The Dales House at 414 Alexander Street circa 1890 CVA Photo SGN 490

Saturday, October 30, 2010


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Every day we see archival images of our city in newspapers, on websites, in books, in documentaries and even hanging framed on office and restaurant walls. Where do these precious photos and films come from, how did they survive and how are people and organizations so easily able to access them?

The City of Vancouver Archives is one of the most popular “go to” places for archival photographs and film, as well as many other historical records. For seventeen years the Friends of the Vancouver City Archives (FVCA) has raised funds to help collect, save and preserve these rare and vital objects of our cities past.

Money raised by the Friends helped purchase: a 1600 cubic foot cold storage facility to preserve the Archives’ deteriorating photographs and films, web publisher software to assist researchers search the database, a dye-sublimation printer and the Archives’ Reading Room photocopier. Currently the funds the Friends raised are supporting a crucial description and digitization of a backlog of old photos donated to the Archives Collection.

“I found my grandfather`s 8mm film of a 1944 Callister Exhibition Park Rodeo held on the old PNE grounds. You can even see the wooden roller coaster in the background. The film was beginning to show signs of deterioration and would have soon turned into a sticky messy roll. It`s now safely preserved in the Archive’s cold storage room and digitized to view on their website...” says Friends board member Jolene Cumming.

As with many groups, the Friends have been hit hard by budget and granting cuts. You can help support our work to support the endeavours of The Archives by attending our Fall Fundraiser. Other ways to help preserve records of Vancouver’s past include; purchasing memberships, cash donations or donating your family or firm’s archival records.


The Friends of the Vancouver City Archives are asking the Vancouver citizens, organizations, businesses and others to help them “Help Save Vancouver” by attending:

“Researching Women in the Archives & in the Family”
An illustrated talk by M. Diane Rogers
President of the BC Genealogical Society

Explore researching strategies, techniques and learn how to interpret archival photographs.

Sunday Nov 14th, 2010

Includes a Reception with Refreshments by Emelle’s Catering.

Tickets $25

Please Register by November 9th  at 604-736-8561

Event location: City Archives at 1150 Chestnut Street in Vanier Park

Media contact:
James Johnstone, Chair, Friends of the Vancouver City Archives

CVA 677-35 Malkin Family at 1406 Davie


  1. Woo! Go Diane!

    Unfortunately I'm moving that weekend and can't attend. But how can we donate funds to the Vancouver Archive?

  2. Hello Monica,

    Thanks for your enthusiastic response. Donations can be made out to the Friends of the Vancouver City Archives and sent to:

    Friends of the Vancouver City Archives
    c/o Vancouver City Archives
    1150 Chestnut Street
    Vancouver, B.C.
    V6J 3J9


    you can click the link to our page on the CVA website above and do an online donation via the "Canada Helps" button on the top right of the page.