UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research

Access to Holdings

The UBCBG Archives is open by appointment on occasional weekdays. To find out more about specific archival materials in our holdings or to book an appointment, please contact garden.libarchives@ubc.ca.


The UBC Botanical Garden Archives holds the institutional records of the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research (UBCBG) and its volunteer supporting organization the Friends of the UBC Botanical Garden (FOGS), as well as some personal records of select botanical researchers and former Garden staff. The Archives’ holdings consist of:

  1. Textual Records - including those of:
    • UBC Botanical Garden - including records relating to:
      • UBCBG Administration
      • Development of the gardens, including Nitobe Memorial Garden
      • UBC Plant Introduction Scheme of the Botanical Garden (PISBG)
      • The Davidson Club and Davidsonia publication
      • The Henry M. Eddie Plant Development Foundation
    • Botanical researchers and UBCBG staff, such as:
      • John Davidson
      • Roy L. Taylor
      • Bruce MacDonald
      • John Wesley Neill
      • Gerald Straley
    • The Friends of the Garden, containing material such as:
      • Annual reports
      • Bylaws
      • Executive and general meeting minutes
    • Regional botanists and botanical educators, such as:
      • Vladimir Krajina
      • Bela Sivak
  2. Photographic Images - over 2500 negatives, slides, and photographic prints documenting the development of the botanical gardens, as well as UBCBG staff, programs, activities, and events. Researcher’s photos? The majority of photographic materials date from the early 1970s to present.
  3. Architectural Plans – mostly relating to UBGBG gardens and buildings and generally dating from the 1955 to present. Holdings include a hand-coloured plan of one of the campus’ earliest gardens from 1916, and the initial plans of Nitobe Memorial Garden drawn by Japanese landscape architect Professor K. Mori in the late 1950s.
  4. Non-Archival Materials – including books, ephemera, technical bulletins, periodicals, and other publications issued by the UBCBG. Other materials include artefacts, such as a scale model of the Nitobe Memorial Garden Tea House and the seed collection of early BC botanist and garden founder John Davidson.

Finding Aids

Although much of the UBCBG Archives’ holdings have yet to be properly described, some descriptive documents such as finding aids, databases, and basic inventory lists have been prepared to explain the holdings and help researchers locate relevant materials. The following finding aids and inventory lists are accessible upon approved request:

  • UBCBG Textual Records (inventory list, prepared 2010)
  • FOGS Fonds (finding aid, 2009)
  • NMG Archives (inventory list, 2003)
  • UBCBG Photographic Materials (database, 2010)
  • Architectural Plans and Oversize (database, 2010)

For information about archival materials that are not available online or have not been described yet, or for more detailed information on holdings, please contact garden.libarchives@ubc.ca.



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