Archives Research Centre

Our Hours:

Summer (May 18 - Sept 30)
Daily : 10am - 5pm

Winter (Oct. 1 - May 17)
Tuesday - Sunday : 12pm - 5pm




Our archival holdings include:

  • Textual Records

These include manuscripts, letters, diaries and memoirs originating from organizations and individuals who activities document the history and development of the area.  Major textual collections include the company records for the Elk River Timber Co., Roderick and Ann Haig-Brown’s personal family papers and files of MLA Tom Barnett.

  • Photographs

Our photographic holdings include both private and professional images which document area history and include a number of images by local professional photographers, Henry Twidle, Godfrey Baldwin and Archie Waldref.

  • Taped interviews

Since the 1970’s, Archive staff have conducted a number of aural interviews on various subjects including early settlement, logging history, commercial and sports fishing.  Additionally, these holdings include interviews relating to the Women’s History and Residential School projects.

  • Reference Library & Subject Files
  • Newspapers 

Copies of area newspapers are accessible including the Comox Argus, Campbell River Courier, Campbell River Upper-Islander and the Campbell River Mirror.  

Users may browse the Museum at Campbell River’s archives collection list at Memory BC

On-line resources:

With thanks to The British Columbia History Digitization Program a selection of our archival photographs are available on-line:

Logging photographs relating to the Northern Vancouver Island Region:

Historic photographs of Campbell River:

Local history buffs will enjoy following Jeanette Taylors BC History Tales