The Rooms Provincial Archives Division

Identity area



Authorized form of name

The Rooms Provincial Archives Division

Parallel form(s) of name

    Other form(s) of name

    • RPAD
    • Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador


    • Provincial/state

    Contact area

    Greg Walsh Primary contact



    Street address

    9 Bonaventure Avenue


    St. John's


    Newfoundland and Labrador

    Country name


    Postal code

    A1C 5P9







    PO Box 1800
    Station C

    Description area


    Geographical and cultural context

    Mandates/Sources of authority

    The Rooms Provincial Archives division is mandated, through the Rooms Act 2005, to preserve those records of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador which are deemed to have enduring legal, fiscal, evidential or research value. The Provincial Archives also collects records from private sources which have enduring value to the history of the province.

    Administrative structure

    Records management and collecting policies



    Finding aids, guides and publications

    Access area

    Opening times

    Hours of operation are:

    June 1 to October 15

    Sunday : Closed
    Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Evenings: Wednesdays until 9:00 p.m.

    October 16 to May 31

    Sunday : Closed
    Monday : Closed
    Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Evenings: Wednesdays until 9:00 p.m.

    Open on all statutory holidays except:

    Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday and Remembrance Day

    Access conditions and requirements

    General admission fees do not apply to the Archives. For first time users of the Archives, there is an initial ten dollar fee to obtain a permanent Researcher Registration number.


    Strollers and wheelchairs can be signed out free of charge from the Information Desk.
    The Rooms has a two hour parking limit.

    Services area

    Research services

    The Client Services Section provides assistance to researchers - both on-site at The Rooms and by distance (e-mail, phone, fax, mail). Researchers can also make appointments with archivists to explore specific research requirements and interests.

    Staff is available in the Archives to discuss research topics, point out possible archival sources, give instruction in the use of finding aids, and provide information on any of the services offered.

    Reproduction services

    All orders are subject to 13% HST (Harmonized Sales Tax)

    .25 per 8" x 10" page
    .25 per 11" x 14" page
    .50 per 11" x 17" page
    Labour charge:
    no charge for the first thirty minutes
    after the first 30 minutes - $15 per hour

    Paper Prints from Microfilm:
    .50 per page
    Labour Charge for staff processed copies:
    no charge for the first thirty minutes
    after the first thirty minutes - $15 per hour

    True Copy - extract of vital record or census entry - $20

    Certified Copy - document certification for legal purposes - $20

    Record Search - $20 for an eleven-year search Year requested plus five years either side of that date

    Private Researcher List - $50 per year for listing

    $10 to change any information in listing before annual renewal

    Fax (Long Distance) - $1.00 per page in addition to copying charges

    Newfoundland Roots Family History Series - $2.50
    Sources for Military Research - $5.00
    A Guide to Researching Historic Buildings in St. John’s - $5.00

    Postage and Handling
    1 - 9 pages $1
    10 - 49 pages $2
    50 - 99 pages $5
    100 - 199 pages $6
    200 + pages $7

    Courier - courier service will be at the expense of the client

    Handling Fee for outsourced copying:
    1 - 5 items Flat fee of $10
    6 - 10 items Flat fee of $15
    more than 10 items Flat fee of $20

    Interlibrary Loans Returns - $5.00 per reel

    Printouts from databases - $.25 per page

    Public areas

    The Rooms is pleased to offer free wireless internet access. Please note however that it an unsecured network and that information sent or received may be accessible to third parties. Users are responsible for protecting their own devices and The Rooms is not responsible for the security of data transmitted.

    Control area

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    Rules and/or conventions used



    Level of detail


    Dates of creation, revision and deletion

    Created - April 10, 2013


    • English


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