The NWT Archives' primary task is to ensure that a fair, accurate and complete record of government activity is identified, acquired and preserved. The NWT Archives also strives to ensure that archival materials relevant to the human history of the NWT, created by individuals and organizations in the private sector, are also preserved and made accessible. Our holdings document the history of the NWT including the oral tradition and history of NWT Aboriginal peoples, constitutional development in the NWT leading up to the creation of Nunavut, the activities of the Government of the Northwest Territories since 1967, the fur trade, aviation industry and the development of the mining industry.
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To explore the research materials and resources available from the NWT Archives, please use the links below:
- The holdings of the NWT Archives This is a very brief summary of our holdings intended to give people a clearer idea of the types of material we have.
- NWT Archives Databases: Over 40,000 items from the NWT Archives, searchable through our online database.
- High Resolution Photo Gallery: 2,000 categorized photographs available for personal use.
- Reference Library Search: Search the PWNHC Reference Library Holdings via the NWT Library Services website.
- New Acquisitions: Learn about new acquisitions recently made by the NWT Archives.
- Record Schedules: Record schedules for GNWT archival records.