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.
Staff in front of a piece of the 1821 Kamloops Hudson's Bay Company trading post at the Kamloops Museum & Archives, 1957. Mary Balf, namesake of the Archives, is standing sixth in from the left. KMA photograph collection #3131.
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).
» 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.
Tuesday - Friday - 1:15 - 4:00 pm or by appointment
The Archives reading room is on the 2nd floor of the Kamloops Museum & Archives.
|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|
|Hi-Res Scanned Image||$15/image (digital file)|
|Extra useage fee commercial publication||$30/image|
|Postage & Handling fee (in Canada)||$5|
|Postage & Handling fee (outside Canada)||Consult Archives Staff|
|Long distance research conducted by Archives staff||$40/hour (1hr to max of 3hrs)|
|Postage & Photocopying fees extra|
- 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
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.