In order to facilitate primary research, these three branches of the University of British Columbia Library acquire archival materials in all media, including textual paper records, photographs, audiovisual recordings, maps, plans, artwork, selected published materials, and electronic records. Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) at UBC-Vancouver strives to document the economic, political, cultural, labour, and literary history of British Columbia and Canada. The University of British Columbia Archives (UA), also based at UBC-Vancouver, serves as the University’s corporate memory by identifying, preserving, and making available for use its permanently valuable institutional and associated private records. UBC-Okanagan Special Collections and Archives (OSC) strives to offer access to materials created in and about the Okanagan-Similkameen, Columbia-Shuswap, and the Kootenays
If you are new to archival research, our Archives Research Guide will provide you with an overview of doing research with archival materials.
This database is built with AtoM (Access to Memory) software, an open source software solution for archival description based on international standards.
Please note that some Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) and University of British Columbia Archives (UA) materials may be unavailable due to mechanical issues with the Library’s automated storage retrieval system (ASRS). Please contact RBSC and UA in advance of your visit to confirm that materials are accessible.