Last Updated: May 23, 2017
How to Find Information on Your Vancouver House
This card index provides access to the Northwest History Collection, a heritage collection covering the early history and exploration of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.
The collection includes:
- magazine and newspaper articles
- chapters in books
- many other resources.
As of August 1998, no new material has been added to the Northwest History Index. It is continued by the British Columbia Index.
This research guide will help you find information on historical houses in Vancouver using resources found in Special Collections on Level 7 at the Central Library.
At Home with History: The Untold Secrets of Greater Vancouver's Heritage Homes
Call Number: 971.133 L43h
At Home with History is a collection of real life stories that bring to life the glamorous and not-so-glamorous social histories of selected heritage homes in Greater Vancouver-stories of brothels and bootleggers, secret rooms, and Shakespearean-style murders. An Italian family survives the depression by selling booze and sandwiches from their eastside home. A Shaughnessy mansion headquarters the Ku Klux Klan and then a children's hospice. A secret radio room is uncovered during renovations. Every home has a social history and a genealogy that tells a tremendous amount about the history of the times and offers up a sense of place. Current home-owners are only temporary custodians, part of the chain in the ongoing narrative of the house. People change, styles change, colours change, cars change, but through it all, the house remains a central fixture and the structure for the stories in At Home with History.
Call Number: 971.133 D66v3
An essential record of Vancouver's recent history. More than 20 years ago, artist Michael Kiuckner created Vancouver: The Way It Was, combining a historical narrative with a unique mix of his own watercolors and a diverse collection of photographs and vintage postcards. Divided into neighborhood sections, it was accessible to everyone from the serious historian to the new resident. It became one of the classic books about the city, and remained in print for more than a decade. In Vancouver Remembered, Kluckner continues his exploration of the city and its multi-layered past. Dozens of new, contemporary watercolors and a tremendous range of previously unpublished images concentrating on the city and its neighborhoods since the Second World War make Vancouver Remembered an essential record of the city's recent history. Also included is an introductory essay on the city, a section on day trips, an extensive bibliography and bird's-eye maps of areas that have drastically changed.
Exploring Vancouver: The Essential Architectural Guide (1993)
Call Number: 720.9711 K14e2
Intended as a walking/driving tour guide, but also useful as a reference for architects, historians, and preservationists. Contains 534 entries, each illustrated with a photo and accompanied by a short description which combines architectural, historical, and social commentary. Includes a glossary and a guide to architectural styles.
Street map of vancouver
Early Street Maps - We have a good selection of early street maps for Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.