Research Resources

Visit our Archives!

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

Cortes Island Museum Archives

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.

Memory BC

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 Cortes Island Museum & Archives maintains informational files on subjects of local interest, including families, organizations and events.

Reference Library The Museum and Archives’ reference library contains 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!

We are in the process of digitizing our photograph and history binders. 

Below are links to digitized volumes in the May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection (CIMAS Accession #2004.003) 

VIEW THE ALBUMS BELOW IN FULL-SCREEN MODE OPTION – click on the album you would like to view and then click the square in the right bottom corner.  To flip pages click on the right or the left arrow. To go back to the Museum website – click escape (esc) on your computer.


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