Online exhibitions

This collection features past online exhibitions of material from Special Collections and University Archives.

De Proprietatibus Rerum, Barthomoleus Anglicus
Detail of manuscript

Barthomoleus Anglicus, De Proprietatibus Rerum

De Proprietatibus Rerum (On the Order of Things) is an encyclopaedia dating from the 13th century. Although it is often described as a bestiary, its focus encompasses theology and astrology as well as the natural sciences (as understood in 1240).

Digital collection from 2004.


Life in Japan
Life in Japan image, detail

Herbert Geddes, Life in Japan, ca. 1910

The collection consists of photographic glass-plate transparencies depicting life in Japan, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, stone carvers, wood carvers, metal workers, potters, and artists. The photographs were collected by Herbert Geddes, a manager for G.R. Gregg and Company, importers and exporters. He was sent to Japan and was based in Yokohama between 1908 and 1918.

Digital collection from 2004.


JM's World War One Sketchbooks
Caricature of army officers

JM's World War One Sketchbooks

These images are from two World War One sketchbooks signed only "J.M." containing watercolour and pen and ink images. J.M. was a British soldier based in France and Belgium between 1917 and 1918. The sketches range from caricatures to sombre images suggesting the horror and carnage experienced by those at the Front.

Digital collection from 2004.


John Lydgate, The Fall of Princes
Detail of manuscript

John Lydgate, Fall of Princes

The Fall of Princes manuscript, produced around 1480, is a work by John Lydgate (ca.1370-1449). on the fortunes of famous people, and how fate brought about their downfall.

Digital collection from 2001.


title page thumbnail
Detail from title page

Opinions of... Negro Servitude in Nova Scotia

Published in 1802, Opinions of Several Gentlemen of the Law, on the Subject of Negro Servitude, in the Province of Nova Scotia, is a small surviving piece of the history of slavery in Canada. Dispensing with a discourse on the morality of slavery, this document merely attempts to answer questions regarding the legality of "Trover" (a legal term inherently defining a slave as property) in one single case in Annapolis, Nova Scotia.

Digital collection from 2004.


Robert Graves, 1974
Robert Graves, 1974

Robert Graves Malahat Review Photographs

Photographs taken to supplement the July, 1975 edition of the University of Victoria's Malahat Review, issue number 35 edited by Robin Skelton and William David Thomas. The edition was subtitled "A Gathering in Celebration of the Eightieth Birthday of Robert Graves".

Digital collection from 2004.


Samuel Maclure architectural drawing
Drawing detail

Samuel Maclure Architectural Drawings

Architectural drawings and plans by Samuel Maclure (1860-1929) for homes in Victoria, and other British Columbia locations.

Maclure received commissions from many prominent Victoria and Britsh Columbia businessmen and politicians.


thumbnail image of Sancti Epiphanii ad Physiologum
Detail from title page

Sancti Epiphanii ad Physiologum

The Sancti Epiphanii ad Physiologum is a sixteenth-century edition of the Greek Physiologus, a collection of moralized beast tales written by an unknown Christian author, probably in third century Alexandria. The text, in Greek and Latin, is accompanied by 26 copperplate engravings by Pieter van der Borcht. A full facsimile of the book, plus commentary on the text and images, is available.

Digital collection from 2004.


portion of a letter and drawing
Detail of a letter and drawing

Sir William Orpen Illustrated Letters

William Orpen was a renowned portrait painter and First World War artist. He was prolific, leaving a legacy of portraiture and painting that includes politicians Winston Churchill and Woodrow Wilson, fellow artists such as Augustus John, and historical events such as the Versailles Peace Treaty.

Digital collection from 2004.


BGen W.O.H. Dodds
Brigadier General W.O.H. Dodds

W.O.H. Dodds World War One Scrapbook

Brigadier General W.O.H. Dodds, CMG, DSO was born on 3 July 1867 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and died in Montreal on 25 August 1934, at 67 years of age. This scrapbook relates to his life and service in the Canadian military.

This project uses SCRAPS, a program which allows for in-depth annotations of images.


1914 image of soldier leaving for service
1914 image of soldier leaving for service

World War One Photographs by J. A. Millar

This album of photographs, taken by J. A. Millar, contains scenes of the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Valcartier Camp, at Quebec, and at Gaspe Harbour immediately prior to sailing to Britain in 1914. Millar was a staff photographer of the Montreal Daily Star and produced the album in 1915.

Digital collection from 2004.