In 1973, the Senate established the Archives in the McPherson Library to preserve the institutional archives of the University of Victoria and its predecessors, Victoria College and the Provincial Normal School. The Archives also preserves private archives of individuals and organizations associated with the university and its predecessors. Private archives related to these parent institutions include, primarily, individual faculty and student individuals and organizations.
In 1995, responsibility for private archives relating to British Columbia history was transferred from Special Collections to the University Archives. These private archives primarily consist of the records of individuals and organizations in the Vancouver Island and Pacific coast region. However, some material also covers the geographical region of British Columbia, western Canada, central Canada and the United States. Subjects include anarchist studies, environmental studies, the women's movement, labour history, political affairs, the social sciences, transgender history, and arts and culture.
Geographical and cultural context
The predominant geographical region is the southern Vancouver Island and Pacific coast region. Some fonds and collections extend to mainland BC, western Canada, central Canada and the United States.
The predominant date range of the material is 1940-1990. The inclusive dates are 1780-2009.
Mandates/Sources of authority
University of Victoria Senate
The University Archives is a unit within the University Libraries.
The University Archivist reports to the University Librarian.
The Associate Archivist has a joint reporting relationship to the University Archivist for archives and records management and to the University Secretary for Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy administration. The Archives currently has one full time assistant who reports to the University Archivist.
Archives and Special Collections are separate units, which acquire archival materials under separate collections policies. Archives and Special Collections share public access and storage areas.
Records management and collecting policies
UVic Archives holdings include textual records, photographs of various formats, audio and video recordings, motion picture films, posters and other ephemera, microforms, maps and computer disks, and objects.
Finding aids, guides and publications
Printed finding aids are available on site.