Like many of you, we are spending a lot more time on virtual meetings here at the Digitization Centre. For this post, we’ve compiled a bunch of backgrounds from Open Collections that will refresh your space and make your next video call, online lecture, or virtual party more fun.

From the Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs, we found images that bring the spectacular BC scenery to your home office.

The Lions, [1919]

Suspension Bridge, Capilano Canyon,1917

Sunset, English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., 1927

If you are looking for something artistic, make sure to check out prints from the Chung Collection and Meiji at 150.

Canadian Pacific Railway Company’s Steamship Fleets, [1910]

Mount Eisenhower, [not before 1940]

Tōkyō nishikie seizō no zu, 東京錦繪製造之図, [1877]

The following images can probably beat most million-dollar-view offices in downtown.

The U.B.C. and Vancouver, [between 1940 and 1950?]

Aerial view showing Brockton Point & city, Vancouver, B.C., [not before 1937]

[View of downtown Vancouver B. C.], 1957

Is your room messy? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out the following images of interiors from hotels and a Canadian Pacific steamship.

Interior of Grouse Mountain Chalet, [between 1920 and 1930?]

Palm Garden, The Empress, Victoria, B.C., [between 1908 and 1910?]

Cabin dining saloon, [Canadian Pacific S.S. Melita], [1918?]

And finally, you can host your meeting here from UBC.

Main Library concourse, 1929

Cows grazing in front of Library, May 31, 1937

This is a composite photograph created from two separate images.

View of Main Library from Koerner Library, 2002

Now that spring is in full bloom, you may miss strolling around UBC Vancouver and soaking up the greenery. So for this post, we’re taking a virtual tour through the campus gardens.

Nitobe Memorial Garden

Designed by Kannosuke Mori, a renowned landscape architect from Chiba University, Japan, Nitobe Memorial Garden highlights a sense of harmony with nature.

Nitobe Garden, [between 1970 and 1979]

Nitobe Garden, [between 1970 and 1979]

Nitobe Garden, 1978

Nitobe Garden, [between 1970 and 1979]

Nitobe Garden, Oct 7, 1993

Rose Garden

Located at the north end of Main Mall, Rose Garden features stunning ocean and mountain views.

Rose garden at Rose Garden Parkade, 2002

Rose garden, [date unknown]

View of rose garden, [between 1970 and 1979]

Botanical Garden

UBC Botanical Garden has a collection of plants from every corner of the world and is beautiful in all seasons.

Alpine Garden, [date unknown]

View of Botanical Garden, 2000

View of Botanical Garden, 2002

To explore more historical photos of UBC Campus, please check out the UBC Archives Photograph Collection.

In this post, we have compiled a few historical images of healthcare workers from the Open Collections. We wanted to take this opportunity to send out our thanks to the tireless nurses, doctors, and all the other healthcare workers who are working hard and saving lives—today and every day.

The following images from the World War I British Press Photograph Collection portray medics working during wartime.

Official photographs taken on the British Western Front in France: At a base hospital – Attending a wounded Tommy, [between 1914 and 1918?]

Official photographs taken on the British Western Front in France: At a base hospital – These wounded Tommies were very anxious to show their little mascot, a small black kitten, [between 1914 and 1918?]

Official photographs taken on the British Western Front: A sister has been given a souvenir by one of her patients on a hospital barge, [between 1914 and 1918?]

Official photographs taken on the British Western Front: Sandbags instead of handbags – Lady ambulance drivers in France, [between 1914 and 1918?]

Official photographs taken on the British Western Front in France: In a laboratory of a base hospital, [between 1914 and 1918?]

Official photographs taken on the British Western Front in France: In the laboratory of a base hospital, [between 1914 and 1918?]

This photograph from the Chung Collection shows the interior view of the Chinatown clinic with Dr. Yip Kew Ghim and nursing sisters. Dr. Yip Kew Ghim was the first Chinese Canadian doctor (source: Explore Open Collections: Yip Sang Collection).

[Chinese hospital clinic], 1935

These photographs below are from the UBC Archives Photograph Collection.

