BC History Digitization Program – 2018 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 2018.


Council Committee Minutes

City of Coquitlam


The series from the Coquitlam Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds consists of the minutes of Council Committees from 1946 to 2017 including: the Board of Variance, Parks and Recreation Committee (by the mid-1990s the Leisure and Parks Services Committee), Land Use Committee (originally the Town Planning Commission), Bargaining Commission, Burke Mountain Commission, Civil Defense Commission, Committee of the Whole, Court of Revision, Financial Commission, Historical Society Commission, joint Council for Three Municipalities Committee, Land Sale Commission, Library Commission, Safety Committee, Sanitation Committee, Street Lighting Commission, Public Hearings from 1959 to 1978, Public Works Committee, Water Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeal.


Steffens-Colmer Studios and Don Coltman Company Photographs Digitization Project

City of Vancouver Archives


These photographs belong to the Steffens Colmer Studios and Don Coltman Company Photographs series within the Williams Bros. Photographers fonds. Con Coltman was the manager of the Vancouver-based Steffens-Colmer photograph studios that closed in 1955. This project will digitize 5.300 4×5, 5×7 and 8×10 photographic negatives from the Steffens-Colmer Studios and Don Coltman series.


TCR Open Access Archive

Capilano Review Contemprary Arts Society


The TCR Open Access Archive will make available the magazine’s entire 45-year publication history. As such, all issues from 1972 onwards will require digitization, a total of 133 issues and approximately 16,000 pages. The material is ready for digitization.


Association of College and University Employees Local 1 Digital Collection

CUPE 2950 – Clerical, Library and Theatre Workers at the University of British Columbia


This phase of the project will be digitizing 9,750 pages of materials. The majority of the fonds is text-based and consists of meeting minutes, newsletters, correspondence, photos, newspaper clippings, and other organization records from across the Locals.


JHSBC Publication Digitization Project

Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia


The JHSBC Publication Digitization project is an opportunity to share widely online, in digitized, searchable, and indexed format, the prolific work that the JHSBC accomplished in its early years; bringing back into the spotlight the publications the Scribe and the Chronicle, and the resources they can provide. Through the digitization of approximately 3400 pages of unique research and writing the JMABC will be able to open a new wealth of information to research to one and all.


The Legacy Project

Karen Jamieson Dance Society


This project will digitize 25 VHS containing roughly 26hrs of documentation, 3 Betamax containing 2hrs of documentation, and 1 Sony Helical open reel with roughly 30mins of documentation. This material has been selected from around 175 VHS, Cassette, Mini-DV and Betamax because of the importance and rarity of the documentation these carriers can contain. The performances, interviews, and practices recorded will provide vital insight in to Vancouver’s cultural heritage over a 20 year span.


The Politics of Racism Project

Nikkei National Museum


The Nikkei National Museum’s (NNM) Politics of Racism Project (PRP) aims to digitize the Ann Gomer Sunahara fonds, a recently acquired donation that consists of original sound recordings and her groundbreaking research. The oral histories feature significant individuals. The PRP also aims to digitize and make accessible materials from the Jitaro and Sumiko Tanaka collection, the Roy Ito collection, and the Henry and Yvonne Wakabayashi collection.


The North Pacific Cannery Archival Image Digitization Project

Port Edward Historical Society


The North Pacific Cannery Archival Image Collection contains approximately 4000 images in total, which can be divided into two main categories: 1) “historic” images that depict the fishing and canning activities primarily on BC’s north coast (approximately 2500 images) and 2) “contemporary” images relating to the development of the North Pacific Cannery site into a museum and National Historic Site, including activities of the Port Edward Historical Society (and previous operators of the of the North Pacific Cannery NHS) and preservation work undertaken at the site. (approximately 1500 images). Of the 4000 images selected for digitization, approximately 80 percent are photographic prints, while the other 20 percent are slides and some negatives.


