The process of establishing the Kitimat Centennial Museum was begun in 1967 by the Kitimat Museum Association. The museum building was opened in 1969. The museum acquires artifacts, archival records and historical reference material relating to pioneer life in the Kitimat area, the development of the Kitimat and Kemano areas (including the operations of Alcan Smelters and Chemicals Ltd.), and to the Haisla people and culture at Kitamaat Village.
Mandates/Sources of authority
Sponsor: Kitimat Centennial Museum Association
Records management and collecting policies
The holdings consist largely of records which document the social history of the Kitimat Valley: Haisla (1880s to present), pioneer (1891-1944), and modern (1949 to present). Also included are over 14,000 photographs documenting Alcan's project construction and subsequent history, scrapbooks and newsletters of schools, clubs, societies and construction crews, Al Beaton's cartoon books, photographs and records of missionary activity among the Haisla, Haisla dictionary, Missionary newsletter, and records of the Museum.
Total Volume: 14,000 photographs, 1,100 documents<br /> Inclusive Dates: 1880s to present<br /> Predominant Dates: 1949 to present
Finding aids, guides and publications
The website (http://www.kitimatmuseum.ca) provides information about the services and holdings of the archives, along with general information about the activities of the museum. Also includes photo galleries of historical images of the development of the smelter and town of Kitimat and of the Kitimat-Kemano Project.