In September 2006, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia announced the BC History Digitization Program. The focus of the program is to promote increased access to British Columbia’s historical resources, including providing matching funds to undertake digitization projects that will result in free online access to our unique provincial historical material. Below is a list of successful applicants for 2014.
Project Title: Digitization of Barkerville’s Chinese Language Collections
Organization: Barkerville Heritage Trust
Description: The project will digitize and make available 11,291 pages of hand-written Chinese language documents at Barkerville.
Project Title: ButterFat Magazine Digitization Project
Organization: BC Dairy Historical Society
Description: The ButterFat Magazine Digitization Project will scan 70 bound volumes (~25,000 pages) of ButterFat magazine into searchable digital files.
Project Title: BC’s Natural History: Imaging the Spencer Entomological Collection
Organization: Beaty Biodiversity Museum – Spencer Entomological Collection
Description: The Spencer Entomological Collection will image 1,200 B.C. insect specimens from three views using their Leica LAS montage system.
Project Title: Digitization of British Columbia Sessional Papers 1887-1911
Organization: BC Government Publications Digitization Group
Description: The project will digitize 25 bound volumes of BC Sesssional Papers from Legislative Library’s collection and make them keyword searchable.
Project Title: Capturing our History
Organization: Esquimalt Municipal Archives
Description: The project will digitize and make available historical images of Esquimalt covering the past 150 years.
Project Title: Fred Schiffer: Lives in Photos
Organization: Jewish Museum and Archives
Description: The project will digitize approximately 1000 photographs from well-known portrait photographer, Fred Schiffer.
Project Title: Fashion Accessories Digitization
Organization: Museum of Vancouver
Description: This project proposes the digital photography of 2,424 fashion accessories, including women’s and men’s hats, shoes and jewellery, amassed during the nearly 20 years of tenure of former Vancouver Museum curator and costume historian, Ivan Sayers.
Project Title: Japanese Canadian Stories
Organization: Nikkei National Museum
Description: This project will digitize archival and artifact collections of four families reflecting the diverse experience of Japanese Canadians in British Columbia since 1900.
Project Title: Cassiar Asbestos Mining Corporation & Townsite fonds Newspaper Digitization & Access
Organization: Northern BC Archives
Description: The project will see the digitization of the Cassiar Townsite Newspaper from 1958-1976.
Project Title: Prince George Newspaper Digitization Project
Organization: Prince George Public Library
Description: This year the Prince George Newspaper Digitization Project will digitize issues of the Prince George Citizen from 1989-1991.
Project Title: Abbotsford Living History Project
Organization: Reach Gallery and Museum
Description: The project will provide for the digitization of 5,000 photos from the Abbotsford News collection.
Project Title: Businessmen and Educators
Organization: Salt Spring Island Archives
Description: The project will digitize materials from the Cropper and Drake family fonds.
Project Title: Pacific Socialist Education Association Pacific Tribune Collection
Organization: Simon Fraser University Library
Description: This project will digitize 4,500 images from the Pacific Socialist Education Association collection taken for the labour publication Pacific Tribune from 1972 to 1992.
Project Title: Digitization of the Squamish Board of Trade Correspondence
Organization: Squamish Public Library
Description: The project will digitize approximately 650 pieces of correspondence of the Squamish Board of Trade from 1926 to 1964.
Project Title: Thompson-Nicola Historical Newspapers Digitization Project
Organization: Thompson-Nicola Regional District Libraries
Description: The project will begin to digitize community newspapers from the Thompson-Nicola region as early as 1895.
Project Title: Discovered: Images of the Kootenay Outlet at the turn of the 20th Century
Organization: Touchstones Nelson
Description: The project will feature 152 digitized glass-plate negatives depicting the Kootenay Lake Outlet area at the turn of the 20th Century.
Project Title: Student Newspaper 50th Anniversary Digitization Project – Phase II
Organization: Trinity Western University Archives
Description: Phase II will see completion of the digitization of the TWU student newspapers to 2012.
Project Title: Uno Langmann Family Collection of BC Photographs Project
Organization: University of British Columbia Library
Description: The project plans to digitize 15,300 photographs and postcards from the Uno Langmann Family Collection covering B.C. from the 1850s to the 1950s.
Project Title: Digital Conversion of Selected BC Conference TV Broadcasting Videotapes
Organization: United Church – Bob Stewart Archives
Description: The project will digitize 45 broadcast tapes of the Conference’s former television program Pressure Point (1975-2001).
Project Title: bcgenesis: The Colonial Despatches 1863
Organization: University of Victoria Libraries
Description: The project will continue by digitizing Vancouver Island and BC despatches for 1863, linking them page for page to transcriptions of each despatch.
Project Title: Pacific National Exhibition fonds
Organization: City of Vancouver Archives
Description: This project will digitize 7128 photographic prints from the Pacific National Exhibition fonds. Images depict the broad variety of activities that have taken place at the Exhibition between 1920 and 1980.
Project Title: The Province Newspaper Negatives Phase II
Organization: Vancouver Public Library
Description: The project will digitize and make available images capturing important events in Vancouver and British Columbia from the 1950s to the early 1960s.
For more information please contact:
Coordinator, BC History Digitization Program
University Archivist, UBC Library
firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-827-3951
Aboriginal Engagement Librarian
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
email@example.com | 604.827.0342