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Arts, Culture & Heritage » Kamloops Museum and Archives

Mary Balf Archives

Established in 1937, the Kamloops Museum and Archives acquires, preserves, and makes available the documentary heritage of the City of Kamloops and of individuals, families, and organizations in Kamloops and the surrounding region.

From fur trade journals to thousands of historical images of Kamloops, the Archives houses a wealth of information available to researchers. Archival documents in the form of papers, maps, publications, photographs, journals, film, and sound recordings are collected from the trade era beginning in 1812, through the gold rush, the Overlanders, mining, ranching, railway, Victorian period, military, and the twentieth century. The Kamloops Museum and Archives also collects material for neighbouring towns that do not have a museum or archives.

Collections Information

Descriptions of some of the collections at the Kamloops Museum and Archives are available on MemoryBC, the British Columbia Archival Information Network.

Kamloops Museum and Archives Historical Articles Index provides short summaries on a variety of topics related to the history of Kamloops.

The Archives has an extensive reference library of Kamloops-related publications as well as microfilm copies of local newspapers including the Kamloops Sentinel (1880-1987), the Kamloops Standard (1897-1924), and the Kamloops Daily News (1963-1993).

Genealogy Resources

» Cemetery Interment Search cemeteries database for Kamloops, records date back to 1900.

» TNRD Library for census and vital statistics (birth, death and marriage certificates) on microfilm.

» BC Archives to search for vital statistics.

Archive Hours

Tuesday - Friday - 1:15 - 4:00 pm
Special arrangements can be made for visiting researchers based upon availability of staff at the time of request.
The Archives reading room is on the 2nd floor of the Kamloops Museum & Archives.

Services Fees and Policies

Photocopies (up to legal)   $0.25/page;$0.10/page for students
Photocopies (ledger) $0.50/page;$0.25/page for students
Microfilm Copies $0.25/page;$0.10/page for students
Image Reproduction
Hi-Res Scanned Image $15/image (digital file)
Extra fee for educational, non-profit, non-commercial use No charge
Extra useage fee commercial publication $30/image
Postage & Handling fee (in Canada) $5
Postage & Handling fee (outside Canada) Consult Archives Staff
Research Services
Self Conducted Research No Charge
Long distance research conducted by Archives staff $40/hour (1hr to max of 3hrs)
Postage & Photocopying fees extra  


  • Photographic images obtained from the Kamloops Museum & Archives (KMA) are to be used for research purposes or private study and enjoyment only. Permission for publication or commercial use must be applied for in advance in writing and the appropriate publication fee(s) paid. Permission for publication or commercial use of archival images is granted only to individuals or agencies who have obtained image copies directly from the KMA.
  • The user may not reproduce the image for any other purpose than the originally stated purpose, nor permit others to reproduce by any means the image or its facsimile.
  • In authorising the publication of an archival image, the KMA does not surrender its own right to publish the image or to grant permission to others to do so.
  • All KMA images that are published must include a credit as to the source of the image.
  • Fees quoted are for one-time use of a single image unless otherwise indicated and agreed to in writing. Fees are to be paid in advance. Any subsequent use or re-use must be applied for in writing. Use fees are charged in addition to reproduction costs when an image is to be published or used commercially.
  • Please allow two (2) weeks for photo orders.
  • Remote research requests will be handled on a first come first serve basis, and as time allows.

Kamloops Museum & Archives
207 Seymour Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2E7
ph 250-828-3576
fx 250-828-3760

Note: All correspondence is entered into our system and will be directed accordingly. The City of Kamloops will endeavor to contact you within two business days. Thank you.