Seventeen projects have been selected as the successful recipients of the 2019 -2020 B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP) funding awards

The digitization program, an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, was launched in 2006. It provides matching funds that help libraries, archives, museums and other organizations digitize unique historical items, including images, print and audio visual materials.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre funding totaled $160,000 for the 2019 – 2020 round. Altogether, the B.C. History Digitization Program has provided more than $1 million for more than 100 projects throughout British Columbia.

This year’s diverse range of projects include the digitization of several historical newspapers (Nanaimo, Nelson and Victoria), audio recordings from Co-op Radio, the completion of Museum of Vancouver’s Historical Costume collection, a bi-lingual newspaper in English and Punjabi, as well as Grace McCarthy’s scrapbooks detailing her political career.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

To view a complete listing of the projects and their descriptions:

Project title: Steffens-Colmer Studios and Don Coltman Company Photographs Digitization Project

Institution: City of Vancouver Archives

Description: 5,327 photographic negatives from the Don Coltman series of the Steffens-Colmer fonds were digitized. Don Coltman was a commercial photographer working in Canada and his photographs are a unique record of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland in the 1940s and 1950s. To read more about Don Coltman and this collection please visit the City of Vancouver’s blog: https://www.vancouverarchives.ca/2019/02/07/don-coltman-photographs-now-available/#more-7397

Collection URL: https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/steffens-colmer-studios-ltd-and-don-coltman-company-photographs-2

Title: King Agencies – heads

Reference code: AM1545-S3-: CVA 586-8941

Project title: BC Bird Taxidermy and Product Packaging Digitization Project

Institution: Museum of Vancouver (MOV)

Description: The Museum of Vancouver (Mov) has completed digitization of two cateories of artefacts with significant British Columbia stories to tell. The collections selected are bird taxidermy and product packaging. The artefacts selected includes 206 taxidermied birds and 1236 pieces of product packaging for a grand total of 1442 artefacts digitized.

Collection URL: http://openmov.museumofvancouver.ca/collection

“Due to the toxicity of these specimens, it was required that the technician handle the objects with gloves, a respirator, and a lab coat with additional daily and weekly decontamination of the work station.”

The product packaging collection comprises a variety of product types and packaging materials such as canned goods, wooden crates, glass milk bottle and pharmaceuticals.

The B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP) is now accepting submissions for project funding. The program, launched by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, provides matching funds to support projects that make unique British Columbia content freely available.

The BCHDP will be accepting applications for 2019 – 2020. Applicants can receive up to $15,000 of matching funds for their projects. Multi-year projects are accepted while each year of a project must still go through the adjudication process.

In 2018, the program awarded more than $170,000 for 18 projects. The wealth and diversity of unique British Columbia content to be digitized is impressive. Since its inception in 2006, the BCHDP has awarded more than $2 million of matching funds for more than 240 projects.

Applications are due by Monday, December 17, 2018. Information about the application process as well as the guidelines and application form are available on the BCHDP website @ https://ikblc.ubc.ca/initiatives/bcdigitinfo/bchdp-applicant-information/

For more information about the program and to view past projects, please visit the BCHDP website @ https://ikblc.ubc.ca/initiatives/bcdigitinfo/

Eighteen projects have been named as successful recipients of the 2018-2019 B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP) funding awards.

The digitization program, an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, was launched in 2006. It provides matching funds that help libraries, archives, museums and other organizations digitize unique historical items, including images, print and sound materials.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre funding totaled nearly $180,000 for the 2018-2019 round. Altogether, the B.C. History Digitization program has provided more than $1 million for more than 100 projects throughout British Columbia.

This year’s diverse range of projects includes the digitization of newspapers and publications from various B.C. regions, video works from the 1970s by Vancouver artists, the Ann Gomer Sunahara fonds, documents and videos relating to women’s labour history, the last phase of the British Columbia Sessional papers project, bird taxidermy, product packaging, and more.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

To view a complete listing of the projects and their descriptions:

 

Project title: The Gay Games | Celebration 90 Digitization Project (Stage 1)

Organization: VIVO Media Arts Centre

Description: The 1990 Gay Games was held in Vancouver from August 4 to 11, 1990 and was open to athletes and artists of all sexual orientations. Approximately 7,300 athletes took part in 27 sports, with another 1,500 cultural participants attending. The event was significant for being the first Canadian-based Gay Games and the first Games ever to be held outside the United States. Stage 1 of this project digitized 47 videotapes, 240 photographic negatives, and 100 pages of textual materials.

Collection URL: http://www.vivomediaarts.com/archive/gay-games-iii/

Still from Celebration ’90 Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Project title: The Gay Games | Celebration 90 Digitization Project (Stage 1)

Organization: VIVO Media Arts Centre

Description: The 1990 Gay Games was held in Vancouver from August 4 to 11, 1990 and was open to athletes and artists of all sexual orientations. Approximately 7,300 athletes took part in 27 sports, with another 1,500 cultural participants attending. The event was significant for being the first Canadian-based Gay Games and the first Games ever to be held outside the United States. Stage 1 of this project digitized 47 videotapes, 240 photographic negatives, and 100 pages of textual materials.

Collection URL: http://www.vivomediaarts.com/archive/gay-games-iii/

Still from Celebration ’90 Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Project title: BC Archaeology and Early Industry Digitization

Organization: Museum of Vancouver

Description: The goal of this project was to digitize both a significant portion of the BC Archaeological Collection and a smaller portion of the Vancouver History collection. All items in the St. Mungo Connery collection and 354 objects connected to Vancouver’s early industry were photographed and made accessible online through the openMOV database. Faster than expected digitization processes meant that archaeological surface finds from Coastal, Northern, and Interior areas of BC could also be digitized, along with a collection of 375 objects from the Glenrose Cannery archaeological site. In total, approximately 10,290 new objects were added to openMOV, accounting for 20,580 new images.

Collection URL: http://openmov.museumofvancouver.ca/collection

Project title: BC Archaeology and Early Industry Digitization

Organization: Museum of Vancouver

Description: The goal of this project was to digitize both a significant portion of the BC Archaeological Collection and a smaller portion of the Vancouver History collection. All items in the St. Mungo Connery collection and 354 objects connected to Vancouver’s early industry were photographed and made accessible online through the openMOV database. Faster than expected digitization processes meant that archaeological surface finds from Coastal, Northern, and Interior areas of BC could also be digitized, along with a collection of 375 objects from the Glenrose Cannery archaeological site. In total, approximately 10,290 new objects were added to openMOV, accounting for 20,580 new images.

Collection URL: http://openmov.museumofvancouver.ca/collection

Sixteen projects have been named as successful recipients of the 2017-2018 B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP) funding awards.

The digitization program, an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, was launched in 2006. It provides matching funds that help libraries, archives, museums and other organizations digitize unique historical items, including images, print and sound materials.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre funding totaled nearly $145,000 for the 2017-2018 round. Altogether, the B.C. History Digitization program has provided more than $1 million for more than 100 projects throughout British Columbia.

This year’s diverse range of projects includes the digitization of Indigenous performance arts video tapes, historic photographs and archival records of BC communities, newspapers and publications from various B.C. regions, Jack Shadbolt art collection, B.C. French publication: Le Soleil de Colombie, items documenting the Gay games, women in performance art videos, and more.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

To view a complete listing of the projects and their descriptions:

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