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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

Warm Holiday Wishes
from the staff of Yukon Archives

Yukon Archives will be closed
Friday December 22
Saturday December 23
Monday December 25
Tuesday December 26
and Monday January 1

Christmas in the Dawson area, 1938.

Claude and Mary Tidd hauling home their Christmas gold. Christmas in the Dawson area, 1938.

Yukon Archives, Claude and Mary Tidd fonds, 77/19, #8072.

Featured: Frozen Storage Vault

Temperature control panel outside frozen storage vault

Temperature control panel outside frozen storage vault, new addition, Yukon Archives November 2017
Government of Yukon photography

Thank you everyone who joined us on December 11, 2017 for the unveiling of our new archival storage vault. Over the next few weeks we'll showcase some of the new features of the new vault and how it's expanding capacity at the Archives. First up, our frozen storage vault. The frozen storage vault provides specialized storage for unstable materials, such as colour photographs and film.

45th Anniversary

Yukon Archives reading room in the mid-1970s

The Archives reading room in the mid-1970s
YA, Libraries & Archives Branch, 82/417, file 14 #4

Forty-five years ago this month, the Government of Yukon first opened Yukon Archives. Since that time, we have been providing a safe place to preserve and make accessible Yukon’s unique documentary heritage on behalf of all Yukoners.

Learn more in our 40th anniversary commemorative book For the Record: Yukon Archives 1972-2012.

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.

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

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.

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
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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