Prince George Newspapers Digitization Project

Prince George Public Library


The Prince George Free Press was published from October 31, 1994 to May 1, 2015. This independent community newspaper included local news, community events and classified ads. It offered a different voice and different perspective from the Citizen on local and mainstream news. This project will digitize issues from 2004 to May 2015, when the Prince George Free Press ceased publication.


The Women’s Labour History Project Video Interviews

VIVO Media Arts Centre


The WLHP (1978-1995) was a non-profit society led by Sara Diamond and included a dynamic staff of women who have since moved on to significant careers in the arts, media industry, social activism, and Indigenous rights. This project will digitize 34.5 hours of interview footage on 93 U-Matic and Betacam videotapes.


Prry the Poster Man’ Collection

Simon Fraser University Library


Since 1978, Perry Giguere (aka ‘Perry the Poster Man’) has made a business out of putting up promotional posters all over Vancouver, British Columbia, always holding on to an extra copy or two at the end of a job. The result is a comprehensive archives of approximately 150,000 posters documenting cultural, social and political activities in Vancouver over the past four decades. Digitization will focus on 800 posters of varying sizes, techniques, and subject matter pre-selected from the total collection of nearly 1,400 posters dating from ca. 1980 to 2015.


Thompson-Nicola Historical Newspaper Digitization Project

Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System


The Kamloops Daily Sentinent, also known as the Inland Sentinet, was the longest running newspaper in Kamloops, spanning from the 1880s to 1987. This project will digitize as much of the Inland Sentinel as possible, starting in 1885 and finishing in 1942.


Vancouver film and video artists of the 1970s

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery


This project aims to digitize video works from the 1970s by Vancouver artists Glenn Lewis, Eric Metcalfe, Michal Morris, and Vincent Trasov. These four artists were founding members of the Western Front artist-run centre in 1973 and were influental in the interdisciplinary art scene of the time. The project will digitize ca. 22 hours (97 items) of footage.


Digitization of BC Sessional Papers, 1965; 1970-1982

UBC Library – Humanities and Social Sciences Division & Digital Initiatives


This project proposes to continue digitizing the next selection of the British Columbia Sessional papers consisting of 28 volumes (1965; 1970-1982). So far, with the generous support of the BCHDP grant, we have digitized 90 years (1876-1967) of the Sessional Papers and we hope to complete the entire run of the papers which end in 1982. In addition to the papers, there are also accompanying fold out maps and charts.


Digitizing the Nanaimo Daily Free Press (1874-1928) and Cowichan Leader (1905-1928)

Vancouver Island University


The proposed project plans to digitize the years out of copyright for two of our local papers on microfilm: 1) Cowichan Leader, 1905-1928 – 8 reels of microfilm 2) Nanaimo Daily Free Press, 1874-1928 – 50 reels of microfilm. The anticipated output is 34,800 digitized images (600 images per reel).


Digitization of the Victoria Daily Colonist newspaper: 1971-1980

University of Victoria Libraries


Thanks to previous funding and support from the Ike Barber Learning Centre at various times, The University of Victoria Libraries has already digitized the Daily Colonist newspaper from 1858-1970. For the purpose of the 2018-2019 granting cycle, we are requesting funding to digitize additional reels from 1971-1980. This digitization initiative will not only significantly enhance our existing collection, but create further historical impact by making more of this important and popular resource material freely and publicly available online.


BC Bird Taxidermy and Product Packaging Digitization Project

Museum of Vancouver


The Museum of Vancouver (Mov) proposes to digitize two cateories of artefacts with significant British Columbia stories to tell. The collections selected are bird taxidermy and product packaging. The artefacts selected includes 206 taxidermied birds and 1236 pieces of product packaging for a grand total of 1442 artefacts digitized.


Early Vancouver Photography Studios – Glass Plate Negatives

Vancouver Public Library


The VPL plans to digitize the remaining 2,050 images from VPL’s Glass Plate Negative Collection and add them to their online historical photographs database. The collection depects streetviews, buildings, landscaes and panoramas of Vancouver and British Columbia from the 1890s to the 1920s.

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