City of Coquitlam Archives

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.

Archives Office is Moving

The City of Coquitlam Archives is moving to an exciting new location at 1171 Pinetree Way, adjacent to the Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre branch.

To accommodate the move, the Archives will be temporarily closed effective Dec. 3 until January 2019 (opening date to be announced). Archival records will not be available during this time; however, descriptions of the Archives’ holdings and thousands of digitized archival records will continue to be available online through the Archives’ online search portal, Quest.

The new location will provide improved access to Coquitlam’s documentary heritage in one convenient location. The move will also enable the Archives to offer public drop-in hours in addition to the existing reference appointment services.

The Archives has plans for some stimulating events in early 2019, including a grand opening with exciting new exhibits that highlight Coquitlam’s past.

Archives Annual Report 2017

Archives Annual Report 201​7 (download)

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.

Online Search

To search our holdings, Council Minutes, and Bylaws online, consult the links below.
  Quest – Archives Online Search Portal
  Council Minutes Library Search
  Bylaw Search
  Coquitlam 100 Years: Reflections of the Past
  Slide Back in Time


Connect archival images to present places by visiting our HistoryPin page.

Reference Services

Reference is currently by appointment only. Please email 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.

Why donate?

  • 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

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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

Phone: 604-927-3907

Archives Room
City Hall- Ground Floor
3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC
V3B 7N2