British Columbia History Internet/Web Site
Links to Other Archives/Libraries/Museums
To search for new or updated content, use the page-search function of your
Web browser and search on "date added" or "date updated".
Dates are entered as "yyyy.mm.dd", for example, "2001.08.23".
Directories and Guides
Individual Institutions and Archival Networks
State Library: Historical Collections (Juneau). Includes online images
of the Klondike Gold Rush.
- American Museum of
Natural History (New York, NY) preserves Pacific Northwest Coast First
Nations art, artifacts and photographs, including most records of the Jesup
North Pacific Expedition (1897-1902)
- American Philosophical Society
Library (Philadelphia) includes an online version of its manuscripts
guide; the personal and business papers of anthropologist Franz Boas are
- Archives Network
of Alberta (ANA) Database represents institutions with holdings pertinent
to BC such as the Glenbow
Archives and the Whyte Museum
of the Canadian Rockies - Archives. Records can also be searched through
the Canadian North West Archival
of Traditional Music (Indiana University, Bloomington) holds field recordings
of various anthropologists, including Franz Boas and the Jesup
North Pacific Expedition (1897-1902), who worked in BC; all recordings
are searchable through the online catalogue IUCAT.
Library (University of California, Berkeley)
Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Yale University) includes the Western
American Collection. Search tools accessible through this link include an
online Guide to the Beinecke Library, the Beinecke
Digital Images collection, the Yale University Library Finding Aid Database,
and the Yale University Library Orbis catalogue (completely Web-based).
- The British Library (London)
British Museum, Department of Ethnography (London)
- Burke Museum of Natural
History and Culture (University of Washington, Seattle)
(Canadian Archival Information Network) is national database of archival
records managed by the Canadian Council of Archives.
- Canadian Museum of Civilization
(National Capitol Region, Hull, Quebec) contains many virtual exhibits featuring
British Columbia content.
- Canadian North West Archival
Network (CNWAN), a database of descriptions of archival
records preserved in institutions in Alberta, BC, and the Yukon Territory,
is managed by the Archives Association of BC as part of its BC Archival
Information Network. Records in CNWAN are also found in Canadian
Archival Information Network (CAIN).
Pacific Railway Archives (Canadian Pacific, Montreal, Quebec) includes
a gallery of historical photographs and artwork.
Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh, PA) includes a virtual exhibit
East, West: American Indians and the Natural World.
- Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago,
IL) made collecting trips to BC in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
for First Nations art, artifacts and photographs.
Bay Company Archives (Provincial Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg)
Museum (Montreal, Quebec) includes the Notman Photographic Archives
and a searchable database of museum artifacts and records, along with the
project. Date updated: 2001.10.07.
- Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Secretaría de Estado de Cultura (Spain)
offers Libro, Archivos y Bibliotecas
(archival and library databases) and Bellas
Artes, Museos y Patrimonio (museums and art gallery databases) documenting
Spanish exploration of the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Historical Society (St. Paul, MN) preserves business records of the
Great Northern Railroad Company whose subsidiaries operated in BC.
- Museum für Völkerkunde
(Museum for Ethnology, Berlin, Germany) features a viritual exhibit on Indianer
Nordamerikas (North American Indians).
- Museum für Völkerkunde
Wien (Museum for Ethnology Vienna, Austria) includes the James Cook
Collection with objects from Vancouver Island.
- Museum of Archaeology
and Anthropology (University of Cambridge, UK) includes objects acquired
by explorers James Cook and George Vancouver.
- Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
(University of Pennsylvania)
Historical Association, Stackpole Library (MA) includes Pacific Northwest
Coast whaling history information (manuscripts, maps, books) in its online
- National Archives
and Records Administration (Washington, DC) includes online images of
BC and other types of archival records pertaining the province locatable through
Research Catalog (ARC; replaced NAIL,
the NARA Archival Information Locator). Date updated: 2002.09.24
- National Archives
of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario) features ArchiviaNet, a new online research
tool with several databases and thematic guides to Federal records and artifacts
in various media (textual, photographs, artwork, cartographic, audio-visual).
The ArchiviaNet General Inventory database, which provides RAD-compliant
descriptions and views of all media public and private records at the NAC,
was made public on or around April 1, 2000.
Aviation Museum (Ottawa, Ontario)
Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario)
Library of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario)
Maritime Museum (Greenwich, UK) includes PORT:
Maritime Information Gateway
- National Museum
of American Art (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.)
Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) (via Library of Congress
Z39Web Gateway) indexes archival collections preserved by Research Libraries
Group members; this includes Canadian institutions and Canadian content
in USA institutions.
- Natural History Museum (London,
UK) preserves the works and natural history specimens collected by and for
Sir Joseph Banks.
- The Online Archive of California
(California Digital Library, University
of California) includes British Columbia content, much of it digitized from
the collections of the Bancroft Library.
- Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA) preserves
"the oldest ongoing collection of Native American art in the hemisphere".
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (Harvard University) offers virtual
exhibits such as Gifting
and Feasting in the Northwest Coast Potlatch, an archival holdings
database, and online finding aids.
- Public Record Office (United Kingdom)
contains an online catalogue the PRO expects to complete in 2001. There
are also over 100 Research Information Leaflets linked to the catalogue
on a wide variety of topics of interest to those researching BC history
or their family ancestry.
- Resources for Aboriginal Studies (University of Saskatchewan Libraries
and University of Saskatchewan Archives) Archival
- RLG Archival Resources
is available by free trial to the end of August 1998 and thereafter by subscription.
Site features Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids from institutions
in North America and the United Kingdom.
- The Royal Commission on Historical
Manuscripts (United Kingdom) records information on archives anywhere
in the world for the study of British history through the National Register
of Archives. ARCHON, the gateway for British archivists and researchers,
is also accessible from this link; while holdings of any institution can
be displayed, searches can only be conducted via the repository code, name,
town, county or country (for example, Canada).
- Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) preserves
paintings by Paul Kane who travelled across Canada to British Columbia in
the mid-1840s; an overview of an online
exhibit about Kane is available.
- Saskatchewan-Manitoba List of Archival
Holdings is a prototype union list.
- Seattle Art Museum (WA)
- Smithsonian Institution
SIRIS Catalogs (Washington, DC) provide access to the libraries, archives/manuscripts,
art inventories, and research/bibliographies of the Smithsonian and its
associated museums. Smithsonian
Institution Online Collections are also available for searching and
- Southwest Museum (Los
- Staatliche Museen
zu Berlin (Germany) includes a virtual exhibit Indianer
Nordamerikas (North American Indians) at the Museum für Völkerkunde
/ Museum of Ethnology).
Museum Canada (Canadian Heritage Information Network and the museums
of Canada) includes a customizable user interface, My Personal Museum.
State Historical Society publishes Columbia
- Yukon Archives
(Whitehorse). Records preserved by the Yukon Archives can also be searched
through the Canadian North West
Archival Network (CNWAN).
Compiled by David Mattison,
Victoria Telecommunity Network, BC. Copyright
© 1995-2003 by David Mattison. This page may be freely linked to but not duplicated
in any fashion without my consent.