Nelson Local History

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Local History Collection (some circulating books, most reference in-library use only).

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Local History (in-library use only)

  • The collection contains recent and older, often out-of-print, books on the history of the area as well as a number of theses and papers on the history of the area. We also attempt to include one copy of each book published by a local author.

Microfilm (in-library use only)

  • A microfilm reader is available to view our collection. We suggest calling ahead to book a time if you are doing extended research. Maximum time allotment per day is two hours.

Non-indexed local newspapers:

  • The Miner (Nelson)
  • Nelson Daily News – April 1902 – July 2010
  • Kootenaian of Kaslo – August 1895 – February 1969
  • Creston Review – 1901- December 1977

Indexed records from BC Vital Statistics Agency:Birth Registrations 1851 – 1903

  • Marriage Registrations 1872 – 1933
  • Indian Marriage Registrations 1873 – 1933
  • Death Registrations 1872 – 1988
  • Indian Death Registrations 1917 – 1956
  • Overseas Death Registration 1940 – 1945
  • Delayed Death Registrations 1872 – 1945
  • Indian Delayed Death Registrations 1916 – 1950

Nelson & Area Newspapers

  • BC Historical Newspapersonline variety of historical Kootenay newspapers from Ymir, Slocan, Silverton, Rossland, Cranbrook, Nelson, New Denver and more.
  • Nelson Daily News on microfilm
  • Nelson Star: access e-editions
  • The Express Newspaper – A Nelson community newspaper since 1988, The Express is archived online through
  • See Special Collections for information about our microfilm collection

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Nelson Local Resources

Touchstones Museum – Archives : Find City Directories (1901-) Obituary Files, People Files, High School Yearbooks, and property/housing information.

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