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Anglican Diocese of New Westminster Archive

Official records of the Diocese of New Westminster, personal collections and records of related organizations with historical value. Date of Coverage: 1859-2009

Tel: 604-822-9583
Fax: 604-822-9212

Barkerville Historic Town and Resource Centre

Books, minutes of organizations, letters, textbooks, newspapers, banners, couplets, gambling chips, reference files and photographs. For more information on its collections, please click here.

Tel: 1-888-994-3332

Bob Stewart Archives (The B.C. Conference of the United Church of Canada)

Records of Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregational Churches within British Columbia prior to 1925, and of The United Church of Canada after 1925; personal/private papers and manuscripts of individuals active in the church; printed annual reports of local congregations; congregational newsletters, local church histories, correspondence and photographs. Fonds on Chinese: Foreign Mission Committee and Oriental Home and School.

Tel: 604-822-9589
Fax: 604-822-9212

British Columbia Archive

Government records, private letters and journals, books, maps, paintings, drawings, prints, sound recordings and moving images Chinese fonds include: David C. Lew Fonds, Kwong Lee and Company Fonds, Tye Chung Lung and Company Fonds, Wing Chong Company Fonds, Yee Lun Art Ltd. Fonds.

Tel: 250-387-1952
Fax: 250-387-2072

Canadian Pacific Archive

Menus, brochures or promotional material in Chinese for distribution on the Pacific ships.

Tel: 514-395-5135

Chilliwack Museum and Archive

Records of local government, private organizations, businesses and individuals from 1859-1995, and a collection of Chinese artifacts, archival records and photographs.

Tel: 604-795-5210 (Museum)
Tel: 604-795-9255 (Archives)

Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society

Photographs, documents, and artifacts that tell the story of Chinese-Canadian soldiers in both world wars.
Tel: 604-658-8880

Chinese Community Library Services Association - History Room

Books, pamphlets, magazines, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio and visual resources.

Tel: 604-254-2107
Fax: 604-254-3012

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver - Museum and Archive

Donated art collections, paintings, artifacts, photographs, as well as newspaper clippings, programs, exhibition catalogues, pamphlets and posters on community events organized by the organization since its inception in 1972.

Tel: 604-658-8880
Fax: 604-687-0368

Chung Collection (University of British Columbia)

Archival documents, photographs, artifacts and books related to: immigration and settlement in Canada, especially Chinese immigration; development of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and its train, ferry, steamship and tourism operations; and B.C.'s history from the earliest European explorers.  Some items such as pamphlets, calendar, dinner menus, cards, scrapbooks,and newspaper clippings are in Chinese.

Tel: 604-822-2521
City of Richmond Archive
Official City records, such as Council Minutes and Bylaws, as well as records generated by private individuals and organizations. These records include textual documents, photographs, maps and plans, audiotapes, and videotapes. For the Thematic Guide to Early Records of Chinese Canadians in Richmond, please click here.

Tel: 604-247-8305

City of Vancouver Archive

government records and publications; private sector records donated by pioneer families, politicians, social activists, artists, entrepreneurs, and community organizations; and, visual records such as photos, maps and plans, documentary art, pamphlets, directories, newspaper clippings, and films. Chinese fonds include: Chinese Students’ Athletic Association Fonds, Lambert M. Sung Fonds, Kuo Kong Silk Company Fonds, Sam Kee Company Fonds, Yip Family and Yip Sang Ltd. Fonds.

Tel: 604-736-8561
Fax: 604-736-0626

City of Victoria Archive

Photos, documents and manuscripts about pioneer families. Several Chinese fonds are included: George Y. Lee Fonds, Lim Li Bang Fonds, Roy S.T. Chan Fonds, Victoria Canada-Chinese Friendship Association Fonds.

Tel: 250-361-0375
Fax: 250-361-0394

Cranbrook Archives, Museum and Landmark Foundation

Historical material in the form of books, photographs, maps, files and objects, etc., on early Cranbrook and the railway, including all early Cranbrook newspapers from 1898 to 1973.The Herbert Simpson Fonds consists of correspondence of Simpson acting on behalf of Chinese-Canadian clients in Cranbrook concerning their financial affairs and immigration status.

Tel: 250-489-3918
Fax: 250-489-5744

Cumberland Museum and Archive

Community records (1880-1970s) including photographs, business records, hospital records, Canadian Collieries Dunsmuir mining records, Fire Department records, family records, school records, and records and information files on various cultural groups including the Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and British. The Chinese Nationalist League Cumberland Branch Fonds consists of correspondence, proclamations, certificates, membership cards, and other documents.

