Our Collections




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Search the online database for descriptions of our archival records and to view thousands of digital photographs.

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                                   Died In Service


Died in Service is a commemorative database featuring over 1300 individual wartime biographies of those from Newfoundland and Labrador who gave their lives in service during the First World War.

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Still Images



More than 400,000 photographic items, including a large assortment of photographic prints and about 14,000 glass plate negatives, make up our Still Images Collection. The collection also contains examples of earlier forms of photographic materials, such as tintypes, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and glass lantern slides. .


Government Archives


The Rooms acquires and preserves records created by Government departments, agencies, boards, commissions or Crown Corporations. This rich archival resource is made available for research, subject to the provisions of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy

Authorization from the Public Records Committee must be granted before records are added to The Rooms’ Government Archival collection.




The Rooms acquires non-governmental records considered significant to the history of our province. The Manuscript collection contains a wide range of business records, with particular strength in mercantile records related to the Newfoundland fishery. The collection also contains extensive holdings of individuals’ journals, diaries, and correspondence. Records of non-government groups and associations can also be found here.


Cartographic and Architectural Archives


The Rooms’ Cartographic and Architectural collection contains more than 50,000 maps, plans, prints, drawings, sketches, and charts from both government and non-government sources.

Items are retrieved only twice per week, with a maximum of 20 maps per researcher retrieved each day.




From regatta teams to hockey teams, from soccer to sleigh races, The Rooms’ Sports Archives offer materials relating to professional and amateur sporting activities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Through text, image and audio, the history of sport in this province is documented and available for research.

We hold correspondence, scrapbooks, over 5,000 photographs, clippings, and organizational records dating back to approximately 1820.


For information or assistance in accessing The Rooms Archives, contact us:  call (709) 757-8030 or email archives@therooms.ca