Archives, Collections, and Research

The Brandon General Museum archives is a collection of objects, documents, books, and photographs covering the city of Brandon, Manitoba from inception to present-day.

The archives are not available to be accessed by the public due to the delicate nature of the items. If you are interested in a particular item, doing a research project, or would like copies made of a photo or document; please fill out the Research Request Form below. Please note that these inquiries take time and effort for our staff and volunteers and we do request a minimum donation of $15 for these services.

Copies of photographs from the BGMA Collection may be supplied for a charge of 15.00 each. Digital copies are not available at this time.


Artifact Donation Application

Thank you for your interest in donating to the Brandon General Museum and Archives. If you have artifacts, items, or documents that you believe would compliment our collection, please fill out the form below. Please note that items MUST be donated to the Brandon General Museum & Archives outright. The BGMA does not accept loans and does not purchase collections. In rare cases, items provided to the BGMA may be loaned for temporary exhibits. Please also note that not every donation will be considered for the museum collection. Applications are screened by our Collections Committee to assess if they will fit our mandate before approval.
  • Mailing address is required if your donation is approved. We will mail you paperwork to sign and keep.
  • Drop files here or
    Max. file size: 2 MB.
      If possible, please attach a clear photo(s) of the item you want our Collections Committee to access. Images that capture key features or document the condition of the item can help us evaluate donation offers. If the file is too large to submit on the website, please email it directly to:


    Please note that any research requests exclusively tracing family ancestry will be automatically forwarded to the Manitoba Genealogical Society, South West Branch. Inquiries about Brandon city and area history, businesses, schools, architecture, people, events, and local fauna can be addressed by the BGMA or we can help put you in the right direction of who to contact for more information!

    Research inquires take time and effort for our staff and volunteers. We request a minimum donation of $15 for research requests and that can be e-transferred using All sources and information found during our search will be provided.

    Research Request Form

    Please use this form to submit research and reference requests to the Brandon General Museum & Archives (BGMA). We will try to process your request within 1-4 weeks, depending on our availability, or try to send you in the correct direction for information if we do not have it on site. Please understand that we receive multiple research requests and it may take time to receive a reply.
    • So that we can contact you with any findings. Please double-check that you have typed your email address correctly.
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    • Please type in as much information about the topic you are trying to research to help us in our findings. Keep in mind that our archives and collections are based in Brandon and area.
    • Is this for personal use, study, school project, or publishing?