Open Collections is UBC Library’s portal for digital content, housing over 200,000 digital objects including photographs,maps, videos, books, audio content, newspapers, letters and more.
All materials are freely available to view and download, and all content is locally created and managed by UBC Library. Our collections highlight the early history of British Columbia, providing a rich and openly accessible resource to display rare, unique materials.
New projects are always underway, and materials are constantly being added to the portal.
There are a number of ways you can use Open Collections in your classroom. The following are few examples:
For specific examples of activities using Open Collections digital primary sources, go to Sample Activities.
For information about developing historical inquiry-based activities, lessons, and unit plans using primary sources, go to Additional Resources.