On July 30 we will be expanding our onsite, by appointment services to include researchers with demonstrable urgent deadlines; for example grant deadlines, graduate program requirements or those with an existing research agreement that is coming to an end.
This is the second phase in a three phase plan for the reference room. We will expand further, reopening by appointment to the broader public on September 14.
To book an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message at 250 387 1952, with information about your research project, your deadline, the expected number of days you will need to be onsite to access records and the list of materials you will need access to. Once we have this information, a staff member will contact you. If you do not know exactly what records you will need, an archivist will help you narrow down your search.
Once your request for onsite access has been approved, staff will work with you to schedule an appropriate research date. All appointments will be scheduled a minimum of one week in advance to allow us adequate time to retrieve and quarantine the records. We will send you a confirmation email with details on the safety process and procedures you will need to follow while onsite at the archives.
Due to the restrictions of the reference room, we are only able to provide five research appointments per day, which will continue until there are changes to provincial restrictions.
Please read our reopening FAQ and do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions or require assistance accessing records.
Some records are available on the archives’ website, navigate through the site from the archives’ homepage and find records through our online Archives Search. If the records that you seek are not online, if you would like assistance or advice in locating records please contact staff at email@example.com. Onsite access to records may be accommodated for researchers requiring access to a large number of records for legal or treaty negotiation purposes. Please contact staff if your research falls into these categories.
The Freedom of Information and Protection Act gives the public a right of access to government records. You can contact the Royal BC Museum Privacy Unit if you have questions about accessing government records. You can reach Privacy staff at firstname.lastname@example.org .