The Cranbrook Archives, Museum and Landmark Foundation was established in 1976. Its mandate includes the acquisition of archival records significant to Cranbrook and area and to railroad development in Canada. The Foundation established the Cranbrook Railway Museum in 1977. The museum's name was changed in 1993 to the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel.
Records management and collecting policies
This integrated archives and reference library includes photographs, maps, printed material, pamphlets, books, and newspapers. Material collected relates to (1) the history of Cranbrook and the immediate area, and, (2) Canadian railways with specific reference to the Canadian Pacific and the Crowsnest and Kettle Valley route, and Canadian passenger rail travel. Researchers can be contracted if clients wish. The archives is a part of the operations of the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel and C.A.M.A.L. Foundation, which cannot provide staff monthly for requests beyond brief notes.