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Archival Resources

The Shawn Lamb Archives has an extensive collection of textual records such as street and telephone directories, subject history and people files and a large library of books, articles and reports.

Touchstones Archives Reference Articles List (updated 2020)

Obituaries

The Shawn Lamb Archives has an extensive collection of over 17,000 individual obituary records dating from 1888-2020.  The collection comes from local newspapers such as the Nelson Daily News, Nelson Star and Pennywise and includes obituaries, funeral accounts and cards of thanks.  The collection has been compiled for many years by volunteers including Mary Golata and her daughter Frances Nicholson.  The obituaries are currently managed by Maureen Attridge.  We are now able to share an alphabetical list of the obituaries we hold for individuals who passed away to the end of May 2020.

Obituaries can be accessed free of charge by visiting the Shawn Lamb Archives.  Alternatively an electronic copy of an obituary can be emailed for $10 per obituary.  Please contact the Archivist at collections@touchstonesnelsonca for enquiries.

Obituary List (Current to January 2021)

City of Nelson Records

Touchstones Nelson is the custodian of many City of Nelson records.  Among the most important are property land assessment records that date from 1898-1979 and building permits from 1955-74; and 1985-88.

We also have around 5,000 plumbing permits for Nelson properties dating from 1897 to 1981.  These permits have recently been indexed in a project led by volunteer Elizabeth Wallach.  Plumbing permits can reveal many details about a property including ownership, building function and details of work carried out.  They may also reveal when a property was built, who the occupiers were and perhaps the name of an architect.  They also often have a plan showing the layout of rooms in a house.

Plumbing permits usually record a property’s specific location by legal description (District Lot, Block and Lot) rather than by civic or street address.  Legal descriptions can be found by doing a BC Assessment Search

We have arranged our plumbing permits in two ways.  First they are arranged by plan number which is usually chronically starting in 1897 and running through to 1981.  Secondly we have arranged the same plumbing permit data as best we can by building address.

Plumbing permits can be accessed free of charge by visiting the Shawn Lamb Archives.  Alternatively an electronic copy of the permit contents can be emailed for $15 per permit.  Please contact the Archivist at collections@touchstonesnelsonca for enquiries.

Plumbing Permits by Street Address

Plumbing Permits by Plan Number

 

 

Please Note:
Out of town visitors are urged to book an appointment with the Archivist before their visit in order to guarantee service.