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What are archives?

The term 'archives' has generally two meanings: first, it refers to those documents made or received by a person or organization as they carry out their routine affairs and which are then preserved. It also refers to the physical place where such documents, or records, which have been selected for permanent preservation, are kept.

Records selected for permanent preservation are those which serve the long-term administrative and legal needs of the school, and those which posses enduring historic value. Together, these records constitute the school's institutional corporate memory. It is the Archives' mission to preserve these records in trust for future generations.

What can I find in the Archives?

While we tend to think of documents or records as things written or typed on paper, records can in fact exist in a wide variety of formats, including: photographs, sound and moving images, architectural plans and drawings and graphic art. In addition, the Archives houses an extensive textile collection consisting primarily of school uniforms.

Crofton House School Archives is the official repository for records created by Crofton House School. These date back to the foundation of the school in 1898, though the bulk of the records we hold date from the 1930s onwards. These consist primarily of administrative records of the school, its Board of Governors and related organizations, but also include material created by staff and students.

The Archives also acts as a repository for private records created by former staff, alumnae, or associates of the school. Private records are acquired based on their ability to reflect the social, educational, or cultural life of the institution or on their merits as research materials into the achievements of former Croftonians.

Can I visit the Archives?

Yes. While Crofton House School Archives serves primarily the needs of the school, many of its historical records can be made available to external researchers. Access is by appointment with the Archivist. External researchers must also first complete an Application for Access form and require the permission of the Head of School. Please contact us for details on arranging a visit.

Is the Archives interested in my school memorabilia?

We are always interested in acquiring historically interesting material to complement our collections. Alumnae have donated a wide variety of items to the Archives, including photographs, exercise books, school uniforms, pins, and more. If you have materials which you think we might be interested in, please contact the Archivist.

Contact the Archivist

If you have an enquiry of an historical nature, the Archivist will be happy to help. Please complete the application for access form or use one of the contact methods given below. Please note that the Archivist is at the school on Mondays and Wednesdays only.

If you would like to visit the Archives in person, please note that access to the Archives is by appointment with the Archivist only. External researchers must also first complete an application for access form

Prior to visiting the Archives, please familiarize yourself with our Handling Guidelines.

CHS Archivist
3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6N 3E1
t: 604 263 3255
f: 604 266 0346
archives@croftonhouse.ca

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