Welcome to the Northern British Columbia Archives! We seek to acquire, preserve, and provide access to materials of permanent value related to the institutional history of UNBC and its institutes and to acquire, preserve, and provide access to materials of permanent value related to the culture and history of Northern British Columbia. The Archives will serve research and scholarship by making these records available to researchers, university personnel, students, faculty, and the general public. 

Our holdings contain materials from 1776 to the present:

  • 22,000 Photographic images
  • 300+ Sound and moving image recordings
  • 9,795+ Rare books
  • 1,137 Linear metres of archival materials
  • 260+ Artworks from the University Art Work Collection

News and Events

  • Northern BC Archives & Special Collections (UNBC Library), in partnership with UBC Library, has recently created the Northern BC Digital Collection. This freely available resource provides access to digitized historical books, maps, newspapers and other publications that specifically pertain to Northern BC. Check it out at www.NorthernBCCollections.ca.
  • Northern BC Archives now has a YouTube channel with digitized videos from the archives holdings.

Recent Projects

PHOTO: Skeena Riverside View of Inspection Train, Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, c. 1912 Accession# 2002.1.9.1.035

Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection

Access is now available to the records of the Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum, which amounts to over 13 metres of textual, cartographic, photographic materials and ephemera related to diverse aspects of rail operations from railways operating in Northern BC. The majority of this collection contains material created by the Canadian National Railway and its predecessors that spans 100+ years and documents rail transportation history developments.

This project was completed with financial contributions by Canadian National Railway and an anonymous private foundation.

Bob Harkins Audio Recordings Digitization Project

The Northern BC Archives has recently completed the digitization of The Bob Harkins Audio Recordings Collection which consists of over 50 interviews conducted by well-known local broadcaster Bob Harkins. Harkins began his broadcasting career as a Copy Writer at CKPG radio in 1954; three years later at the age of 26, he was appointed General Manager and President of the station. Mr. Harkins was one of the first local personalities viewers saw when CKPG-TV went on the air in 1962. In 1969, Mr. Harkins transferred to CJCI radio station, where he worked until returning to CKPG in the early 1990s. This collection of recordings was conducted by Harkins c.1970s-c.1990s while at CJCI with local personalities documenting their personal and professional memories of life in Prince George.

This digitization access project was generously funded by a private foundation.

David Davies Photograph Digitization Project

Thanks to the generous support of a private foundation, Northern BC Archives has digitized 4220 images from the David Davies Railway Collection. These photographs document the railway and transportation history of British Columbia between 1957 and 2013. (Summer 2015)

Cassiar Newspapers Digitization Project

The NBCA has digitized over 300 newspaper issues from the company mining town of Cassiar, B.C., published between 1956 and 1976 by the Cassiar Asbestos Mining Corporation. The papers detail numerous events in the town and surrounding area, including company business. (Spring 2015)

For any questions, please contact the Northern BC Archives.