Thousands of records and documents related to the history and culture of Prince Rupert and surrounding communities will be moved over the next week as the Prince Rupert City and Regional Archives prepares to reopen in its new location; downstairs at City Hall.
The move is necessar, as the City of Prince Rupert sold the current building that the Prince Rupert City and Regional Archives currently resides in.
“The City is looking for disposal of various properties which are excess to its needs. The money that is gained by the divestiture of various properties can then be used for other community developments,” explained Mayor Jack Mussallem.
According to archivist Jean Page, the new space is slightly larger than the current building located on 1st Avenue East. Additionally, Page mentioned that the move would make the Prince Rupert City and Regional Archives more central than the current building, which has been home of the archives since 1997.
Workers have recently completed painting and cleaning the new space, and have now started to move all the records and documents over. The Prince Rupert City and Regional Archives are expected to reopen in its new location after the Labour Day long weekend, and will continue to be open on Mondays to Friday from 10 a.m to three p.m.
Since being established in 1980, the Prince Rupert City and Regional Archives has taken control of thousands of photographs and negatives, as well as newspapers, financial records, manuscripts such as minutes, letters and diaries, sound recordings and historical reference materials. The archives preserve records and documents that are related to the history and culture of Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii, Port Edward, Port Essington, Anyox, Port Simpson and other surrounding communities in the region.
The archive receives funding to operate from the City of Prince Rupert and Queen Charlotte Regional District.