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The City of Richmond Archives holds over 1 kilometre of textual records, 170,000 photographs, 20,000 maps and plans and over 500 sound and moving image recordings from 1880 to present day. In addition, the Archives maintains a small reference library and collections of reference files and biography files.

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Search Oral Histories
Oral Histories Search provides listings by name and subject of more than 400 oral history interviews in the Archives holdings. A number of full transcripts are available online.

The Oral Histories listed here come from two main sources.

  1. Britannia Oral History Project.
    In 1991 nineteen recorded interviews were conducted with former Britannia workers and neighbours of the historic shipyard site.  Later, the interviews and all supporting documentation were deposited at the City of Richmond Archives.
  2. Richmond Oral History Project.
    Between 1971 and 1976, approximately 400 individuals were interviewed on a broad range of topics relating to the history and development of Richmond.  At this time, before the establishment of the City of Richmond Archives, little historical information about our community was available for research.

The City of Richmond Archives provides equipment to listen to the interview tapes in the Reference Room.  Copies of some of the tapes can be ordered for a cost of $20.

Search Thematic Guides
The City of Richmond Archives has produced several guides to records in its holdings based on subject or theme:
PDF Document Thematic Guide to the Early Records of Chinese Canadians in Richmond (2011)
PDF Document Thematic Guide to the Records of the Olympic Speed Skating Oval Site / Brighouse Lands (2004)
PDF Document Thematic Guide to Sources at the City of Richmond Archives Relating to London Farm (1996)

Search Help
Search tips are available on the right-hand side of each page when searching the Archives, and more detailed help is available on the Search Help page. As well, step-by-step instructions on how to search the Archives are available on our blog Outside the Box - The Richmond Archives Blog.