UBC Reports | Vol.
50 | No. 10 | Nov.
UBC History, at Your Fingertips
By Brian Lin
UBC’s past is stepping into the future with the completion
of a digitization project that will give easy access to a
treasure trove of historical information dating as far back
For the past year and a half, UBC Archives has been working
on a project to digitize more than 53,000 pages of UBC newspapers
and periodicals, including UBC Reports, The Ubyssey and Alumni
Chronicle. Aimed at saving these publications from the ravages
of time and increasing their accessibility, UBC Archives has
created an electronic repository available to the world through
the Internet, including a powerful keyword search engine.
Using an electronic tool called image over text, the online
archive allows the user to conjure up relevant documents in
mere seconds -- complete with photos and illustrations --
in PDF format. Keywords are even highlighted for easy reference
-- a far cry from tracking down microfilm tucked deep in a
drawer and physically scanning hundreds of pages for a quote.
“In creating these new digital resources and providing
the tools to search through tens of thousands of pages of
material, we will substantially enhance access to these invaluable
sources of UBC’s history,” says university archivist
The project is made possible by financial support from the
Graduating Class 2002/03 (as part of its graduating gift to
UBC), the President’s Office, UBC Library, Public Affairs
Office, the Alumni Association and the Ubyssey Publications
Society. The online archive will be available by late November