View Royal Archives

History

To capture and share this rich history, the View Royal Community Archives was established in 1998 when the View Royal Historical Committee assigned all proceeds from the publication of the local history, Craigflower Country, towards start-up funds for a community archive. A committee of volunteers was formed to begin the collection. The Archives was operated by volunteers, with assistance of professional archivists contracted on occasion as consultants until 2010. In 2010 the collection was transferred to the Town of View Royal. At this time a part-time archivist was hired to assist the dedicated volunteer group to continue to capture and share the rich history of the Town of View Royal.

The Town of View Royal Archives is an institutional member of the Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC).

Policy

The Archives collects, preserves and makes available to the public archival material relating to View Royal from the earliest times, including settlement by the Hudson's Bay Company during Vancouver Island's colonial period, to the present. Public awareness of View Royal's history and heritage is an important part of the mandate.

Materials

The collection includes records of local community organizations and clubs, family histories and other information relating to people and activities within the current and historical boundaries of the area.

Graphic records include photographs, slides, drawings, maps and plans. Manuscripts include ledgers, minute books, business records and family papers. A growing collection of reference books is also available.

Donations

The Archives is pleased to accept most donations of material within the above categories. Copies can be made at Archives' expense if donors prefer to retain original material.

Services

The Archives acts as a safe permanent home for family papers, business and club records of historical value. Materials may not be removed from the premises but knowledgeable volunteers are available, by appointment, to assist, with research.

The Archives is also responsible for rotating displays of historical interest in the foyer of Town Hall.

Contact Information

The Town of View Royal Archives is located on the lower level of Town Hall (45 View Royal Avenue). While hours are by appointment, the Archives can be reached by phone or email. Please call for more information or if you would like to volunteer your time to work with View Royal Archives.

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