Penticton historians Doug and Joyce Cox donated a collection of more than 4,000 original photographic slides, 1,500 colour prints, 8,000 black and white historical photos, 300 audiotape interviews, 400 maps, 20 newspaper clipping scrapbooks, 1.5 metres of textural materials and 28 microfilm reels of newspapers to UBC Okanagan.
It showcases nearly a century of Okanagan-Similkameen & Tulameen Valley history, documenting ranching, farming, mining, and First Nations communities.
“Already, our students and researchers have begun to work with these materials, taking full advantage of the newfound access to primary source material on the campus, and online photographic collections from the research collection, are so far available to the world,” said UBC Okanagan chief librarian Heather Berringer.
“The process of digitizing the collection is ongoing, and part of a longer-term vision of showcasing and improving public access to as much regional content as possible.”
The Cox Collection has also served as an anchor collection for other gifts, and has helped put UBC Okanagan on the map, Berringer said.
“This, and all of our collections, will be beautifully at home in our new Special Collections facility that will soon appear in what is currently the giant excavation hole for a new $10 million library.”