Hugh EllenWood Image Hugh Ellenwood
Museum Archivist
What are the Archives?

The Archives of the White Rock Museum is an exciting collection of unique documents and photographs representing over 100 years of White Rock and South Surrey history. The purpose of the Archives is to identify, acquire and preserve records of archival value to the City of White Rock and the community as a whole, and to make those records available to the public. The Archives acquires historical records with the understanding and commitment that they will be held in trust for future generations.

Stored in a climate-controlled vault are thousands of photographs telling the tale of White Rock from the early 1900s to the present. Images are available for private or corporate use. Over 5,000 have been digitized and can be viewed in the archives office.

Our collection contains not only photographs but also historical records and correspondence of many prominent White Rock citizens and organizations over the years. Researchers interested in organizations such as the Semiahmoo High School Alumni Association, the Canadian Federation of University Women, White Rock/Surrey Branch, or the White Rock Amateur Swimming Association (just to name a few archives in our collection) can arrange to study these records and others with the assistance of the archives staff. We also have a collection of local newspapers dating back to 1913. Click here to read newspapers dated 1940 to 1970 online.

How Can I Use the Archives?

If you have a question about White Rock history you can contact Hugh Ellenwood, the Archives Manager at 604.541.2225 or If you would like to do research in person, you can contact us by phone or email, or drop in during archives office hours to discuss your research topic. We will then arrange a time for you to conduct your research with our assistance.

Photo Reproduction Image

The White Rock Museum & Archives offers a photograph reproduction service so you can take home a piece of White Rock’s history. There are thousands of historic photographs in our collection that can be quickly and easily reproduced. Come in and take a look at our Historical Photograph Reproduction Catalogue.

Price List
4" x 6" $3.00
5" x 7" $5.00
8.5" x 11" $10.00
13" x 19" $20.00
Archive Hours and Contact Information
  • Archives Manager Hugh Ellenwood
  • Monday to Thursday 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • E-mail a question to: Arrow Right Icon
  • Phone 604.541.2225