Since the Biggar Museum & Gallery was founded, they have been collecting material for the museum archives. Today, they have a collection that is unique and tells the story of Biggar and district to its people. The archives are made up two classes of records. 1. Compiled Records and 2. Original Records. The collection displayed in the museum includes, the Biggar Encyclopedia (museum has a hard copy, Biggar Heritage Album, Census Records, Churches & Choirs, Club Records, Family Histories, Fire Insurance Plans, Funeral Cards, Lands Records, Local Histories, Newspapers, Obituaries, Photographs, Railroad Royalty and Royal Visits, Research Aids, Oral Interview Tape Recordings, Town Records, and some Undertaker Records.
Photocopying facilities are available for a fee of 25 cents a page. All materials presented for study must be handled with care and respect so future generations may also have the opportunity to view the record. You are expected to wear white gloves which are supplied by the museum when handling all archival material. Our facilities are also wheelchair accessible.
The museum staff doesn’t have the time however to do research for you. If you are unable to visit to undertake research yourself, you must submit a research request which will be passed along to the Biggar Branch Saskatchewan Genealogical Society for further handling. The Biggar Branch Saskatchewan Genealogical Society charges a fee of 25 Dollars per surname for answering a research request.
The time has come to tell the story of our town and its people in the format of the twenty first century, the world-wide web. Rather than having our history hide away in a filing cabinet Rae Chamberlain has found a way to tell the world our story. Rae launched the Biggar Encyclopaedia “wiki” on the internet.
Most web users have heard of the Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia. If you are not familiar with a “wiki”, at the Wikipedia website they explain it this way. “A wiki is a medium which can be edited by anyone with access to it, and provides an easy method for linking from on page to another. Wikis are typically collaborative websites, though there are now also single-user offline implementations. The Biggar Encyclopedia is a collaborative undertaking where anyone knowledgeable or interested in preserving Biggar’s history can participate.
This “wiki” website allow for the participation of many not just one individual or editorial team. The role of the creator is to facilitate the project. If it becomes necessary, Rae is prepared to recruit others to help manage the project. The success of the project will hinge up one the effort and interest of Biggar citizens past and present.
The Biggar Museum & Gallery has a wonderful archive of newspaper clippings and also The Independent (local newspaper) on microfilm. Researchers may access this material for research purposes. A lot of Biggar’s history can be told by studying what was printed in the local newspaper. Also, many of you have “memories” that need to be preserved. The Biggar Encyclopaedia is the place to preserve this valuable heritage and culture knowledge.