The BC History Digitization Program is interested in getting feedback from current and prospective applicants in the form of a survey. We would like to invite you to fill out our survey (approximately 5 minutes) to provide your experiences about the program.

The responses and data from the survey will be used to assess the program and to make appropriate changes and improvements to better support applicants and their projects. Your responses are confidential meaning that any identifying information will not be shared outside of the program team.

To access the survey, please click here (https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vTI7x1QYgR2QN7). If you have any questions, please contact the BCHDP Coordinator, Mimi Lam.

The survey will close on Friday, October 30th @ 5:00 pm PST. Thank you in advance for your time.

The British Columbia History Digitization Program (BCHDP) is now accepting applications for project funding. The program, initiated by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, provides matching funds to support digitization projects that make unique British Columbia content freely available. Since its inception in 2006, the BCHDP has awarded more than $2 million of matching funds for more than 250 projects.

In 2020, the program awarded more than $160,000 for 19 projects. The wealth and diversity of unique British Columbia content to be digitized is impressive. The BCHDP will be accepting applications for the 2021/2022 funding year. Applicants can receive up to $15,000 of matching funds for their projects. Multi-year projects are accepted with each successive year going through the adjudication process.

Applications are due by Friday, December 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm PST. Information about the application process as well as the guidelines and application form are available on the BCHDP website  (https://ikblc-16mar2016.sites.olt.ubc.ca/?p=18772). It is highly recommended that applicants consult the Guidelines and Instructions as well as accessing the Application Form because both are updated annually based on feedback from applicants and the program adjudicators.

For more information about the program and to view past projects, please visit the BC History Digitization Programwebsite (https://ikblc.ubc.ca/initiatives/bcdigitinfo/).

Nineteen projects have been selected as the successful recipients of the 2020 -2021 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 totalled $160,000 for the 2020 – 2021 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 (Kelowna, Nelson, Oliver and Saanich), audio recordings from Pender Guy radio program, the Museum of Vancouver’s trades and businesses collection , a bilingual newspaper Patrika (English/Punjabi), as well as the Judith Marcuse Dance collection.

Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some projects are deferring their start date until further notice.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

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

BC History Digitization Program – 2020 Projects

Project title: Upper Fraser River Forest History Resources: Access & Outreach Project

Institution: University of Northern British Columbia (Northern BC Archives & Special Collections)

Description: The Upper Fraser Historical Geography Project was conducted by UNBC faculty and a team of researchers between 1999 and 2002. The lead researchers were Aileen Espritiu, Gail Fondahl, Greg Halseth, Debra Straussfogel, and Tracy Summerville. The project resulted in the creation of 93 oral history records and their transcripts. Participants included regional forest industry executives, politicians (including former MLA Ray Williston, local mayors and Fraser Fort George Regional District representatives), forest industry workers, and former and contemporary Upper Fraser community residents. The Upper Fraser River Forest History Resources: Access & Outreach project created access to 77 oral histories that documented the rise, consolidation, and demise of a series of forestry-based settlements along the Upper Fraser River in northeastern BC between 1915 and 2000. This digitization project provides online access to the Upper Fraser Historical Geography Project oral histories. These histories will be of particular interest to current and past residents of the East Line community including Willow River, Giscome, Newlands, Aleza Lake, Upper Fraser, Sinclair Mills, Longworth, and Penny.

Collection URL: https://search.nbca.unbc.ca/index.php/2017-6

Project Title: VHEC newsletter digitization project

Institution: Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC)

Description: The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, with assistance from the Irving K. Barber BC History Digitization Program, is pleased to announce that the complete run of its newsletters and magazines, published from 1989 to present, are now available for research and reference. These newsletters and magazines communicate with VHEC members and the wider public about the Centre’s programs, events, and current issues related to human rights, social justice and Holocaust education. They feature original writing from Holocaust survivors, their families and other community members, including teachers and students.

Collection URL: https://www.vhec.org/annual-reports-publications/ 

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 the 2020/2021 funding year. 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 2019, the program awarded more than $160,000 for 17 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 250 projects.

Applications are due by Monday, December 16, 2019. 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/. The Guidelines and Instructions as well as the Application Form have been updated in response to feedback so please review and use the updated versions.

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

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/

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