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Historical Photographs at RBSC

A guide to historical archival photographs at UBC's Rare Books and Special Collections

Introduction

Welcome!

UBC’s Rare Books & Special Collections (RBSC) houses many fonds that contain unique and interesting historical photographs. This guide will serve to introduce you to resources for finding and using historical photos held at RBSC as well as elsewhere within various UBC and external collections.

At RBSC, photographs can be found within the archival collections of individuals, families, and organizations. While some fonds are comprised entirely of photographs, many others contain photos in addition to other materials. RBSC also provides digitized versions of photograph collections. As such, this guide is divided into categories delineating between those photographs that can be viewed online in digitized collections and those that must be viewed in person in our reading room. 

Featured Photos

group of Chinese women

[Unknown]. (1942). [Photograph of a group of women] [P]. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0367255

via The Chinese Canadian Stories Collection

two Maori women cooking potatoes over a geyser

[Unknown]. (1939). [Two Maori women cooking potatoes in geysers] [P]. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0217458

via The Chung Collection

two women holding croquet mallets

Unknown. (1919). [Photograph depicting two young women with croquet mallets]. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0009913 

via The Tremaine Arkley Croquet Collection

Wigwam Inn, B.C.

[Unknown]. (1930). Wigwam Inn, Indian River Park, B.C. [P]. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0371520

via The Langmann Collection

couple in horse drawn buggy in front of Stanley Park Hollow Tree

[Unknown]. (1911). [Portait of a couple in a horse drawn buggy and two youths on horses in front of the Stanley Park Hollow Tree] [P]. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0369207

via The Langmann Collection

group of Japanese Canadian girls dressed for a festival

[Unknown]. (1942). Group of Japanese Canadian girls participating in Bon-Odori (summer festival) at Greenwood, B.C. [P]. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0049117

via The Japanese Canadian Photograph Collection

high rigger cutting a tree down

Cash, J. (1900). High rigger with the top of the tree just beginning to fall down [P]. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0349984

via The MacMillan Bloedel Limited fonds

man in profile climbing rocks

[Unknown]. (1918). WITH THE TROOPS IN MESOPOTAMIA [P]. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0039059

via The WWI British Press Photograph Collection

 

About Historical Photographs

For more information on the history of photography as well as its processes and methods of preservation, check out the links below.