Cover of logbook from 1946More than five decades of yearbooks that chronicled life at Victoria’s Royal Roads Military College are now available online, thanks to a digitization project that was partially financed by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

“The photos and essays in the yearbooks offer excellent insight into the story of the Royal Roads Military College cadets,” says Royal Roads University Librarian Rosie Croft in a Royal Roads news release. “The digitization of these items allows people to explore this rich history virtually.”

The project, Cadet Life at Royal Roads Military College: The Log yearbooks from 1943 to 1995, chronicles the “challenging life of a military cadet” at Royal Roads Military College.

The Learning Centre provided funding via its British Columbia History Digitization Program, which provides matching funds for projects that result in free, online access to unique provincial historical material.

The Learning Centre is now accepting applications for the 2013 round of the B.C. History Digitization Program. Applications must be received on or before December 14, 2012. For more, please view the application information.


Photo by Marshall Sharp; courtesy of the Salt Spring Island Archives

Want to bring your piece of B.C. history to the world? Then you’re invited to apply for the next round of funding from the British Columbia History Digitization Program (BCHDP).

This initiative, launched by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, provides matching funds to help libraries, archives, museums and other organizations around the province digitize materials that tell the tale of B.C.’s history. Past projects have involved the digitization of newspapers, city directories, oral histories, plant and animal specimens, photographs, maps and more.

For the 2011/12 fiscal year, the B.C. History Digitization Program is providing about $180,000 in total, in amounts up to $15,000. Altogether, BCHDP funding has totalled more than $820,000 for 98 projects throughout British Columbia.

Interested? Then make sure to find out more about the BCHDP and the application process. Please note: the deadline for 2012 applications is December 16, 2011.

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