The Archives are an exciting collection of unique textual records and photographs representing more than one hundred years of White Rock and South Surrey history.
About the Archives
Our archive has thousands of photographs, textual records, and newspapers stored and preserved in a climate-controlled vault. These documents help us understand settler history in White Rock from the 1900s) to present. They are powerful tools for exploring our present-day community, too. We regularly use these materials to prepare exhibitions, facilitate personal genealogy projects, local research projects, and more.
Our photograph collection is extensive, and individual images are available for purchase for private or corporate use. More than 5,000 images have been digitized and can be viewed in person in the archives.
We have a number of resources about major organizations prominent in White Rock’s settler history, including the Semiahmoo High School Alumni Association, White Rock/Surrey Branch, the White Rock Amateur Swimming Association, and more.
Using the Archives
If you would like to conduct research, or have any questions about White Rock’s history, please contact us by phone or email, or drop by during our office hours to discuss your topic. We will then arrange a time for you to conduct your research on site, with our assistance.
We welcome students of all ages to come in for research projects related to White Rock and South Surrey.
We offer historical photograph reproduction services. There are thousands of photographs in our collection that can be quickly and easily reproduced. Please contact Hugh for more information, and to purchase yours.
Hours and Contact Information
Monday – Thursday
10:30am – 5pm
Hugh Ellenwood, Archives Manager
We have a wealth of online materials for you to access and learn about White Rock’s rich history. Here you’ll find a series of newspaper articles on a range of topics, from the Semiahmoo Sun and White Rock Sun newspapers.