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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

Alaska Highway: The Archival Record

Building the Alaska Highway in 1942–43 was an enormous construction project. On exhibit are a selection of reproductions of maps, photographs and other riches from Yukon Archives' extensive collection of resources relating to the highway.

July 6 – October 28, 2017
Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hougen Heritage Gallery, Arts Underground
305 Main Street, Whitehorse

Presented by Friends of the Yukon Archives Society.

Yukon Archives, Jack Coleman fonds, 93/90, #25

Jack Coleman cooking at an Army camp along the Alaska Highway, 1942.
Yukon Archives, Jack Coleman fonds, 93/90, #25.

The Ties that Bind Canada

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, national, provincial and territorial archives have selected 150 images and stories that illustrate how people have traversed our nation over years, decades and centuries.

This collaborative online exhibition, called The Ties that Bind Canada, gives life to the stories of those who came before us to form and bind communities through the development of transportation links over land, sea and ice.

Yukon Archives, Rolf and Margaret Hougen fonds, 2009/81, #738

Four workmen repairing White Pass & Yukon Route tracks, 1940s.
Yukon Archives, Rolf and Margaret Hougen fonds, 2009/81, #738.

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

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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