For the first time, more than 45,000 pages chronicling B.C.’s storied past are available online following the completion of a British Columbia Historical Newspapers Project.
The University of British Columbia project, led by the UBC Library’s Digital Initiatives unit and generously supported by a private family foundation, features digitized versions of 24 historical papers from around the province.
The newspapers, which range from the Abbotsford Post to the Phoenix Pioneer, date from 1865 to 1924. All are available for free online viewing at http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca.
The publications are fully searchable and browsable; single pages can be downloaded in the JPEG format, while entire issues are downloadable as PDFs.
Another highlight is the Today in History feature, which allows users to discover the news stories of small-town B.C. that correspond to the present date but took place in centuries past.
The project involved the scanning of microfilm from BC Archives. Publications were then separated into single pages and sent to UBC Library on DVDs, where they were uploaded. A student from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies wrote descriptions of the newspapers, while members of the Library’s IT team developed an innovative and user-friendly viewer that can be used for future projects.
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