The Vancouver Public Library has extensive primary and secondary resources on the history of British Columbia. This guide is designed to help you begin your research on this topic and use library resources effectively.
The photographers featured here were in the Yukon just before or during the gold rush.
Northwest History Index
This card index in Special Collection 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.
The Special Collections Department, Level 7 of the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library, has many resources for researching the gold rush in British Columbia and the Yukon.
VPL Photo #14972 Leonard Frank, photographer Gold nuggets in hand, Yukon Territory, date unknown
The stories of the men and women who dug for gold on Williams Creek are told in this new, revised edition of a Canadian bestseller. This book brings to life the men and women of the creeks, who came in search of gold and left their mark on B.C. history.
This is the story of entrepreneurs Sam Adler and the Barry Brothers, administrators Phillip Nind and William Stephenson, far-sighted engineer John Hobson, and those grizzled prospectors, the 'Snowshoe Boys'. It is also the story of Chinese miners, Native residents, and the few women who made the long trek to Cariboo East.
The book, based on the accounts of dozens of prospectors, follows the first gold-seekers from their arrival in 1873 until the stampede to the Klondike in 1896. Gates captures the essence of these early years of the gold rush, about which very little has been written.
Gold Trails and Ghost Towns is a historical documentary show first produced for Canadian syndication, created and produced by Kelowna television station CHBC-TV and hosted by Mike Roberts with historian storyteller Bill Barlee. Mike and Bill discussed history of the old West by prospectors around 1900 in British Columbia.
Travellers', Miners', and Emigrants' Guide and Hand-book to the Western, North-western, and Pacific States and Territories; With A Map of the Best Routes to the Gold and Silver Mines and Complete Tables of Distances, Also the United States Homestead Law, Mining Laws of the Respective States, Etc
Renowned as the richest gold strike in North American mining history, the Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899) set off a stampede of over 100,000 people on a colossal journey from Alaska to the gold fields of Canada's Yukon Territory.