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Finding and Using Materials in Rare Books and Special Collections

Related Resources

If you want to continue your research beyond our collections, the links below will help guide you in finding other useful sources.

Finding Other Archival Institutions:

Archives Canada

  • Gateway to archival resources found in over 800 repositories across Canada. Use the interactive map to locate provincial archival networks.

Canadian Archival Resources on the Internet

  • Comprehensive list of links to Canadian archives and associated resources on the Internet. These include links to individual repositories, multi-repository databases, archival listservs, archival associations, educational opportunities, and other related sites.

Related Digitized Collections:


  • Provides access to digitized text, images and artifacts from heritage institutions from across Canada.
  • Features three categories: monographs; serials, comprising periodicals, magazines, and newspapers; and government publications

Digitized Okanagan History

  • Search D.O.H. to access copies of local historical materials including photographs, textual documents and publications from participating Okanagan memory institutions.


  • A database of archival descriptions from repositories across the province of British Columbia. Search by keyword, or browse by subjects, places, names or repository.

Tips for Using Rare Books, Special Collections, and Archives

Handling Archival Material

  • A downloadable PDF of archival handling guidelines at UBC.

Using Archives - Library and Archives Canada

The National Archives Palaeography Tutorial (how to read old handwriting)

  • A tutorial on deciphering handwriting from the National Archives in the U.K.

Script Tutorials

  • Resources for old handwriting and documents.

Batch-processing photos from your archive trip

  • Hints on keeping track and converting the photos you take of archival material, by Miriam Posner of Emory University Libraries.