In September 2006, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia 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 2008.

Project Title: Medical Artefact Digitization and Access Project – Phase II
Organization: British Columbia Medical Association

Description: This project will continue the work begun in 2007 to digitize medical artifacts from the museum’s holdings. These objects illustrate medical practice in British Columbia, including instruments used by medical practitioners over the last 150 years.

BCMA Medical Museum

Project Title: Surrey Leader Press Negatives Project
Organization: City of Surrey Archives
Amount: $3,495.00

Description: The City of Surrey Archives has a long-standing and very fruitful relationship with the City’s primary newspaper, The Surrey Leader (founded 1929). In 1992, a very substantial donation of the Leader’s photographic negatives (approximately 95,000 images) was made to the Archives by the editor, Andrew Holota. This project will digitize and make available about 3,000 of these images.

SAMOA Discovering Surrey’s Past, Online

Project Title: Northern BC Historical and Economic Explorations – Photographs Digitization and Access Project
Organization: Northern BC Archives, UNBC
Amount: $3,500.00

Description: In t heir 2007 funded project, the Northern BC Archives made over 2000 slides created by Northwood Pulp & Timber Ltd. available online. These document 35 years of natural resource industry activity in the Central Interior of B.C. This project will continue the work begun in 2007 and digitize images related to early 20th century exploratory expeditions to Northern BC conducted by stakeholders considering economic developments in its regions.

Northwood Pulp and Timber Ltd. fonds

Project Title: NVMA Maps and Plans Digitization Project
Organization: North Vancouver Museum and Archives
Amount: $3,000.00

Description: The North Vancouver Museum and Archives will digitize 200 significant items from its Maps and Plans collection. The group of 200 as a whole will represent the City and District equitably, and exhibit chronological depth, and geographic and topical breadth.

As Dreamt, As Built: Maps and Plans of North Vancouver [N.B.: Select either "architectural plan" or "map" from the "Media Type" menu, enter your search term(s) and click "Search."]

Project Title: Prince George Newspaper Digitization Project
Organization: Prince George Public Library, UNBC, CNC
Amount: $15,000.00

Description: The Prince George Newspaper Digitization Project is a collaboration of the Prince George Public Library, the College of New Caledonia Library (CNC), the Geoffrey R. Weller Library and the Northern BC Archives at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). With the consent and support of the Prince George Citizen publisher, the collaborators joined together in 2007 in this shared project to digitize the Prince George Citizen and six early newspapers beginning in 1909. The collaboration continues in year two of this multi-phase project. In 2008 and 2009 the library will digitize the Prince George Citizen from 1961 to 1966.

Prince George Newspapers

Project Title:Digitization of Nitrate and Acetate Negatives
Organization: Prince Rupert City and Regional Archives
Amount: $3,030.00

Description: The project consists of scanning approximately 1000 nitrate and acetate negatives from Prince Rupert’s early photographers such as J. Dennis Allen, Ernest A. Woods, and W.W. Wrathall. The negatives depict the early history of Prince Rupert and the surrounding area.

Prince Rupert City & Regional Archives Photo Collection

Project Title: Digitization of the Cariboo Observer Newspaper (1908-1967)
Organization: Quesnel and District Museum and Archives
Amount: $15,000.00

Description: The Cariboo Observer will celebrate its 100th anniversary in August 2008. The Quesnel & District Museum and Archives will digitize the newspaper so that it can be retrieved and browsed by issue, or searched by key words selected by the reader/researcher. This phase of the project will digitize the first 60 years of the paper (1908-1967).

Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Project Title: Hands Off! Responsibly Opening the Doors to Northeastern BC’s Fossil Resource Collections…
Organization: Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation and Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre
Amount: $15,000.00

Description: This project will create an online database of 3-dimensional digital replica images and 2-dimensional digital images of fossil specimens collected from Northeastern British Columbia and archived at the Peace Region Paleontology Centre Collections facility, the natural history branch of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation.

This project is still in progress and will eventually be hosted from the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre (P.R.P.R.C.)

Project Title: Open Reel Video Digitization: Best Practices on a Budget
Organization: Union of BC Indian Chiefs Resource Centre
Amount: $15,000.00

Description: This project will develop, employ, and distribute specific tools, procedures, techniques, and workflows to digitize ½” open reel helical scan EIAJ video tape at minimal expense. Materials to be digitized include hundreds of archival video reels recorded by UBC IC staff in the 1970s. This footage has extremely high historical value for anyone researching or interested in political issues that affect First Nations in British Columbia.

