Collections

Mission Statement
The  Rossland  Museum  &  Discovery  Centre’s  mission  is  to  preserve  and  dynamically  present  the  history  and  heritage  of  Rossland  and  area  and  to  inspire  and  engage  the  public  through  virtual  and  real  life  presentations  that  bring  our  history  and  heritage  to  life.  

To  achieve  this  mission,  the  Museum  is  committed  to  maintaining  professional  standards  and  best  practices  in  the  stewardship  of  its  collection.  The  Museum’s  collections  exist  to  provide  a  basis  for  its  exhibition,  public  and  educational  programs,  for  research  and  study,  for  special  lectures  and  symposia,  and  for  the  cultural  and  educational  enrichment  of  its  visitors  and  the  community  as  a  whole.  

Collection Types
The Permanent Collection:
The  Permanent  Collection  includes  all  objects  for  which  the  Museum  has  ownership  and  responsibility,  which  are  assigned  an  accession  number,  and  for  which  records  are  kept.  The  Museum  shall  pursue,  through  donation  or  bequest,  objects  that  contribute  significantly  to  the  Museum’s  collection  and  that  possess  the  visual  integrity  and  physical  condition  necessary  to  be  incorporated  into  the  Museum’s  exhibition  program.

The Education Collection:
Objects  in  the  Education  Collection  may  be  obtained  through  gift  or  bequest  or  purchased  through  funds  allocated  for  educational  purposes.  Objects  in  this  collection  will  not  be  assigned  an  accession  number,  but  they  will  be  included  in  collections  records  separate  from  the  Permanent  Collection.  

These  collections  may  lack  historical  context  or  may  be  duplicates  or  replicas  of  objects  in  the  Permanent  Collection.    These  collections  may  be  used  for  RMDC  education  programs. 

Scope of the Collections

The Permanent Collection:
The  Permanent  Collection  largely  consists  of  the  mining,  skiing,  and  the  social  history  of  Rossland  and  area  as  well  as  a  large  geological  specimen  collection.  The  collection  also  touches  upon  areas  of  power  generation,  commerce,  transportation,  agriculture,  sports,  and  more.  

The  Museum’s  primary  objectives  of  collecting  are  twofold.  First  to  preserve,  interpret,  exhibit,  and  educate  the  Museum’s  public  about  the  rich  history  of  Rossland.  The  second  is  to  have  available  information  and  resources,  as  well  as  have  qualified  staff  to  support  the  Museum’s  role  as  a  research  centre  where  researchers  can  access  archival  material  and  artifacts  to  support  their  investigations. 

 

Subject Matter:
The  RMDC  shall  collect  objects  that  reflect  the  constantly  changing  cultural  landscape  in  Rossland,  beginning  with  human  occupation  through  to  the  present  day.  

  • The  primary  focus  includes:  
    • The  establishment  of  the  City  of  Rossland  and  its  residents  including  the  political,  economic,  industrial,  social,  and  cultural  history.  
    • Hard  rock  mining  in  the  Kootenay  area  with  a  specific  concentration  on  the  Rossland  Mines.
    • Skiing  development  and  history  through  to  the  present  day. 
  • The  scope  can  include  information  from  the  Cominco-Teck  smelter  located  in  Trail  where  it  relates  to  mining  in  Rossland. 
  • The  geological,  paleontological,  and  natural  histories  of  the  region  are  important  elements  to  the  context  of  Rossland  history. 
  • The  museum  may,  when  staff  resources  allow,  collect  oral  histories  related  to  the  above-mentioned  mandate. 

 

Geographic Region
The  RMDC  collections  shall  be  focused  on  the  town  site  of  Rossland  and  its  immediate  surrounding  area  of  the  Rossland  Range.  It  also  focuses  on  the  geological  environment  surrounding  the  Rossland  area  and  may  expand  wide  enough  to  cover  Southeastern  BC  and  northern  Washington  geology.  

Objects  may  be  collected  if  they  are  proven  to  inform  the  growth  and  development  of  the  Rossland  area  and  its  contribution  to  British  Columbia  or  Canada  as  a  whole.  Due  to  the  restrictive  collection  area  size,  the  museum  places  a  high  priority  on  making  selected  additions  to  existing  collections’  strength  rather  than  creating  an  excessively  broad,  generalist  collection. 

 

Time Period
The  RMDC  collection  is  not  focused  on  any  concrete  time  frame,  but  all  acquisitions  acquired  for  the  Museum’s  collections  must  focus  and  strictly  follow  the  Museum’s  objectives,  statement  of  purpose,  and  interpretive  themes  while  fitting  within  the  Museum’s  mission  statement.  

 

Duplicates
Surplus  objects  that  are  duplicates  of  items  already  in  the  collection  will  not  be  accepted  unless  they  are  of  superior  condition,  have  additional  intrinsic  value  relevant  to  the  museum’s  scope,  or  assist  in  telling  the  history  of  the  area  (e.g.  where  multiples  are  required  for  exhibition  context).  In  the  case  of  the  potential  object  being  of  superior  condition,  the  original  collection  object  may  be  considered  for  deaccessioning. 

Accepting Donations to the Collections
The Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre collects new artifacts and documents year-round.

If the objects do not meet the above requirements, the Collections will be unable to accept the donation.

If the objects meet the above requirements, the Museum Director or Collections Manager will ask you to complete the Temporary Custody and Deed of Gift forms and, depending on the condition or size of the objects, bring the objects to the museum. The objects will then be reviewed by the Collection Committee regarding its entrance into the museum. If approved, the object will enter either the Permanent Collection or the Education Collection depending on the verdict of the Committee.