Kelowna Public Archives

Genealogical Research, School Projects, Local History Studies, and Academic Research are Just Some of the Uses of the Kelowna Public Archives.

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The Kelowna Public Archives, located at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, is a historical resource centre where public records and historical documents are kept and preserved for informational and research use.

The archival holdings began to take shape in the 1930s and have grown to offer a wide array of resources for researchers. Valley-wide in context, the collection has been developed to assemble business, government, and historic records, as well as sound recordings, moving images, maps, draft plans, and private papers. These records are all complimented by information files, biographical files, and an extensive Reference Library.

The Kelowna Public Archives also houses the photographic collection of the Kelowna Museums. This collection includes thousands of historic photographs of Kelowna and the Okanagan area dating back to the late 1800s. The collections and contents of the Archives provide an exciting opportunity to explore the rich history of the region!

Digital reproductions of historic photographs are available and they make wonderful souvenirs and gifts. Ask us about the many options for framing and ordering digital reproductions.

The Archives are open to the public by appointment Monday through Saturday. If you would like to visit the Archives and use this research facility, or if you would like to donate items, please contact our Community Archivist to make an appointment.

For additional online searching, please visit www.memorybc.ca where you can find historical information online and work from home, office or classroom.

Use of the Kelowna Public Archives is by donation, except where fees for services apply.