Delta Museum and Archives Society
Authorized form of name
Parallel form(s) of name
- Delta Archives & Edgar Dunning Reading Room
Other form(s) of name
Primary Contact (Primary contact)
Lea Edgar- Archival Attendant
The Delta Archives & Edgar Dunning Reading Room is operated by the Delta Museum & Archives Society (DMAS), a registered charitable organization funded in part by the Corporation of Delta as well as through community grants, donations, events, memberships and service fees.
The Delta Historical and Museum Society acquired the 1912 Delta Municipal Hall in Ladner for a museum in 1969. The Archives joined the Delta Historical & Museum Society in 1979, after which it became officially known as the Delta Museum & Archives Society. In December 2010, the archives holdings were moved to a new purpose built facility ‘The Delta Archives and Edgar Dunning Reading Room’ located at 4450 Clarence Taylor Crescent next door to the Delta Municipal Hall.
Geographical and cultural context
Mandates/Sources of authority
The mandate of the Delta Museum and Archives is to collect within the geographic boundaries of the District Municipality of Delta, which includes the urban areas of Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta.
The Mission of the Delta Museum and Archives Society is to capture research and preserve stories, records and objects of Delta; promote community identity; and facilitate access to history through education, exhibits and reference services, for all people and future generations.
We are Delta's memory and the leading centre of our rich history and diverse culture for future, present and past generations. Preserve. Engage. Inform.
Records management and collecting policies
The holdings of the archives consists of both municipal and community records. At the opening of the new Delta Archives and Edgar Dunning Reading room in January 2011, the archives became the official repository for the Corporation of Delta. The archives acquires municipal records created, received and accumulated during the course of practical civic activity by Council, and any department, office, committee, board, commission or agency of the Corporation of Delta.
Those records identified as having archival value through the Corporation’s records management program are transferred to the Archives once they become inactive and later made accessible as part of the Archives’ public service.
Delta Archives may collect non-archival material such as publications, research files, periodicals, brochures and pamphlets if they have significant informational or historical value and if they are not within the acquisition mandate of another civic institution.
Finding aids, guides and publications
http://deltamuseum.ca/dbsearch/Archives/Search.aspx with fonds, series and item level descriptions.
An inventory to the non - circulating library materials can be found on Library Thing http://www.librarything.com/profile/DeltaMuseumArchives
The Reference Room contains Subject Heading Indexes for Subject and names files relating to organizations, residents, obituaries, contemporary and historical reports and local issues in Delta from past to present.
The website also includes a searchable database of the Museum artifact collections which can be found at http://deltamuseum.ca/dbsearch/museum/Search.aspx
Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 pm
Closed all Statutory Holidays
please Check website for closures: deltamuseum.ca
Access conditions and requirements
photocopies @ .25/pg and microfilm copies @ .40/pg
Photograph Reproductions available by request, contact: email@example.com for terms and conditions of use and price list.
Access to Archival Collections
Rules and/or conventions used
Level of detail
Dates of creation, revision and deletion
Revised by BCANS Coordinator, Nov 29, 2010.
Revised by CM January 18, 2012