UPDATE  NOVEMBER 2020  Presenters Linda Brooymans and Christine Meutzner share their research on The Great War Veterans Association and the local Better Housing Scheme. Learn about the challenges, opportunities and hardships veterans faced as they reintegrated into civilian life.  Click below to watch the Archives Team present their research to the Nanaimo Historical Society for their Fall 2020 Speaker Series. 


Established in 1991, the Nanaimo Community Archives is dedicated to preserving the region’s archival heritage. We acquire, preserve and provide public access to the historical records of Nanaimo.

Our holdings include thousands of one-of-a-kind maps, architectural drawings and photographs. The NCA is the official repository of the archival records of the City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo District Museum and the Nanaimo Historical Society. Our holdings also include service club, community organization, fraternal club, family and a wide range of other community records. These records document ordinary and extraordinary people and events that allow us to establish a sense of community, of family, and of particular times and places. They are, in essence, the actual evidence of how we have lived. 

In addition to providing research assistance and staff guidance in our reading room, we offer the following: 

  • Photocopying and Photograph Reproduction 
  • Contract Research Services 
  • Archival Preservation Advice 

By saving the community’s records, we ensure that Nanaimo's rich and unique history will be available to future generations. Be part of preserving your heritage: contact us about donating records, becoming a member or a volunteer, or for more general information.