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Oral History

Civil Defense Office, 1960s

Hear About Surrey's History First Hand

The oral history collection is useful for researchers, genealogists and general browsers alike. It provides insight into Surrey's modern years and the contributions of its diverse residents. This collection includes approximately 250 interviews of past Surrey residents, including:

  • Original Surrey pioneers and their children
  • Business owners
  • Firefighters
  • City employees

In the Archives Reference Room, you can access:

  • Interview summaries
  • Transcripts
  • Audio recordings of the full interview

The Surrey Archives charges a small fee for oral histories:

  • Digitized oral history interviews: $10.00
  • Transcripts of oral history interviews: $10.00

Please contact Archives staff if you would like to buy transcripts and digitized audio recordings of the interviews as copyright and access restrictions may apply. Review the full listing of oral history interviews and stop by the Surrey Archives to check them out.

For more information, contact staff at archives@surrey.ca or 604-502-6459.

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