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. 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 

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