The Archives & Library of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies was established in 1966. This was to serve the unique mountain regions of Western Canada; the area bounded by the 49th Parallel to the South, as well as the Peace River to the North, the Front Ranges in the East and the Columbia Mountains in the West. The Archives & Library endeavors to make its collections widely accessible and welcomes diverse audiences with varied research interests.
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The Archives & Library also offers the following services online:
Research the Collection
Major focuses of research of the Archives & Library collection include: family and personal life; exploration, discovery and travel; sport, recreation and leisure; tourism; arts and culture; corporate and organizational history; and community life. Our holdings of textual records, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings, cartographic records, out of print publications, and newspapers offer a comprehensive study of the human and natural history of the Canadian Rockies. Visit Research the Collection to search by fonds, search by finding aid, search by photograph, search library and special collections, search maps, and search postcards.
Order a Photograph
Photographs can be ordered from the Whyte Museum’s Archives & Library for Personal Use (within your home or for private study), For Publication, and/or Commercial/Business Use. Visit Order a Photograph, to select the image that you are interested in, and then place your order through the Whyte Museum’s Online Shop.
Explore the Digital Vault
Our Digital Vault offers an array of subjects exploring many histories of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The Digital Vault highlights special projects and items from the Whyte Museum’s extensive collections. These online exhibits supplement and extend the Museum’s galleries. The Whyte Museum encourages people to visit the Digital Vault regularly as new content will continually be added.