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BC Historical Newspapers
ProQuest has launched historic archives of the The Province (1894-2010), the Vancouver Sun (1912-2010) and the Times-Colonist (1884 -2010). Access to the archives is available to any B.C. or Yukon resident with a computer or mobile device via GeoIP authentication. This access was made possible by the library members of BC ELN, the BC Libraries Cooperative and Focused Education Resources. The collection includes full page image scans, with metadata for articles, editorials, obituaries, ads, cartoons and more (over 20 types), and is cross searchable with other products on the ProQuest platform.
Access the Collection
The Province, Vancouver Sun, and the Times-Colonist archives are available at the BC Historical Newspapers webpage.
BC Historical Newspapers Collection Tutorial
A 45-minute webinar provided by ProQuest on May 5, 2022 is available at: BC Historical Newspapers Webinar. Information covered:
- Navigating the platform
- Implementing full-text search tricks in place of common ProQuest Platform filters
- Creating custom links to search multiple databases
- Sharing content that might be useful to your community
About the Newspapers
From the vendor:
The Province (1894-2010)
Formerly a broadsheet, The Province later became a tabloid and is one of two major daily newspapers in British Columbia. The Province has been known as a vital part of the community since its beginning in 1894 covering various social movements in Vancouver including labor strikes, first-wave feminism, moral reform, temperance, and alcohol prohibition. The newspaper has also reported on world issues that have affected Vancouver, such as the Vancouver seaport's competitiveness as a major international port for global trade after the opening of the Panama Canal, and the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Canadians from the West Coast after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Vancouver Sun (1912-2010)
The Vancouver Sun is a broadsheet that has been publishing daily (except Sundays and holidays) since 1912. It is one of two major daily newspapers in British Columbia and has the largest newsroom of any newspaper in Western Canada. It is known for its wide range of coverage, international and local, from the Paris Peace Conference, to the Prohibition Era, and the Komagata Maru Incident. It was the first paper in the world to use digital photography and was distinguished for its award-winning editorial cartoonists.
The Time-Colonist is the oldest daily newspaper in Western Canada. It was created by the 1980 merger of the British Colonist, which began publishing in 1858, and the Victoria Daily Times, which began in 1884. The newspapers' blend of local news and commentary received its prominence by covering the history of Victoria and Vancouver Island's economic development of the fishing, farming and forestry industry from the gold rush days of the 1850s to Victoria's current status as British Columbia's capital city. The 126 years of coverage includes every British Columbia Premier and Canadian Prime Minister to hold office through 2010, the moon landing, both world wars, and much more.
[Last updated: May 2022]
Immediate access to the Sun, Times-Colonist and Province archives is available through GeoIP to any B.C. or Yukon resident with a computer or mobile device. This access was made possible by the library members of the British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN), the BC Libraries Cooperative and Focused Education Resources.