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Christmas for Archivists

The end of the year for an archivist can feel like… well, like Christmas! At the end of the year a lot of people get around to adding to their archives. As a little preview, next year you can expect to see additions to: The Douglas Coupland fonds The Ann Blades fonds The Chung Collection […]

Holiday closure

C.P.R. Christmas labelsThe Chung Collection exhibition space will be closed for the same duration as UBC Library: from December 24 at 3 pm until 9 am on January 4th.  However, if you are on campus before we close down, please feel free to come and view not only the Chung Collection exhibition, but also a special holiday exhibition in the reading room of Rare Books and Special Collections. “‘Tis the Season” features historic children’s holiday books, a collection of West Coast holiday books, and holiday items from fine presses such as Heavenly Monkey, Charles Van Sandwyck and Robert Sabuda.  The Christmas labels from the Chung Collection,above, are also featured in a case dedicated to the jolly old elf himself.  The Chung Collection and Rare Books and Special Collections are located on the first floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

How do you keep track of your research in the reading room?

A post to the Society of American Archivists listserv mentioned this piece of software: ILINX Capture Mobile “allows you to capture an image of anything, attach keywords to it, so you and easily find it later, and then emails a PDF of the image back to you.”  Seems like a tool with  potential for those […]

New collection item: hotel ledger from Elko B.C.

A new acquisition has been made for the Chung Collection: a ledger from a hotel in Elko, B.C., showing the sale of goods to locals.  Inscriptions in Chinese  suggest that the hotel may have been operated by a Chinese-Canadian. This may be an interesting example of a Chinese business as a centre for commerce in a small town.  The ledger dates to 1923.

Although it has not yet been digitized, this item is available for consultation in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room by requesting box 254.  The full catalogue record is here:

New archives: Stefan Arnason fonds

A new archival collection is now available at Rare Books and Special Collections: the Stefan Arnason fonds contains the diaries of an Icelandic immigrant who, like a Canadian version of Grapes of Wrath, packed up his family of thirteen in 1937 in a 1.5 ton Dodge truck and moved them from Pine Valley, Manitoba to […]

Updated archives: Garnett Weston fonds

This week we’ve added a small group of material to the archives of Weston Garnett, a screenwriter, novelist and poet, born in Toronto in 1890 who eventually settled in East Sooke, Vancouver Island.  A little research on Weston proves interesting: he was the screenwriter for the 1932 film “White Zombie” which among Zombie aficionados is […]