Exploring The Secwépemc Cultural Archives
The Secwépemc Archives is an important cultural resource that has been part of the Museum since its establishment in 1982 by the 17 bands of the Shuswap Nation.
Over the years the archives have become an important repository for historical documents, photographs, oral history tapes and transcripts of interviews with Elders and Knowledge Keepers, genealogical and census information, videotapes, CDs, and films, microfilm of the government “Black series” (RG10), books on Indigenous topics, reports relating to land claims research such as the Douglas Specific Claim and industrial projects such as the Ajax Mine proposal, maps and plans, and artwork including a large body of paintings and drawings by the late Dave Seymour.
Archives are a “living” resource and archival work is never finished, whether it is collecting, undertaking research, or organizing material for public use.
We are in the process of organizing and cataloguing many of the archival materials, digitizing photographs and other materials into a content management system, creating finding aids, and writing descriptions to help future researchers find material they are looking for.
More About The Archives
Contact the Archivist
The Archives is currently closed to researchers, but we are available to respond to questions and accept phone, e-mail, and mail enquiries at the contact information below. We are also able to accept donations upon appointment.
Contact the Archivist, Kenneth Favrholdt, to learn more or to make a donation.