UBC Archives Photograph Collections

View of Library with Gymnasium in the backgroundHistorical images documenting the history of UBC

Photographs can also be accessed via UBC Library’s Open Collections portal.

The University Archives has digitized its photographic holdings in order to make the images available to researchers on the World Wide Web. The over 40,000 images date from the founding of the University to the present day, and present a visual record of UBC’s growth and development, student life, and campus events over most of the past century.

Researchers can search the entire database, or limit their search to individual collections or fonds, listed to the right by identifier number and collection title. Identifier numbers without hyperlinks indicate photo collections that have not yet been digitized.

To order copies of photographs from our collections, users must complete and submit our Agreement on Use for Photographic Reproduction. By doing so, the patron indicates that he/she understands and agrees with the conditions outlined in the form. The University Archives will provide digital copies of prints, negatives, and slides from its holdings, subject to copyright and other restrictions. Images can be sent to patrons as e-mail attachments, or written to removable media. When requesting an image copy, patrons should cite either the link or URL of the image, or the Identifier number from the item description (e.g. “UBC 1.1/1234”).

Users can add tags and comments to the descriptive information (metadata) for each image. User-defined tags can help make images more accessible. Comments are a means by which users can correct or add to information — for example, noting persons or events depicted in images that are not identified in the descriptions.

The “UBC Historical Photograph collection” (1.1/) includes any images not acquired as part of a fonds, or of otherwise undetermined provenance.

The “UBC Student Yearbook Photograph Collection” (51.1/) features images scanned from the published yearbooks, not the original photographs.

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UBC Historical Photograph collection
[unassigned]
Department of University Extension
[unassigned]
Audio Visual Services (also 5.2/ )
Department of Psychology
Esther Birney
UBC Plaques and Monuments Project
Harry Hawthorn Foundation
Faculty of Law (Allard School of Law)
Blythe Eagles (personal photographs numbered 11.2/ )
Patrick McGeer
Department of Animal Husbandry
Alice Borden
[unassigned]
University Research Forests
Dean of Women
Peter Larkin
Gavin Dirom
Dorothy Somerset
McGill University College of B.C.
Stuart James Scofield
N.A.M. (Larry) Mackenzie
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (Land and Food Sciences)
Garnett Gladwin Sedgewick
Charles E. Borden
Walter N. Sage
[unassigned]
Frank Buck
Mack S. Eastman
Ridington Family
John Davidson
Summer Session Association
History of Women at UBC Project
Ceremonies Office (also 35.2/ )
[unassigned]
Frank F. Wesbrook
[unassigned]
Margaret Sage
John McCreary
Information Services
[unassigned]
[unassigned]
Public Affairs
[unassigned]
Media Services
William Fredeman
Michael Smith
[unassigned]
[unassigned]
UBC Student Yearbook Photograph Collection
Harry Palmer
Robert B. Kerr
Francis Alexander
[unassigned]
School of Nursing
School of Architecture
Campus Planning and Development
Harry Adaskin
William New
Frank Gnup
John Friesen
Malcolm Knapp
[unassigned]
George Van Wilby
Michael Bullock
Angus Family
Dorothy Blakey Smith
School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS)
Sam Rothstein
Karl Terzaghi
Leonard Cox
William Messenger
George Curtis
Wilbert A. Clemens
Library
Geoffrey Riddehough
Alfred Young
Lloyd Detwiller
Totem (Annual)
Faculty of Medicine
Ethel Johns
School of Music
Basil Stuart-Stubbs
Walter Gage
Marjorie Smith
Marion Gilroy
Class of 1925 (Arts)
Hector MacLeod
Arnold Henderson
John Howes
University Lectures Committee
Alumni Association
J. Lewis Robinson
Institute of Pacific Relations
Horace Fowler
[unassigned]
Coolie Verner
Logan Family
Health Sciences Centre
School of Family and Nutritional Sciences
Class of 1923 (Arts)
Johnny Owen Collection
Physical Plant
Department of Facilities Planning
Campus and Community Planning
Guy Palmer
Players’ Club Alumni
Players’ Club
Robert Osborne
A.G. Caillet
Stephen Straker
Edward Pretious
James Thornton
The Corporation
William H. Mathews
Lyle Creelman
Juda Quastel
Morris Panych
Philip and Helen Akrigg
International Congress of Mathematicians (1974)
BC Studies
Laura Holland
Nicholas Kendall
Community Affairs
J. Alan Beesley
Development Office
Martin Dee
Leslie Fournier
Douglas Harold Copp
John Liersch
Enrolment Services
William A. McDill
George McWhirter
APEC Collection
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
Finno-Ugric Studies Association of Canada
[unassigned]
Peter Oberlander
Joy Coghill
Mary Morehart
Margaret North
B.C. Midwifery Collection – Abra Palumbo sous-fonds
Kathleen Gough
Pat Carney
Roy Daniells
Abraham Rogatnick
William C. Gibson
David Aberle
Manufacturing Consent
David Suzuki
Neal Harlow
Allon Peebles
L’Ordre du Radis Manifique
Vancouver / West Coast Women’s Network
Arthur Evan Boss
Percy Saltzman
Albert E. “Ab” Richards
Varsity Outdoor Club
Jacob Zilber
Joan Coldwell
Laurence Ricou
UBC Equity Office
George Pickard
Ann McAfee
Chris Crossfield
Tom Shorthouse
COTC/WUB Collection
Department of Geography
Judy Galbraith
Faculty of Applied Science
Mary Bollert
John Norris
Sybren Henrik deJong
Dianne Longson
Cameron MacLeod
Tom A. Scales
Jason Vanderhill
Douglas Bankson
Wilbert Danner
Ed White
J.M. Turnbull
Richard and Verna Huffman Splane
Warren Family
Kevin Chong
Sharon Cavalier
Sharon Kahn
Elliot Weisgarber
Ronald Hagler
Women’s Resource Centre
Allan Jones
Florence McNeil
Richard Mattessich