University of British Columbia Archives

PLEASE NOTE: The UBC Archives will be closed during student Reading Week, Februrary 12-16, 2018. Regular hours of operation will resume Monday, February 19, 2018.

Identity area



Authorized form of name

University of British Columbia Archives

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • University/College

Contact area


Chris Hives, University Archivist Primary contact



Street address

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall




British Columbia

Country name


Postal code

V6T 1Z1






Description area


Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

The mission of the University of British Columbia Archives is to serve as the institution's corporate memory by identifying, preserving and making accessible for use, the University's permanently valuable records. In pursuing this mission, the Archives acquires corporate records (regardless of physical form or characteristics) created or received by University officers and employees in the course of their duties on behalf of the institution. The Archives also acquires the private fonds of selected faculty members, administrators and former students, as well as the records of independent student, alumni and employee organizations. In addition to its archival functions, the University Archives also coordinates and implements the institution's records management program.



Total Volume: 1,150 linear metres
Inclusive Dates: 1888-1994
Predominant Dates: 1935-1975

Finding aids, guides and publications

The University website provides information about the functions and activities of the UBC Archives, new features, hours of operation, staff, policies regarding use and access, information on UBC records management program, general description of holdings, publications, thesis preparation information, and links to other websites. Of special interest to researchers are the virtual displays, Textual Records Inventories, which provide online access to full, multi-level finding aids, the UBC Library Digital Collections and Services, a searchable database consisting of images and bibliographic descriptions of historical photographs from the University Archives and Rare Books and Special Collections, a database for the UBC Archives Audio Visual Collection, a database of UBC Historical Photographs, and a database of digitized University Publications and Serials, which provides online access to more than 60,000 scanned pages of The Ubyssey (1918-1998), UBC Reports (1955-2002), the Alumni Chronicle (1931-2000), as well as its successor Trek, and other university publications.

Access area

Opening times

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
September-April only, Saturday, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm.

Access conditions and requirements


Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Southern BC (Geographic subregion)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia
CA V6T 1Z1