Tel: 250-336-2445

Delta Museum & Archive

Municipal and community records, as well as non-archival material such as publications, research files, periodicals, brochures and pamphlets. Photographs Collection has photos on Chinese working in farms, canneries, fishing and scenes of Chinatown. Also available is the Chung Family Fonds.

Tel: 604-946-9322
Fax: 604-946-5791

Diocesan Archives of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia

During the late 1880s and the early 1890's a Chinese lay catechist was operating a Chinese Mission in the Victoria area. In 1925, the Good Hope Mission ( also known as the Victoria Chinese Mission) was established with Diocesan funding. A vestry of nine Chinese communicants was formed that year. The Mission operated until 1955. Some of the documents, e.g. financial records, were in Chinese.

Tel: 250-386-7781ext. 107 / 800-582-8627

Kelowna Public Archives

The Chinese Community Collection consists of business and personal correspondence and receipts, financial records, immigration papers, and documents pertaining to the Dart Coon Club and the Kuo Min Tang. It also consists of approximately 300 original letters written in Chinese. Letters are to and from Chinese in Kelowna to family and friends in China.

Tel: 250-763-2417

Langley Centennial Museum

The archival holdings include records and documents, ranging from correspondence and minute books to newspaper, maps and photographs.  Kwong Lee Trading Company Fonds is available. 

Tel: 604-532-3536
Fax: 604-888-7291

Museum of Vancouver

Historical, ethnographic, archaeological, Asian studies, and natural history objects. Its Chinese Canadian collection consists of household items, clothing, account books, Chinese textbooks, novels, Bible, magazines, Chinese typewriter and miscellaneous.

Tel: 604-736-4431
Fax: 604-736-5417

Multicultural History Society of Ontario

Oral history, Chinese newspapers, archives and photographs.

Tel: 416-979-2973
Fax: 416-979-7947

Nanaimo Community Archives

Photographs, maps, memorabilia and other materials from the public and private sectors including the municipal government, community and service organizations, families and individuals. Records date from 1852 to the present with materials from 1874, the year of city incorporation, to 1952 predominating. A number of Chinese fonds are preserved such as Quang Jan Yip fonds , Wong family fonds , and Dick & June Leahy fonds.

Tel: 250-753-4462
Fax: 250-753-4462

New Westminster Museum & Archives

Historic photographs and other items such as maps, plans, diaries, letters, city records and oral histories. Fonds of New Westminster Chinese Benevolent Association, 1928-1968; New Westminster Chinese Benevolent Association, 1904-197; and Chinese Old Man's Home 1929 are available.

Tel: 604-527-4640
Fax: 604-527-4641

Quesnel and District Museum and Archives

Archival materials include: manuscript collection (letters, diaries, memoirs, minutes), some Village/Town of Quesnel records, aural histories, clipping files, local newspapers, maps, photographs and films. Chinese Textual Records Collection and Department of Immigration and Colonization Fonds are available.

Tel: 250- 992 -9580

Rare Book and Special Collections (University of British Columbia)

Rare books, historic maps, photographs, broadsides, pamphlets and archival materials relating to the Chinese, Japanese, Sikh and Swedish communities in the province. Chinese fonds include: Britannia Beach Mining and Smelting Company Ltd. Fonds, Chinese Consul of Vancouver Fonds, Chock On Fonds, Foon Sien Wong Fonds, Lee Family Fonds, Ron Bick Lee, Thomas Whaun Fonds, Wah Shun Company Fonds, and Won Alexander Cumyow Fonds.

Tel: 604-822-2521

Royal British Columbia Museum

An enormous range of artifacts and specimens that have provincial significance.

Tel: 250-356-7226/ 1-888-447-7977
Fax: 250-387-5674
Surrey Public Library (Cloverdale Library) - Genealogy Section

Family history records in Vancouver and Lower Mainland area.

Tel: 604- 576-7328

University of Victoria Archives

Private archives of individuals and organizations associated with the university and its predecessors. Holdings include textual records, photographs of various formats, audio and video recordings, motion picture films, posters and other ephemera, microforms, maps and computer disks, and objects. Inclusive dates are 1780-2009. Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association Fonds and Lee Hung Fonds are available.

Tel: 250-721-8257

Vancouver Public Library Special Collections

Historical photographs of BC and the Yukon

Tel: 604-331-3776
Fax: 604-331-3777

Yale Historic Site of Yale & District Historical Society

Artifacts and photographs showcasing the diverse history of Yale. Artifacts collected include: First Nations baskets, Gold Rush, Chinese and Pioneer artifacts, railway exhibits and pieces donated by the former students of All Hallows girls school, etc.

Tel: 604-863-2424
Fax: 604-863-2495