The Archives of the White Rock Museum is an exciting collection of unique documents and photographs representing over 100 years of White Rock and South Surrey history. The purpose of the Archives is to identify, acquire and preserve records of archival value to the City of White Rock and the community as a whole, and to make those records available to the public. The Archives acquires historical records with the understanding and commitment that they will be held in trust for future generations.
Stored in a climate-controlled vault are thousands of photographs telling the tale of White Rock from the early 1900s to the present. Images are available for private or corporate use. Over 5,000 have been digitized and can be viewed in the archives office.
Our collection contains not only photographs but also records and correspondence of many prominent White Rock citizens and organizations over the years. Researchers interested in organizations such as the Semiahmoo High School Alumni Association, the Canadian Federation of University Women, White Rock/Surrey Branch, the White Rock Amateur Swimming Association (just to name a few in our collection) are free to study records at the public work desk and use our indexing computer databases. We also have a collection of local newspapers dating back to 1913. Click here to read newspapers dated 1956 to 1966.
If you have a question about the history of the White Rock area you can email, telephone, or stop by the Museum in person to see our incredibly friendly Community Historian, Hugh Ellenwood. Most of the images and records are open to public viewing, and the staff will gladly help with your research. No question is too small or too large.