The Delta Archives and Edgar Dunning Reading Room is located within the Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre. The Delta Heritage Society is a non-profit organization that maintains ownership of the collection with the operation of the Delta Archives being administered by the City of Delta.
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.
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 Delta Museum and Archives Society is a vibrant organization that celebrates cultural and natural heritage, and encourages awareness and education through preservation, research, exhibitions, outreach and collaboration.
We envision a community where people are inspired by Delta's diverse cultural and natural heritage and work together to build a future full of possibility. Engage - Preserve - 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, now known as the City 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 City of Delta.
Those records identified as having archival value through the City’s records management program are transferred to the Archives once they become inactive and later made accessible.
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.
Total volume of primary material is 130 linear metres, including 100 metres textual records, over 20,000 photographs, over 1,000 maps and over 200 oral history interviews; inclusive dates 1850 to 2019, predominant dates 1895 to 1990. The reference room has extensive subject files, obituaries, a non-circulating library that focuses on local history, and a collection of local newspapers on microfilm 1902 to 1998.
Finding aids, guides and publications