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Into the Archives

Our "Into the Archives" series features archives from all over Canada, highlighting their collections and raising public awareness of the range of information available to them. If you'd like your institution to be featured, please contact us.

The History of Jasper

Located in the scenic Rocky Mountain town of Jasper, Alberta, the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives is dedicated to collect, preserve, and make available for research and exhibition documents and artefacts which illustrate the human history of Jasper National Park and the Yellowhead Corridor. Included in their holdings are over 2500 photographs of the Jasper town site dating from the first buildings on Snape's Hill (ca. 1911) to a town photo inventory (ca.1969) and a repeat inventory done in 2006.)

Samuel Prescott Fay's 1914 Expedition

Some areas of northern Canada remain so remote that few eyes have ever seen them and few bodies have ever traversed them. Fortunately, photographs and records from the courageous and curious souls who brave the wilderness of areas such as the northern Rockies are available for study at institutions like the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives.

The Robson Family Fonds

Your local archive is a great place to begin any study of women's history. Records such as letters, diaries, photos, and artwork produced by early female community members is often preserved but not so frequently studied in traditional history. At the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives (JYMA), the Robson Family Fonds are largely composed of materials originating from the hand of Joan Robson.

Charles Evans' Diary

Did you ever consider that your personal diary might one day become a piece of history? All sorts of different documents wind up in archives across the world — even something never intended for posterity can sometimes become a major clue to the past. The Chilliwack Archives uses such hidden treasures every day to present local history to their community.

Piper James Richardson

It's not uncommon for histories of the First World War to focus on the big picture and skim over individual stories. Often, though, these individual stories can mean more to someone than retellings of statistics and comparisons of battles. Local archives hold hundreds of records that can connect us with the individuals behind all the numbers.

Proof that the Sto:lo wooley dog did exist

It's often difficult to get a sense of what daily life was like before the age of newspapers and other such regular records. Early photographs can sometimes help to fill in the holes. In the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, the Chilliwack Archives has material which does just that.

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