Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950
Vancouver City Archives
June 12 1933 - current
The Vancouver City Archives is situated on Kitsilano Point, at 1150 Chestnut
Street. The majority of the building is storage space, all of which
is underground beneath a large lawn. The entry and reading room project
out from the storage area, and have a view of False Creek and English Bay.
The archives has a massive collection of information about
the history of Vancouver, including a large collection of what they refer to
as "documentary art" (in other words, artworks that tend to depict
Vancouver and its people, buildings, boats, and other features of the time).
The collection (in 2011) consisted of about 1,000 artworks by 225
The Archives also holds exhibitions in their lobby, typically of material
related to Vancouver's history.
At this point, although most of the 225 artists are already listed in
BC Artists, they have not been cross-referenced to the Archives as a
finding aid. The Editor wanted to start doing so, and there's only
one way to do that:
Richards, A.N. (Mrs.)
THE MAN WHO SAVED VANCOUVER - MAJOR JAMES SKITT MATTHEWS
By Daphne Sleigh, 2008, published by Heritage House, Surrey BC
ISBN 978-1-894974-19-4, paperback, 224 pages, illustrated black & white
Extensive biography of founding City Archivist Matthews and history of the Archives
Includes bibliography and index.