RBCM Archives



The database upgrade planned for Friday morning, June 29th has been postponed until further notice. The online BC Archives database will be available as usual.


Welcome to the online catalogue for the BC Archives. This catalogue contains the archival descriptions of government and private records that are of enduring value to the province of British Columbia. New information is continually added, including some digital copies of records, giving ever growing access to the archival materials.

Access and Search Tips

To begin accessing the descriptions, explore the records by using the search box or advanced search options above. Alternatively, use one of the browse options to access records by title or associated authority (people/organizations, places or subjects).

For precise searching, use the search operator AND (must be in uppercase) in any given search box (e.g. Begbie AND Douglas; Esquimalt AND Macaulay; etc.). Quotation marks should be used when searching for phrases and/or numbers (e.g. "Denman Island"; Princeton AND "coal mine"; "E-07403", "GR-1372.1.9a"; "CM/B1580", etc.). You can also use the * and ? symbols as multiple and single character wildcards (e.g. parade*; legislat*; m?crae). For more detailed information about searching, please visit our brief or extended search guides.

To search within a particular type of record, please see the links below:

Cartographic records

Visual records

Moving image records

Sound recordings

Textual records

Other Resources

Please visit our website to learn more about the Royal BC Museum and the BC Archives. If you would like to consult records in person, please look at the visitor information section. To place a reproduction order, or for more information on licensing, please consult the reproductions section.

To search indexes for births, deaths, marriages, colonial marriages and baptisms, please consult our genealogy database. To consult the BC Archives research library holdings, please visit the online catalogue.