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

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used



Level of detail


Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created - April 10, 2013


  • English


Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

9 Bonaventure Avenue
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
CA A1C 5P9