Research Resources

We collect archival and informational material relating to the social, economic, and natural history of Cortes Island and nearby islands. Our resources include:

Archival Holdings:

Our Archives contains unique and original documents, photographs, maps, taped interviews, and ephemera, which are stored in a climate-controlled environment. The contents have been indexed and can be searched in the museum’s database. For a description of our major holdings, visit MemoryBC, which provides a searchable database of the materials available at nearly 200 archival repositories in British Columbia.

Informational Holdings:

Reading CornerResearch Files CIMAS maintains informational files on subjects of local interest, including families, organizations and events.

Reference Library The Museum and Archives has a reference library with books relating to the area’s social and natural history, as well as books by local authors. We also have a complete set of the Whaletown National Enquirer.

Photograph and History Binders One of our most important holdings is a set of nine volumes of historical Cortes Island photographs, which was assembled and annotated by May Ellingsen. History Binders contain photographs, stories and information on various aspects of island history. Settle into our Reading Corner to browse these fascinating collections!

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