About the Archives
- Reference service is the assistance provided to researchers by Archives staff. This help includes how to use finding aids, both electronic and on paper, how to narrow or widen a search, and how to handle fragile documents.
- Limited reference service is available for those making inquiries from a distance. This usually takes the form of informing the researcher of resources available and, if appropriate, mailing photocopied materials. A visit to the Archives is encouraged to view original records in person.
- An appointment is advised to ensure the archivist will be available to assist you when you come to the Archives.
Reference Room Guidelines
- The City of Richmond Archives online photograph catalogue contains more than 7,500 historical images that document the people, events, and places of the community of Richmond from the late 1800s to modern times. The image database can be searched on this website at:
- Images are subject to the Copyright Act of Canada. They are provided on this website for research purposes only. Re-use requires written permission and may be subject to fees
- Reproductions of these photographs in both print and digital form are available for purchase and use according to specific terms and conditions. Fees and prices vary according to usage and type of reproduction. Photograph reproduction orders cannot be processed until a signed Conditions of Use Agreement has been received by the City of Richmond Archives. A copy of the fee schedule and the conditions of use agreement can be downloaded in PDF format:
Image Reproduction and Use Fees
Conditions of Use Agreement
- Photocopies cost 35 cents per page.
- Archival materials will be copied by staff. The photocopier is not publicly available. If the photocopy request is large you may be asked to return another day to pick up your copies.
- For conservation reasons some fragile paper documents are not available for copying.
- A microfilm reader/printer is available for public use.
- Copies cost 35 cents per page.