Browse Exhibits (7 total)

Public History 497


This is the home of the Public History 497 Digital Archive at the University of Windsor. It brings together thematically organized digitized archival materials from the Leddy Library that capture part of the unique history of Windsor & Essex County. Students in the class have also contributed their unique historical scholarship to bring these items to life.


A Decade of Crime, A Century Apart


The 1860's


The 1960's









 Come take a look at a century's distinction of crime in Windsor-Essex! Starting in 1860, you will be guided through the decade highlighting the different crimes that occurred during this period. Then jump to the 1960 and find a snapshot of the crimes during that decade and experience the evolution of crime.

This exhibit is based upon the information gathered from two primary sources; the City of Windsor Return of Convictions from 1861-1904 and the Windsor Police Department Annual Reports from 1961-1970. The information is developed to highlight the changes that occurred in crime and police departments from 1860 to 1960, looking at the differences in crimes and police departments. The changes in a society have a big impact on the development of crime and policing in a country, or even specifically a city. This exhibit hopes to convey this connection through the information provided. 

Essex Scottish Regiment War Diaries - WWII


The Essex Scottish War Diaries of World War II are primary sources that account for the Essex Scottish regiment. This diary covers areas such as intelligence summaries, leisure, events, and sports.  

The Mayhew Diary

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& Excelsior Diaries throughout time


The Lance: A Window Into Student Life at the University of Windsor in 1963


A look into student life through the January, September and December 1963 issues of The Lance.

Trains and Traders: The Transportation of Passengers and Commodities

The Scaffolding of Michigan Central Station

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This exhibit is dedicated to the 19th and 20th-century train stations developed for the public, commercial, and postage routes that locomotive engines would need to travel. Here we outline the south-western Ontario rail lines that connected to the United States; thus illustrating the inter-boarder relations between passengers and commodities. Often times, residents from the New England region would travel through Ontario towards their American destination; either towards Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, or Wisconsin. Passengers could board a train in Buffalo, travel through Windsor, and then head over the Detroit River to board another train at the Michigan Central Station.

To help explain the history of this region, we’d like to introduce you to Marvin the Merchant. Our exhibit outlines his journey as a travelling salesman of the 19th and 20th centuries. Through the use of a train route, he travels through Canada and the United States, starting in Buffalo New York, and making his way westward. Throughout his journey, he encounters not only different locations, but discovers many pieces of information that help to connect the history of these two countries. He collects train tickets from Rodney, twine from Welland, cigarette advertisements, and an advertisement from the Pan-American Exposition. All this, while documenting his travels through diaries and letters. This exhibit is a collection not only of his travel and routes, but of the advertisements and momentous he inherits along the way.

Sometimes in the study of history, all you have is a box of artifacts. Finding the connection between these pieces might be a challenge for the historian. The use of a figure like Marvin helps us to create a narrative and connect to history in ways that are sometimes not as visible on the surface.

Letters in World War II



Welcome to Public History’s Wartime Mail exhibit! The following pages will take you through a journey using archived documents from the Leddy Library at the University of Windsor. Here, you will discover letters written during World War II that were sent and received throughout Canada, England and beyond. The archival documents included in this exhibit will link World War II, the YMCA's involvement in the war, and the global reach of paper correspondence. Enjoy!