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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May 30, 2021


The AABC Executive Committee and Indigenous Advocacy Committee wish to offer our deepest sympathies to those impacted by the recent findings at the former Kamloops Residential School. The Association will offer a full statement on this matter when the time is right for the community.

Right now, we wish to offer support to archivists and memory workers who are impacted by this discovery. We encourage our members to reach out to their networks, colleagues and friends, and seek connection during this time. Contact info@aabc.ca for more information. For healing and wellness resources, see: https://irshdc.ubc.ca/for-survivors/healing-and-wellness-resources/

The AABC will be making a donation to the Indigenous Residential School Survivors Society. To make a donation, see https://www.irsss.ca/donate


Thank you and take care.


Copyright Basics - second workshop now scheduled!

Due to popular demand we are pleased to schedule a second offering of this workshop. Join us on September 15, 2021 for a 1-day workshop on Copyright Basics presented by Jean Dryden.

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of how copyright law works and presents the copyright provisions (including relevant case law) that determine duration and ownership of copyright and the respective rights of copyright owners and users of copyrighted material (including fair dealing and the exceptions for libraries, archives, and museums). 

More information about the workshop and links to register can be found HERE.


Managing Plans and Drawings distance education course

Registration now OPEN! June 1 - July 31, 2021

More information about the "Managing Plans and Drawings" distance education course can be found HERE.


New Webinar!

Genealogy Research Tips and Resources

Date: June 28, 2021; online

More information about the webinar and links to register can be found HERE



AABC & YCA Joint Conference Annoucment

Call for Submissions!

The AABC and Yukon Council of Archives are pleased to present the joint conference "We Walk Many Paths: Archival Journeys in BC, Yukon, and Beyond". The conference will be held online on October 27, 2021.

Please visit the conference website for more details and learn how to submit a conference presentation. Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2021.


AABC Annual General Meeting 

Thursday, April 29, 2021; 5:30pm

The 2021 AABC AGM report package is now available.

The AABC Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021. The meeting will take place online via Zoom and the participant link has been sent out to all AABC members in good standing. If you did not receive this email message, please contact aabc.advisor@aabc.ca for assistance.


AABC Anti-Racism Bursary

February 1, 2021

The AABC Anti-Racism Bursary is now open for applications. A key action item of the Executive Committee’s commitment to anti-racism, the bursary covers registration and textbook costs for one Indigenous, Black and/or Person of Colour (IBPOC) per distance education course. This will begin with the upcoming course titled “Managing Archives” (April 12 - June 21, 2021).

For more information about the Bursary, please go HERE.


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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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The Archives Association of British Columbia is proud to celebrate 

BC Archives Awareness Week

Nov 15-21, 2020

More information about events and themes for the week can be found HERE!


Webinars available for viewing

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

Privacy 101: Managing Personal Information in Collections (July 29, 2020)

Setting Up Your Archives (July 8, 2020)

ABC's of Archival Appraisal and Deaccessioning (June 15, 2020)

Introduction to MemoryBC (April 30, 2020)


Posted: August 03, 2021

Archivist-City of Coquitlam (Deadline August 15, 2021) Posted

Archivist-City of Coquitlam (Deadline August 15, 2021) has been posted.

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Posted: August 03, 2021

Archives Collections Assistant-City of Surrey (August 6, 2021) Posted

Archives Collections Assistant-City of Surrey (August 6, 2021) has been posted.

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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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