Department of Tourism and Culture

About the Department

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

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
from the staff of Yukon Archives

Yukon Archives will be closed
Wednesday December 24 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday December 25 Christmas Day
Friday December 26 Boxing Day
Thursday January 1 New Year's Day

Christmas dinner at Pelly Banks, 1929.
Yukon Archives, Claude and Mary Tidd fonds, #7950.

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. Read the press release here.

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.

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

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