Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Richmond Public Library. Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee has been a good friend and strong supporter of Richmond Public Library since 1995. His generosity has ranged from donating books and money to conducting many successful informational seminars and fundraising activities. In 2011, Dr. Lee donated 47,000 Chinese language books. This new donation is described as a “national treasure.” To date, the total value of his cash and book donations exceeds $1.53 million. In this ceremony, Richmond Library honoured Dr. Lee for his generous donation and acknowledged his extraordinary contributions to Richmond Public Library.

A reminder that Rare Books and Special Collections, University Archives and the Chung Collection will be closed on Monday September 3 for Labour Day, as will all branches of UBC Library (the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre building is open, but the library functions will be closed).

On the subject of Labour Day, you may be interested to know that labour unions and workers’ issues is a strength of the collections here at RBSC. We hold the archival collections of many labour unions from around the province of B.C., including many primary source industries (forestry and woodworking unions, mining, steelworkers, etc) as well as other industries such as public servants and the retail and service sectors. We also have the archival collections of many labour activists and political collections.

To get a broad overview of our labour collections, you can do an advanced search in the library catalogue: under “type,” choose “Archival/mixed collections” and use keywords such as “labour”, “union”, and/or keywords related to the industry that you are interested in researching. For online content you may also wish to search the UBC Digital Collections for keywords like “labour” or “union.”

Two men at a podium

Cesar Chavez and Donald MacDonald at a convention of the Canadian Labour Congress, 1974, Fisherman Publishing Society fonds

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