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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.

Digitized Karl Spreitz Collection Increases Access to Film, Art, and Photos

Totalling over 200 items, the Karl Spreitz Collection consists of documentary films, film-outs, and commercial footage, sampling Spreitz’ long career. Additionally, photographs, art works, textual records and objects from his archival fonds have been selectively digitized to provide additional context to Spreitz’ life and works. The Libraries’ digital collection compliments an earlier digital exhibit created by UVic’s Legacy Galleries, entitled Karl Spreitz: Self-Propelled.

Bauhaus, Design and the Livable Anthropocene

“Bauhaus, Design, and the Livable Anthropocene” celebrates the innovative approach to design and architecture developed at the Bauhaus School, founded in Weimar, Germany, in 1919. The aim is to reflect on the historical impact of this approach, and explore its potential for addressing the design challenges of the Anthropocene. The bau1haus photographs by Jean Molitor, brought to UVic by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Vancouver, present an exceptionally beautiful record of modernist buildings from around the world. The Exhibit is accompanied by an inter-disciplinary colloquium.

The stories of two Chinese-Canadian community newspapers

Launched in October 2020, Glimpses into Chinese Immigration history in Canada: The New Republic (1911?-1984) and the World Journal Vancouver (1991-2016) is a digital exhibition of selected articles, video interviews, historical photos, and documents. All content has been transcribed and translated into English to reach a broader audience.

Father Charles Brandt's enduring legacies

Hermit priest, environmentalist, spiritual teacher, and prominent bookbinder, Father Charles Brandt leaves behind many enduring legacies following his death on October 25, 2020, at the age of 97. Among them is his bequest to the University of Victoria Libraries of equipment, tools, and materials from his Hermitage’s conservation lab and bindery, located on the Oyster River at Black Creek on Vancouver Island.