- the Canadian
Museum of Rail Travel, upper floor (controlled access)
- The archives consists of a large collection of papers, books, photographs, pamphlets,
maps, and other paper items pertaining to several interests. It
is also a reference library for museum research.
- Much of the
material is on computer to facilitate access and minimize actual
physical contact with the original material, with future plans for
more on-line access.
- The following
is a brief description of areas of interest:
history - maps, photographs, all local newspapers (1898-1975)
area (also see Fort Steele Archives) See Section About
Cranbrook: immediate area links - Fort Steele
History - general, western Canada, regional (Crowsnest Route)
Passenger car design and railway travel history
"Curatorial" files on certain aspects of the railway
car collection at the Museum are not yet classified for placement
in the archives, and are available to the public only through
special access request from the Executive Director.
- All of
the objects in the Museum collection are also included in the
archives numerical control system.
archives contents number over 30,000 items not including specialty
museum curatorial files.
- Public Access:
accepted Public Archives access procedures are based on security
for the archival collections, and ad hoc access is not normally
allowed unless persons have had an introduction to the facility
by the part-time archivist
of operation are the same as the Museum, and appointments are recommended
may be applicable for certain access and standard fees are charged
for all research being requested of Museum staff.