Senior nurse and nursing student at nursing station at Vancouver General Hospital, ca. early 1900s

Nursing staff on lawn in front of Vancouver City Hospital, 1902

Operating room, Vancouver General Hospital, 1906

Vancouver General Hospital students, VGH Class of 1908

Nurses in anatomy class being taught at Vancouver General Hospital, [1935]

Patient in oxygen tent at Vancouver General Hospital with a student nurse, ca. 1950s

Nursing student Arlene Aish with young patient at Vancouver General Hospital, 1957

Two unidentified UBC Nursing students during extended care experience in UBC Hospital Purdy Pavilion with an elderly female patient, [between 1980 and 1989]

A number of architectural plans and drawings of UBC Vancouver Campus are housed in the UBC Archives. They document the evolution and growth of the campus. In this post, we pair a few sketches with the photographs of buildings on campus from the UBC Archives Photograph Collection.

Woodward Library

UBC 3.1/1234-1, Woodward Biomedical architectural sketches, 1963

UBC 41.1/1714-5, P.A. Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, 1974

Woodward Library is connected to the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (IRC) and can only be accessed from inside the Woodward IRC building. It specializes in Engineering, Forestry, Health & Medicine, Land & Food Systems, and Science. It was originally called Woodward Biomedical Library – the name changed in 2009.

UBC 3.1/1234-3, Woodward Biomedical architectural sketches, 1963

Charles Woodward Memorial Room, 2018

The sketch above depicts the Charles Woodward Memorial Room. On the wall, there is a tapestry showing the Masters of Spirit, and plaques listing pioneer physicians of British Columbia. The room is open for silent study. (Source: UBC Wiki)

Museum of Anthropology

UBC 1.1/15690, Artist’s sketch of the interior of the Great Hall, Museum of Anthropology, 1974

UBC 41.1/1433-2, Museum of Anthropology, 1978

Place Vanier residences

Place Vanier is a residence for the first and second year students. It consists of 12 houses that were constructed between 1959 (Robson House) and 2003 (Tec de Monterrey-UBC House), with most being built in the 1960s. (Source: UBC Wiki)

UBC 1.1/14220-2, Architectural drawings of Place Vanier residences, 1958

UBC 1.1/14220-3, Architectural drawings of Place Vanier residences, 1958

UBC 41.1/1619-4, Place Vanier residences, 1979

Thea Koerner House (Graduate Student Centre)

The Thea Koerner House was donated to UBC by Leon J. Koerner in 1961 in memory of his wife. It won the Massey Gold Medals for Architecture in 1961 as an outstanding piece of Canadian architecture. (Source: University Archives)

UBC 41.1/2571, Thea Koerner House sketch, [date unknown]

UBC 128.1/210, Plaza and “Transcendence” sculpture in front of Graduate Student Centre, [between 1990 and 1999]

Neville Scarfe Building

The Neville Scarfe Building is located at the south-west corner of Main and University Boulevard. The Faculty of Education and the Education Library are in this building. It was built in 1962.

UBC 1.1/2489, Artist’s sketch of Scarfe building, [between 1960 and 1969]

UBC 1.1/1433, Scarfe building, [between 1960 and 1969]

Old Student Union Building

The Old Student Union Building (SUB) is located in the Campus Heart on East Mall between Student Union Boulevard and University Boulevard. It opened in 1968. After the AMS moved to the Nest in 2015, the Old SUB was renovated and reused as the Life Building. (Source: Campus + Community Planning)

UBC 1.1/1644, Sketch of proposed Student Union Building, 1966

UBC 105.1/175, Student Union Building, [between 1970 and 1979]

This photo above was taken from the south of the life building, now the NEST.

UBC 41.1/2299, Students on lawn outside Student Union Building [between 1970 and 1979]

We hope you enjoyed the post! To explore more architectural drawings and plans of the Vancouver Campus, please check out Campus Plans and Main Library Architectural Drawings in UBC Archives.

Happy holidays everyone!

In the spirit of the holiday season, enjoy some festive images from Open Collections.

Check out these holiday greeting cards:

Calling cards and greeting cards, 1918-1924, p.78

This is Yip Sang’s personal greeting card from the Chung collection

[Card depicting girl playing croquet], 1919

[Christmas card from Igor Stravinsky with quotation from The Star-Spangled Banner], 1941

Here are more paintings of this season:

[Wintry Scene]

Winter in the Laurentians, [1950]

Coming in for Christmas, [between 1874 and 1880?]

Finally, here are photographs of a wintery UBC campus from the UBC Archives Photograph collection:

Redwood tree in front of Main Library with Christmas lights, [1960]

UBC Library in the snow, [1948?]

