Friends of the Vancouver City Archives

Supporting the work of the City of Vancouver Archives


Since 1993 the Friends have worked to promote and improve public awareness of the Vancouver City Archives, its services and projects. We promote the use of the resources and services of the Archives by the general public and professionals, and support the development of archival services and facilities of the City of Vancouver.

We encourage the  appreciation of the history of this amazing city and help individuals, businesses, clubs, and other groups to value their important documents and photographic images, including their donation and preservation by the City of Vancouver Archives. From family photo albums to corporate records, these resources become important to future generations of researchers, writers, genealogists and news reporters.

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Aaron Chapman and the Last Gang in Town!


The Friends Annual General Meeting is March 19th. 2017.

Join us as author/historian Aaron Chapman presents his latest best-selling book The Last Gang in Town. Covering a fascinating period of Vancouver crime history in the early 1970s, when East Vancouver street gangs clashed with police, and became the targets of a secret undercover Gang Squad.

Membership is only $20 and  are now 100% tax deductible. Sign up today by following the “Membership” link.  Or you can also join at the AGM.

Vancouver Archives
2:00pm March 19th. (doors open at 1:30pm).

Previous Events

screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-11-13-06-pmVaudeville and Vancouver! 

Civic historian John Atkin and artist Tom Carter presented an illustrated look at this uproarious era of traveling performers and elaborate theatres for the annual October fundraising event.

Watch for future events from the Friends


atom-digital-object-count-1The Vancouver Archives reached a significant milestone in mid-October with over 100,000 digital objects available online for your use and re-use!




Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 3.41.16 PMSupport the Friends of the Vancouver Archives by buying one of our exclusive t-shirts featuring a selection of carefully curated photographs drawn from the City of Vancouver Archives collection.

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courthouse post card2Help support the work of the Friends. Become a member or, consider renewing if you have let your membership lapse. It’s easy, just follow the link.

You may also wish to show your support and donate through Canada Helps


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