This is a guide to searching for archival material in Canada and internationally, with an emphasis on British Columbia. Archival material includes primary sources (generally unpublished material ) such as manuscripts, letters, photographs and audio-visual material.
The word "fonds" is used to describe most archival collections in Canada and also in many European and Latin American countries. Fonds simply means the documents in any media or format created or received by a person or an organization in the course of their personal or professional activities. For example, the "Jane Smith fonds" would refer to the records created and received by Jane Smith.
Read the wikipedia article for the term "fonds."
If you want to continue your research beyond our collections, the links below will help guide you in finding other useful sources.
Related UBC Sites
Department of Central, Eastern, & Northern European Studies
Department of Political Science
Department of Theatre and Film
Canadian Archival Resources on the Internet
Using Archives - Library and Archives Canada
The National Archives Palaeography Tutorial (how to read old handwriting)
Batch-processing photos from your archive trip