Nicola Valley Museum and Archives

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The Nicola Valley Museum and Archives are a common institution in North America that combine museum and archive functions. Behind her is the Nicola Valley Museum Archives Association (NVMAA), a society of historically interested people from Merritt , in the Canadian province of British Columbia .

The NVMAA was founded in 1976, its first chairman was Murphy Shewchuk, but it was not until 2001 that it succeeded in establishing a permanent museum. During this long phase, objects and archive material were collected and recorded. In addition, the association began to publish a quarterly publication, the Nicola Valley Historical Quarterly .

The archive is of particular importance for the history of the First Nations , the Indians in Canada, because it contains the collection of James Teit (1854–1922), who studied the culture of the surrounding Indian groups. He worked for Franz Boas from 1894 until his death and from 1908 campaigned for the causes of the Interior Tribes of British Columbia , the Indian Rights Association and the Allied Tribes of British Columbia .

Otherwise, the institution keeps archives and objects on the history of the local "pioneers", the mining companies and the development of the city, and organizes appropriate exhibitions.



  • Merritt & the Nicola Valley: An Illustrated History , Merritt 1998, ISBN 0-929069-11-0
  • James Alexander Teit: The Thompson Indians Of British Columbia , 1900, ISBN 0-920755-02-X
  • James Alexander Teit: Traditions of the Thompson River Indians of British Columbia , Boston 1898

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