Lara Wilson


Lara Wilson, MA, MAS
Director, Special Collections and University Archivist
Tel: (250) 472-4480

As University Archivist and Director of Special Collections, I can direct you to information about our rare books and periodicals, manuscripts,  archival records (historical documents, photographs, films, and other audio visual recordings) and special collections (primary source materials collected on specific subject).

Special Collections and University Archives acquires a diverse range of materials, in support of teaching and research:

Private archives of individuals and organizations in the subject areas of anarchism, architecture,  arts and culture (visual arts, performing arts), Asian Canadian history, environmental studies, environmentalism, modernist literature, military history, South Vancouver Island history and political affairs, transgender studies, and women's studies; University of Victoria, Victoria College and Provincial Normal School historical records; archives of individuals and organizations from the University community.

 Our rare print holdings include internationally recognized holdings in Modernist British, American and Anglo-Irish literature. Other subject areas collected include Canadian military history; early 20th century literary magazines; Northwest exploration, ethnology, art and anthropology; and regional and Southern Vancouver Island authors and literary culture. Special Collections also houses the Seghers Collection, which consists of approximately 4,000 books on Catholic theology and church history, canon law, liturgy and ritual, canonization and monasticism.

Archival materials are available to the public for research use in our reading room A005, and are available for teaching use by instructors in classroom A003. Please contact me for classroom use information.

For more information visit our websites:

Special Collections

University Archives

I hold a Master of Arts in History in Art from UVic and a Master of Archival Studies from UBC. My UVic thesis is entitled Public/private construction : the photographic album of Nellie L. McClung, UVic Libraries call number PS8525 C56Z98.