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
Central and 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.
• 2,719+ linear metres Archival Textual Material; • 33,000+ Photographic Images; • 1,000+ Sound and Moving Image Recordings; • 9,795+ Rare Books; • 500+ Artworks in the University Artworks Collection.
Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm; closed weekends and statutory holidays.
Access conditions and requirements
Personal or academic use of the historic photographs, audio and video materials is welcomed under the standard fair use and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. Commercial use is, however, forbidden without the express permission of the copyright holder. For information on obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, please contact the UNBC Archives.
The Northern BC Archives is a fully wheelchair accessible facility with elevator service from the Library's main floor.
The Archives does not conduct in-depth research into holdings on behalf of the client. The Archives will, however, assist clients in developing their queries; identifying holdings that meet their requirements; and will conduct retrievals of all accessible materials on their behalf.