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The City of Burnaby Archives

In 2001 the Archives officially opened and occupies a 4,000-square-foot space adjacent to the McGill library. The archives operates as the official repository for all inactive civic records of permanent administrative, legal, fiscal, historical, evidential and informational value to the City of Burnaby. dating back to Burnaby's incorporation in 1892.

The purpose of the City of Burnaby Archives is to identify, acquire, preserve and make accessible archival material in the form of civic and private records documenting the history of the City of Burnaby.

Records include a variety of sources including documents, photographs and maps. The storage area can accommodate 900 lineal meters of material and is equipped with sophisticated environmental controls necessary to preserve archival items.

Private or non-governmental records that compliment the official city records and/or enhance our understanding of the history and development of Burnaby are also acquired and preserved by the Archives. Private records include those of elected civic officials, those of boards and commissions related to the administration of the City and those of other organizations and individuals that detail the history of the City.

In 2007, the City of Burnaby Archive expanded its collection mandate to include private as well as public records. On February 14, 2007, an agreement was signed with the Burnaby Historical Society to accept the collection of community records that had been maintained and managed by the Historical Society since the 1950s. That Spring, the records were transferred from the Burnaby Village Museum to their permanent home in the Archives.

City of Burnaby Archives preserves:

Public reference services are available from Wednesday to Friday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm or by appointment.

Burnaby's City Hall 1918

Rebecca Pasch

City Archivist


City Archives

4595 Albert Street

Burnaby BC V5C 2G6


Robert Burnaby