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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

Step Back in Time and Watch 16 mm Films from the Yukon Archives’ Collection

Saturday October 13, 2018

  • “Last Voyage of the Keno”, CBC, 1960 – Sternwheeler Keno’s last voyage from Whitehorse to Dawson City
  • “Jim Wake Film #3”, 1940s – Vuntut Gwitchin of Old Crow, social gatherings and preparing for a potlatch.
  • “Snider Films #2 - #4”, 1938-1940 – Dawson, Mayo, Discovery Day and Moosehide
  • “City of Gold” National Film Board, 1958 – Pierre Berton’s recounting of Dawson City’s past and his life growing up there

This screening is hosted by Friends of the Yukon Archives Society (FOYAS). Drop-in between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Yukon Archives, 400 College Drive, Whitehorse. Popcorn will be served!

Yukon Archives, Jim Wake fonds, 89/73, #7

Cst. Jim Wake and Chief Jimmie Wood, Moosehide
Yukon Archives, Jim Wake fonds, 89/73, #7.

Flashback! The Yukon on 16mm Film

To coincide with the Yukon Film Society’s Available Light Cinema screenings on October 1 and 15, 2018, Friends of the Yukon Archives Society (FOYAS) will screen 16mm films from the Yukon Archives collection in the Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery. Screenings are free to the public.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

  • Cruise of the Whaler Herman – black and white, silent, 1914-15. Rare film footage from a whaling ship near Herschel Island
  • Snider Film #2 – colour, silent, 1938. Scenes from Dawson and Mayo and Discovery Day Parade

Between 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

  • “Glimpses of the Canadian Wilderness, pt. 3”, late 1920s – early 1930s by Claude Tidd. Scenes from Mayo, Dawson, Whitehorse, Fort Yukon and Old Crow.
  • Burning of the Riverboats – colour, sound, 1974.  Footage of the riverboats Casca and Whitehorse burning in the Whitehorse shipyards
  • Gold Rush Footage – Thomas Edison Company, b&w, silent, 1897-1901. Rare films clips from the early years of the Klondike Gold Rush.


 Growing Up With the Yukon: The Van Bibber family exhibit poster

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


Tuesday and Wednesday
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1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
10:00 am to 1:00 pm and
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sunday and Monday