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UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) is pleased to present “The Iron Pulpit”: Missionary Printing Presses in British Columbia exhibition.

Featuring materials produced on missionary printing presses in British Columbia between the 1850s and 1910s, this exhibition looks at printed materials in context of Indigenous-Christian encounters, colonialism, and print culture in the province.

The exhibition is located in RBSC, on level one of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A PDF of the exhibition catalogue, which includes an introductory essay, detailed item descriptions and a checklist of existing missionary printing press imprints, is available online.

“The Iron Pulpit” was curated by Alicia Fahey (PhD Student, Department of English) and Chelsea Horton (PhD Candidate, Department of History).

For questions about the exhibition, contact Katherine Kalsbeek, Acting Head, Rare Books and Special Collections.

The following images, part of UBC Library Archive’s Haweis Family fonds (PDF link), are from of a series of images taken by Rosetti Photographic Studios in Vancouver’s Stanley Park in 1912.  

Lionel Haweis emigrated to Canada from England in 1907, where he opened Rosetti Photographic Studios on Pender St., and later on Robson St. In 1918 he was appointed to the staff of UBC Library, retiring in 1939. He was well-known in the literary life in Vancouver as founder of the UBC Arts and Letters Club, and a member of various literary clubs, the Little Theatre, and the Vancouver Overseas Club. In addition to his earlier writings he also authored an Indian ballad (Tsoqualem) and a play (The Rose of Persia). He died in 1942.

The Stanley Park images are currently available in the Rosetti Studios – Stanley Park digital collection and Digital Initiatives is in the process of rescanning the original glass plate negatives, and will soon be updating the collection with beautifully high resolution images that better preserve the incredible detail captured in the original negatives.  Interestingly, while re-scanning we noticed that the handwritten captions were actually written backwards directly onto the negatives (which we have scanned and digitally inverted to produce the images below).

While the first image looks like it could have been taken yesterday, the conspicuous absence of the Lion’s Gate Bridge (not to mention all of North and West Vancouver) in the second image, and the classy old McLaughlin(?) in the third really give them away.

No. 22 ‘Morning Sheen and a Silvery Mist’ Stanley Park, Vancouver B.C.


No. M 15 ‘Tide Rip’ First Narrows from Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.


No. 59 ‘Second Beach’ Vancouver, B.C.

The Class (Entre les murs) is an award-winning film directed by Lauren Cantet. It’s set in a tough school in Paris and highlight’s one teacher’s experiences teaching French language and literature. 

Come to the Education Library to borrow it (PN 1997.2.C 5784 2009 dvd) and be sure to let us know what you think about it!

This week’s UNESCO conference in Vancouver, entitled “The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation,” is featured in a recent Province article stressing the importance of protecting digitally preserved knowledge.

“It’s one thing for a computer crash to erase all your personal data. But imagine if humanity’s historical hard drive was wiped out.” Read more online, “Protecting digitally preserved knowledge is focus of UNESCO conference,” by Elaine O’Connor, The Province.

Sep 27

Mark your calendar: Brokering Belonging panel

On October 19th at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel is a free public event entitled "Brokering Belonging or Contesting White Supremacy: Controversies in Chinese and Asian Canadian Educational Histories and their Implications." A four person panel will lead the discussion, comprised of John Price (University of Victoria), Lisa Mar (University of Maryland), Timothy Stanley (University of Ottawa) and Henry Yu (University of British Columbia).

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