There are a few different ways and places to search for photographs in Rare Books and Special Collections:
To search for photographs from a specific manuscript collection:
You can also search by keyword, although your results may not be as relevant as searching by fonds name.
To search for photographs on a specific subject from any manuscript collection:
Once you've found the manuscript collection you want to look in, you might want to look at the detailed inventory, which will often provide more information about the photographs in the collection. Inventories are linked from the manuscript collection section of the RBSC site, at http://www.library.ubc.ca/spcoll/mss_col.html .
Some of the photographs from our manuscript collection are included in the UBC Library Digital Collections database and in the BC Historical Photos catalogue. To be sure your search is comprehensive, you should search in all locations.
In Rare Books and Special Collections, the historical photograph collection includes almost 200,000 photographs documenting the early history of British Columbia, peoples, places and events. The photographs range in date from the mid-1800's to the mid-1900's.
The catalogue of photographs contains approximately 2,000 records describing almost 200,000 photographs. The catalogue records may describe single photographs, photograph albums or collections of photographs. For example, there is one record for the Fisherman Publishing Society collection of 20,000 photographs.
Some of the photographs in the larger collections have been digitized and are available and searchable in the UBC Digital Resources database. As the descriptions of the photographs were done by students in the 1970's, there are sometimes inconsistencies within the catalogue records. We recommend, therefore, that you search for photographs on your topic using keywords.
To search for photographs in the BC Historical Photos collection:
Once you have searched the catalogue, to view a photograph, record the BC number located in the ID No. field (e.g. BC 413). A staff member in Rare Books and Special Collections would be happy to retrieve the photograph for you.
The University of British Columbia Rare Books and Special Collections is digitizing its photographic holdings in order to make the images available to researchers on the World Wide Web.
The project includes both University Archives photographs and B.C. Historical Collection (non-UBC) photographs. Together the collections total approximately 200,000 photographic images (both prints and negatives).
More than 30,000 images have been digitized and placed online. Digitized collections include photographs from the University of British Columbia , the Fisherman Publishing Society, Macmillan Bloedel Ltd., Capilano Timber Co. the Peter B. Anderson Collection, and the Japanese Canadian Research Collection. Together, they document a diverse range of activities and events from the history of British Columbia.
To search for photographs in the UBC Library Digital Collections:
Please note that access to these photographic images and the technical capacity to download them does not imply permission for re-use.
Written permission to publish or otherwise use these images must be obtained from the Rare Books and Special Collections, UBC Library.