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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What do hedgehogs and cats have in common?

Posted on July 12, 2013 by pughchr
They both play croquet, apparently! Digital Initiatives is currently digitizing selected images from the Arkley Croquet Collection, which is housed in UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections. The Arkley Croquet Collection contains more than 2,000 images taken from a variety of media and dates from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. As […]


The Okanagan Historical Society Reports

Posted on July 2, 2013 by pughchr
The annual reports of the Okanagan Historical Society are now available as a digital collection.  There are 69 issues in the collection, dating back to 1926 and continuing until 2007.  The issues are fully searchable online and available for download as PDF documents. The Okanagan Historical Society has always been active in promoting the history […]


Update of Bullock Webster Collection

Posted on June 24, 2013 by pughchr
The Bullock Webster collection has been updated with new high-quality images. The original material, an album filled with watercolour and ink sketches, is very delicate. As such, the digital collection up until now was composed of scans we made of the old access photographs. Although we tried to make these scans represent the original sketches […]


The Delgamuukw Trial Transcripts

Posted on May 31, 2013 by pughchr
For Aboriginal (Un)History Month, we are featuring our digital collection of the Delgamuukw trial transcripts, which document a landmark case in British Columbian and Canadian history. Click the link above to learn more.


Delgamuukw Trial Transcripts

Posted on by pughchr
                  For Aboriginal (Un)History Month, we are featuring our digital collection of the Delgamuukw trial transcripts, which document a landmark case in British Columbian and Canadian history. The Delgamuukw case began in 1984 with the Gitxan and Wet’suwet’en Nations claiming ownership and jurisdiction over 58,000 square kilometres […]


Front page of the "Tairiku Nippō" (Continental Daily News), Saturday, December 6, 1941

The “Tairiku Nippō” (Continental Daily News)

Posted on May 17, 2013 by Rob
The “Tairiku Nippō” (Continental Daily News) was a predominantly Japanese language newspaper published in Vancouver, British Columbia from January 1908 through December 6, 1941, the eve of Pearl Harbor. One of the few sources of news for Japanese immigrants to Canada the newspaper is a unique cultural record of the Japanese-Canadian experience in Canada. The […]


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A picture’s worth a thousand words…

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Laura Ferris
The Chung Collection contains thousands of photographs and slides, many of which we have already uploaded to CONTENTdm and are available online through the Chung Collection website. While we continue to upload new items, we are also doing a little bit of file maintenance and upgrading on the existing files, also known as the “glamorous […]


King Neptune's Dinner Party cover

King Neptune’s Dinner Party

Posted on April 12, 2013 by Larissa
If you read Laura’s previous post on the Empress of Britain, you’ll have some appreciation for this gorgeous old Canadian Pacific ocean liner.  The Chung Collection has some wonderful ephemera related the ship including this pamphlet for King Neptune’s Dinner Party from the 1934 world cruise.  Not only the menu for the dinner party (iced […]


Westland television series

Posted on March 18, 2013 by Rob
The Westland television series was produced and hosted from 1984 to 2007 by Mike Halleran and broadcast on the Knowledge Network in British Columbia. The content of the show covers a broad range of environmental issues of importance to the province as well as more generally including forestry practices, wildlife conservation and human impact on […]


BC Bibliography Metadata Mania

Posted on March 4, 2013 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 […]


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