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What's in the vault? Coquitlam Archives answers common questions

Know Coquitlam's past? "Archives 101" is a new virtual exhibit that celebrates the 10th year of the city's historic collection.

Coquitlam Archives is marking its 10th year with an online exhibit that gives tips for residents and researchers wanting to learn about the city's past.

Leah Rae, archives and records officer, has compiled a web show called Archives 101 to address some of the common questions that staff get each year.

These include:

  • what do archivists do?
  • what is in the vault?
  • how do I search online?
  • why should I donate?

Started in 2013 by archivist Emily Lonie, the repository that's now located in the same building as the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library includes civic administrative records, as well as community records such as manuscripts, photos, maps, art and recordings.

Last month, the Tri-City News donated its 2019, 2021 and 2022 bound editions to the city collection.

Archives 101 is the 22nd online exhibit for the Coquitlam Archives.

You can visit its online portal, Quest, to search the fonds.

For in-person visits, the Coquitlam Archives (1171 Pinetree Way) is open from Tuesday to Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m., or you can make an appointment for weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.