Archives

Materials in the archives are viewable by appointment only.  Some items are not available to the public.  Archival materials may not be borrowed.

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Our Holdings

Info for Parishes

Accessing Vital Records

 St. Francis-in-the woods, queen's bay, circa 1914

St. Francis-in-the woods, queen's bay, circa 1914

The Diocese of Kootenay archives holdings go back to the 1880s.  Unlike a library, the archives cannot be browsed, but requests can be submitted to the archivist.  Most items are publically-accessible with the exception of House of Bishops’ material, legal matters, anything protected under solicitor-client privilege, personnel files, and refugee sponsorship details.  

 headstone in donald, BC cemetery - in memory of hellen harte who died in 1892. photo credit: grant lockhart

headstone in donald, BC cemetery - in memory of hellen harte who died in 1892. photo credit: grant lockhart

The vital records comprise baptism, confirmation, marriage and burial records, as well as parish vestry books and banns notices.  Some parishes have very complete records;  other parishes have gaps in the records for various reasons.  Access to this information is governed by the BC Personal Information Protection Act.

 women's auxiliary at st. saviour's pro-cathedral, nelson 1912

women's auxiliary at st. saviour's pro-cathedral, nelson 1912

Parish fonds include meeting minutes, annual reports, select service bulletins, Women's Auxiliary files, newspaper clippings, posters and invitations regarding parish events, photos, building plans and general correspondence.  The amount of archival material varies greatly from parish to parish.  For parishes who have benefited from archivally-minded parishioners, there is a lot of useful material.  For other parishes, however, there is very little information, or gaps in the material.

Special Collections

 camp owaissi in 1950

camp owaissi in 1950

Other Resources

 Sir Sam Steele (2nd from left) & Capt. Oscar Berry (far right) in 1917. rev. Berry served as vicar at grand forks, bc from 1949-1952. photo credit: bruce peel collection, university of alberta

Sir Sam Steele (2nd from left) & Capt. Oscar Berry (far right) in 1917. rev. Berry served as vicar at grand forks, bc from 1949-1952. photo credit: bruce peel collection, university of alberta

This section provides information about archival resources beyond the Diocese of Kootenay to help you in your search.

History of the Archives

 Katharine Crafter and Herbert Day - wedding at the cathedral church of st. michael & all Angels, kelowna Nov. 14, 1928

Katharine Crafter and Herbert Day - wedding at the cathedral church of st. michael & all Angels, kelowna Nov. 14, 1928