Researchers are welcome to explore the museum's reference library and archives for information concerning Enderby and District.
The reference library and clipping files are readily accessible. The library contains reference books and journals primarily concerned with the Okanagan and Shuswap communities, including a complete set of the Okanagan Historical Society reports. Also available are Enderby voters lists, telephone and city directories, government reports and city and rural property inventories. Information files contain information about local places, businesses, organizations, transportation and events. People files contain information on many of the families living in Enderby & District from 1904 to the present.
The Enderby newspapers from 1904 to the present are available in hard copy, while other local newspapers from 1890 to 1904 are available on microfilm.
The museum currently holds about 7,700 photographs in its collection and many of them have been digitized. Visitors are encouraged to look through the many photograph albums of reproduced photographs. Of special interest are photos of the forest industry, First Nations, transportation, local events, farming, school classes, and local families. Photographers George Meeres, Merlin Dunwoodie, Ernest Burnett, and C.W. Holliday are well represented. Copies of individual photographs may be ordered.
The museum's archival holdings include maps and architectural plans, photographs, sound cassettes, video cassettes, and textual records (diaries, letters, minutes, manuscripts, ledgers, etc.). Of particular interest are records of the City of Enderby, the forest industry (poleyards and sawmills), the dairy industry, schools, churches, organizations, businesses, and individuals.
Descriptions of our archival holdings are available online through the British Columbia Archival Information Network.