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Forest History in Northern BC

Overview of Northern BC Archives collections on forestry and the forest industry.

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Northern BC Archives & Special Collections
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Email: archives@unbc.ca

Hours of Service:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Closed 12:30 PM-1:00 PM daily
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Appointments Recommended

Location: UNBC Prince George
Geoffrey R. Weller Library
4th Floor (Room 5-423)

Overview

The impact of natural resource developments, especially forestry and the forest industry, on Northern British Columbia's environment, people, economy, and culture is a strong teaching and research focus at UNBC. It is also one of the Northern BC Archives' (NBCA) largest subject areas for acquisition. Our collections on forest history in Northern BC are constantly expanding. This guide provides an overview of NBCA's holdings on this subject and includes collections from research and model forests such as Aleza Lake Research Forest and the McGregor Model Forest; collections from mills such as the Northwood Pulp & Timber Ltd. and Cornel Neronovitch Logging and Sawmills; photograph collections such as those by Parker Bonney; and a collection of oral histories involving the forest industry in the Upper Fraser.

Image: 2012.13.1.13.14 - Forest

Digital Forestry Collections

Log raft guided through log boom by a boom boat and workman

Columbia Cellulose Company, Limited fonds

Photographs, maps, and technical drawings from the Columbia Cellulose Company, Limited covering the period of 1959-1970.

Image: 2012.05.01.03.01 - Log raft guided through log boom by a boom boat and workman

District Officers meeting at Aleza Lake Experimental Station

Aleza Lake Research Forest fonds

The entirety of the Aleza Lake Research Forest fonds has been digitized including 3.71 m of textual records, 419 photographs, 76 maps, 5 technical drawings, 2 architectural drawings, and 6 computer disks.

Image: 2007.1.25.6.12 - District Officers meeting at Aleza Lake Experimental Station

Forest Cover Series, Map 93 J/1, Giscome

Aleza Lake Research Forest Society fonds

View digital materials from the Aleza Lake Research Forest Society fonds including documents, maps, oral history, and photographs.

Image: 2006.18.5.06 - Forest Cover Series, Map 93 J/1, Giscome

Upper Fraser Historical Geography Project

Upper Fraser Historical Geography Project

Listen to the life stories of residents of the Upper Fraser communities. These forestry-based settlements thrived in the early 20th century, but as forestry practices changed so did the land and people of the Upper Fraser.

Woods Division - Logs/Log Decks - Dumping at Hyu Creek; decks on Fraser

Northwood Pulp and Timber Ltd. Photographs

Photographs illustrate a wide variety of Northwood Pulp & Timber Ltd. operations and events between 1963 and 1996.

Image: 2001.26.1.1515 - Woods Division - Logs/Log Decks - Dumping at Hyu Creek; decks on Fraser

Forest Ranger Camp

Parker Bonney Photograph Collection

Collection consists of 599 images depicting forestry expeditions undertaken by Bonney with the BC Forest Service in the first half of the 20th century.

Image: 2003.13.1.1.016 - Forest Ranger Camp - Parsnip River

Workers cutting timber with portable sawmill

Cornel Neronovitch Logging and Sawmills Collection - 2014.2

View 27 photographs and a film relating to logging operations in the Tabor Lake and Dewey, BC area in the 1950s.

Image: 2014.2.1.16 - Workers cutting timber with portable sawmill

Collections beyond NBCA

University of British Columbia

The Northern BC Archives Graduate Research Scholarship

The Office of Graduate Research, with the generous assistance of an anonymous donation, is pleased to announce the creation of The Northern BC Archives Graduate Research Scholarship. Up to two awards per year with a value of $2,500 each will be awarded to full-time UNBC graduate students in any discipline who are pursuing archival research at the Northern BC Archives for their graduate thesis or project.

Check out our scholarship page or brochure for more information:

Applications accepted: October 15, 2019 to March 1, 2020

Application Instructions: Applicants must apply online through their "myUNBC" portal. Applicants must provide a detailed description of their research proposal including an in-depth explanation as to which archival materials from the NBCA they are interested in researching.

For additional information and criteria, please see the UNBC Scholarship, Bursary, and Awards Guide for the scholarship.

Apply now!