FBCA Letter Regarding Systemic Racism at the Royal BC Museum & Archives

The directors of the Friends of the British Columbia Archives are dismayed by reports of racism in the workplace of the Royal BC Museum and Archives (RBCM&A). The institution that we have championed for over twenty years must be an inclusive and welcoming place for all employees, visitors and volunteers. We therefore affirm our support … More FBCA Letter Regarding Systemic Racism at the Royal BC Museum & Archives

FBCA Welcomes New Collections Facility; Questions Remain

The Board of Directors of the Friends of the British Columbia Archives (FBCA) welcomes the news of a state-of-the-art facility for preservation of the Royal BC Museum and BC Archives (RBCM/BCA) collections, to be constructed in Colwood by 2024. While we understand that this project is in early stages, we have a number of questions … More FBCA Welcomes New Collections Facility; Questions Remain

2020 Terry Reksten Fund Recipients

For 2020 we had a number of very strong applications from community archives across British Columbia. After careful deliberation by the Terry Reksten Memorial Fund committee, made up of representatives from the FBCA, Archives Association of BC, and the Reksten family, we are pleased to announce this year’s recipients: Western Front Society Archives: Support from … More 2020 Terry Reksten Fund Recipients

How will the BC Archives Closure Impact You?

The Friends of the British Columbia Archives (FBCA) is deeply concerned about the recent decision made by the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives (RBCM&A) to close the Reference Room of the BC Archives until an undetermined date in 2021. If you have an example of how closure of the Reference Room will impact you/your … More How will the BC Archives Closure Impact You?

FBCA Statement on the Closure of the BC Archives until 2021

A PDF version of this statement can be found here: FBCA Statement_BC Archives Closure. May 29th, 2020 The Friends of the British Columbia Archives (FBCA) is deeply concerned about the recent decision made by the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives (RBCM&A) to close the Reference Room of the BC Archives until an undetermined date … More FBCA Statement on the Closure of the BC Archives until 2021

Reproduction & Licensing Fees at the Royal BC Museum and Archives

Over the last few years, the FBCA has heard growing concerns from members about the high cost of reproduction and licensing fees at the Royal BC Museum & Archives. These concerns range from BC authors seeking to publish images and documents in books, to university students, local museums, and social media groups seeking to use … More Reproduction & Licensing Fees at the Royal BC Museum and Archives

The Man in the Tower: Forest Service Images in the BC Archives

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

Terry Reksten Memorial Fund: 2017 Recipients

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

Puzzle Pieces Found with Acquisition of Munday Negatives

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