Victoria and Vancouver Island
These digital collections feature materials about Victoria and Vancouver Island held by UVic Libraries and our community partners.
This digital exhibit includes selections from the records of Peggy and Nicholas Abkhazi held in the University of Victoria Archives.
It includes material relating to the interwar period, World War II and the design and creation of the Abkhazis' internationally renowned rhododendron garden on Fairfield Road in Victoria, now owned by The Land Conservancy of BC (TLC). The material digitized includes diaries, postcards, photographs, objects and watercolours.
See also: Peggy Abkhazi fonds
Virtual exhibit of the history and development of the University of Victoria campus to 1999.
This website holds the content of the pamphlet The Changing Face of University of Victoria Campus Lands (ISBN 1-55058-204-6), edited by Jane Turner and Don Lovell, published by the University of Victoria Archives, Copyright © 1999.
This collection contains amateur films of Mathew Ko from the late 1930s to early 1950s and are a record of family and community life in Victoria and the region during that time.
In 2013, Pacific Opera Victoria (POV) staged its 100th production, Verdi's Falstaff. This collection of posters was gathered to celebrate that milestone.
The posters show as much variety as the productions they advertise, drawing on local illustrators, photographers and typographers to convey the flavour of each opera.
These sound recordings are part of the Provincial Normal School Oral History Interview collection, held at the University of Victoria Archives. The Provincial Normal School (PNS) was established in Victoria, BC, in January 1915, to provide preliminary and advanced courses in teacher training.
In 1978, Judith Windle conducted 19 interviews in which former instructors and students discussed their experiences while at the PNS.
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 British Columbia businessmen and politicians.
See also: Samuel Maclure fonds
The fire insurance plans (FIPs) from 1885 to 1916 were created by Charles E. Goad and Company to assist insurance underwriters in determining fire insurance risk.
This digital collection, drawn from the BC Archives collection, contains all of the 1891 plans, the full set of 1903 plans (with revisions to 1909 indicated), and the surviving plans from 1911 (revised to 1913). The number of plans required expanded to cover the city grew from 31 in 1891 to over 170 in 1913.
Victoria to Vimy, sponsored by a World War Commemorations Community Fund grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage, is a digital collection of First World War materials held at the University of Victoria Libraries. For this exhibit, the University of Victoria Libraries has selected a range of archival and historical items from our Special Collections and University Archives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada that provide diverse perspectives on the lives of ordinary Canadians during the First World War.
This digital exhibit originates with a website, Victoria’s Chinatown: A Gateway to the Past and Present of Chinese Canadians, a partnership project between the Asian Canadian Working Group at UVic and community partners including the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, the Chinese Public School, and the McPherson Library.
A selection of early Victoria and Vancouver Island maps, books, pamphlets and ephemera, together with archival material drawn from the Frank and Cecilia Sylvester family fonds.
Frank Sylvester was an early Jewish settler to Victoria, involved in the fire department and the negotiation of labour contracts.