What are Archives?

Archives refers to unpublished primary (or original) documents, photographs, maps, audio-visual recordings and other materials that form the two-dimensional record of a community's history.  An archives is also the place where these records are kept.  The purpose of the archives of the Osoyoos & District Museum and Archives is to identify, acquire, record and preserve archival records of enduring historic value to the community. These records shall be made available to the public and researchers, and are preserved in trust for future generations.

The archives also holds secondary (published) materials, such as the Osoyoos Times newspaper, telephone directories, reports of the Okanagan Historical Society and local history books. 

The geographical extent of records collected by the archives includes the Osoyoos area, encompassed by Richter, Kobau, Kruger and Anarchist Mountains.  In addition, the archives may collect more general materials related to the history of the CPR railway in the area, and materials created by or directly concerning the regional history of the Canada Customs and Revenue agencies.

Ways to access Osoyoos archives information:

Come to the Osoyoos & District Museum and Archives in person. The Archives is open to researchers Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. but please do call in advance to make an appointment.

Go to the MemoryBC.ca website, and click on "Repositories" or "B.C. Repositories." Click on "Name Index" and scroll down to "Osoyoos"; or, British Columbia Archives Information Network (BCAIN)

Go to British Columbia Archives Information Network (BCAIN), and click on "BCAUL" or "B.C. Archival Union List." Click on "Search the BCAUL" or "Search the BCAUL Database Now For Scan Index."  Select "Repository."  After "Starting at" type in "Osoyoos."

You may also access BCAIN by going to the Archives Association of BC website at www.aabc.bc.ca.  Click on "BCAIN."

Archive Hours

Tuesday through Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
By appointment
Please call 250.495.2582 


The materials in the Osoyoos Museum Society's archival holdings have been described to national standards and posted on the B.C. Archival Information Network.

This will help make the information available to the general public and researchers on a world-wide basis. The project was funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan in 2008.

In February 2009, the Museum Society was thrilled to receive a $60,000 Legacy Award from the Osoyoos Credit Union. The monies, along with a matching grant from the BC Arts Renaissance Fund, were deposited into the Osoyoos Museum Endowment Fund. The income generated by the endowment has been designated to help sustain the archives.