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Researching rarities

Sonja Pinto was part of the first cohort of student fellows in the Peter and Ana Lowens University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections Student Fellowship Program at UVic Libraries: "Though I had worked with some of the library’s collections and archives in past research projects, I had never worked on a project where I could direct its scope, topic, and output with complete control—even my master’s thesis had recommended word counts and other necessary guidelines to follow! The creative freedom and lack of direct examples on which to base my work in the Lowens-Libraries Fellowship presented me with an unusual and exhilarating chance to form a project from scratch and to challenge myself to apply my years of study in English Literature classrooms to a new context."

Dedicated to the process of reconciliation

Professor Carey Newman, Impact Chair in Indigenous Art Practices, recently co-edited a Special Issue of KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies, a peer-reviewed, open access journal. The Special Issue on Indigenous Knowledges features contributions in diverse formats that reflect the plurality of Indigenous Knowledges and ways of knowing.

What a relief: UVic Libraries acquires new collection of wood engravings

Through the generosity of Dr. David Bond, UVic Libraries’ Special Collections is enhancing its collection of wood engravings. This unique printmaking technique uses relief printing and involves an artist carving an image or text into the end of a block of wood, referred to as the end grain. UVic Libraries anticipates this collection will benefit students, faculty, and community members with an interest in incorporating this technique into their artistic practice, and studying the relationship between illustrations and the written word, among other topics.

BC Theatre History Preserved

The Theatre Energy archives joins a number of fonds and collections of individual artists and companies from the history of BC theatre, including Hoffman’s own fonds of BC theatre research materials. Many thanks to our donors, and to colleagues past and present, for their work to preserve these rich cultural materials. These records are available for teaching, research and community access in Special Collections & University Archives.

Historical BC water quality information in UVic Dataverse

In 1971, the Province of British Columbia developed a purpose-built computer data storage and retrieval system, known as EQUIS (Environmental Quality Information System), to manage information related to their permitting system regulating discharges of pollutants to land, air, and water, under the B.C. Pollution Control Act, 1967. Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to advise faculty of the availability of British Columbia historical water quality information through the Dataverse.

The Endings Project: Robert Graves Diary

UVic Libraries are proud to have partnered with the Endings Project to archive the Robert Graves Diary. This looks like a normal website, but it is able to provide full browse and search functionality without the use of any complex server-side software. We “staticized” the site so that, like a book on shelf, it can be picked up in the future and read in any browser. This Endings-compliant website offers a first-in-Canada prototype for scalable, sustainable archiving of digital research projects.