Welcome to the Archives Association of British Columbia

The Archives Association of British Columbia represents individual and institutional members, maintains resources for the public and the archival community, and advocates for Archives in the province.

Are you searching for archives?  Please visit MemoryBC.ca, our portal to descriptions of archival materials preserved in repositories throughout the province.

Our mission is to foster the development of the provincial archival community in order to better preserve and promote access to British Columbia's documentary heritage. We assist the community through our Education and Advisory Services Program and the Network Services Program that maintains the provincial catalogue (MemoryBC.ca). See the About Us section for further details and how to contact us.

Honourary Patron: The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

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A Statement Regarding Black Lives Matter Activism and Anti-Racism Initiatives

June 16, 2020

The AABC recognizes and joins those advocating for an end to racism, injustice, and violence against Black communities in Canada and abroad, and supports statements made by fellow North American heritage organizations regarding Black Lives Matter protests and Anti-Racism initiatives (including the ACA and SAA).

Racism and colonial violence against Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities in Canada has been a reality since settler contact; colonial violence and institutional racism are embedded in archival practice; and, action against that violence and racism is both urgent, and long overdue. 

This statement alone is not enough and our executive understands that words without action are demonstrative of performative allyship. In order to support and promote anti-racism in archives and heritage, the AABC Executive Committee commits to accomplishing the following action items by the 2021 Annual General Meeting (May 2021):

  • the creation of an anti-racism working group;
  • the production of an anti-racism action plan informed by the needs of our community;
  • the development of an AABC workshop bursary for BIPOC community members; and,
  • the circulation of progress updates throughout the 2020/2021 term via our re-instated newsletter.

The input of our community is essential as we continue to develop our action plan, and work towards a reality of anti-racist archives. Please reach out to the executive through our incoming President, Jenny Seeman (aabc.president@aabc.ca) with suggestions, comments, or feedback, and we invite AABC members to join the upcoming discussion at our Annual General Meeting on June 17th, 2020 at 1:00pm via Zoom.


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Registration Open: Privacy 101: Managing Personal Information in Collections webinar

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 (12:00-1:00pm)

Join the AABC & BCMA for this cross-themed webinar. Cultural heritage professionals have a mandate to protect records and information, while promoting their accessibility and use. Although these two mandates seem contradictory, there are ways forward that balance privacy and access. This 1 hour webinar will present an approach to managing personal information in cultural heritage collections. It will present an overview of basic privacy principles, outline factors to consider when releasing information, and describe tools that can be used to ensure personal information is released in compliance with legal and ethical considerations.  

Cost: Free for AABC & BCMA members; Non-members $15.00 CAD

Registration deadline: July 24, 2020 (or until 100 webinar participant spots filled)


Registration Open: Managing Archival Photographs distance ed course

Registration is now open for the popular distance education course "Managing Archival Photographs". Over 10 weeks students will learn about the history of photography and different technical processes and how to appraise, accession, describe and preserve this popular format that is found in every archive. Students will also look at the specific guidelines when it comes to reference, copyright and public outreach and the best practices for digitization. 

Registration: June 1 - July 20, 2020

Course duration: September 14 - November 23, 2020

Course fee: AABC members: $350.00 (CAD); non-members $500.00 (CAD) plus the cost of the course textbook.


Registration Open: CCI Digital Preservation workshop

NEW DATES: October 20-21, 2020, Campbell River, BC 

The AABC is pleased to partner with the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) to bring you their dynamic 2-day Digital Preservation workshop. This workshop outlines best practices for preserving digital information. Topics covered include appropriate selection criteria for physical carriers as well as tools for taking stock of existing digital assets and for developing digital preservation policies, plans and procedures. Software and hardware solutions for digital preservation in small to medium-sized heritage institutions will be recommended. 


Webinars available for viewing

Access to previously recorded webinars is FREE for current AABC members (non-members $15.00).

ABC's of Archival Appraisal and Deaccessioning

The webinar "ABC's of Archival Appraisal and Deaccessioning" was held on June 15, 2020. This webinar also included an overview of the National Archival Appraisal Board (NAAB) program and the services they offer.

MemoryBC webinar

The webinar "Introduction to MemoryBC" was held on April 30, 2020. 


BC Museum Week: BCMA webinar, May 15, 2020

"For Future Consideration"

For nearly two months museums across the country have shut their doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now as provinces prepare to reopen many museums are exploring what the future looks like for them. Join the BCMA, Jon Tupper (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria), Kate Kerr (Emily Carr House), Lisa Glandt (Archives Association of BC), and Tracy Calogheros (The Exploration Place)  for Museum Week, as we discuss the current climate our industry has found itself in and the pathways forward.

The webinar recording is available HERE.


2020 AABC - ARMA VI Conference 

The 2020 AABC - ARMA Vancouver Island Joint Conference "Creative by Nature" was held on May 8, 2020. Access to the recorded conference is now available. 

More details about the conference program and a link to the event recording can be found HERE.


Posted: June 11, 2020

Records Management/Archivist-Southridge (South Surrey, BC)-Job Posted

The Records Manager/Archivist works as part of the Southridge community and manages information and documentation to capture the historical events and heritage of the school. This includes, appraising, collecting, organizing, preserving and providing access to records that have been determined to have long term value.

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Posted: March 25, 2017

BC’s GLAM sector signs MOU to build capacity for learning and discovery

First among provinces, BC’s GLAM sector signs MOU to build capacity for learning and discovery Minister Peter Fassbender joins partners at Surrey City Centre Library for the historic event.

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