 

Main Library in snow, Jan 1, 2002

Happy holidays from all of us at the UBC Digitization Centre. We’ll see you in the new year!

The UBC Archives Photograph Collection has over 40,000 photographic images dating from the founding of UBC to the present day. They present a visual record of UBC’s growth and development, the evolution of student life, and campus events over most of the past century. In a previous blog post, Now & Then, we showed how one of the oldest buildings on campus, the Irving K Barber (IKB) Learning Centre has changed during the past decades. In this post, we will focus on Main Mall.

Being in the centre of UBC Grey Point campus, Main Mall is a historic pedestrian axis. Looking north, the landscape of the mountains hasn’t changed much. But the red oaks, the earliest of which were planted in the 1920s, have grown a lot!

UBC 72.1/32, View of Main Mall looking north, [1939]

UBC 164.1/11, Looking north along Main Mall, 1955

UBC 175.1/28b, View north on Main Mall toward flag pole, 2002

The Main Library, now the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, was first built in 1923. In 2002, the library began the process of a major renovation. After the refurbishment, both wings and the majority of the interior were completely redone, but the west entrance hall remained much the same.

UBC 1.1/2664, Main Library from the north end of Main Mall, [between 1960 and 1969]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: UBC 1.1/2355, Entrance hall, Main Library, [1960]. Right: The west entrance of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, October 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: UBC 1.1/1729, Main Library entrance, [1932]. Right: The west entrance of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, October 2019.

The view of Main Mall from the west entrance of IKB Learning Centre looks quite different from 50 years ago. These two photos were taken in the same place, one in 1943, and the other last week. In the right photo, the Ladner Clock Tower was built in 1968, Walter C. Koerner Library in 1996, and the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre in 2018.

Left: UBC 1.1/1073, Reflection pool and lawns in front of Main Library, 1943. Right: In front of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, October 2019.

Can you tell where this building is? It’s now right behind the Koerner Library. It was called the Arts Building until 1960, then the Mathematics Building.

UBC 1.1/703, Arts building and Main Mall, 1936

Is this side more familiar?

Miguel Garcia / UBC Mathematics Building, 2013

Did you know there was a bus stop on Main Mall? It was on the west side of Main Mall across from the Science Building (now the Chemistry Building), to the south of Mathematics Annex, as shown in the photo below.

UBC 1.1/309, Main Mall looking northwest from Science building, Oct 4, 1937

In 1955-56, a long, low building including the Bus Stop Café and the old University Bookstore was built in the location of the bus stop.

UBC 44.1/193-1, Bus Stop coffee shop, 1987

UBC 44.1/193-3, Bus Stop coffee shop, 1987

UBC 41.1/1699-2, Bookstore interior view, 1976

According to the University Archives of Buildings & Grounds, the old Bookstore and Bus Stop Café were torn down in 1991 to make space for the David Lam Management Research Centre.

This is how this area looks like now.

UBC 128.1/143, David Lam Management Research Centre, 1999

To read more about the Bus Stop Café, please check out this post.

In the south end of Main Mall, there is the Old Barn Community Centre. There was actually a horse barn on the same spot. According to UBC Archives, the Old Horse Barn was erected in 1920. In 2003, the barn was deemed structurally unsafe and beyond restoration, and then rebuilt. The building now functions as a community centre providing a social space for university residents and students, including a coffee shop, meeting rooms, and a number of social spaces.

UBC 1.1/1358, Horse barn, [between 1920 and 1939]

UBC 175.1/19b, Old barn, 2002

 

Alex Ristea / The Old Barn, 2009

We hope you enjoyed the blog post. To find out more historical photographs about the university, please explore the UBC Archives Photograph Collection!

Today, UBC Library has 15 branches in 12 locations that provide a variety of programs and services. The Digitization Centre is located in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) on UBC’s Vancouver campus. A previous post explored how IKBLC has changed since the first Main Library was built, so we will delve into the history of UBC Library buildings from UBC Archives Photograph Collection.

Asian Library

The Asian Library provides services relevant to Asian language materials and is currently located in the Asian Centre. Prior to the Asian Library being officially designated a UBC Library branch in 1975, all the Asian language materials were stored in the Main Library.

UBC 1.1/9121. Asian studies desk in Main Library. 1971.

Banham, Jim. UBC 41.1/981-2. Move of Asian Studies Library to Asian Centre, 1981.