UBCIC 7th Annual General Assembly

Project Title: Bill Silver Newspaper Collection
Organization: Vanderhoof Public Library
Amount: $11,000.00

Description: This project will digitize the weekly newspaper Nechako Chronicle and its successors, issues dating from 1920-1983. These newspapers record the development of the community of Vanderhoof and other nearby communities of Fort St. James, Fort Fraser, Fraser Lake, and several First Nations communities.

Bill Silver Digital Newspaper Archive

Project Title: Robert Bateman Photographic Digitization Project
Organization: Royal Roads University Foundation
Amount: $12,600.00

Description: A total of 3200 photographic slides representing the BC portion of the Bateman legacy will be digitized for this project. The Bateman archives reflect their role in environmental protection, their family life, and their artistic output.

Robert Bateman Digital Archives

Project Title: Sechelt Community Archives Digitization of Historical Images
Organization: Sechelt Community Archives
Amount: $9,840.00

Description: This project will digitize the 5700 photographs, negatives and slides housed in the Sechelt Community Archives. These images are part of the Helen Dawe Collection of materials relating to the history of the Village of Sechelt, and reflect the history of the village and the Sunshine Coast.

Sechelt Community Archives Historical Photographs

Project Title: UBC Virtual Theatre Resource
Organization: UBC Dept of Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing
Amount: $10,000.00

Description: Theatre at UBC is digitizing their multimedia theatre archives, which chart UBC’s part in the birth of a regional theatre and the development of regional and guest theatre artists at UBC. The archives is composed of nine series, including an extensive range of photos, costume renderings, sound recordings, and moving images.

This project is still in progress.

Project Title: BC Printing and Book Arts Digitization Project
Organization: Simon Fraser University Library
Amount: $9,600.00

Description: The BC Printing and Book Arts Collection contains more than 500 items, including books, illustrations, broadsides, artwork, and other ephemera, from more than 30 provincial presses. The digitization of these materials will make an important part of BC’s cultural history freely and easily available to community members via the Internet. The flagship piece of this collection is the work of Jim Rimmer who is an esteemed typographer, designer, printer, and publisher based in New Westminster.

BC Printing and Book Arts Digitization Project

Project Title: Colonial Dispatches for the Colony of BC 1858
Organization: University of Victoria Libraries
Amount: $10,000.00

Description: The Colonial dispatches, which were sent by the governors of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia (1846-1871) to the Colonial Office in London, and the responses, are arguably the most important early documentation available concerning the history of the colonies and early relationships with the indigenous people of B.C. There are 28 volumes of dispatches; this project will make the 1858 volume, minutes, enclosures, correspondence, and transcripts available and searchable online.

The Despatches of British Columbia

Project Title: O’Keefe Ranch Archives Digitization
Organization: O’Keefe Ranch and Interior Heritage Society
Amount: $4,000.00

Description: The O’Keefe Family lived on their ranch, north of Vernon, from 1867 until 1977 and, over that time, accumulated a large collection of photographs, documents and other archival material relating to their lifestyle and occupancy of the site. The collection forms a unique record of one family’s occupancy of a ranching property for over a century. The project will make this valuable research tool available online to students and other researchers.

This project is still in progress.

Project Title: Unique Photographs of Early Bowen Island
Organization: Bowen Island Historical Society
Amount: $9,000.00

Description: The photographs in the Bowen Island historical Society’s collections are a pictorial record of the history and development of Bowen Island from the earliest habitation to the present day. A portion of the collection has already been digitized; this project will enhance the existing database, create the ability to search and display the collection through a web browser, make the 1,700 digitized photos available through the Internet and complete the digitization of a further 3,000 photos which will also be accessible through the internet.

Online Photographic Database

Project Title: Dr. Gerald Straley’s Historical Collection of the Flora of BC
Organization: UBC Herbarium

Description: Dr. Gerald Straley (1945-1997) was a well known, respected and admired botanical expert on both cultivated plants and the natural flora of British Columbia. During his career at UBC, he was a research scientist and curator at the UBC Botanical Garden and the Director of the UBC Herbarium. This project will digitize Straley’s pressed plant collection, archival documents, and line-drawings.

