-  The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada  -

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The Concept

There is no comprehensive collection of quality Loyalist material in the Province of Ontario.

The United Empire Loyalists played a significant role in the history of Canada.  They were Canada's first multi-national, multi-racial, multi-religious political refugees and it is important to preserve their records.  In recognition of those Loyalists who contributed to the development of Ontario, and Niagara in particular, it is fitting that a local repository for Loyalist data be established.

Brock University is the best equipped local institution to respond to the long-term preservation need for such a collection and has expertise in its faculty and staff which provides an opportunity for collaboration and networking.

The goal of The Friends of the Loyalist Collection at Brock University is to provide resources for academic research to broaden our understanding of the Loyalist era and its impact on the development of government and society of Canada today.

The collection will be housed in James A. Gibson Library which allows democratic access to the student body and the public as well.

These records can be used with other records in the Library.  The resources will compliment each other.

The collection will include records from the Public Records Office (PRO) London, England and the National Archives of Canada.

Board of Directors

· Edward G. Scott UE


· Beverly Craig UE

     Secretary - Treasurer

· Noreen Stapley UE


· William Smy UE


· Gail Woodruff UE

     Colonel John Butler (Niagara) Branch President


· Lynne Prunskus

     Brock University Special Collection Librarian

Associate Advisors

· Lou Cahill

      Public Relations

· Jon Jouppien

     Heritage Resource Consultant

· Alexander Roman

     Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the Ontario Legislature

· Janice Wing

     Councillor, City of Niagara Falls

Strategic Partners


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Niagara Credit Union now accepts donations to The Friends of the Loyalist Collection at Brock University at all Niagara Credit Union branches.


For those interested, a printable donation form with mailing address is available.


The Organization

The Friends of the Loyalist Collection at Brock University was founded in 2001 in the Region of Niagara, Province of Ontario as a non-profit charitable organization.  The organization was approved for charitable status by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency on May 28, 2002.

The purpose of the organization is to establish and maintain at Brock University a collection of source material, mainly on microfilm, dealing with the United Empire Loyalists with a view to facilitate and encourage academic research and study.

Who Were The Loyalists?

Over two hundred years ago the American Revolution shattered the British Empire in North America.  The conflict was rooted in British attempts to assert economic control in her American colonies after her costly victory over the French during the Seven Years War.  When protests and riots met the British attempts to impose taxes on the colonists, the British responded with political and military force.  Out of the struggle between the Thirteen Colonies and their mother country emerged two nations; the United States and what would later become Canada.

Not all of the inhabitants of the Thirteen Colonies opposed Britain.  The United Empire Loyalists were those colonists who remained faithful to the Crown and wished to continue living in the New World.  Therefore, they left their homes to settle eventually in what remained of British North America.

Historians estimate that ten to fifteen percent of the population of the Thirteen Colonies - some 250,000 people - opposed the revolution, some passively, others by speaking out, spying, or fighting against the rebels.  Because of their political convictions, Loyalists who remained in the Thirteen Colonies during the revolution were branded as traitors and hounded by their Patriot (rebel) neighbours.

Approximately 70,000 Loyalists fled the Thirteen Colonies.  Of those, roughly 50,000 went to the British North American Colonies of Québec and Nova Scotia.  Some returned to Britain and some fled to the British owned islands in the Caribbean.

The signing of the Treaty of Paris (1783), which recognized the independence of the United States, was the final blow for the Loyalists.  Faced with further mistreatment and hostility of their countrymen, and wishing to live as British subjects, Loyalists who had remained in the Thirteen Colonies during the war now were faced with exile.  They fled to the Maritimes or Québec (Ontario-Québec).

The Friends of the Loyalist Collection at Brock University

P.O. Box 23041     RPO Seaway Mall

800 Niagara Street

Welland  ON      L3C 7E7      Canada

        Recognition Awards for Donors    

In addition to a Tax Receipt and Thank You letter, all donors will receive a gift.

Level One

Under $ 50

Level Two

$ 50 - 100

Level Three

$ 100 - 500

Level Four

$ 500 - 5000

Level Five

$ 5000 - 20,000

Level Six

Over $ 20,000

UEL Bookmark

UEL Crossed Flag Pin

UEL Beer Mug

Donor name will be inscribed on a box of microfilm; one box for each $100

Donor name or "In Memoriam" name inscribed in Book of Donors and placed in Brock Library

Donor name will be inscribed on a wall plaque, placed in Brock Library

Personal contact with donor to offer public recognition