British Columbia Newspapers

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Online Digital Records and indexes[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives

Libraries and Archives[edit | edit source]

Library and Archives Canada[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit the library, these research options are available:

City of Vancouver Archives[edit | edit source]

We have news clippings from 1886 to the present, located in the Reading Room on microfiche. Use news clippings for information about individuals, families, businesses, and other organizations, industries, issues, and more. There are four sets of microfiche, each with its own alphabetical index. Record details:
  • JSM News Clippings (1886 – 1970): Card index
  • CVA News Clippings (1972 – present): Card index
  • Pacific Press I (circa 1930 – 1980): Pacific Press binder
  • Pacific Press II (circa 1930 – 1985): Pacific Press binder

City of Vancouver Archives
1150 Chestnut Street
Vancouver B.C. V6J 3J9


Royal British Columbia Museum (Provincial Archives)[edit | edit source]

“The collection does not include the major 20th century Vancouver and Victoria daily newspapers; researchers are advised to contact public libraries, university libraries, or the Legislative Library of British Columbia for these materials.”[2]

Other Libraries[edit | edit source]

Major microfilm newspaper collections for British Columbia are at the sources listed below. Other larger public and academic libraries may hold significant collections. And many local British Columbia archives, libraries and museums have collections of local area newspapers.

Contact information for these sources is given in the British Columbia Archives and Libraries section of the wiki.

  • Greater Victoria Public Library
  • New Westminster Public Library
  • Simon Fraser University W.A.C. Bennett Library
  • University of British Columbia Koerner Library
  • College of New Caledonia

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Newspaper Directories[edit | edit source]

For Further Reading[edit | edit source]

For detailed information about researching historical Canadian newspapers, see Researching Canadian newspaper Recordsby Ryan Taylor (Heritage Productions, 2002).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Victoria Times newspaper. Victoria City Archives. Browsable chronological collection of newspaper notices pasted onto cards with date, page number. This newspaper was variously titled: Victoria Times, Victoria Weekly Times, and Victoria Daily Times.
  2. Taylor, Ryan, "Canada Newspaper Indexes and Abstracts (National Institute)," The National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2012),