Creston Review


In partnership with Creston & District Musuem & Archives we have added issues of the Creston Review from 1909 to 1935 to the BC Historical Newspapers.

The Creston Review was established in 1908 by J. J. Atherton, and was the first newspaper serving the Creston Valley. For many years, the Review was Creston’s only local paper, and was usually a weekly paper though there were a few brief periods when it was published semi-weekly. It changed hands a number of times until taken over by long-time publisher Herb Legg in 1938, but retained its name and its unashamedly “local” focus throughout its life. The Review published its last issue in 1983.


The BC Historical Newspapers portal is one of our most heavily used digital collections. Occasionally we are delightfully surprised to find out about the creative ways people find to use the collections. Two of our favourite projects come to us courtesy of the great work by folks at Heritage Vancouver and the Revelstoke Museum & Archives:

Heritage Vancouver used the Daily Building Record to locate previously missing 1912 Vancouver building permits for the Heritage Vancouver Society Building Permits Database

Revelstoke Museum & Archives is using several BC Historical Newspapers titles in the history of snow and avalanche research for an upcoming exhibit. In the process, they are finding information on previously unknown avalanche events and will be adding them to the Canadian Avalanche Centre Database

Have you used the BC Historical Newspapers for your own project? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

New in BC Historical Newspapers

Over the past few months, DI staff have been quietly adding issues to the BC Historical Newspapers portal. Since the site first launched in November 2011 we have added 9 new titles in addition to completing the remaining partial runs of 9 of the original titles. In all we have added an additional 8000 issues consisting of over 42,000 pages of community newspapers, nearly matching the original 45,000 pages.

Additional Issues added
Cumberland News 1897-1915
 District Ledger (Fernie) Various other titles 1893-1919
 Boundary Creek Times (Greenwood) 1896-1911
 Ledge (Greenwood) 1906-1926
 Moyie Leader 1898-1911
 Economist (Nelson) 1897-1906
 Miner (Nelson) 1890 (not 1891)-1898
 Tribune (Nelson) 1892-1902
 Daily Building Record (Vancouver) 1912-1914
Recently added titles
Anaconda News 1901-1905
Coast News (Gibsons)
(Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives)

1945-1977, 1983-1989

Enderby Press & Walker’s Weekly (various other titles) 1909-1921
The Independent (Vancover) 1900-1903
Western Call (Vancouver) 1910-1916
Orchard City Record (Kelowna) 1908-1911
Nicola Valley News (Merritt) 1910-1916
Revelstoke Herald 1897-1905


What’s next?

A pilot project to move the digitized back issues of UBC’s student newspaper, the Ubyssey from its current home to the BC Historical Newspapers portal has been completed. Starting later this year, we will begin adding issues from 1918-2010.

Thanks to the support from a very generous donor, we will also begin adding over 100 titles of early community newspapers in 2013-2014. Coming up:

Upcoming additions (subject to change)
Agassiz Record 1923
Armstrong Advance and Spallumcheen Advocate 1905-1906
West Fork News (Beaverdell) 1901
Bennett Sunday 1899-1900
Brooklyn News 1898
Radium (Canford) 1917
Cascade Record 1898-1901
Chase Tribune 1912-1914
Chilliwack Free Press 1911-1912
Fraser Advance (Chilliwack) 1907
Surrey Times (Cloverdale) 1895
Coalmount Courier 1912
Review (Columbia) 1899
Review (Courtenay) 1912-1918
Weekly News (Courtenay) 1892-1896
Cranbrook Herald 1898-1927
Prospector (Cranbrook) 1905-1915
Crofton Gazette & Cowichan News 1902
Islander (Cumberland) 1910-1916
Cumberland Islander 1917-1931
Duncan Enterprise & Vancouver Island Advertiser 1900-1903
Echo (Duncan) 1908-1909
Advance (Fairview) 1894
Lardeau Eagle (Ferguson) 1900-1904
Glenora News 1898
East Kootenay Miner (Golden) 1897-1898
Golden Era 1893-1902
Times (Golden) 1907-1909
Grand Forks Sunday 1914-1920
Evening Sunday (Grand Forks) 1902-1910
Grand Forks Miner 1896-1898
Grand Forks Sun & Kettle Valley Orchardist 1911-1913, 1921-1932
Daily Times (Greenwood) 1900
Greenwood Miner 1899-1901
Omineca Herald (Hazelton) 1908-1912
Omineca Miner (Hazelton) 1911-1918
Hazelton Queek 1880-1881
Hosmer Times 1910
Kamloops Wawa 1901-1917
British Columbia News (Kaslo) 1897-1898
Evening Kootenaian (Kaslo) 1898
Kelowna Record 1912-1920
Keremoeos Chronicle 1908-1909
Delta News (Ladner) 1902-1908
Delta Times (Ladner) 1903-1914
Lillooet Advance 1911
Prospector (Lillooet) 1898-1917
Marysville Tribune 1901-1902
Nicola Herald 1908-1909
Mission City News 1893
Despatch (Morrissey) 1904 
Morrrissey Mention 1916-1917
 Morrrissey Miner 1903 
Arrow Lake Advocate (Nakusp) 1914
Daily Telegram (Nanaimo) 1893
Nanaimo Courier 1899
Nanaimo Mail 1896
Westward Ho (Nanaimo) 1886
Daily Canadian (Nelson) 1906-1908
Kootenay Liberal (Nelson) 1908
Lowery’s Claim (Nelson) 1901-1906
Nelson Daily Miner 1898-1902 
Nelson Weekly Miner 1899
Slocan Mining Review (New Denver) 1906-1908
Slocan Record 1911
Daily News (New Westminster) 1906-1914 
New Westminster Times 1859-1961 
Pacific Canadian (New Westminster) 1893-1894; 1916-1917
Nicola Herald 1905-1908 
Express (North Vancouver) 1905-1912
Okanagan Mining Review 1893
Penticton Press 1907-1909 
Nugget (Poplar)  1903-1904
Loyalist (Port Essington)  1908 
Port Essington Loyalist  1909 
Star (Port Essington)  1908
Sunday (Port Essington)  1907-1908 
Port Moody Gazette  1883-1887 
North Coast (Port Simpson)  1907-1908 
Prince Rupert Journal  1910-1917 
Prince Rupert Optimist  1909-1911
Quartz Creek Miner  1897
Queen Charlotte Island  1911-1914 
Kootenay Star (Revelstoke)  1890-1894 
Mail Herald (Revelstoke)  1906-1917 
Evening World (Rossland)  1901-1904 
Industrial World (Rossland) 1899-1901 
Prospector (Rossland)  1895
Saturday World (Rossland)  1903
Paystreak (Sandon)  1896-1902 
Silverton  1898-1901 
Slocan Drill  1900-1905 
Cassiar News (Stewart)  1919-1926 
Slocan Prospector (Kaslo)  1895
Lardeau Mining Review (Trout Lake)  1904-1907 
Coast Miner (Van Anda)  1900 
BC Labour News (Vancouver)  1921-1922 
BC Lumberman (Vancouver) 1904-1905 
BC Trades Unionist (Vancouver)  1908-1909 
Vancouver Building Record  1911 
Greater Vancouver Chinook  1912-1917 
Labor Star (Vancouver)  1919 
Leader-Advocate (Vancouver)  1923 
Mt. Pleasant Advocate (Vancouver) 1904-1907 
Red Flag (Vancouver)  1918-1919 
Western Clarion (Vancouver) 1904-1924 
British Columbia Tribune (Yale)  1866 
Ymir Herald 1905 
Ymir Miner  1898 
Ymir Mirror  1904 

Digital Initiatives has added two new titles to the BC Historical Newspapers website.  In collaboration with the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives, we have uploaded 40 years of the Coast News to our collection.  The Coast News issues span the 1940s to 1980s documenting some of the most significant social and technological changes in BC history.  

Also added is the complete run of the Western Call covering Vancouver’s checkered history from 1910–1916. Over the next few months we will be adding more titles as well completing the runs of existing titles.  Stay tuned for more.

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