Dr. Gerald Straley’s historical collection of the flora of British Columbia digitization project

Project Title: Bella Coola Valley Digital Heritage: Phase II
Organization: Bella Coola Valley Museum Society
Amount: $6,000.00

Description: The Bella Coola Valley Museum Society will digitize approximately 1000 images from their collection and add the images to the Society’s searchable database. The images portray logging practices between 1930 and 1957, and in the early 1970s and 1980s, and represent the history of Ocean Falls during its time as a booming city.

Bella Coola Photograph Collection

Project Title: Online Photograph Database Project – The Otto Landauer Photograph Collection
Organization: Jewish Museum and Archives
Amount: $8,500.00

Description: The Jewish Museum and Archive of BC’s online photograph database is an ongoing initiative to make the Museum’s collections available on the internet. In 2008-2009, the JMABC plans to digitize a portion of its Otto F. Landauer – Leonard Frank Photograph collection. Landauer spent part of his career photographing industrial and architectural activities in British Columbia and capturing the changing urban landscape of the province in a unique and beautiful way.

The Otto Landauer Photograph Collection (Artefacts Canada)


The Otto Landauer Photograph Collection (


For more information please contact:

Chris Hives
Coordinator, BC History Digitization Program
University Archivist, UBC Library or 604-827-3951
Simon Neame
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC or 604-822-3096

Click on the markers to find out more information about each project. Projects funded for 2008 are indicated with a blue marker. You can use the arrow buttons or simply drag the map to see more locations, and you can use the zoom buttons to enlarge the map for a clearer view of the funded projects in the Lower Mainland area.

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laptopTips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis: Little Things Mean A Lot!

Are you worried about getting your thesis/dissertation into the format required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies? Would you like to know more about how to use the formatting features in Microsoft Word? Research Commons staff will help you with your questions about the nuts and bolts of formatting: tables of contents, page layout, numbering, headings, front matter, and more! As well, find out more about the resources that are available to help you in writing your thesis/dissertation. Graduate students at any stage of the writing process are welcome; some prior knowledge of Microsoft Word will be helpful.

Tuesday, July 9, 2-4pm (in Woodward Library)

Thursday, July 11, 10am-12pm

Wednesday, July 17, 10am-12pm

Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? Email for an appointment.


Citation Management Using RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley
Need to manage large numbers of references and citations as part of your research, teaching or administrative work? Citation management tools are for you. These tools provide a simple way to store, organize and retrieve your citations in an effective manner, and can also help you in formatting in-text citations and bibliographies in your work. 

Sign up for a tool specific hands-on workshop about the core concepts of citation management and detailed instruction for use of either RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley.

Are you new to citation management tools entirely, or do you have advanced-user questions? Email to set up a one-on-one appointment with one of our citation management experts

Citation Management Using RefWorks:

Friday, July 5, 10am-12pm

Citation Management Using Mendeley:

Tuesday, July 16, 10am-12pm

Citation Management Using Zotero:

Thursday, July 18, 9:30-11:30am


Introduction to Medline

If you’re doing health science research you need to know how to search in Medline, the premier database for the health sciences. This workshop provides a broad introduction to Medline, including what content is included, the difference between Medline, Pubmed, and OvidSP, and searching using keywords and subject headings (MeSH).

Thursday, July 18, 1-2pm (in Woodward Library)




Access to Factiva has been restored.  Please remember to log out as we are limited to 6 consecutive users.


LAW LIBRARY level 3: HC79.E5 H3538 2013
Pierre-Marie Dupuy & Jorge E. Viñuales, eds., Harnessing Foreign Investment to Promote Environmental Protection: Incentives and Safeguards (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Online access:

