The Scope of our Archives

Our archival holdings document the history of Rossland and the adjacent Trail Creek mining district. Cominco Ltd. and West Kootenay Power are also included because both were created to serve the Rossland mines. The collection includes material relating to the municipality, school, hospital, court house, businesses, family histories, skiing and other sports.

Total Volume: 186 linear feet
Inclusive Dates: 1895 to present
Predominant Dates: 1895-1920

Genealogical Research:

The Rossland Museum Archives has many ways to research your family genealogy:

  • Voters lists from the incorporation of the City;
  • Tax assessment rolls from 1897 to 1920;
  • Archival photographs;
  • The Rossland Miner newspaper from 1896 to 1972;
  • Some baptismal records for the Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Churches;
  • Cemetery records from 1899 to the mid-1930s;
  • A Miners Union ledger book;
  • And early directories and telephone books.

For Physical Access to the Archives

Phone Number: (250) 362-7722
e-mail: archives

Hours of Operation

Winter: Wednesdays-Saturdays 12pm to 5pm (Mid-December to early April)

Summer: May-June – Tuesdays-Sundays 10am to 6pm

July-August – 7 days a week, 10am to 6pm

We have developed a set of binders with photocopies of (many of!) our extensive photo collection. These binders can be made available in the Reading Room anytime during opening hours.

The Archives’ Reading Room is available for research purposes by appointment only as time is needed for research material to be pulled from the collection and made available.

For more information, see our Archival Procedures Brochure.

To Begin Your Research:

  • First, it is recommended that researchers make an appointment with the archivist either by phone, mail, or email. A brief explanation of what you are looking for is also helpful. This may give us some time to pull preliminary information to get you started on your research.
  • Researchers should provide the archivist with as much information as possible so that the necessary material can be ready for the researcher when they arrive at the archives.
  • Unlike libraries, archives do not permit public access to the stack areas. Instead, your order is brought to the Reading Room for access.
  • Archival documents are fragile, so gloves are provided for the researcher along with a list of the facility’s research policies.
  • Remember that a fee will be charged for the time involved in gathering the necessary information and for any photocopies.

Staff Research Fees:

  • Free of charge for first 15 minutes
  • $25 for each subsequent 30 minute period
  • It is free to conduct your own research in the reading room but requires an appointment

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Research Request Form:                         Photo Reprint Order Form:








Photo Permission Form (2 pages):








*Word document versions are available – please email archives @