Announcing the 2020/2021 BC History Digitization Program Projects

Nineteen projects have been selected as the successful recipients of the 2020 -2021 B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP) funding awards.

The digitization program, an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, was launched in 2006. It provides matching funds that help libraries, archives, museums and other organizations digitize unique historical items, including images, print and audio visual materials.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre funding totalled $160,000 for the 2020 – 2021 round. Altogether, the B.C. History Digitization Program has provided more than $1 million for more than 100 projects throughout British Columbia.

This year’s diverse range of projects include the digitization of several historical newspapers (Kelowna, Nelson, Oliver and Saanich), audio recordings from Pender Guy radio program, the Museum of Vancouver’s trades and businesses collection , a bilingual newspaper Patrika (English/Punjabi), as well as the Judith Marcuse Dance collection.

Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some projects are deferring their start date until further notice.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

To view a complete listing of the projects and their descriptions:

BC History Digitization Program – 2020 Projects

2 responses to “Announcing the 2020/2021 BC History Digitization Program Projects”

  1. Mike Harrison

    I have found your digitization of the Vancouver City Directories to be a wonderful resource. Thank you for doing it.
    Are there any plans to digitize the directories from 1956 forward?
    Mike Harrison

    1. Kristen Wong

      Hello Mike,
      Thank you for your interest in the BC History Digitization Program. The program is an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and provides matching funds for digitization projects relating to BC history. The Vancouver Public Library participated in the BC History Digitization Program 9n 2009 and 2010 to digitize the BC City Directories. You may wish to contact VPL to find out if they have plans to digitize directories after 1956.

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