Research Requests

Inquiries Banner

Before contacting us with your research request, we recommend that you follow the steps on our “Using Our Website” page as well as those listed on this page. This will help you to craft an effective research request and make the most of your complimentary 30 minutes of research assistance.

Please note that a research fee ($22.00 per half hour or part thereof) will be applied to requests that require staff more than a half hour to process.

An effective answer depends on an effective inquiry!

To ensure that you receive the information you are looking for, please:

  • Ask specific questions. What information, exactly, are you looking for?
  • Give as much information as possible: e.g. if you are inquiring about an individual, include their full name, maiden name, parents’ names, dates, places of residence, etc.

If this is not your first inquiry into the subject, please:

  • Detail resources you have already accessed so we do not duplicate research.
  • Mention any staff person you have already spoken to who may have started a research file on the subject.

To help us respond most efficiently, please include your full name, email address, and telephone number.

Please note:

  • There is no fee for using the Archives, but remote research fees will apply if you are unable to visit in person and your request requires staff to do extensive research for you.  
  • Archival material is organized by creator rather than topic. Think about who might have created the records you are looking for.
  • Archival resources are usually rare or unique and material can often only be consulted in the reading room. Come prepared to spend time.
  • You can purchase photocopies of material and reproductions of photographs, maps, digitized audio and video recordings, etc. See Ordering Reproductions for more details.  
  • If what you are looking for doesn’t relate to the south Peace River country, chances are SPRA does not have it.
  • Be prepared for some disappointments. There is always the possibility that records were never created, were destroyed at some point in the past, or were never donated to the archives. Some records are also closed due to conservation concerns, donor-imposed restrictions, or privacy legislation.