The Archives established in 1973 is part of Corporate Services - Knowledge and Information Services. The Archives is the official repository for the Bank's historical records.
The Archives preserves the corporate memory of the Bank of Canada by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible records of continuing value that best describe the Bank's origins, policies, interests, evolution, functions, and activities.
Records in the Archives, to which certain access restrictions apply, include handwritten notes, typewritten correspondence, memoranda, and news clippings; over 25,000 photographs, scrapbooks, posters (Victory Loans and Canada Savings Bonds), and architectural drawings; films; and audio and video cassettes.
Photographic Collection of the Bank of Canada Archives
A collection of official and amateur photographs in black and white and colour, which illustrate the architecture, organization, artwork, functions, and interests of the Bank of Canada. The collection contains photographs of the Governors, the Board of Directors, personnel, special events, buildings, and premises. Special events photographs include the laying of the cornerstone of the centre building in 1937 by Prime Minister Mackenzie King and Governor Towers, Employee Recognition Dinners, and anniversary celebrations.
The Archives has a mandate to preserve and make accessible the photographs used in Bank Notes, an employee newsletter. The photographs begin in 1974 and depict activities such as Christmas receptions, retirement receptions, and sporting events.
As well, the Archives has a small collection of Bank of Canada Staff Association photographs dating back to the early 1950s. Inventory list available.