May 28, 2022

Reference: Database of More Than 6,000 Digitized Chinese-Canadian Artifacts Now Available Online

From 24 Hrs Vancouver:

The Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project — a database of more than 6,000 of culturally significant photos, texts, scrolls and a variety of other items — is now complete, the provincial government announced Wednesday.

The entries were compiled by researchers at the University of Victoria, which is hosting the online database.

“These objects scattered in dozens of smaller towns and cities will now be accessible to everyone,” said John Price, the project’s principal investigator and a UVic history professor. “It is an incredible resource and rich treasure chest of true historical significance.”

The archive is searchable and a large portion of items – including household products, clothing, books and many others – have accompanying photographs and detailed information about them.

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Learn More via British Columbia Government Announcement

The Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project (CCAP), which is one of eight Chinese legacy projects, contains more than 6,000 culturally significant artifacts from 16 museums throughout the province. Some of these artifacts include Chinese coins, scrolls, photographs and historic texts.

The online database was compiled by researchers at the University of Victoria (UVic) in partnership with the Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council (LIAC) and the B.C. Museums Association and is being hosted online by UVic libraries. The B.C. government provided $84,000 in funding through the Chinese Legacy Initiative for the project.


In May 2014, a formal apology was delivered on behalf of all members of the B.C. legislative assembly to Chinese Canadians for historical wrongs committed by past provincial governments. A consultation report was released at the same time that outlined eight legacy projects, which included a recommendation to identify historical and culturally important artifacts and locations.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.