LAW LIBRARY level 3: JC599.U5 S397 2011
David Cole, ed., Securing Liberty: Debating Issues of Terrorism and Democratic Values in the Post-9/11 United States (New York: International Debate Education Association, 2011).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K370 .D37 2013
Eve Darian-Smith, Laws and Societies in Global Contexts (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K1112 .R528 2013
Benjamin J. Richardson, Fiduciary Law and Responsible Investing: In Nature’s Trust (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3611.I5 S35 2013
Elyn R. Saks & Shahrokh Golshan, Informed Consent to Psychoanalysis: The Law, the Theory, and the Data (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE1940 .L43 2012
The Law Society of Manitoba, The Manitoba Bar Association & The University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, Legal Boundaries in a Global World (Winnipeg: Law Society of Manitoba, 2012.).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE5688 .E87 2013
Guglielmo Maisto, Angelo Nikolakakis & John M. Ulmer, eds., Essays on Tax Treaties: A Tribute to David A. Ward (Toronto: CTF, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE5728 .M35 2013
Robert McMechan, Economic Substance and Tax Avoidance: An International Perspective (Toronto: Carswell, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KEB217 .S78 2013
Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Strata Property, 2013 Update: Materials Prepared for the Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Strata Property Update, Held in Vancouver, B.C., on April 18, 2013 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KEB225.C6 C65 2013
Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Commercial Leasing: Materials Prepared for the Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Commercial Leasing, Held in Vancouver, B.C., on May 3, 2013 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KEB292 .P75 2013
Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Privacy, 2013 Update: Materials Prepared for the Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Privacy Update 2013, Held in Vancouver, BC, on May 1, 2013 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KEB318 S475 2013
Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Securities Law: Advanced Issues, 2013 Update: Materials Prepared for the Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Advanced Securities Law 2013, Held in Vancouver, B.C., on April 12, 2013 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF367 .N67 2013
Jill Norgren, Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of America’s First Women Lawyers (New York: New York University Press, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KNQ500 .T69 2012
Lei Chen & C.H. (Remco) van Rhee, ed., Towards a Chinese Civil Code: Comparative and Historical Perspectives (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KNQ522 .S56 2013
Karla M. Simon, Civil Society in China: The Legal Framework from Ancient Times to the “New Reform Era” (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KNQ3127 .S74 2013
Rachel E. Stern, Environmental Litigation in China: A Study in Political Ambivalence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Online access:

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KU3411 .C36 2013
H P Lee & Enid Campbell, The Australian Judiciary (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KZ3881.T65 S57 2012
Sin Yong-ha, Tokto yŏngyu ŭi chinsil ihae : 16-p’oint’ŭ wa 150-mundap
독도 영유 의 진실 이해 : 16포인트 와 150 문답 / 신 용하.
(Sŏul T’ŭkpyŏlsi: Sŏul Taehakkyo Ch’ulp’an Munhwawŏn, 2012).
(서울 특별시 : 서울 대학교 출판 문화원, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KZ7145 .G69 2013
James Gow, War and War Crimes: Military, Legitimacy, and Success in Armed Conflict (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KZA1145 .C46 2012
Tokto Ponbu, Chosŏn hae : Tonghae pada ŭi chŏngsik irŭm = Korean Sea
조선 해 : 동해 바다 의 정식 이름 = Korean Sea / 독도 본부.
(Inch’ŏn Kwangyŏksi: Uri Yŏngt’o, 2012).
(인천 광역시 : 우리 영토, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): LA1131.82 .E384 2008
Seren T. Hall & Megan W. Lewis, eds., Education in China: 21st Century Issues and Challenges (New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2008).

The Bullock Webster collection has been updated. Click the link above for more information.

The Bullock Webster collection has been updated with new high-quality images. 

The original material, an album filled with watercolour and ink sketches, is very delicate. As such, the digital collection up until now was composed of scans we made of the old access photographs. Although we tried to make these scans represent the original sketches as accurately as possible, there were limits to how accurate they could be.

However, we recently re-photographed the original sketches, and the collection is now composed of these new high-quality digital photographs. As you can see from the images below, the new images represent the original sketches much more accurately.

The is an example of the quality we were able to achieve by scanning the old access copies of the Bullock Webster sketches.

Scan of old access photo.







This is an example of the quality we were able to achieve by re-photographing the original Bullock Webster sketches.

High-quality digital photo.







A page-by-page digital copy of the original album can be found here. The individual images may be reached through links on the appropriate pages of the album. To access the links, scroll down to the field marked “Individual Images”. (Note: no links appear under the front and back covers of the album.) The individual images can also be found by browsing the collection.


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June 2013

Tuskeegee Airmen and Chinese-Canadian war vets

Hear the unique and historical stories from two distinguished war-time veterans’ groups from the US and Canada. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces and faced discrimination within the military and as civilians. In Canada, Chinese-Canadian war vets faced similar societal problems of non-acceptance. Representatives from both groups will come together for this opening symposium to share their personal stories of dedication, courage and acceptance. Note: this is the first of five community events leading into the Canada Day long weekend. Learn more about this event and find out about other events in this historic summit.

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