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‘Archives’ can be defined as documentary records of long-term value to an organization, family or a community. The Fernie Museum’s archival collection includes thousands of photographs, municipal records, diaries, newspapers, oral histories, and maps. These records are a vital part of the community’s collective memory. Proper care and handling procedures are followed in order to preserve these records for current and future generations to study, learn from and enjoy.


The Fernie Museum archives includes over 9,000 photographs. Beginning in January 2016, the Museum will be progressively making its collection of over 9,000 photographs available to researchers online. Researchers may also access the museum’s in-house database by appointment.

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Original documents can be retrieved for further study, upon request. The archives also has over 100 years of Fernie newspapers that have been transferred onto microfilm. Museum staff and volunteers are available for research or historical inquiries.

For all research inquiries, please contact the Fernie Museum at 250.423.7016, extension 2 or by email.


Donations of records relating to Fernie and the Elk Valley-Crowsnest Pass region are most welcome. Learn more about donating the Fernie Museum.


Looking for a unique gift or wall decor?  Need a high resolution image illustrating Fernie’s dynamic history?  Our library archival images are available for reproduction for a wide range of personal, corporate or media uses.

Documents from the museum’s archives may also be photocopied for research purposes.

Fees for reproduction of archival materials apply.