Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre

Identity area

Identifier

DMA

Authorized form of name

Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre

Parallel form(s) of name

  • Delta Archives & Edgar Dunning Reading Room
  • Delta Heritage Society
  • Delta Archives

Other form(s) of name

Type

  • Community
  • Municipal
  • Regional

Contact area

 

Robert Sullivan, Facility Manager Primary contact

Type

Primary Contact

Address

Street address

4450 Clarence Taylor Crescent

Locality

Delta

Region

BC

Country name

Canada

Postal code

V4K 3W3

Telephone

604-952-3540

Fax

Email

Note

 

Kevin Hicks, Collections Assistant

Type

Mailing Address:

Address

Street address

4450 Clarence Taylor Crescent

Locality

Delta

Region

BC

Country name

Canada

Postal code

V4K 3W3

Telephone

604-952-3829

Fax

Email

Note

Description area

History

The Delta Archives and Edgar Dunning Reading Room is located within the Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre. The Delta Heritage Society is a non-profit organization that maintains ownership of the collection with the operation of the Delta Archives being administered by the City of Delta.

The Delta Historical and Museum Society acquired the 1912 Delta Municipal Hall in Ladner for a museum in 1969. The Archives joined the Delta Historical & Museum Society in 1979, after which it became officially known as the Delta Museum & Archives Society. In December 2010, the archives holdings were moved to a new purpose built facility ‘The Delta Archives and Edgar Dunning Reading Room’ located at 4450 Clarence Taylor Crescent next door to the Delta Municipal Hall.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

The mandate of the Delta Museum and Archives is to collect within the geographic boundaries of the District Municipality of Delta, which includes the urban areas of Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta.

Our Mission:
The Delta Museum and Archives Society is a vibrant organization that celebrates cultural and natural heritage, and encourages awareness and education through preservation, research, exhibitions, outreach and collaboration.

Our Vision:
We envision a community where people are inspired by Delta's diverse cultural and natural heritage and work together to build a future full of possibility. Engage - Preserve - Inform

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

The holdings of the archives consists of both municipal and community records. At the opening of the new Delta Archives and Edgar Dunning Reading room in January 2011, the archives became the official repository for the Corporation of Delta, now known as the City of Delta. The archives acquires municipal records created, received and accumulated during the course of practical civic activity by Council, and any department, office, committee, board, commission or agency of the City of Delta.

Those records identified as having archival value through the City’s records management program are transferred to the Archives once they become inactive and later made accessible.

Delta Archives may collect non-archival material such as publications, research files, periodicals, brochures and pamphlets if they have significant informational or historical value and if they are not within the acquisition mandate of another civic institution.

Buildings

Holdings

Total volume of primary material is 130 linear metres, including 100 metres textual records, over 20,000 photographs, over 1,000 maps and over 200 oral history interviews; inclusive dates 1850 to 2019, predominant dates 1895 to 1990. The reference room has extensive subject files, obituaries, a non-circulating library that focuses on local history, and a collection of local newspapers on microfilm 1902 to 1998.

Finding aids, guides and publications

: The Delta Archives Website http://www.delta.ca/discover-delta/archives provides information about the holdings and archives services. It includes a searchable database http://www.delta.ca/discover-delta/archives/archives-collection-search with fonds, series and item level descriptions.
The Reference Room contains Subject Heading Indexes for Subject and names files relating to organizations, residents, contemporary and historical reports and local issues in Delta from past to present.

The website also includes a searchable database of the Museum artifact collections which can be found at http://www.delta.ca/discover-delta/museum/museum-collection-search

Access area

Opening times

Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5:30 PM
Closed all Statutory Holidays

Access conditions and requirements

Accessibility

The Delta Archives & Edgar Dunning Reading Room is a wheelchair accessible facility.

Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Original archival records will be scanned by Archives' staff unless the condition prevents handling.

Public areas

Research & Reference Services
Access to Archival Collections

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Revised

Level of detail

Full

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

November 4. 2020

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

4450 Clarence Taylor Crescent
Delta, BC
CA V4K 3W3