BC History Digitization Program – 2009 Projects


In September 2006, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia Library 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 2009.


Project Title: Hallmark Society Photograph Digitization Project
Organization: Hallmark Society
Amount: $4,592
Description: Project involves digitization of photographs most of which were taken during inventories of heritage structures in Greater Victoria in the 1960s and 1970s.Hallmark Society Archives 
Project Title: Jewish Western Bulletin Newspaper Digitization and Access Project
Organization: Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia
Amount: $3,495.00
Description: Digitize 36 rolls of microfilm representing the years 1923-1995 (40K pages) and 176 print copies representing the years 1996-2000 (3.5K pages) of the Jewish Western Bulletin.Jewish Western Bulletin 
Project Title: Ray Knight Collection Digitization Project
Organization: Ladysmith Archives
Amount: $9,200
Description: The project includes the digitization of approximately 3,000 historical photographs depicting the history of Ladysmith from the Ray Knight Collection.Ladysmith & District Historical Archives 
Project Title: A Life in the Woods: Oral History from the West Kootenay Forest
Organization: Nelson & District Museum, Archives, Art Gallery and Historical Society
Amount: $3,000
Description: This project will result in the digitization and provision of on-line access to sixteen oral history interviews and associated material relating to the history of forestry in the West Kootenay area.A Life in the Woods: Oral Histories from the West Kootenay Forests


Project Title: Rod LeMay and Maud Lane Sous-Fonds Digitization Project
Organization: Powell River Historical Museum & Archives Association
Amount: $6,675
Description: Digitization of approximately 4,000 photographic images focusing particularly on the history of the pulp and paper industry in the Powell River area.Rod LeMay and Maud Lane Photo Collection
Project Title: Prince George Newspaper Digitization Project
Organization: Prince George Public Library
Amount: $15,000.00
Description: The project is part of an on-going effort to digitize local newspapers from before the incorporation of Prince George to the present day. This phase will result in the digitization of approximately 36,000 additional pages of newspapers.Prince George Newspapers Project


Project Title: Marshall Sharp Fonds: Salt Spring Island Aerial Photographs, Landscapes, Events and People
Organization: Salt Spring Archives
Amount: $10,000.00
Description: This project will allow the Salt Spring Island Archives to digitize approximately 15,000 photographic images from the collection of newspaper photographer Marshall Sharp that depict the historical development of the island community.Marshall Sharp Photo Collection


Project Title: Sechelt Community Archives Digitization Project
Organization: District of Sechelt
Amount: $5,000.00
Description: This is a continuation of a project that will digitization of 5,700 photographs, negatives and slides housed in the Sechelt Community Archives.Sechelt Community Archives


Project Title: BC Editorial Cartoons Collection
Organization: Simon Fraser University Library
Amount: $7,778
Description: Project to digitize and describe an additional 800 items from the SFU Editorial Cartoons Collection.SFU Library Editorial Cartoons Collection


Project Title: UBCIC Activism in the 80s
Organization: Union of BC Indian Chiefs Resource Centre
Amount: $12,600.00
Description: This project will result in the creation of two distinct multi-media digital collections that document the Indian Child Caravan and the Constitution Express.Constitution Express Digital Collection

Indian Child Caravan Digital Collection


Project Title: The Colonial Dispatches, 1846-1858
Organization: University of Victoria Libraries
Amount: $10,000
Description: This project will digitize approximately 8,250 images of Vancouver Island colonial dispatches (1846-1957) and entry books (1949-1867) and 250 colour copies of pre-1871 B.C. maps.The Colonial Despatches


Project Title: BC City Directories Digitization Project, 1902-1915
Organization: Vancouver Public Library
Amount: $15,000
Description: Part of a continuing effort, this project will digitize approximately 32,000 pages from the BC City Directories (1902-1915).BC City Directories


Project Title: Bill Silver Newspaper Collection
Organization: Vanderhoof Public Library
Amount: $5,580
Description: Digitization of approximately 18,000 pages of newspapers from the Omineca Express (1990-1997, 2000-2007).Bill Silver Digital Newspaper Archive


Project Title: West Kootenay Women’s Association Archival Digitization Project
Organization: West Kootenay Women’s Association
Amount: $4,000.00
Description: Creation of a multi-media digital collection by the West Kootenay Women’s Association to document the development of feminism in the West Kootenays.Kootenay Feminism



For more information please contact:

Chris Hives
Coordinator, BC History Digitization Program
University Archivist, UBC Library
chris.hives@ubc.ca or 604-827-3951