An overview of resources maintained by UBC Archives which may be relevant to research on First Nations history and contemporary issues.
These resources document First Nations history and culture in general, and the evolution of UBC’s relationships with First Nations in particular. They include archival materials in all media (textual, photographic, audiovisual, and digital), websites, and Internet-based collections and related resources.
This list is not intended to be fully comprehensive, but will serve as an introduction for researchers. The focus is on materials held in the University Archives. Researchers are advised to consult with staff in other Library branches such as Rare Books and Special Collections and Xwi7xwa Library, as well as the UBC Museum of Anthropology, regarding archival materials in their collections.
Researchers are encouraged to refer to the First Nations Information Governance Centre’s First Nations Principles of OCAP when conducting research with First Nations or on First Nations historical or cultural issues.
Patrons researching specific individuals, groups, or events may find information in other collections and resources maintained by the UBC Archives but not listed here. Archives staff are available to provide assistance.
Thanks to Ann Doyle and her colleagues at Xwi7xwa Library for their guidance in compiling this list.
Listed alphabetically – links are to on-line inventories.
These publications are also available in their original paper form.
Note: When searching pre-1970s publications, use search terms like “Indian” or “Native” or names of specific First Nations using old spellings such as “Nootka” or “Kwakiutl”. For post-1970s searches, currently-accepted terms like “First Nations”, “Indigenous”, or “Aboriginal”, and current spellings such as “Nuu-chah-nulth” or “Kwakwa_ka_’wakw”, can also be used.