Here at the Digitization Centre we are fascinated and excited by the vast amount of primary-source material that our digitization work exposes us to.  Whether a document of historic significance, a beautiful illustration, or even a particularly fine typeface, we are frequently amazed by the materials we’re working to share with the world.  So much so, that not only will we crowd around to ogle a particularly interesting specimen, but we’ve started decorating our workplace with copies of some of our favorites.  But why stop there?  Surely, we can’t be the only ones geeky enough to appreciate such “gems” in our collections, and so we’ve decided to share them here with you.  Below you will find some of our favorites, hand-picked by staff from both existing and upcoming collections.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!  

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BC Bibliography Metadata Mania

Posted on March 14, 2018 @9:57 am by Schuyler Lindberg
Unlike the majority of the content on the Digitizers’ blog, this post does not involve pretty pictures or interesting nuggets of historical information.  Instead, it will cover a very different aspect of the work performed in the Digital Initiatives unit: Metadata.  To be more specific, descriptive metadata; less glamorous perhaps than the maps and images […]

Cruising through a collection

Posted on March 14, 2018 @9:57 am by Laura
Every time we open a new box from the Chung Collection to digitize, it’s always exciting to see what’s in store for us. Sometimes the boxes are filled with Canadian Pacific pamphlets about train travel across the Rockies or vacation trips for “couples only” to Mexico, or menus from the Empress Hotel or Sporting Maps. In […]

Canadian Pacific Telegram book cover

Valentine’s Messages from Canadian Pacific

Posted on March 14, 2018 @9:58 am by Larissa
It’s 1912 and you are reclining on your Canadian Pacific Railway seat having just finished a hearty lunch of roast beef and custard pudding. You gaze out at the prairie scenery and think ahead fondly to your family waiting for you at home – it’s been a long trip and you are looking forward to […]

BC Historical Newspapers Update

Posted on January 10, 2018 @3:50 pm by mikec
Update: A list current in May 2017 can be found here: The BC Historical Newspapers portal is one of our most heavily used digital collections. Occasionally we are delightfully surprised to find out about the creative ways people find to use the collections. Two of our favourite projects come to us courtesy of the […]

A view of the provincial parliament buildings in Victoria, BC.

Picturesque Victoria, British Columbia

Posted on March 14, 2018 @9:58 am by Rob
From the book Picturesque Victoria, British Columbia. These photographic souvenir books were popular with tourism and development organizations from the late 19th and in to the 20th century. Have a look at the entire book here. Part of the British Columbia Bibliography project.


Posted on March 14, 2018 @9:59 am by pughchr
This image is from the Augustus Pemberton collection, one of two collections donated to Rare Books and Special Collections by John Keenlyside in 2008. We are currently digitizing both collections, and they should appear on the Rare Books and Special Collections website in the near future. The image is of a calendar of prisoners who […]

The Prolific David Conde

Posted on March 14, 2018 @9:59 am by pughchr
One of our current projects is to digitize the David Conde fonds in partnership with the University of Tokyo. We are discovering first hand that David Conde was a hugely prolific journalist who had much to say about a lot of subjects. As such, the David Conde fonds contains vast quantities of manuscripts for books […]

Letter from Edmund Meredith to Jean Langevin. 6 March 1875

RG 10: Department of Indian Affairs Letterbooks Project

Posted on March 14, 2018 @9:59 am by Peter D James
Update on project: Due to various reasons, the RG 10 Departmental Letterbooks Project did not move beyond the pilot stage. The RG 10 Departmental Letterbooks Project is a collaborative venture between the University British Columbia Library and the University Library, University of Saskatchewan to digitize, describe and provide online access to a volume of Department […]

Kinesis, May 1976

Kinesis Digitization Project

Posted on March 14, 2018 @10:00 am by Larissa
A new year brings with it new projects, and we’re excited to spotlight an upcoming digitization project with valuable local content. Kinesis is an important local women’s newspaper that was published by the Vancouver Status of Women organization from 1974 to 2001 (the early iteration of the publication is entitled Vancouver Status of Women).  It […]

DI Projects Gantt Chart 27Nov2012

Digitization projects – current and upcoming

Posted on March 14, 2018 @10:00 am by Larissa
In order to track the digitization projects that are underway, we’ve put up a Gantt chart on our site that shows the timelines and overlap of all current projects. We will be updating this regularly, so check out our page under the Current tab to view the most recent Digital Initiatives project list. Note […]

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