What are we looking for?
The Hinton Coal Branch Archives is a repository of materials available for researchers to write histories and interpret our past. It is a collection reflecting the social memory of Hinton and surrounding areas.
We want to include documents created by people or organizations as they go about their usual activities. Examples of these types of documents are:
Thank you for considering adding your documents and collections to the Hinton Coal Branch Archives. What we are able to preserve will affect how people view and understand our past.
FAQs: What do you mean by records?
We look for materials which document the activities of the organization: minutes, letters, reports, photographs and publications, for example.
My organization opposes many government actions and policies. Why would I give my files to a Town department? Our professional staff adhere to a code of ethics, and value objectivity above our personal biases or those of Town officials.
We need to use our records. We don't want to give them away. We do not wish to take your current records. We can work out an appropriate time delay so that you will retain the records you need, and only older records be donated to the Archives. You will still be able to view the older records at the Archives.
We discuss some very sensitive issues at our meetings. It's too early for anyone else to read our minutes and internal reports. We can work with you to determine a suitable time frame for restricting the records, so that only those to whom you have given written permission may view certain materials. We only ask that records not be restricted forever.
What do we get out of this? Your records will be organized and stored securely in a preservation environment. The work of your organization will be known and valued by future generations.