Archives

The Scope of Our Archives
Our archival holdings document the history of Rossland and the adjacent Trail Creek mining district. Cominco Ltd. and the 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.

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
  • Early directories and telephone books

Before Arriving at the Archives
Please consult the Research page to familiarize yourself with all necessary steps to be taken before arriving at the Archives. The page can be found here.

Research Room Policies
Researchers are reminded that they are working with historical, archival records which are unique and often very fragile. In order to protect this material, we ask that the following conditions be observed:

  • Coats, briefcases, parcels, personal books, etc. must be left in the designated area
  • Eating and drinking are prohibited in the Reading Room. There are no public smoking areas in the building or on the property
  • Please refrain from wearing any fragrances
  • No ink in any form may be used in the Reading Room. Only pencils can be used for taking notes. You may bring laptops or recorders
  • Printed books, manuscripts, and other documents are delivered to researchers in the Research Room upon submission of a request for each item required. Normally only four items will be supplied to a research at a time unless utilizing larger items such as newspapers or ledgers in which case only one items will be supplied at a time. It is recommended that you arrange with staff which records you require for your research so that they can be assembled before your arrival. This allows for the most efficient use of your research time.
  • All archival records must be handled carefully. While it is in your custody, you are responsible for it.
  • The oils from your skin can damage or stain fragile records and publications; therefore, the use of gloves may be required when handling some items.
  • Please do not place open volumes face down; remove only one folder at a time from a document case; do not mark or rearrange the papers in any way; do not use "stickies" as markers; do not trace maps or other records; do not lay paper for note taking on top of documents.
  • Leave the records on the desk in the Research Room when you are finished. Notify staff if you will be using them again the next day.
  • Material must not be removed from the Research Room. If you require copies or prints of any material, make arrangements with staff. A fee will be charged for any copies made.

For Physical Access to the Archives
Please book an appointment with archives staff by contacting the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre
Phone: (250) 362-7722
e-mail: archives@rosslandmuseum.ca

Hours of Operation
Winter (Mid-December to Early April):   Wednesday - Saturday  12:00 - 17:00
Early Summer (May to June):                         Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Late July (July to August):                                       7 days a week 10:00 - 18:00