February 12 is Family Day in British Columbia. While this statutory holiday was created in BC in 2013, falling on the second Monday every February, it has existed in other parts of Canada for even longer.

The very first province to observe Family Day as a statutory holiday was Alberta in 1990, when Family Day was created to give people the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones.

To celebrate the date, we’ve brought you some of our favorite family pictures from our collections.


When it comes to building families, often everything starts with a wedding.

[Chinese family wedding], 1940


Then, comes the kids

[Two boys dressed as sailors], 1940

Bill Ciss, Elsie and Babe up Grouse Mountain, 1925-35?


Sometimes, several kids

[French family with ten children], 1920-29?


But there’s always space for one more

[Photograph depicting a family], 1879


Happy Family Day!

Shigetaka Sasaki family


F. K. Hare and family, 1968


The history behind the photos

Two boys dressed as sailors: the photo is part of an album from a Vancouver family. The album contains several registries from family’s travels across British Columbia and the United States, while also showcasing their life in Vancouver.

Bill Ciss, Elsie and Babe up Grouse Mountain: the photo is part of an unknown family album from our Uno Langmann Collection. There are photos from British Columbia or Alberta and other locations not identified.

French family with ten children: the photo depicts a French family traveling on the Duchess of Bedford cruise of the Canadian Pacific Railways.

Shigetaka Sasaki family: Steve Shigetaka Sasaki was the top judoka in his province in Japan before he immigrated to Canada in 1922. He was the founder of the Vancouver Judo Club (Taiku Iku Dojo) and was known as the “Father of Judo in Canada”.

F. K. Hare and family: Frederick Kenneth Hare was a meteorologist and environmentalist. Hare was also the fifth president of the University of British Columbia (UBC).


If you are interested in getting to know more about our collections, the Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs have a lot of family photos from 1850s to the 1950s. You will be amazed to see those pictures, as we were.



British Columbians reflect on the meaning of Family Day (CBC News)

F. Kenneth Hare (Science)

Family Day in Canada (Time and Date)

Former UBC president Kenneth Hare remembered (UBC)

History of Judo in Canada (Vernon Judo Club)

Shigetaka (Steve) Sasaki Family Fonds (Nikkei Museum)

The 2018 Winter Olympics are starting this week! They are going to be hosted by PyeongChang in South Korea, beginning on February 9, 2018. For 16 days, we will see the best winter sports athletes in the world compete for gold.

To get into the sportive spirit, we selected a few materials from our collection that show off some of the Olympic winter sports.


Freestyle skiing 

An advertisement from our Chung Collection: 

Banff-Lake Louise region Canadian Rockies via Canadian Pacific, 1941


Ice hockey 

A photograph from our UBC Archives Photograph Collection:

Hockey players, Ritz brothers, 1939



A selection from a family album in our Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs:

[Group on sled], 1928


An action shot from our UBC Archives Photograph Collection:

Pharmacy dean Bernard Riedel curling, 1979



A photograph from our Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs:

Skating on Trout Lake, Vancouver, B.C., 1925


While researching images for this post, we found plenty of other materials involving outdoor activities in winter. While these activities may not be Olympic sports, they are certainly a workout.


Snowshoeing, from our H. Bullock-Webster Fonds:

December – soft snow – misery, 1880


Snow shoveling, from our UBC Archives Photograph Collection:

Youth Training School snow shoveling, 1951


Grab your mittens and get ready to cheer on your favorite athletes, because the Winter Olympics only come once every four years.

The Rainbow Ranche Collection was donated to the Lake Country Museum and Archives by the family of James Goldie.

James Goldie (1877-1971) was an owner and resident manager of Rainbow Ranche. Goldie was very engaged in the fruit industry, promoting the concept of central selling. For several years, he was part of the board for the Vernon Fruit Union, the B.C. Fruit Growers Association, B.C. Tree Fruits and the Winfield Okanagan Centre Irrigation District.

As one of the first independent fruit ranches in the Okanagan, Rainbow Ranche played an important role in the community. Before ending up in the hands of James Goldie, J. E. McAllister, and Robert Stanhope Dormer, who were partners for almost forty years, the Rainbow Ranche had a few different owners. But it was the first owners, the Barr Brothers, who named Rainbow Ranche in homage of the frequent rainbows that would appear on their land.

Correspondence and ledgers make up the majority of the Rainbow Ranche Collection, in which it is possible to see details from the first planting and other orchard operations. This collection also provides an idea of how work and life were in Okanagan in the early 1900s.

