Archives

The Esquimalt Municipal Archives provides a safe, permanent, and accessible home for records of historical and legal value for both the municipality and the community. 

Important Information

Please note that we suffered a flood in our archives. They are currently available by appointment only to visitors. The archivist will have limited capacity for responding to emails and requests during this time as we continnue our work on addressing this issue.

Mandate

  • Collects, preserves, and makes available to the public, archival material pertaining to Esquimalt from the earliest times to the present and within the current and historical boundaries of Esquimalt.
  • Promotes public awareness and understanding of Esquimalt’s rich heritage
  • Records current events and acquires present day information.

Holdings

The Archives’ permanent collection includes:

  • Local government records (i.e. inactive and historically valuable records of the Corporation of the Township of Esquimalt)
  • Graphic records (e.g. photographs, slides, drawings, prints, maps, and plans)
  • Manuscripts (e.g. letters, diaries, oral histories, business records, and family papers)
  • Library collection, including books and journals on topics of local historical interest
  • Vertical files (i.e. newspaper clippings, notes, and biographical files)

For information about donating historical materials, please contact the Archives.

Plan a visit

Space is available by appointment for on-site research during the Archives' public hours. Materials may not be removed from the archives; however, copies of unrestricted material may be ordered through the archives at a reasonable cost. 

Please phone or email the Archives to schedule an appointment and request records in advance of your visit. 

Public Hours:

Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Contact Information:

Tel: 250-412-8540
Email: [email protected]

 

Affiliations

The Esquimalt Municipal Archives is a member of the Archives Association of British Columbia and the Hallmark Heritage Society.