Biomedical Branch Library

The Biomedical Branch Library is located in the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, which includes UBC Faculty of Medicine facilities. It was opened at Vancouver General Hospital in 1952 as the first official branch of the Main Library, and moved to the present location in 1957.

UBC 81.1/5. Faculty of Medicine building (Vancouver General Hospital) entrance, 1958.

David Lam Management Research Library

The David Lam Management Research Library provides library programs and services for the areas of business administration and commerce and is located in UBC Sauder School of Business at Vancouver campus. The library opened in 1985 with a donation from Dr. David See-Chai Lam, British Columbia’s former Lieutenant-Governor. It officially became a branch of UBC Library in 1993.

UBC 8.1/108. David Lam Research Library plaque, 1986.

UBC 44.1/3103. David Lam pours concrete for construction of David Lam Management Research Centre, 1991.

UBC 44.1/2828b. David Lam Management Research Centre, 1996.

Walter C. Koerner Library

We can trace the history of the Walter C. Koerner Library back to 1960, when the Main Library was the only building UBC Library managed. In 1960, the College Library was established inside the Main Library to provide library services for first- and second-year students. It changed its name to Sedgewick Library in 1964, in honour of Dr. Garnett Sedgewick, a former professor and head of the Department of English. As its collection grew, UBC Library opened a new building for Sedgewick in the current location of Koerner Library in 1973.

UBC 1.1/2327. Entrance to Sedgewick Library, [between 1960 and 1969].

Banham, Jim. UBC 41.1/2306. Sedgewick Library, 1973.

UBC 41.1/2247-2. Sedgewick Library stairwell, 1975.

Construction of Koerner Library began in 1995 by adding 7,000 square metres to 10,200 square metres of the renovated space from Sedgewick Library. The current library name is in honour of Walter Charles Koerner, a Canadian businessman who generously supported the construction of the library in addition to other philanthropic contributions to the University overall.

UBC 44.1/3082. Construction of Koerner Library, 1995.

UBC 44.1/3152. View of area for W. C. Koerner Library opening ceremonies, 1997.

 

Law Library

The Law Library is located in Peter A. Allard School of Law at Vancouver campus. It was formed in 1945, and initially housed in a World War II army hut. As a result of contributions from donors, the library moved to a new law building in 1951, and redesigned its space in 1975, concurrently with the renovation of the George F. Curtis Faculty of Law building.

UBC 3.1/613. Huts behind library.

UBC 1.1/5748-2. Students in Law Library, 1952.

 

Woodward Library

Woodward Library is accessed from the inside the Instructional Resources Centre (IRC), and its physical collection covers all medicine, sciences, and engineering areas, except for Math and Computer Science. The initial division started from the Medical Reading Room in the Main Library in 1950. The Woodward Library was opened in 1964 with a generaous gift of fundings from Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation. After expanding its space in 1970, the Library absorbed the collections of MacMillan Library, which included the area of Land and Food Systems and Forestry in 2006, and Science and Engineering collections from the Main Library in 2013.

UBC 1.1/11465-1. MacMillan Library showing the bookshelves, 1967.

UBC 3.1/1234-2. Woodward Biomedical architectural sketches, 1963.

UBC 3.1/1240. Sign announcing the building of Woodward Library, [between 1960 and 1969].

UBC 3.1/1451-1. View of Woodward Library, 1964.

Holborne, Peter. UBC 1.1/12478. Woodward Biomedical Library, 1971.

Xwi7xwa Library

Xwi7xwa Library is the only Indigenous branch of an academic library in Canada, and officially became a branch of UBC Library in 2005. It is located at the eastern end of the Longhouse, built in 1993. The building’s design is modeled after structures built by Interior Salish nations, called Kekuli in the chinook language, a pit house in English, and S7ístken in Ucwalmícwts (Lil’wat nation).

UBC 106.1/22. Construction of Xwi7xwa Library, 1993.

 

We hope you will visit each branch and experience the history and evolution of UBC Library. Visit UBC Archives Photograph Collection to find more library photographs.

References

This year, UBC spring graduation ceremonies take place on May 22-24 and 27-30 at our Vancouver campus, and June 6-7 at our Okanagan campus. Congratulations to all of the new graduates!

In Open Collections, you can find photographs of past graduation ceremonies in the UBC Archives Photograph Collection:

 

UBC 1.1/13351. First Congregation program cover, 1912.

