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Welcome to the new Chung Collection website!

Welcome to the re-designed Chung Collection website! We hope that you will all find this site helpful and easy to use.  A few highlights:

  • Use the search or advanced search functionality to search for items in the collection. If you find something you would like to consult in person, it can be requested at Rare Books and Special Collections.  If there is a digital version available, you will see a thumbnail version in the catalogue record- click on it to see the full version.
  • For background information on the subjects of the Chung Colleciton (early. B.C. history, immigration and settlement and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company), click and Themes and explore the various subjects.
  • The Chung collection has a permanent exhibition, open to the public free of charge.  The link has more information and some sample photos.


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Douglas Coupland to receive honorary degree

Douglas Coupland, whose archives are held by Rare Books and Special Collections,  is among 12 individuals to receive an honorary degree from UBC this year: What better way to understand Douglas Coupland’s work than to explore his archives?  A finding aid for the Douglas Coupland fonds is available here.  The collections at Rare Books […]

Archivists-in-training at Rare Books and Special Collections

Last semester students from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies class ARST 515 updated a number of archival finding aids to be compliant with the current Rules for Archival Description. They did a great job and hopefully found it to be a useful real life experience.  The updated finding aids are: Archaeological Society […]

New archives at Rare Books and Special Collections

Archives of note recently added at Rare Books and Special Collections: Peter Faminow fonds: Peter Faminow was born in Alberta to Doukhobor parents.  He studied law, and became actively involved in the Doukhobor youth movement.  He helped organize the 1958 Conference on Peace through Non-violence, authored a column called “Dasha” in the Doukhobor publication Mir, […]

Chung Collection featured in Vancouver Sun business section

The Chung Collection has been featured over the years by several B.C. newspapers, usually in the arts or culture section.  This morning it graces the front page of the Vancouver Sun’s business section, where Joanne Lee-Young uses the collection to highlight B.C.’s longstanding economic ties with Asia.  She writes, “B.C. may promote its Asia Pacific […]