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Yukon Archives

The Yukon Archives acquires, preserves, and provides access to the Yukon's documentary heritage. Photocopy, map and photograph reproduction services are available.

The Archives can also order reference material for patrons from other institutions through inter-library loan.

If you are unable to visit the Archives in person, reference assistance is available through correspondence. The Archives also offers periodic lecture series, film showings, displays, radio broadcasts, and newspaper articles on selected topics in Yukon history.

What's New

The Friends of the Yukon Archives presents:

The Art of the Ordinary: us-centric Photography

On display in the Hougen Heritage Gallery in Arts Underground from July 6 to October 30th, 2016

Curated by Mario Villeneuve

boy and river photograph

The images in this exhibit, drawn from a number of collections of Yukon Archives, are collectively known as “vernacular” photographs. Vernacular photography is a term that encompasses a wide range of photographic practices and is essentially everything that fine art photography is not – ordinary, popular, everyday images. As such, this material has often been excluded from the history of photography.

The archival photographs in this collection have been selected for their aesthetic qualities rather than specifically for their historical significance, which inspires different ways of viewing historical records. The photos have been reproduced in ways that capture the essence of the originals.

This is meant to be a “people’s collection,” and we hope to express to the public through this exhibit that everyone’s stories are important and valuable enough to be preserved.

archives vault construction 

Vault construction

If you’ve been to Yukon Archives lately, you may have noticed construction at the south side of the building. We are building a new vault to provide more space for our growing storage needs.

How will this affect me?

Yukon Archives will be open as usual during construction. You can access the Archives and request to view records during our regular opening hours. Let us know in advance if you are planning to come to the Archives on specific dates (if you are visiting us from out of town, for example) and you wish to see specific records.  With notice, we can prepare for your visit and let you know of any disruption that may affect you.

During your visit, you may hear noises or feel vibrations from the construction, depending on the work underway on the site that day.

The vault construction will affect visitor parking:

  • At the south of the Archives building, you may find parking is closed sometimes.
  • You can always find parking spaces east of the Archives building or in the main Yukon College parking areas.
  • Parking spaces for Elders, seniors, and disabled visitors are available to the east of the Archives building.

If you have questions or concerns about how the Yukon Archives vault construction may affect you as a researcher, please contact the reference desk: 867-667-8061 or




Buried Treasure: The Yukon's Rich Fossil Heritage exhibit is an exciting collaborative exhibit about palaeontology in the Yukon from the documentary collections of the Yukon Archives and other sources. This exhibit is now on display in the Government of Yukon Main Administration Building on Second Avenue in Whitehorse.


Yukon Archives, Postcard collection, 82/427 #10

Old mastodon tusk of ivory found in the Klondike Valley, Yukon.
Yukon Archives, Postcard collection, 82/427 #10.

Contact Yukon Archives

Yukon Archives
400 College Drive
Yukon Place (Beside Yukon College)
Whitehorse, Yukon

Yukon Archives
Department of Tourism & Culture
Government of Yukon
Front desk phone: 867-667-5321
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5321
Reference desk phone: 867-667-8061
Fax: 867-393-6253

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2703 (L-6) 
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6


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