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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.

About these Collections

The principal focus of the collections at Rare Books is British Columbia: history, exploration, settlement, business, politics, ethnicity, and labour. A major part of British Columbia's history was shaped by labour relations, and this is reflected in the extensive collections at RBSC related to unions, organizing, and workers. Below the fonds of several unions are listed, but this is not an exhaustive list. Please search the RBSC database for access to all relevant archival material. 


Image source: [Unknown]. (1929). View of fishermen and fisherwomen gathered on wharf during fishermen’s strike at False Bay [P]. doi: (Original work published 1929)

Archival Collections: Labour Unions, Labour Relations and the Labour Force

Archival Collections : Political Parties, Movements and Organizations