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Museums and Archives

Historic government records are held in national, provincial and municipal repositories. Individuals, families and organizations also frequently donate private records to museums and archives. Archives' across Canada have collaborated to create the Canadian Archival Information Network (CAIN). The network allows user to simultaneously search the holdings of many archival repositories in order to identify materials that may be of interest.

The list in the following tabs (above) is primarily derived from CAIN. It identifies Canadian museums and archives with records in their collections that may be of interest to Chinese-Canadian genealogists. Specific record collections at each repository are identified, with links to their archival descriptions in the CAIN database.

The collections vary greatly in content and scope. Some relate to individuals and families, others to organizations and businesses. Some include items that may allow the researcher to specifically identify an individual; others will be more useful in providing clues or background material for genealogical and historical research. Formats vary and include documents, photographs and audiotapes.

The list is selective and emphasizes older historical materials found in Canadian archives and museums. A search of CAIN using terms such as Chinese and Chinatown will yield fuller results, although some items may be quite recent and of limited genealogical value.

Currently, the list focuses on resources held by archives' in B.C. and Alberta, and in the collections of Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. Other provinces and territories have been surveyed, but little material relating to Chinese-Canadians has been identified, and most of it is recent and of little or no genealogical value.

If you prefer to do your own CAIN search, these search tips may be useful. In most cases, records have not been microfilmed and it is necessary to visit the repository where they are held in order to review them.

Canadian Archival Information Network - Search Tips

Always make your terms as specific as possible when starting a search. If you do not get results, then broaden the search terms.

To search the Canadian Archival Information Network for materials that may be useful for Chinese-Canadian genealogical research, type a term into the search box, such as a family or business name, e.g.

  • Lee Chong Company
  • Mah Sze Hun

To identify records associated with a specific city, town or village, use a search strategy based on the following example:

  • Chinese Nanaimo

The search screen also allows you to narrow your search by province or territory. Enter the term "Chinese" in the search box, and then click on the check-box for the appropriate province or territory.

Finally, you can obtain a large set of results to browse by simply entering the term Chinese in the search box.

In most cases, it would be necessary in most cases to visit the archives or museum in person in order to view the records.

In some cases, there are restrictions on access to records. Details are usually provided in the archival descriptions.

Barkerville Historic Town and Resource Centre

Note: Information and in some cases photographs of specific items in the Barkerville Historic Town and Resource Centre are available in the Historical Chinese-Language Materials in British Columbia electronic inventory. Go to the Catalogue Search page and search by Holding Location, entering Barkerville as a keyword.

British Columbia Archives

Bulkley Valley Museum

Campbell River Museum and Archives

City of Vancouver Archives

City of Victoria Archives

Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives

Cranbrook Archives, Museum and Landmark Foundation

Cumberland Museum

Fort Steele Heritage Town Archives

Kelowna Public Archives

Langley Centennial Museum

Nanaimo Community Archives

Note: Information and in some cases photographs of specific items in the Nanaimo Community Archives are available in the Historical Chinese-Language Materials in British Columbia electronic inventory. Go to the Catalogue Search page and search by Holding Location, entering Nanaimo community archives as keywords.

New Westminster Museum and Archives

  • The New Westminster Museum and Archives has records of the New Westminster Chinese Nationalist League (Kuomingtang) and the New Westminster Chinese Benevolent Association. The fonds include cemetery records, minute books, membership rolls, and other items. Virtually all of the material is in Chinese. Both fonds are unprocessed. For more information, contact the New Westminster Museum and Archives.

Quesnel and District Museum and Archives

University of British Columbia Archives

University of British Columbia Rare Books and Special Collections

University of Victoria Archives

      

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