A brief (and almost fawning) biography and impressive etching of William Fraser Tolmie from British Columbia Pictoral Biographical printed by the British Alaskan Boundary Tribunal, 1903.

In addition to the quality of the etchings, typography and illuminations in this volume, the DI team was struck by this image due to the remarkable likeness Mr. Tolmie bears to our own beloved technical supervisor, Mr. Leslie Field.  Unfortunately, unlike his historical doppelgänger, he has yet to have a street named after him.

The two-volume set comprises a veritable who’s who of the early British Columbia elite, with hundreds more etchings and short biographies of men (and a few women) whose names grace many of our local streets and parks.  The full work will be included in the upcoming B.C. Bibliography digital collection.

We have several eBooks form the University of Toronto’s ITER publishing, but they are not available at the moment. These are part of the “Other Voice in Early Modern Europe” collection. We are working on getting the links fixed.

Here at Digital Initiatives we are fascinated and excited by the vast amount of primary-source material that our digitization work exposes us to and so we’ve created The Digitizers’ Blog to share some of favorites.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Photographs from the Klondyke Souvenir published by H.J. Goetzman in 1901 depicting pioneer life and the Klondike gold rush from the upcoming B.C. Bibliography collection.

Images contributed by the University of Northern British Columbia.

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