University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections

Identity area

Identifier

UBCSP

Authorized form of name

University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

Type

  • University/College;Library

Contact area

Type

Address

Street address

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall

Locality

Vancouver

Region

BC

Country name

Canada

Postal code

V6T 1Z1

Telephone

604-822-8208

Fax

604-822-9587

Email

Note

Description area

History

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

In order to facilitate primary research, Special Collections acquires archival materials which document the economic, political, cultural, labour and literary history of British Columbia. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of fishing, forestry, and mining with important business and labour records such as Henry Doyle, United Fisherman and Allied Workers' Union, MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., International Woodworkers of America, Western Miner, and the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (Canada). The political materials include the provincial office records from the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation as well as prominent politicians such as Angus and Grace MacInnis, Simon Fraser Tolmie and Charles Tupper. Records created by significant B.C. authors and artists include Malcolm Lowry, Ethel Wilson, Roderick Haig-Brown, Eric Nicol, Jack Shadbolt and Toni Onley. Material relating to the Chinese, Japanese, Sikh and Swedish communities in the province is also acquired. Special Collections also includes fonds of national interest and the pre-Raphaelite manuscripts of Victorian England.

Buildings

Holdings

Total Volume: ca. 1,800 meters, 150,000 photographs, 4,200 maps, ca. 200 videos
Inclusive Dates: 13th century to 2007
Predominant Dates: 1885-1995

Finding aids, guides and publications

The Website, http://rbsc.library.ubc.ca/collections/ ,provides information on the functions, activities, holdings and services of Special Collections at the University of British Columbia Library. Site includes a listing of Manuscript Collections and the Map Collection. Photographic holdings are included in the UBC Library Digital Resources, a searchable database consisting of images and bibliographic descriptions of historical photographs from the University Archives and Rare Books and Special Collections.

Access area

Opening times

Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
September to April only, Saturday, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm.

Access conditions and requirements

Accessibility

Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Revised

Level of detail

Partial

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised October 2009.
Revised by BCANS Coordinator, March 23, 2011; July 4, 2014.

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall
Vancouver, BC
CA V6T 1Z1