Welcome

Since 1993 the Friends have worked to promote and improve public awareness of the Vancouver City Archives, its services and projects. We promote the use of the resources and services of the Archives by the general public and professionals, and support the development of archival services and facilities of the City of Vancouver.

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We encourage the  appreciation of the history of this amazing city and help individuals, businesses, clubs, and other groups to value their important documents and photographic images, including their donation and preservation by the City of Vancouver Archives. From family photo albums to corporate records, these resources become important to future generations of researchers, writers, genealogists and news reporters.

Events

An evening with Craig Winslow – light artist, Portland OR and Matt Cohen – urban archeologist, Winnipeg, MB
in conversation with Elana Zysblat and John Atkin, heritage consultants and and Friends of the Vancouver Archives Directors about a new augmented restoration project and technique invented by Portland-based light artist, Craig Winslow, coined by him as ‘Light Capsules’, involving the digital revitalization of worn historical advertisements through the non-invasive technology of projection, utilizing emerging light and video mapping technology, which both highlights and preserves fading painted signs while simultaneously creating engaging public art.

Craig Winslow will talk about about his technique, his passion and some of his favourite completed projects around North America and joining Craig will be urban archeologist, Matt Cohen of Winnipeg, who has single-handedly researched over 100 ghost signs in Winnipeg’s Exchange District and has collaborated with Craig on a restoration event of several of these signs called Painted In Light. Guest moderators will be Friends of the Vancouver City Archives directors and heritage consultants Elana Zysblat and John Atkin who will bring forward local ghost sign examples and questions as well as an understanding of the technical conservation options regarding painted signs.

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Just What Do the Friends Do?

Glad You Asked… With donations and grants we have accomplished a lot over the years. Here are a few of the things we’ve funded and presented

PROJECTS AND EQUIPMENT FUNDED BY “FRIENDS”

  • Web publisher software for Archives web site (enables researchers to search database on the Web)
  • Dye-sublimation printer (allows photo prints from scanned images)
  • Scanning photographic images into database
  • Combined index for 7 volumes of J.S. Matthews’ Early Vancouver
  • Computer for research room
  • Lease of photocopier for public use
  • Reproduction of 1888 Vancouver directory
  • Bookcase
  • Contribution to memorial to J.S. Matthews – Mt. Pleasant
  • Establishment of Elizabeth O’Kiely book tribute
  • Photographic cold storage facility (for preservation of deteriorating photographic negatives)
  • Reproduction of damaged Vancouver directories
  • Re-describing Major Matthews photograph collection
  • City directories project
  • Scanning and description grant for Walker E. Frost fonds, Ship’s series 2 photographs

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Last Gang in Town Aaron Chapman
  • Vaudeville and Vancouver’s Great White Way Tom Carter and John Atkin
  • Vancouver Before the Railways Dr. Robert A.J. McDonald
  • Behind the Scenes – History of Theatre in Vancouver Norman Young
  • Captain Vancouver’s Voyage Dr. Robin Fisher
  • Vancouver Book Project Chuck Davis
  • Empress Ships of the C.P.R. Leonard McCann
  • W.J. Moore Panorama Exhibit Archives Staff 
  • Early Vancouver Postcards Fred Thirkell and Bob Scullion
  • Vancouver’s Forgotten Entrepreneurs Dr. Jean Barman
  • Greenhill Park Disaster Leonard McCann
  • Archives Roadshow – Preservation of Family Treasures Archives Staff
  • History of Vancouver Aquarium Dr.  Murray Newman
  • Heritage Trees of Vancouver Clive Justice
  • Vancouver General Hospital and School of Nursing Marguerite Ford & Peggy Etchell
  • Heraldry in B.C. Robert Watt
  • Lion’s Gate Bridge Don Luxton
  • Pioneer Shipping on Burrard Inlet Robert Turner, Ken MacKenzie & Leonard McCann
  • Sports in Vancouver Jim Kearney
  • Streetcars & Transit in Vancouver Henry Ewert
  • Stanley Park’s Secret  Jean Barman
  • History of Burrard Inlet Doreen Armitage
  • Short Pants to Striped Trousers; The Life and Times of a Judge   Wallace Gilby Craig
    In Skid Road Vancouver

FIELD TRIPS

  • Bowen Island Museum and Archives
  •  Duke of Connaught’s Beatty Street Drill Hall and Regimental Museum
  • Marine Building; Architecture and Art Deco Design

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • 2 Fun/Fund-raising Auction Nights
  • Historical Trivia Night and fund-raiser
  • Sunday Tea and Ivan Sayers Historical Fashion Show
  • The Antique Road Show
  • Sunday Lunch and Presentation–Artists of Pre-WW II Vancouver, with Uno Langmann
  • A Victorian Tea and Talk (John Kennlyside) fund-raiser