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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Distance Education course: Managing Archival Photographs

Registration extended until August 31, 2020

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. 

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 virtual workshop

NEW DATES: September 15-17, 2020

The AABC is pleased to work with our CCI colleagues to present the Digital Preservation workshop in an interactive and online format.

Curators, Collections Managers, Conservators, Archivists and other personnel responsible for the preservation of digital assets, particularly in smaller institution will be interested in this workshop that 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 are also recommended.

More information about the workshop 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)



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.


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