cultural Center, Lowell MA

American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury St  Worcester, MA 01609
508 471-1721 Blackstone Canal, Canals in general

Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609   Blackstone Canal


New York:

Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse, NY: New York Canals

New York State Museum, Albany, NY: New York Canals


University of Akron, Akron, OH

Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy  Dayton, OH 45435


Lehigh University Linderman Library, Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh Canal, Morris Canal

National Canal Museum, 2750 Hugh Moore Park Road, Easton, PA 18042, 610-991-0503

State Historical Museum, Harrisburg, PA

Rhode Island:

Rhode Island Historical Society, 121 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906, Phone: 401.273.8107  Blackstone Canal

Revised 8/8/13