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City of Vancouver Archives

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Acquiring, preserving, and making available records that tell our story

The City of Vancouver Archives acquires a variety of records that document the city's history.

Our archivists ensure that these records are preserved so that future researchers, historians, and anyone interested in the story of Vancouver and its citizens can access these valuable primary and secondary sources.

Search the Archives holdings

Search our holdings

Search the Archives holdings

See what the Archives has in its holdings. Digital holdings that aren't under third-party copyright can be displayed immediately. For non-digital materials, come visit us. Save time by conducting your research online.

Find out what's in the Archives

What's in our holdings

Read about the types of records the Archives has that depict the everyday life of Vancouver and its citizens. City Government records and publications, photos, moving images, maps & more.

Buy or download a record

Get a copy of an archival document

You can freely download online digital resources displayed on the Archives website. You can also buy a high-quality digital document, or buy a copy of a non-digital resource.

Try it yourself

Discover your home's history

Ever wondered when your home was built or who lived there before you?

Access services

Use our online tools to register for classes, pay bills, get permits, and more.

Online services

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Find and contact us


Monday to Friday
9:00am to 5:00pm

Staff assistance
10:00am to 4:45pm

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Available always

Contact the Archives

1150 Chestnut St
Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9

Phone: 604-736-8561


Follow the Archives

Visit the City of Vancouver Archives Facebook page  Follow the Archives Twitter stream  Go to the Archives YouTube channel  Go to the Archives photostream on Flickr  Visit the Archives on the Internet Archives site  See the Archives on History Pin  Go to the AuthentiCity blog

Annual report

Archives annual report

Read our 2015 annual report PDF file (2.4 MB)

Archives Partner

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Friends of the Vancouver
City Archives Society

  • Promoting and improving public awareness of the Archives, its services, and projects.
  • Raising funds to enhance the ongoing work of the Archives.
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