Newspapers provide an important primary source of information about historical events. Some of the benefits of using newspaper articles as primary sources include:
Because newspapers also contain commentaries or retrospective articles about events, they can also serve as a secondary source.
Access our listing of known digitized newspapers for British Columbia communities on this page.
A city directory is a listing of residents, streets, businesses, organizations or institutions, giving their location in a city. It may be arranged alphabetically or geographically or in other ways. Directories have been in use in British Columbia for centuries and pre-date modern telephone directories. Historical directories are an important research resource for genealogists, historians, land use planners, business owners, detectives, and others.
Historical directories often contained more detailed information than can be found in today's phone books:
We have provided a listing of known directories for Northern and Central BC communities on this page along with information about how to access them.
If your research topic focuses on a certain community or geographic area, its worth looking into what that area's community archive(s) hold.
A full listing of Northern and Central BC community archives can be found on this page.
Geoffrey R. Weller Library
University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way
Prince George, B.C. V2N 4Z9
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