What is an Archive?

An archive houses and preserves the records of individuals, businesses, and organizations.  It contains unique, one-of-a-kind documents that provide important information about the activities and functions of a particular entity: an individual, an organization, or a business.

The Cowichan Valley Museum Archives ~

The Cowichan Valley Museum Archives is a repository for community records that document social, economic, political, and geographical development in the Cowichan Valley.  The purpose of the Archives is to identify, acquire, and preserve records of archival value to, and for, the people of the Cowichan Valley and to make those records accessible to the public.  The Archives stores a treasure trove of the community’s memories that help to tell the story of our history.  The area of acquisition includes Westholme (north) to Cobble Hill (south), and Maple Bay (east) to Paldi (west).  Major holdings are listed in Memory BC on the Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC) website.

The Cowichan Historical Society is a Full Institutional member of the Archives Association of British Columbia.

The Archives houses the Myrtle Haslam Gallery, which features a collection of archival photographs that represent our twelve collecting areas in the Cowichan Valley:  Cobble Hill, Glenora, Koksilah, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Maple Bay, Paldi, Westholme, Sahtlam, Crofton, Cowichan Station and Somenos. The Gallery was named in honour of long-time Cowichan Historical Society volunteer, Myrtle Haslam.

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Our holdings

Our holdings include documents such as photographs correspondence, reports, maps, architectural drawings, family histories, diaries, business records, audio/video tapes, manuscripts, and art. The inclusive dates of the material are 1859-present and predominantly from 1900-1940.

A comprehensive selection of reference material includes books, information files, microfilm, and directories.

Who uses the Archives?

Researchers include genealogists, environmentalists, students, educators, writers, reporters, and people who are curious about history. The Archives can get very busy, so please call ahead for an appointment.

Using the Archives

Archival records are considered original primary source material and are irreplaceable. Therefore, we use and care for items in an archives differently than we would in a library. For preservation and security of these irreplaceable documents, archival material cannot be borrowed and must be used in our supervised reading room. Everyone who handles archival documents shares a responsibility for their care. As a researcher you will be expected to follow practices which will help ensure that the documents are available to future researchers. Thank you for your cooperation.

Response Time:
Our volunteer archivists make every effort to respond to research requests within 30 days of receipt of your request. Please be aware, however, that staff levels and workloads fluctuate, affecting our response time.

Hours

Archives Summer hours:  Wednesday-Friday, 10 - 2.
Please call 250-746-6612 to schedule an appointment.

Archives Winter hours: 
Wednesday-Friday, 12-4.
Please call 250-746-6612 to schedule an appointment. or Email the Archives

Location

Duncan City Hall, Third Floor
City Hall is situated on the corner of Craig and Kenneth Streets.

Please note that the Archives is closed from Christmas to New Year’s.

Contact

Kathryn Gagnon, Curator/Manager
Tel: 250-746-6612
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Photographic Services Schedule of Fees

PRINTS

SIZE (inches)

PRINT FROM SCAN

HIGH RESOLUTION SCAN (emailed or saved on disc)

4 X 6, 5 x 7

$10

-

8 x 10

$15

$15

Custom sizes are available.  Please contact the Archives with your request.
Please note Response Time below .

COMMERCIAL USE

Permission is required from the Curator/Manager to reproduce material from the Cowichan Valley Museum Archives collection for Commercial Use.  The following Commercial use fees apply, in addition to the reproduction fee.  Commercial Use of archival material is for one time only. 

Each photograph used in a publication must credit Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives.

COMMERCIAL USE

FEE

Book

$10 publication fee per photo

Movie, Website, Commercial Presentation

$25 per photo

PACKAGING AND DELIVERY COSTS
Available upon request.

OTHER SERVICES
Research $30 per hour
Obituary Look up - $2.00 per obituary.
Digital Images: High resolution scans are $15.00 per image.

To receive these by mail, please include a $5.00 shipping and handling charge.

RESPONSE TIME:
Our volunteer archivists make every effort to respond to research requests within 30 days of receipt of your request. Please be aware, however, that staff levels and workloads fluctuate, affecting our response time.

Please call first to set up an appointment.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives
P.O. Box 1014, Duncan, BC V9L 3Y2
Tel/Fax: (250) 746-6612    
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archival materialsFor preservation and security of these irreplaceable materials, archival records cannot be borrowed. Archival material must be observed in a supervised reading room. Everyone who handles archival documents shares a responsibility for their care. As a researcher you will be expected to follow practices which will contribute to the preservation of the material you use.

 

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