City of Vancouver Archives

Identity area

Identifier

CVAN

Authorized form of name

City of Vancouver Archives

Parallel form(s) of name

    Other form(s) of name

      Type

      • Government

      Contact area

      Heather M. Gordon Primary contact

      Type

      City Archivist

      Address

      Street address

      1150 Chestnut Street

      Locality

      Vancouver

      Region

      BC

      Country name

      Canada

      Postal code

      V6J 3J9

      Telephone

      604-736-8561

      Fax

      604-736-0626

      Email

      Note

      Description area

      History

      Geographical and cultural context

      Mandates/Sources of authority

      Administrative structure

      Records management and collecting policies

      The public-sector holdings consist of records created by the civic government from 1886 to the present. These include City Council minutes and by-laws as well as records created by City Departments and Boards such as City Clerk's, Engineering, Finance, Fire & Rescue, Health, Park Board, Permits and Licenses, Planning, Police Court, and School Board offices. Private sector records include those from pioneer families, politicians, social activists, entrepreneurs and community organizations reflecting the social, political, cultural and economic life of the city from the 1870s. Other documents include over 65,000 maps and plans, a small documentary art collection, hundreds of films and videos, and 1.5 million photographic images.

      Buildings

      Holdings

      Total Volume: 4,000 linear metres; Inclusive Dates: c. 1700 to present; Predominant Dates: 1886 to present

      Finding aids, guides and publications

      <a href="http://vancouver.ca/archives" target="_blank">Website</a> provides online access through a <a href="http://vancouver.ca/ArchivesSearch/OneSearch/default.aspx" target="_blank">comprehensive database</a> to descriptions of City of Vancouver government records, private-sector records, and audio-visual materials in the holdings of the Archives. There are specialized searches for <a href="http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/archives/photos/index.htm" target="_blank">photographs</a> (ca. 58,000 digitized), <a href="http://vancouver.ca/ArchivesSearch/SearchMovies.aspx" target="_blank">moving images</a> and an index of <a href="http://vancouver.ca/ArchivesSearch/SearchCM.aspx" target="_blank">City Council resolutions</a>. Other features of the site include: information about functions and activities, hours of operation, staff, a series of User/Research Guides, and information on donating material, on joining the Friends of the Archives, and on current exhibits.

      Access area

      Opening times

      Monday-Friday, 9:00-17:00

      Access conditions and requirements

      Accessibility

      Services area

      Research services

      Reproduction services

      Public areas

      Control area

      Description identifier

      Institution identifier

      Rules and/or conventions used

      Status

      Revised

      Level of detail

      Full

      Dates of creation, revision and deletion

      Revised August 2015.
      Revised by BCANS Coordinator, Aug. 25, 2015.

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