North Vancouver’s Archives, located in the Community History Centre in Lynn Valley, provides a variety of services to researchers. Its collections of photographs, maps, plans, pamphlets, sound and moving images, audio recordings and textual records are all available for use by students, family records researchers and historians.
- The Research Room is open from noon to 5 pm, from Tuesday to Saturday; no appointment is necessary at those times;
- The Reference Historian provides orientation, general assistance and will retrieve collections materials as needed;
- Computer terminals provide access to the online database; microform and audio-visual equipment is available for accessing media materials;
- Directories and a modest regional reference library are available;
- To learn more about the Archives Collections and to access the online database, connect to the Archives Collection page;
- Reference service also is provided by email, phone and surface mail.
Archives Reproduction Services
The Archives provides photocopies, computer print-outs, scanning services, digital or hard-copy output from microfilm, and custom photographic images,and over-size reproductions of maps and plans. Digital sound and moving image materials may be copied from our audio, film and VHS holdings. These services are available for materials not restricted by copyright, privacy, or preservation concerns.
Please note: Photographs taken prior to December 31, 1948 are in ‘the public domain’ and as such do not have copyright restrictions. Further, the NVMA is authorized to grant permission to use any images for which the NVMA owns copyright. The purchaser assumes all responsibility under the terms of the Copyright Act to obtain authorization of other copyright holders.
Archives’ services and costs are outlined on a list of reproduction fees. Prices are set on a cost-recovery basis.
On a fee-for-service basis ($30/hour) NVMA staff will conduct research, do customized scanning and photo-editing when using materials from our holdings.
For additional information, please contact the Reference Historian at the Community History Centre (Tues-Sat, noon to 5pm), and by telephone (604-990-3700 ext. 8012).