Find out how to donate historical items to the Surrey Archives.

Help Tell Surrey's Story

We're looking for your help to keep Surrey's history alive through historical donations. If you, your business or community group have items to donate, please contact the Archivist at 604-502-6458 or archives@surrey.ca.

Accepted donation examples

  • Photographs
  • Diaries
  • Scrapbooks
  • Letters
  • Reports
  • Maps
  • Audio recordings
  • Films
  • Documentary art

Donation criteria

The Archivist will review all donation offers with the criteria for acceptance in mind. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Degree to which the records relate to the history, culture and character of Surrey
  • Presence of unique documentary evidence significant to the history of Surrey
  • Quality, rarity, historical, scientific or technical value of the records
  • Completeness of the records
  • Relationship to existing collections
  • Physical condition and conservation needs

Items are freely donated without conditions. Legal ownership, including copyright, is transferred by deed of gift to the City of Surrey, which holds all of its heritage collections in trust for the people of Surrey and British Columbia.

If you have any questions about Surrey Archives donations please contact the Archivist at 604-502-6458 or archives@surrey.ca.