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 advocate 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 Educational Advisory, Preservation, and Network Services and maintenance of the provincial catalogue (MemoryBC.ca).  See the About Us section for further details and how to contact us.

Honourary Patron: The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

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Important AABC/ARMA VI Conference update

March 19, 2020

While disappointing, it should come as no surprise that the decision has been made to cancel the in-person conference on May 8, 2020, scheduled to take place at Royal Roads University. This is in line with provincial health directives to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Due to the uncertainty of the evolving situation and how long these restrictions might be in place, we have decided on a cancellation rather than a postponement and we are now looking at alternative ways to present the conference content in an online environment.

Watch for more updates and registration options for the possible virtual 2020 conference!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact: 

Jenny Seeman, aabc.vicepresident@aabc.ca or Jessica Nichol, program@armavi.org.


Workshop Announcement: CCI "Digital Preservation"

NEW DATES: October 20-21, 2020 @Museum at Campbell River, 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. 

More information about the workshop can be found here.



Introduction to Archival Practice distance education course

Registration is now closed for this course. Class is full.

Using Laura Millar's award-winning publication Archives: Principles and Practices, students will be introduced to archival terminology & theory, best practices for managing archival records, copyright & privacy, ethics, and preserving electronic records. This course will benefit those who are new to archives, as well as staff or volunteers working in libraries, museums, records management, local government, administration, art galleries or non-profit institutions that have archival records in their holdings and would like to learn more about them.

Registration: Feb 3 - March 16, 2020

Course duration: April 20 - June 29, 2020

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

GO HERE for more information.


Posted: April 04, 2020

Archivist-South Peace Regional Archives (Grande Prairie, Alberta)-Job Posted

The South Peace Regional Archives is seeking an Archivist for a full-time, permanent position tentatively beginning 1 June 2020. The Archivist oversees the process of acquisition, preservation and accessibility of archival records. The Archivist works with both the Awareness Committee to develop educational programs and events that enhance public awareness, as well as the Indigenous History Committee to foster Reconciliation efforts in the Archives. The Archivist works with and reports to the Executive Director.

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Posted: March 27, 2020

(2) Heritage Assistants-Oliver & District Heritage Society (Oliver, BC)-Job Posted

The successful candidate, supported by staff, will develop skills in the Museum and Archives sectors through practical hands-on experience performing daily tasks and working on projects essential to the operation of a heritage organization, with an emphasis on collections, exhibits, and programs.

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Posted: March 27, 2020

Multiple Positions-Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (Burnaby, BC)-Job Posted

The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre are accepting applications for four summer student positions, dependent on grant funding. Joining our team this summer are two Collections Assistants, a Cultural Education Assistant, and a Matsuri Festival Assistant. 

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Posted: March 06, 2020

Museum Assistant-Sidney Museum (Sidney, BC)-Job Posted

This position will participate in the day-to-day operation of the museum and archives while receiving training in the management of each. This includes collection management, permanent display design, exhibit installation, minor artefact conservation, data entry, research, and some social media. The student will be mentored by the Executive Director and Assistant Director, and would additionally engage with members of the Board on matters related to project reporting at Board Meetings.

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Posted: February 29, 2020

Collection Assistant-Sidney Museum (Sidney, BC)-Job Posted

Sidney Museum is in the middle of a transition period as we undergo a collection storage improvement project including disaster-prevention upgrades to our main collection storage space in 2020. Key activities include the purchase and installation of shelving, as well as rehousing the collection. This project will result in the collection housed according to professional museum best practices and will allow for future growth of the collection.

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Posted: February 21, 2020

Museum Assistants (2)-Pender Islands Museum (Pender Island, BC)-Job Posted

Two Museum Assistants at the Pender Islands Museum (Young Canada Works).

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