The Northern BC Archives & Special Collections acquires, preserves, and provides access to materials of permanent value that relate to:
We serve research and scholarship by making these records available to researchers, students, faculty, and the general public.
Our holdings contain materials from 1858 to the present:
The Northern BC Archives & Special Collections wishes Ramona Rose a happy retirement. Ramona Rose has worked at the Northern BC Archives & Special Collections from almost the very beginning, starting in 2000 and becoming the head of the Archives and Special Collections at UNBC in 2001. In 2006, thanks to her tireless efforts, our Archives received designation as a Category A cultural institution. She has worked to involve the UNBC community and the wider Northern BC community to preserve and promote the cultures and history of Northern BC. The Northern BC Archives & Special Collections would not be what it is today without her at its helm. Erica Hernandez-Read and Kim Stathers will continue her work in the years to come.
Northern BC Archives has released a newly digitized archival collection of the historical records of the Aleza Lake Research Forest.
The Aleza Lake Research Forest is a 9000 hectare outdoor research facility and working forest 60 kilometres east of Prince George. The research forest was first established in 1924 and has an ongoing research and forest management legacy that approaches 100 years. Today, the forest is co-operatively managed by UNBC, the BC government, and industry partners, through the non-profit Aleza Lake Research Forest Society.
The digitized records encompass textual, cartographic and photographic materials documenting BC’s earliest and longest-running experimental research forest in the province. With its experimental plots existing from the 1920s, these records provide a wealth of data for the study of forest research practices in BC. We thank our private foundation donor for the external funding support that made this project possible.
Image: 2007.1.25.6.12 - District Officers meeting at Aleza Lake Experimental Station
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).
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.
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.
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.
Kim Stathers, Archivist
Sarah Giesbrecht, Project Archivist
Florence Smith, Archives Assistant