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David Davies Railway Collection

Accession No. 2013.6.36.3.15.1
The David Davies Railway Collection encompasses all facets of railway history in BC and includes an extensive photograph collection that documents the evolution of British Columbia railways between 1957 and 2013. These photographs depict the transportation history of British Columbia; most BC railways are represented, as well as a selection of ships, bridges, and vehicles. Along with the thousands of photographs taken by David Davies himself, the collection includes historical postcards relating to the railway in British Columbia. View the digitized images here. Funding for this photograph digitization project was generously provided by a private foundation.

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Kent Sedgwick Slide Collection

Accession No. 2012.13.1.89.056
Kent Sedgwick (1941-2011) was a Prince George historian, geographer, and city planner. Over the course of his teaching career and personal life, Kent Sedgwick created an extensive slide collection of photographs taken in the Northern BC region from the 1970s to the 2000s. Of the 6000+ slides in the collection, Northern BC Archives has digitized over half with the assistance of funding from a private foundation. These images are a valuable visual record of change in the North over a 30 year period, and will be of interest to urban geographers, environmentalists, and historians, among others.

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Campagnolo Political Papers Photograph Digitization Project

Accession No. 2009.6.1.256
The Honourable Iona Campagnolo was a politician and cabinet member in the Liberal government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau from 1974 to 1979. As Member of Parliament for Skeena and Minister of Fitness and Amateur Sport, her duties brought her into contact with many of her Skeena constituents in Northern British Columbia, Canadian politicians and athletes, and persons involved in sport internationally. In this collection of photographs created during her term in government, over 1,600 images document her years in politics by representing her tours of northern British Columbia communities, attendance at political and social affairs, and presence at sporting events. Major themes documented by the photographs include the development of Canadian sport, the politics of the Trudeau era, First Nations peoples, and northern British Columbia. Funding for this photograph digitization project was generously provided by a private foundation.

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UNBC Office of Communications Photograph Exhibit

With the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage Young Canada Works in Heritage Institutions, Northern BC Archives has completed the UNBC Office of Communications Photo Identification & Processing Project. Over 18,000 images from the holdings were reviewed to select the most historically significant images for this online exhibit. These images document the university’s inception as the grass-roots Interior University Society (1989), its creation under the legislated UNBC Act (1990), the inauguration of its first Chancellor & President (1992), construction phases of the Prince George campus (1990-1994), the official opening by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (August 1994) and selected UNBC convocations, students, programs, faculties, and campus activities from 1994-2002.

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Northern Explorations & Development Digitization Project

Accession No. 2002.1.30.4.83
Northern BC, at the beginning of the 20th century, was a land that had already known economic development, ethnic diversification, resource exploitation and socio-religious evolution: the gold rush and the work of the missionaries having effectively introduced these realities in the 19th century. What the early decades of the 20th century brought to Northern BC was a concerted push towards integrated economic and political development and mass re-settlement by immigrants. Dreamers, adventurers, entrepreneurs and politicians alike revelled in the endless possibilities they believed the North could provide. Luckily, this dynamic period in Northern BC history was often captured in photographs – a legacy which now offers the rest of us, a glimpse into this exciting past! Funding for this digitization project was generously provided by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s BC History Digitization Program.

Red Rock Community History Project

Red Rock Community Record No. DH22
The story of British and European immigration to the Canadian West has been a major component of the history of the rural community in Canada. However few first person accounts exist of immigration to rural Central British Columbia, particularly from a woman’s perspective. This exhibit project brings one such account into the historical record through annotated excerpts of the manuscript, A Man’s Country written by Norah Banbery Doherty who, with her Irish immigrant husband Irwin Doherty, settled in Red Rock, B.C. from 1938 to 1960. Mrs. Doherty’s memoir inspired an entire oral history research project conducted by UNBC students, the results of which are also highlighted through this virtual exhibit.

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2011 NCBA Photo Digitization Project

Accession No. 2009.7.1.45
The purpose of this particular digitization project was to enable broader access to the many intriguing images found within those fonds/collections which had previously only been accessible via on-site visits. This grant-funded digitization initiative has enabled access, via the Archives on-line database, to 3,610+ images documenting the historical, social, political, environmental, religious & industrial development of Northern BC from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Funding for this photograph digitization project was generously provided by a private foundation. Some of the fonds/collections digitized through this project include:

Cassiar Asbestos Mining Corporation Ltd. Digitization Project

Accession No. 2000.1.1.3.15.9
In 1952 the Cassiar Asbestos Mining Corp. (CAMC) constructed an asbestos mine and mill and created a town site for its workers in Northern British Columbia. As owner of the mill and town site, it provided and maintained municipal services required: sewer, water, electricity, as well as medical, educational, community & retail services. This one-industry resource town of 1200+ people existed for 40 years, yet today nothing remains in the region to mark its industrial, economic or social past. The aim of this project is to provide research access to the records that document 40 years of operations of the Cassiar Asbestos Mining Corporation and of the records of the town of Cassiar, all of which were acquired by UNBC upon the closure of the mine and town site in 1995. The Cassiar records (1952-1992) (extent 1650+ boxes) are of interest to academic researchers in a number of disciplines (history, geography, economics, business, environmental science) and has the potential to provide new knowledge about the technological, social, environmental and health impacts of natural resource developments in Northern Canada in the latter part of the 20th century. Funding for the Cassiar inventory and database project was generously provided by a private foundation. To view the photographs and their descriptions, visit the Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds. To access an inventory of the the textual materials of the CAMC fonds please contact the Archives.

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