Our mandate is to collect records of outstanding significance and enduring value to the Province of British Columbia. Therefore, when considering potential donations, we use provincial significance as the primary criterion. We may refer potential donations that we consider to be of more regional,local or thematic significance to another relevant institution.
Some of the factors we consider when determining provincial significance include:
- Do the records provide authentic evidence of the personal, social, cultural, political or economic history of British Columbia?
- Do the records represent British Columbian experiences, stories or subjects of a broad
- provincial scope?
- Do meaningful relationships within the collection enable a richer level of documentation?
- Are the records of a rarity or importance to be considered a provincial treasure?
- To what extent might the records be consulted; that they will contribute to the story of our province?
Other factors we consider are the record’s age, condition, completeness, relationship to other records in our collection and any restrictions on access or use.