A treasure trove of rare historical photos from the early days of British Columbia will be preserved, digitized and made public, thanks to a $1.2 million gift [$1.077 million USD] from a Vancouver art collector to the University of British Columbia.
The Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs, donated by Uno and Dianne Langmann, consists of more than 18,000 rare and unique early photographs from the 1850s to the 1970s. It is considered the premiere private collection of early provincial photos, and an important illustrated history of early photographic methods.
Images from the collection include: “Hurdy gurdy girls” outside a Barkerville saloon selling dances to miners for $1 (1867), a group of First Nations people in Lytton (1867), a couple skating on Trout Lake (1900), troops departing New Westminster for the war (1940) and aFraser River steamboat bringing supplies to gold prospectors (1867).
Images from the collection are being digitized and will be available on the Library’s website beginning Summer 2014. Library users will be able to request items from the collection through UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.