Department of Tourism and Culture

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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


YOU ARE INVITED...

Please join us for the exhibit opening reception of:

A Yukon Snapshot
Photos and home movies
1946–1978 by Rolf Hougen

at the Hougen Heritage Gallery on Friday, November 7, 5-7 p.m.


A Yukon Snapshot
Photos and home movies
1946–1978 by Rolf Hougen

Come and see a fascinating selection of Rolf and Margaret Hougen photos and films that Yukon Archives acquired in 2010. They portray family celebrations, portraits, community events, local businesses, birthdays, weddings, Canadian Army and RCAF parties, as well as sporting activities such as tennis, boxing and hockey.

November 7, 2014 – February 21, 2015
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, Rolf and Margaret Hougen fonds, 2010/91 #22.

Red Bourassa in front of the Dennison house, next to the Hougen’s store, Main Street, Whitehorse, 1949.
Yukon Archives, Rolf and Margaret Hougen fonds, 2010/91 #22.


New functionality added to Yukon Archives Descriptive Database

This year we began adding audio to our online guide of archival holdings. Users can now listen to some material over the Internet. Currently there is over 50 hours of reel-to-reel and cassette recordings available from 15 fonds / collections. These include:

  • Interviews with Teslin Elder George Johnston, 1960s
  • Interviews with Dawson City pioneers, 1960s
  • Interviews with Yukon women about their traditional and contemporary lives, 1974
  • Interviews on the use of wildlife in the lives of Yukoners, 1978-1979
  • Interviews on mining and mineral exploration in 1920s-1930s Yukon
  • Yukon Conservation Society Study Session on Yukon Hydroelectric Power Development, 1975
  • Public Information Forum on Yukon Native Land Claims, 1977

More recordings will be added in the coming months.


A Thrilling Narrative
Documenting the Klondike Gold Rush

An exhibit of photographs, maps, diaries, pamphlets, books, newspapers and ephemera from the collections of the Yukon Archives.

July 3 - October 30, 2014
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.

Stampeders massed at the Scales below the summit of the Chilkoot Pass, 1897-1898.
Yukon Archives, Winter & Pond fonds, #2293.


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 for public viewing in the Yukon Archives Exhibit Room.


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
Phone: 867-667-5321
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5321
Fax: 867-393-6253
Email: yukon.archives@gov.yk.ca

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

Hours:

Tuesday and Wednesday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday
1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am to 1:00 pm and
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sunday and Monday
Closed