In February 1992 informal discussions began regarding the establishment of an archives to preserve the University's history. In 1996 a committee drafted "The Plan for a UNBC Archives" that expanded on these ideas and outlined the need to establish an archives of Northern British Columbia that would preserve, acquire and provide access to public and private records related to the history and culture of Northern BC. Hence, the position of Archivist was created, and the Northern BC Archives was officially opened in November 2000. The Archives also houses rare book collections and maintains the University's artworks and artifact collections.
Geographical and cultural context
Northern British Columbia: north to south from the Yukon border to Williams Lake; and east to west from the Alberta border to Haida Gwaii.
Mandates/Sources of authority
The mandate of the NBCA is two fold: to serve the historical, administrative, legal and teaching needs of the University of Northern British Columbia; and to acquire, preserve and provide access to materials which document the history and culture of Northern British Columbia.
The Northern B.C. Archives is an administrative unit of the Geoffrey R. Weller Library within the University of Northern British Columbia.
Records management and collecting policies
The Northern B.C. Archives is located on the 4th floor of the Geoffrey R. Weller Library building on the Prince George campus of the University of Northern British Columbia.
• 2,500+ linear metres Archival Textual Material;
• 30,000+ Photographic Images;
• 300+ Sound and Moving Image Recordings;
• 6,000+ Rare Books;
• 260+ Artworks in the University Artworks Collection.
Finding aids, guides and publications
Finding aids and subject guides are available.