Over 200,000 images, preserved in the form of photographs, negatives, slides and works of art provide a visual history of the University, its people, events and surroundings from the 1850s to the present. Images of campus buildings, student and athletic groups, faculty and graduation portraits, from the 19th and 20th centuries are complemented by more contemporary photos from campus publicity offices and private photographers hired to document campus life.
Photographs do not only document the University. Many have been preserved as part of the records of departments, personal records of faculty and their extended families. Thus you can find everything from teaching slides documenting early logging practices in the Faculty of Forestry records, group photos of early meetings of the Royal Astronomical Society in the Helen Sawyer Hogg records and unique photos of the Bella Coola Indians in anthropologist Thomas McIlwraith records.
A small sample of our holdings is available on-line at the Imagebank.