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Transportation Development and Impact in Northern BC

This guide highlights Northern BC Archives collections on railways, highways, and other methods of transportation across Northern BC.

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Northern BC Archives & Special Collections

Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
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Available for Special Collections as staffing permits. Email before arrival to confirm availability.

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

Sources on Transportation Development in the Northern BC Archives

Railway tracks through a forestThe Northern BC Archives has over 14 linear meters of textual records, more than 5000 photographs, and other materials on transportation development and its impact on Northern BC. These extensive collections have had little to any scholarly research attention and are full of original research potential. Browse these pages, visit our website, and contact the archives for more information about these collections.

Research Potential: The Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection and the David Davies Railway Collection in particular provide textual, cartographic and photographic evidence of exploratory ventures in BC’s Northern regions. Of significance are rare bodies of records from the early 20th century when entrepreneurs looked to develop transportation links and both provincial and national governments looked to invest in BC’s North in the hopes of economic prosperity and increased settlement. Possible research topics include:

  • Examination of changing rail technology
  • Analysis of the perceptions and hopes of northern communities at the time
  • Examination of changing work conditions in these industries

Image: 2013. - CNR Northern Line - Nechako Subdivision