 

UBC 156.1/200. Congregation procession, 1924.

 

UBC 1.1/12136-2. View of students at spring congregation, 1938.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UBC 3.1/177-6. View of Congregation ceremony, 1946.

 

UBC 1.1/12155-3. View of congregation, 1966.

 

UBC 35.1/86-7. Conferring degrees at Congregation, 1981.

 

UBC 35.1/195-5. View of audience at Congregation, 1991.

 

UBC 35.1/508. Honorary degree recipient Irving Barber speaking at Congregation, 2002.

 

Also, in the UBC Congregation Video Collection, you can find video recordings of graduation or congregation ceremonies from 1986 to 2018.

 

Watch video!

University of British Columbia Ceremonies and Events Office. UBC Congregation Ceremony [1986_05_28_am], 1986.

 

You can find more resources in our Open Collections. Have a wonderful graduation ceremony this year!

 

Now that the rainy season is finally ending, we’re ready to enjoy British Columbia’s beautiful beaches. For this post, we gathered together historic photos of B.C. beaches, from right here in the Lower Mainland to Powell River.

Starting locally, we found several photos of beaches at and near UBC in the UBC Archives Photograph collection. This photo of Wreck Beach from the 1980s shows the erosion of the Point Grey cliffs:

UBC 1.1/16555-8. Point Grey cliff erosion, aerial view, showing WWII searchlight tower and close-up of cliff-face, July 1983.

 

This photo of Jericho Beach from 1962 also shows the surrounding area, including West Point Grey and Kitsilano:

Holborne, Peter. UBC 1.1/3303. Aerial view of Jericho beach area, September 6, 1962.

 

Although the exact location of this photo within Vancouver is unknown, we love this beach attire from around 1900:

[Woman on a beach], [1900?].

 

These postcards show Kitsilano Beach in the early 20th century – check out the men’s suits in the first photo!

The Beach, Kitsilano, [between 1905 and 1915?].

Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver, Canada, [between 1910 and 1935?].

Kitsilano Beach and Swimming Pool, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, [between 1920 and 1930?].

 

We found several photos of English Bay and Second Beach, over by Stanley Park:

Timms, Philip T. A warm day at the beach, Vancouver B.C., [1906].

English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., [between 1930 and 1939?].

Bullen, Harry Elder. Stanley Park, Second Beach, [between 1910 and 1920?].

Second Beach, Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., [between 1920 and 1927?].

 

This photo shows several 1920s businesses near Crescent Beach in Surrey, including an ice cream parlor and a shop selling fish and chips:

Crescent Beach, B.C., [between 1920 and 1930?].

 

This postcard shows a bustling day at Boundary Bay, close to the Canada/U.S. border:

Boundary Bay, [between 1905 and 1915?].

 

In this postcard, swimmers and boaters enjoy the beach at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver:

Whytecliff, B.C., [between 1920 and 1935?].

 

In Powell River, Willingdon Beach is a serene location for enjoying the beach and camping:

Powell River Studios. Willingdon Beach, 1947.

 

We hope you get the chance this season to visit the nearby beaches and other vacation spots around the province to enjoy what B.C. has to offer.

Today is World Book and Copyright Day, an international event in support of books, reading, and literacy. This year, the focus is on protecting and supporting Indigenous languages, in conjunction with the International Year of Indigenous Languages. You can read more about World Book and Copyright Day on the United Nations and UNESCO websites.

In recognition of World Book and Copyright Day, we’ve gathered together items from our collections that showcase reading over the past century. We hope you can spend some time with a great book today!

 

UBC 1.1/16567. View of Library reading room at Fairview campus, 1919.

 

[Passenger reading on the outer deck of the first C.P. R.M.S. Empress of Scotland], [1927?].

 

UBC 1.1/5852-3. Students studying in Main Library concourse, 1949.

 

UBC 3.1/844-2. People undergoing a reading efficiency test, [1953].

 

Law Library, [between 1960 and 1969].

 

UBC 93.1/809. Judith C. Thiele with braille book and reading equipment in Crane Library, 1970.

 

UBC 44.1/1231. Ker, Charles. Frances Woodward, Library, peers over three miniature books from Special Collections, 1995.

 

UBC 44.1/821. Wilson, Gavin. Graduate student Shirley Sterling reading to grandchild, 1997.

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