Archives Services

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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.

Additional Services
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).

Donating to the Collections

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NVMA preserves a wide variety of historical records, documents, photographs, and artifacts related to North Vancouver. Most of them—other than municipal records—have been donated by individuals, organizations, and businesses. In deciding whether to accept documents and objects offered for donation, we consider the following criteria:

  • Significance to the history, people, and cultures of North Vancouver (City and District);
  • Quality and physical condition of the material;
  • Confirmed history of ownership (provenance) and completeness of documentation;
  • Freedom from restrictions on access, custody, and use;
  • Connections to materials already in NVMA’s care;
  • NVMA’s ability to care for, document, and store the material.

What is NVMA particularly interested in acquiring?

  • The original records of organizations, businesses, families, and individuals whose activities took place in North Vancouver;
  • Photographs, sound recordings, films and videos, made in North Vancouver, and about local people and events;
  • Objects (artifacts and artworks) of significance to, used and/or made by North Vancouver individuals, businesses, and organizations.
  • Note: We can not accept “walk-in” donations. Please call ahead to make an appointment with the Archivist or the Collections Coordinator to discuss the material you are considering donating.

Notice Regarding Museum Donations

The Museum is reviewing its artifact collections for relevance and quality in order to reduce the number of objects in its care. New artifacts are acquired very selectively. Space and resources are limited, so any new objects considered for acquisition by the Museum must meet most of the criteria outlined above.

Charitable Donations

Where a fair-market monetary value of over $25 can be established for a donation, NVMA can provide a charitable donation tax receipt to the donor.

Contact Us

To inquire about donating records, documents, and/or photographs call or e-mail Janet Turner, Archivist. Tel. 604-990-3700, ext. 8011

To inquire about donating three-dimensional objects, call or e-mail Karen Dearlove, Curator. Tel. 604-990-3700, ext. 8005