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Historical Newspapers of British Columbia

ProQuest has launched historic archives of the The Province (1898-2010), the Vancouver Sun (1912-2010) and the Times-Colonist (1884 -2010). These are full page image scans, with metadata for articles, editorials, obituaries, ads, cartoons and more (over 20 types), and cross searchable with other products on the ProQuest platform.

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The Province (1898-2010)
Founded by Arthur H. Scaife as a literary weekly, The Province chronicles how immigration helped develop Vancouver via its location as a railhead for the Canadian Pacific Railroad. User will find extensive coverage of the early years of fishing, foresty and farming trades. The Province transitioned to a tabloid format in 1983 and its front-page photos became a focus, including "Wait for Me, Daddy" which was taken of the British Columbia Regiment on October 1, 1940 and then widely published to capture life during war time.

Vancouver Sun (1912-2010)
Founded in 1912 down the street from its rival, The Province, the paper quickly became known as the working man's newspaper. Its founding publish, Robert Cromie, was a bold and resourceful champion for British Columbia against the interests of Eastern Canada. Its content includes award-winning political cartoonist, Len Norris and Roy Peterson, and the first use of digital photography.

Times-Colonist (1884-2010)
Established in 1884 as the Victoria Daily Times, the Times-Colonist was the first permanently established newspaper in British Columbia. In 1980, the Victoria Daily Times merged with the British Colonist to become the Times-Colonist. ProQuests's archive spans the full run of Victoria Daily Times with the Times Colonist from 1980-2010. Editor Hon. Amor de Cosmos, was a pioneer politician in British Columbia and its second Premier. His promotion of change through economic and population growth is reflected in the paper's coverage of farming, forestry, and fisheries - the foundation of British Columbia's economy. The Times-Colonist is also an excellent source for local news coverage and historical images.


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