Using the Archives

Reference Services

The Archives preserves older City of Victoria government records, as well as records of Victoria's businesses, organizations, and people. Access is provided free of charge and no appointment is needed. Archives staff are available to guide researchers to the various sources and to assist them in understanding and using the finding aids and the records.

Please note that City government records maintained by the Archives are subject to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation and restrictions may apply.

Some commonly used reference tools are:

Some resources are available on microfilm such as Council minutes, assessment rolls, Collector's rolls and the Ross Bay Cemetery plot books.

Copying Archival Material

Photocopying

Photocopies of many of the records may be obtained, but some records are subject to conservation, copyright, and legal restrictions. Copies are made by staff and are available as quickly as time allows.

Photocopies are $0.25 per letter/legal page and $0.50 for 11x17" pages.

Self-serve Digital Copying

Researchers may take digital, photographic copies of archival material under the following conditions:

Non-restricted material may be copied for personal use upon verbal agreement of the Archivist as long as it is properly handled and identified as City of Victoria property.

Time limits or copy limits may on occasion be required to ensure that the Reference Room remains quiet and comfortable for all researchers.

Appointments during off hours may be made to accommodate special needs.

For further information, please email the Archives.

If you can't visit the Archives...

The Archives will respond to enquiries by mail, phone, fax, and email. Although resources limit the amount of research we can do for you, we will try to provide basic answers and information regarding research tools and sources.