The Cumberland Museum & Archives houses a rich archival collection of images and written records relating to the heritage of Cumberland and the surrounding region.

The archives feature information about local mining, logging, labour history, Chinese and Japanese Canadian settlements and communities, houses, family genealogy, biographies, schools, businesses, organizations, events, and more.

For the cost of admission, guests can access these records in our Community Research Library.

  • Make an appointment to access the Community Research Library by filing out the research request form.
  • Book Reference list for Community Research
  • Research Room File Index


The CMA’s object-based collection focuses on the regional history of coal mining, logging, rail, labour organizers and unions, and the residents of Cumberland. The artifact collection also has three special collections focusing on mining, Chinese Canadian, and Japanese Canadian residents.

For more information about how we manage our collections, see our Collections Policies

Research Links

Artifact Donation

Do you have an interesting item to donate to the museum that relates to the history of Cumberland? Use this form to reach out to our team.

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