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

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

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

Archives Staff

Erica Hernandez-Read, MAS
Interim Head Archivist
Email: Erica.Hernandez@unbc.ca
Tel: 250-960-6603

Kim Stathers, MAS, MLIS
Archivist
Email: Kim.Stathers@unbc.ca
Tel: 250-960-6644

Sarah Giesbrecht, MAS, MLIS, MA
Project Archivist
Email: Sarah.Giesbrecht@unbc.ca
Tel: 250-960-6602

Florence Smith
Archives Assistant
Email: Florence.Smith@unbc.ca
Tel: 250-960-5592

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New Digital Collections

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

Digitized photos, maps, and diagrams from the Columbia Cellulose Company, Limited fonds

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

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.

2007.1.30.2.147 - Forest Service ranger station at Aleza Lake

Digitized photos from the Aleza Lake Research Forest fonds 2007.1

Image: 2007.1.30.2.147 - Forest Service ranger station at Aleza Lake

2007.1.25.4.09 - The Results of Stand Treatment in the White Spruce Alpine Fir Type of the Northern Interior of British Columbia

Digitized reports from the Aleza Lake Research Forest fonds 2007.1

Image: 2007.1.25.4.09 - The Results of Stand Treatment in the White Spruce Alpine Fir Type of the Northern Interior of British Columbia

2009.10.3.48 - Drying nets on the racks at Nass Harbour Cannery

Digitized photos from the Fred Jeffery Photograph Collection 2009.10

Image: 2009.10.3.48 - Drying nets on the racks at Nass Harbour Cannery

Sunday in Camp, Giscome Portage

Digitized photos from the Arthur Holland Land Surveying Collection 2014.10

Image: 2014.10.1.111 - Sunday in Camp, Giscome Portage, 1910

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News

Event posterArchival Speaker Series with Dr. Ben Bradley: "Making Northern British Columbia a Roadside Attraction: Automobility, Modernity, and Landscape Experience"

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 2:30-3:30
Lecture Theatre 8-164, Teaching Lab Bldg, UNBC

Like much of the province, northern BC and the Cariboo were transformed by automobility during the years 1925-1975, both concretely and in terms of how they were perceived by visitors and residents. A new geography of competition emerged along highway verges, as businesses offered food, gas, lodging, and more to the motoring public. Roadsides came to be festooned with scenic pullouts, viewpoints, and a constellation of natural and historical attractions. Even seemingly anti-modern sites (and sights) such as pastoral rural scenes, wilderness parks, and heritage sites were intertwined with a complex network of fixed infrastructure and flexible consumer technology.

This presentation examines motoring’s crucial role in shaping common experiences of the region’s landscapes and communities. It shows that the motoring public’s travel patterns, viewing habits, and popular tastes inexorably affected the places they passed through. It also emphasizes that the costs and benefits of this transformation were unevenly distributed: some places in BC accelerated ahead in the fast lane, while others were bypassed or left stranded off the road.


"Archives are adapting to an era of digitization and decolonization"

Northern BC Archives & Special Collections has been featured the University Affairs article "Archives are adapting to an era of digitization and decolonization" by Erika Thorkelson (Sept. 18, 2019). 

2009.10.3.29 - 'Drying Oolichan at Fishery Bay' Nass River Valley area, c. 1925

Image: 2009.10.3.29 - 'Drying Oolichan at Fishery Bay' Nass River Valley area, c. 1925 

The Fred Jeffery Collection consists of three photograph albums comprising a total of 303 b&w photographs all dating ca.1924-1933. The subject matter consists primarily of the fishing industry, river & landscapes, salmon cannery images (housing, people, workers, machinery, boats) on the Nass River and North Pacific Coast. Album photographs also include images of the Canadian Pacific Railway in both Vancouver and Sicamous, BC., as well as, images of the Legislative Assembly buildings in Victoria, the 1924 Special Service Squadron ships in Vancouver, early construction of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and town overviews of Yokohama, Japan (pre WWII).


Arthur Holland Land Surveying Collection

Image of land surveyor Arthur Holland viewing Northern BC landscape

Image: 2014.10.1.435 - Image of land surveyor Arthur Holland viewing Northern BC landscape. 

The Archives has recently completed the digitization and finding aid project for the Arthur Holland Land Surveying Collection. The collection consists of 475 images, most of which were taken primarily from 1909 to 1915 by Holland while working in the Central Interior of Northern British Columbia.


Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection

2002.1.9.1.035 - Skeena Riverside View of Inspection Train, Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, c. 1912

Image: 2002.1.9.1.035 - Skeena Riverside View of Inspection Train, Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, c. 1912

Access is now available to the records of the Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum, which amounts to over 13 meters of textual, cartographic, photographic materials and ephemera related to diverse aspects of rail operations from railways operating in Northern BC. The majority of this collection contains material created by the Canadian National Railway and its predecessors that spans 100+ years and documents rail transportation history developments.

This project was completed with financial contributions by Canadian National Railway and an anonymous private foundation.


With Thanks

Finding aid creation for the The Fred Jeffery Collection and the Arthur Holland Land Surveying Collection was made possible through the efforts and financial support of both private individuals (Jay Sherwood) and a number of organizations including: The Historical and Biographical Committee of the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors; Northern Regional Group of British Columbia Land Surveyors; Underhill Geomatics Ltd., in Memory of Ivan Royan, BCLS; Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia; Robert Allen, BCLS (Life Member), CLS (ret.); Chapman Land Surveying Ltd.; Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors Lower Mainland OIP Group; McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd., Kitimat; McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd., Prince George; Scott Pengelly, BCLS; Vector Geomatics Land Surveying Ltd.; Sandra Wards, BCLS, CLS, Peng; Strait Land Surveying Inc.; Steven E. Wong Land Surveying Inc.

Our Mandate

The Northern BC Archives & Special Collections acquires, preserves, and provides access to materials of permanent value that relate to:

  • The institutional history of UNBC
  • The culture and history of Northern British Columbia

We serve research and scholarship by making these records available to researchers, students, faculty, and the general public.

Our Holdings

Our holdings contain materials from 1697 to the present:

  • 33,000 Photographic images
  • 1,000+ Sound and moving image recordings
  • 9,795+ Rare books
  • 2,719 Linear metres of archival materials
  • 500 Artworks from the University Art Collection

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