I’m not sure exactly how I found myself clicking through hundreds of pages of digitized Forest Service images late one night. All I know is that an initial search in the BC Archives database (for something I can no longer recall) led me down a rabbit hole – a fairly common affliction among online researchers. … More The Man in the Tower: Forest Service Images in the BC Archives
This year, we had a large number of applications, in part because we advertised the grant on social media and among institutional members of the Archives Association of BC, the BC Historical Federation, and the BC Museums Association. After careful consideration, we awarded grants of $1,000 each to the Simpcw First Nations Archives and the … More Terry Reksten Memorial Fund: 2017 Recipients
This article first appeared in our August 2017 Newsletter Puzzle Pieces Found with Acquisition of Munday Negatives By Don Bourdon, Curator, Images and Paintings Royal BC Museum and Archives With generous financial support from the Friends, the BC Archives recently acquired the missing pieces of a puzzle. As a teen, Phyllis James photographed family, friends … More Puzzle Pieces Found with Acquisition of Munday Negatives
Historical photos of Father Christmas found in the BC Archives and posted on our Twitter feed recently generated lots of interest and questions from our followers: A century ago, was the Yuletide figure called Father Christmas or Santa Claus in British Columbia? How was Christmas celebrated back then? In an effort to answer these questions, … More Christmas in the Archives
Reports from our October 30th, 2016 annual general meeting are posted in PDF format below. This document includes the President, Past President/Nominations Committee, and Newsletter Editor reports. Please click here to access the AGM reports.
This week, in preparation for the BC History course I teach at Vancouver Island University, I was searching the Royal BC Museum & Archives’ (RBCM&A) online database for images to compliment an upcoming class. The theme for the class is urban development at the close of the nineteenth century and, alongside discussion of sewage systems, housing, and … More Used & Reused in the Archives
Congratulations to the Bamfield Historical Society and Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society. They were awarded $1000 grants from the Terry Reksten Memorial Fund. The Fund was established fifteen years ago to honour the memory and work of Terry Reksten (1942-2001). An assiduous researcher, she was a champion of community archives. Grant applications are adjudicated … More 2016 Terry Reksten Fund Recipients
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The recipients of the 2015 grants from the Terry Reksten Memorial Fund have been selected! This year the Salt Spring Island Historical Society (SSIHS) and the Western Front Media Archive were chosen to receive this annual award. Each organization will receive $1000 to assist with their projects. The SSIHS, in recognition of the 75th anniversary … More 2015 Terry Reksten Fund Recipients