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Labour History and Archives

Explore the history of the British Columbia labour movement at the UBC Rare Books and Special Collections Library.

What is a fonds?

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 "John Smith fonds" would refer to the records created and received by John Smith.
Read the wikipedia article for  the term "fonds."

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Krisztina Laszlo
Rare Books and Special Collections
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1
604 822-2232


This research guide highlights relevant resources and archival material relating to the history of the labour movement in British Columbia. Primary sources from international, national, and local unions, as well as individuals, associations, organizations and political groups important to the development of the labour movement are all available. Labour history is a major collecting area for RBSC; if you have materials you would like us to consider, please contact Krisztina Laszlo at

Students support striking support workers on campus in 1992 strike. 

Image source: [Unknown]. (1992, March 24). The Ubyssey [N]. doi:

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