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UBC Building Operations has initiated a project to replace and enhance the lighting in the Golden Jubilee Room (level 4) and the main staircase. The project will resolve maintenance issues with inaccessible light fixtures and allow these areas to be properly lit. The project is expected to be complete at the end of July. The Golden Jubilee Room will be closed to the public for the duration of the project.  Access to the central staircase will be impacted at times and building users will be directed to the elevators or alternative staircases. Access to the main entry of the building (East Mall) will be maintained at all times.

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We’ve posted about the Uno Langmann BC Historical Photograph Collection before here, here, and here, but now we’ve got even more to talk about!

Like, for example, this newly uploaded photo:


Of the 4 people in this picture at least 2 are thinking only about that dog.

In case you want a refresher (and to know where this photo originates) – The Uno Langmann BC Historical Photograph Collection, with over 18,000 photographs, was donated by Uno Langmann a local Vancouver art dealer and his wife. It is considered an amazing collection of early photography, and local provincial history. The photos themselves span the ages – from 1850 all the way to the 1970s!

Today we want to announce lots of new albums from this collection have gone live! From only two albums last year at this time we now have more than 55 albums up for exploration- with more to come!

Take a bite out of the Uno Langmann BC Historical Photograph Collection! Click on any of the pictures to be taken to the albums.

Get a look into daily life…


A photo taken between 1895-1905 –Parenting the old school way…in between reading your books.


Titled “The Student” –This girl is ready to take on UBC in the fall don’t you think?


Whose up for watching the band play by the water? Everyone? Okay!

Local history is everywhere in these photos too, from the fire at Pier D in 1911, to the building of the Lions Gate Bridge.


Lions Gate bridge half built!


Fire at Pier D in 1911 – One of the largest and most infamous of the Vancouver waterfront fires.

Hope these images we’ve collected wet your appetite for more!


Ingrid Parent and Uno Langmann

Library Advisory Board member Haig Farris, University Librarian Ingrid Parent, Dr. Uno Langmann, UBC Chancellor Lindsay Gordon

During the May 22 spring convocation ceremony, the University of British Columbia conferred art and antiques dealer Uno Langmann with an honorary doctorate degree. Dr. Langmann donated over 18,000 rare and unique early photographs and books from the 1850s to the 1950s to UBC Library in 2014, forming the Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs.

The donation is considered to be a premiere private collection of early provincial photos in a wide variety of formats and genres, including albums, diaries, portraits, landscapes and city/townscapes. 

A First Nations family appear outside a dwelling (c. 1915-1925). Photograph: Uno Langmann Family Collection

A First Nations family appear outside a dwelling (c. 1915-1925)

In his speech, Dr. Langmann noted his choice of profession was guided by a love for history. With a personal collection of books containing over 12,000 titles, his donation to UBC was fueled by the sincere belief that the library is the backbone of any University and that this special collection would help elevate UBC’s reputation as one of the best institutions. Langmann advised the graduates before him to “use the finest computer yet developed, your brain,” adding that, “luck favours the prepared mind.”

The photographs in the Uno Langmann BC Historical Photograph Collection are preserved in our archives and have been mostly digitized and made public on the Library website. As of this month, there are now 55 albums available for exploration. Additionally, Library users are able to request an in-person viewing of items from the collection through UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.

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