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Coasting license for the S.S. Mist

Scanned, sealed (pun intended), and delivered

Last summer, we processed a very interesting new fonds here at RBSC. The Charles E. Spring (1859-1938) fonds provides great insight into the sealing industry of British Columbia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as the on-going campaign of one man to receive restitution for the loss of his business. The […]

Chung Collection featured in new digital collection

Items from the Chung Collection were chosen for inclusion in a new digital collection published by Adam Matthew Digital. The collection is called China, America and the Pacific: Trade & Cultural Exchange and is available to UBC users either on campus or authenticated from home. In addition to other resources from the Rare Books and Special Collections division of UBC Library, the collection also contains resources digitized from University of Alberta, the California Historical Society, the Phillips Library at the Peabody, the University of California San Diego and more.

If you’ve just discovered the Chung Collection through this new digital collection, welcome! We hope you enjoy your research.

Chung Collection featured in Montecristo magazine

Montecristo Magazine is celebrating it’s 5th anniversary, and to celebrate they’ve compiled stories on collectors and collections- including Dr. Chung and the Chung Collection! You can read Dr. Chung’s profiles, and the other collectors’ profiles as well, here.

Happy Chinese New Year! Help us solve a horse mystery

Gung Hay Fat Choy! We hope you enjoy the Chinese/Lunar New Year as we ring in the Year of the Horse. People born in the year of the horse are thought to be active, energetic and love to be around people- not unlike the faithful animals themselves! Human connection with horses goes back thousands of years and in collections like the Chung Collection, you’ll find lots of historic photographs and images of horses.

Here’s one that we’re not sure where it was taken- it is believed to be Chinatown in either Vancouver or Portland Oregon.

The sign on the horse cart reads “Quong Sang Chong & Co.” You can view a larger version and zoom in to see the details in our digital collections here. If you know where this is, we would love to hear from you! Email us at, or leave a comment below.

Here are some more images from the Chung Collection of horses:

Horse Racing at Hastings Park, 1936

Piano movers, ca. 1890

Mrs. Ricardo tries her hand at horse riding, ca. 1900.

Happy Year of the Horse! If you are looking for a way to celebrate, the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver’s Chinese New Year Parade is always a hit.