About the Archives
The City of Coquitlam Archives was founded in 2013, with the mandate to preserve and make accessible the records of enduring value of the City of Coquitlam and its predecessor administrative bodies. The Archives also acquires, preserves, and makes accessible the records of businesses, organizations, and private individuals that are of significance to the municipality and deemed worthy of long-term preservation.
Vimy Ridge 100
In honour of the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the City of Coquitlam Archives has prepared an exhibit that makes the connection between the battlefield and the lives that were touched back home in Coquitlam. Click the link below to explore this curated exhibit from our holdings.
If you are at City Hall, you can view a visual display of this exhibit in the Main Floor display cabinets next to reception.
What’s in our Holdings?
The City of Coquitlam Archives acquires and preserves records that document the history of the city. Our holdings include records of the city government including Council Minutes, Bylaws, and correspondence from the City Clerk’s Office. They also include records from the community that document the social, political, and economic history of the city.
To search our holdings, Council Minutes, and Bylaws online, consult the links below.
Connect archival images to present places by visiting our HistoryPin page.
Reference is currently by appointment only. Please email email@example.com or call 604-927-3907 to book an appointment.
Donating to the Archives
To complement the records of the municipal government, the Archives is seeking historically significant records from members of the community including businesses, organizations, families, and individuals.
- Contribute to passing knowledge from one generation to the next.
- Make a lasting contribution to the historical narrative of Coquitlam.
- Be recognized as a part of Coquitlam’s cultural memory.
- Ensure the preservation of your records by placing them in a secure and controlled environment.
Donations could include:
Photographs, Diaries, Scrapbooks, Letters, Maps & Plans, Audio/visual records, Records of a local business, and Records of a local organization.
The City of Coquitlam Archivist will review all potential donations and evaluate each to determine whether the records fit with our collection mandate, taking into consideration:
- Significance to the history and culture of Coquitlam;
- Relationship to existing collections (does it fill a gap?);
- Resources required to provide appropriate care and documentation.
The Archives is interested in documenting the history of Coquitlam through photographs, letters, diaries, business records, meeting minutes, newsletters, handbooks, correspondence, maps and plans, films, videos, audiotapes, etc.
If you are interested in donating material, please contact the Archives to discuss your potential donation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintaining Your Digital Records at Home
Are you the family archivist? Do you have the responsibility to maintain your organization’s digital assets? These guidelines are for you.
Digital records require more planning and periodic intervention than is necessary for traditional records. Follow these tips and practical advice – you need only minimal resources!
If your well-cared-for records find their way into an archival repository, the community as a whole will benefit.
City of Coquitlam Archives
City Hall- Ground Floor
3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC