Yesterday the Cranbrook History Centre received a wonderful, historic donation to our Archives.  Black Press has donated in excess of 200 bound copies of the Townsman, The Advertiser, and other local papers spanning the years 1971 to 2009.

We are grateful that the staff at the Townsman Office has, over the years, protected and saved this valuable collection.  Now that these volumes are in the Archives they will be further protected and will be made available for public research.  Over time it is hoped that scanning of these documents can take place so they may be searched electronically and the original papers can remain preserved.

The Archives now contain a wonderful continuous collection of local newspapers from 1898 to 2009. As far as we know there is no other collection of Cranbrook papers to this extent anywhere.

Our present newspaper collection is one of our most utilized resources. Providing security and public access to this archive in perpetuity helps the History Centre fulfill its central role in our community.

Access to our archives can bring local history to life for a new generation. Fresh opportunities for original local history research become limitless. Possible uses include:

  • Genealogists will uncover previously unknown aspects of their family lineage from obituaries and other news items, including society columns, casualty reports, sports stories and more.
  • Local government officials, historic preservationists and members of diverse community groups can use the archive to meet a wide range of research needs.
  • Property owners, real estate agents, small business owners, and attorneys will discover timely answers to an array of local questions.
  • History buffs will spend hours uncovering lost details about local people, places and events, while all citizens will enjoy looking back at everyday life of yesteryear.

Many thanks to Black Press and its staff for making such a historically significant donation to the Cranbrook History Centre Archives and for the continued support they give us.