Tuesday morning
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

Wednesday to Friday afternoon
1:00 – 4:00 PM 

The archives are open to the public by appointment only.





Accessing the archives

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Access the Archives



archival holdings

Full Descriptions of our holdings are available online through the British Columbia Archival Information Network @







about the archives


The Greater Vernon Archives has the distinction of being among the most respected research facilities in the province.

The Greater Vernon Archives acquires and preserves material of archival and/or informational value to the North Okanagan and makes this material available to the public by employing accepted archival practices.

You can obtain copies of most archival material in our collections. The Vernon Museum’s archives can provide one copy of material in our holdings for research and private study when no restrictions apply.

Each year, well in excess of 700 research inquiries from individuals in the province and many other parts of the country come through our archives. Archivist, Barbara Bell, manages the department. 

  • Access over 450 local history topics
  • Individual, family, organization, and government records
  • Land claims and land exemption records
  • Topographical maps and property assessments







archival resources


  • Collections of Original Documents
  • Over 250 record groups containing original documents from individuals, groups, organizations, societies, local government, and businesses.
  • Information Files that include:
    • Over 450 local history topics.
    • Interior First Nations, Okanagan Nation, and the Syilx people
    • Military topics back to the Boer War.
    • Biographical information on more than1500 people.
  • Photograph Database
    • Over 30,000 historic images can be accessed using our public display terminal at the museum. Only a limited number are available for viewing on-line. 
  • Extensive Map Collection
    • Topographical Maps
    • Contour Maps
    • Historical Maps
  • Newspapers (Vernon News/Morning Star). 
  • Property Assessment Records (1890’s to 1965). 
  • City of Vernon Council Minutes (1893 – 1974). 
  • Vernon & Area Phone Books (1911– present). 
  • Okanagan Historical Society Reports (1926 – present). 
  • B.C. Mining Reports (1899, 1903 – 1979). 
  • B.C. Dragoons War Diaries (1915-1919 & 1940-1945). 
  • Fire Insurance Plans (1913, 1939, 1952, 1970)
  • B.C. Gazette (1886-1922)









John Shepherd Reference Library


The Greater Vernon Archives, also holds the John Shepherd Reference Library, an extensive reference library consisting of over 2800 rare and out-of-print publications are also available to visiting researchers.  This collection includes:

  • Local, Provincial and National History Topics
  • Natural History
  • Military History
  • Land Claim and Land Exemption Records




3009 32 Avenue
Vernon, BC, V1T 2L8









Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is located on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territory of the Okanagan Nation and the Syilx People.