Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them —
The summer flowers depart —
Sit still — as all transform’d to stone,
Except your musing heart.

How there you sat in summer-time,
May yet be in your mind;
And how you heard the green woods sing
Beneath the freshening wind.
Though the same wind now blows around,
You would its blast recall;
For every breath that stirs the trees,
Doth cause a leaf to fall.


Excerpt from “The Autumn” (1833) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning


There is an unmistakable feeling of fall in the air around UBC campus – the leaves are changing colour, the days are slowly becoming shorter and cooler, and talk about Hallowe’en costumes and parties is in full swing! To mark the season, enjoy the fall-themed images below selected from across Open Collections’ holdings – and be sure to click on any of the pictures for more information.


Harvesting Victory oats, 1929


Harvested wheat field with horse-drawn harvester in distance, between 1924-1935


Man using horse-drawn harvester, between 1924-1935


Service of thanksgiving in Lille Cathedral for relief of Lille by British troops, between 1914-1918

Harvest time in France, between 1914-1918

Harvest time in France, between 1914-1918


Autumn leaves on campus, 1981


Students enjoying the fall weather, 1981


Colleen Brady and Marguerite Yee show off some entries in annual Pharmacy pumpkin carving contest, 1997

Lica Chui, Charles Slonecker and Carole Forsythe with food collected by U.B.C. students during the Trick or Treat for the Food Bank on Halloween, 1995

Lica Chui, Charles Slonecker and Carole Forsythe with food collected by U.B.C. students during the Trick or Treat for the Food Bank on Halloween, 1995

Judy Newton in pumpkin patch in Botanical Garden, 1991

Judy Newton in pumpkin patch in Botanical Garden, 1991

The Japanese community has had a long history in British Columbia, beginning with the first Japanese person to land on the coast in 1877, a sailor named Manzo Nagano. For the next 70+ years, members of the Japanese community in the province achieved great success while also facing ongoing prejudice and racism, as early settlers in B.C. struggled to accept these new immigrants.

In 1907, Anti-Oriental riots shook various coastal cities along the Pacific, including Vancouver. Pervasive racism, intolerance and economic instability led to extensive damage to Asian-owned properties throughout the city, and prompted the Japanese government to stop emigration of its nationals to Canada.


Building on Powell St. damaged during 1907 race riots, Vancouver

In February of 1942, in reaction to the events at Pearl Harbor, Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King issued a decree to evacuate all Japanese Canadians to “protective areas”, also known as internment camps. Men, women and children, many of whom were themselves born and raised in British Columbia, were relocated to the camps, and much of their property confiscated by the provincial government.


Truck transporting Japanese Canadian men to Tashme camp


Japanese Canadians being processed in Slocan


Group photograph at Slocan camp


Two men at internment camp , perhaps in Angler, ON.


Group of children at Lemon Creek camp


Group of Japanese Canadian girls participating in Bon-Odori (summer festival) at Greenwood camp

This collection documents these events while offering insight into the everyday lives of Japanese Canadians living in British Columbia throughout the 20th century. To learn more about this important collection, click here.



Shigetaka Sasaki family


Mrs. Shigejiro Edamura in front of an unidentified store


Mrs. Ume Niwatsukino with children Hisako, Hiroshi and Shigeru in Steveston, 1926

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