Our featured B.C. place for this week is the northern most place we have featured yet: Atlin. The town of Atlin and Atlin Lake are located along Highway 7, not too far south of the border with Yukon. Atlin likes to be called “Switzerland of the North” because of its wintertime beauty and activities. The name Atlin is derived from the Tlingit word atlah which means “big water.”  The town was founded in the late 19th century when gold was struck in the area, drawing thousands of settlers; today the population is around 450 people.

Our featured document is a photograph from our B.C. Historical Photograph Collection. It is an example of the importance of having access to the back (or verso) of some photographs, when they contain helpful inscriptions or stamps. The photograph was probably taken looking across Atlin Lake:

"Rift in the clouds", Atlin B.C.

"Rift in the clouds", Atlin B.C.

The title, “Rift in the clouds,” was inscribed on the back of the photograph, possibly by the photographer. By looking at the back, we can see the stamp of the photographer:

Verso of the photograph

Verso of the photograph

The photographer was L.C. Read, who, according to the Camera Workers of B.C., was active in the Atlin area up until around 1919.

If it were not for the photographer’s stamp on the back of the photograph,  we wouldn’t be able to say who the photographer was, and it would be unlikely that the location could be identified as Atlin.

To learn more about our historical photograph collections, consult our Photographs Research Guide. In the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the Atlin Meeting Room is number 191, on the first floor.

Come to this workshop to learn all you ever wanted to know about UBC’s Institutional Repository. Would you like to have your academic work searched by Google Scholar? Would you like your work to be archived in UBC’s Library? This session will let you know what cIRcle is, what it contains, and how you can contribute your own presentations, articles and reports. The workshop is taking place in Scarfe 155 (inside the Education Library) from 2:30-3:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

Choosing to be an Open Access Journal by Dr. Anita Palepu
From UBC Open Access Week 2010, October 19.
Dr. Anita Palepu, Professor of Medicine, UBC & Co-editor of Open Medicine
https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/30092

Introduction to Open Access and Connected Open Movements
by Joy Kirchner, Digital Scholarship, UBC Library
From UBC Open Access Week 2010, October 18.
https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/30096

Scholarly Rights and Responsibilities in the Digital Age by John Willinsky, Meike Wernicke and Reilly Yeo From UBC Open Access Week 2010, October 20. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/30132

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