Reference and Outreach Services

Reference Services

We will respond to written and telephone requests about resources and services. Staff will also undertake limited research in response to specific inquiries and will provide guidance on archival holdings and how materials at the NWT Archives may aid your research. Inquiries will be processed in the order in which they are received. Please make your reference request as specific as possible. Search our online resources here.

A copy of our Reading Room Policies is available here.

Read our usage guidelines.

Photocopying and Scanning

The NWT Archives does allow for photocopying and scanning of archival documents for research purposes. However, for preservation purposes, the photocopying and scanning of delicate materials may only be done at the discretion of NWT Archives staff. The fee for scanning or photocopying services is $0.25 per page.

Recording with Cameras or Cell Phones

Cameras may be used in the reading room to obtain copies of the collection material for reference purposes only. Clients must not stand on tables or chairs or place collection material on the floor to capture an image. Clients must not place tripods directly on documents, or obstruct aisles in the research facilities with photographic equipment, especially tripods. Any camera or other recording device that is unsuitable for use because of its potential negative effect on preservation is not permitted. The NWT Archives reserves the right to refuse the use of any device. When in doubt please consult with archives staff.

Outreach Services


The NWT Archives offers training to community groups on all aspects of the acquisition, arrangement, description, and preservation of archival material. Contact us for more information.


We are happy to give tours of the NWT Archives to community groups, school groups, and visitors. We can show you what we have, how we work, and what we collect. Please contact us to book a tour.