Take a look at some of the materials from the Rainbow Ranche Collection:

Advertisement for “Canada Empire Apples” from the Associated Growers of B.C.


Letter to “Sirs” [J.E. McAllister and Robert Stanhope Dormer] from[James Goldie], March 21, 1931

Newspaper Clipping from The Globe, August 01, [1913]

Inventory [of Rainbow Ranche] taken January 1938

Map of Lots on Barnard Ave. and Tronson Street, [1911]

Have these images got you interested? If so, check out more items in the Rainbow Ranche Collection.


James Goldie obituary, June 1971 (UBC Open Collections)

The history of Rainbow Ranche (Lake Country Museum and Archives)

The Rainbow Ranche Collection (Lake Country Museum and Archives)

The Rainbow Ranche Collection (UBC Open Collections)

We are pleased to present the Digitization Centre Impact and Activity Report for 2016-2017!

This report highlights the Digitization Centre’s key projects, partnerships and user engagement trends for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

In 2016-2017, Open Collections accounted for 15% of the Library’s unique pageviews. That 15% totals 3.9 million pageviews on Open Collections alone!

The breakdown of where those 3.9 million pageviews were spent.

Other highlights detailed in the report:

  • Our work with Archivematica and our continued contributions to UBC Library’s digital preservation program
  • News about our web archiving work, including updates on some of our new collections
  • The Digital Himalaya Project being done in collaboration with Mark Turin (Chair, First Nations & Endangered Languages Program; Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology)
  • Our ongoing partnerships
  • Our efforts on metadata updating and cleaning



New additions to our digital collections included:

BC Sessional Papers

Phase IV of the BC Sessional papers was completed, adding material from the Legislative Council of British Columbia from 1933 to 1952. Phase V began in May of 2017.

Hawthorn Fly Fishing & Angling Collection

A selection of 23 titles from the Harry Hawthorn Fly Fishing and Angling Collection housed at Woodward Library.

Rainbow Ranche

An archival collection from the Lake Country Museum and Archives, chronicling one of the first independent fruit ranches in the Okanagan.

The Pedestal

Canada’s first feminist periodical was fully digitized in partnership with SFU Archives and will be available through Open Collections soon.

Journal of a voyage to the Pacific and American Shores

UBC Library acquired and digitized the journal of Susannah Weynton, wife of the captain of the Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship Cowlitz.

BC Historical Newspapers

The BC Newspapers collection was completed this year. Encompassing 163 titles, these newspapers are utilized by researchers around the world. All pages have been run through OCR (optical character recognition) and are full-text searchable.

To learn more about what we’ve been up to over the past few years, check out all of our Impact Reports dating back to 2011 under the “Reports” section of our website’s Documentation page. Many thanks to all of our partners over the past years. We look forward to continued collaboration on all of our current and future projects!

The Chung Collection within Open Collections is known for its variety of photos and subjects. Recently, we took a journey through the menus within the collection- here are a few for your enjoyment:



Does anyone know what the first a la carte menu item- “Chow Chow- 15” is? I’d be willing to try it for fifteen cents.


The “Degree of Sweetness” for the wines in this roomservice menu raise more questions than they answer–why only sweetness? Why is the scale 0-3?


This type-written menu went to press a bit too early, and Chocolate Jelly had to be removed. (I would have rather had the Cheese Cakes, myself)


The steamship service menu in 1930 seems amazing! Not to besmirch the White Spot restaurants on the BC Ferries, but….


It’s decidedly autumn here on the Vancouver campus of UBC. Chilly walks, a desire for soups, and some costume scheming are in the ether. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are a few from Open Collections.


(Pop)Culturally Appropriate, a clown from the Ubyssey:

Ubyssey cover October 31, 2003 featuring a close up picture of a clown


This photo from 1919 is a little far away, but there are some great hats throughout. Perhaps something Newsies-related would capture the time:

Group photograph of the 1919 "High Jinks" costume party

Group photograph of the 1919 “High Jinks” costume party

In1984, George Pedersen wore a Superman Costume. Bonus points for anyone who can pinpoint where on campus this photo was taken:

George Pedersen in Superman costume

George Pedersen in Superman costume

Of course, the theatre department has no shortage of costumes. Here, Joy Coghill for a performance of The Visit:

Joy Coghill in costume from production of "The Visit" 1964

Joy Coghill in costume from production of “The Visit” 1964


Regardless of costume, you can donate food at UBC Library for a reduction of fines:

Lica Chui, Charles Slonecker and Carole Forsythe with food collected by U.B.C. students

Lica Chui, Charles Slonecker and Carole Forsythe with food collected by U.B.C. students


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