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A Preliminary Bibliography of the History of the Book in British Columbia


Bowering, George. “Home Away: A Thematic Study of Some BC Novels.” BC Studies no. 62 (1984): 9- 28.

Delany, Paul, ed. Vancouver: Representing the Postmodern City. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1994.

Lillard, Charles. Daylight in the Swamp: A Guide to the West Coast Renaissance. Malahat Review no. 45 (1978):319-40.

New, W.H. “A Piece of the Continent, A Part of the Main.” BC Studies no. 67 (1985): 3-28.

Pritchard, Allan. “The Shape of History in British Columbia Writing.” BC Studies no. 93 (1992): 48-69.

_____. “West of the Great Divide: A View of the Literature of British Columbia.” Canadian Literature no. 94 (1982): 96-112.

Twigg, Allan. Twigg&#146s Directory of 1001 B.C. Writers.” Victoria, B.C.: Crown Publishers, 1992.

Twigg, Allan. Vancouver and Its Writers. Madeira Park, B.C.: Harbour Publishing, 1985.

White, Brenda Lee, ed. British Columbia: Visions of the Promised Land. Vancouver: Flight Press, 1986.

Wong-Chu, Jim. “Ten Years of Asian Canadian Literary Arts in Vancouver.” Asianadian 5, no. 3 (1984): 23-25.

Calligraphy, Illustration, and the Book Arts

Bringhurst, Robert, comp. Ocean, Paper, Stone: The Catalogue of an Exhibition of Objects Which Chronicle MoreThan a Century of Literary Publishing in British Columbia. Vancouver: William Hoffer, 1984.

Chappell, Wilf. “Reflections on Twenty Years: 1971-1982.” Amphora no. 62 (1985): 9-12.

[Dobroslavic, Thérèse]. “A Woman in Mid-Career: Sharyn Yuen, Kakali Papers and Paper Ya.” Amphora no. 88 (1992): 11-18.

Edwards, Douglas. “Art of the Imagination: An Interview With Frits Jacobsen.” Amphora no. 88 (1992): 23- 27.

Landon, R. G. “Alcuin Society.” Canadian Forum 55 (May 1975): 56-58.

Sorensen, Jean. “Dust Jacket Junkies.” BC Business 15, no. 7 (1987): 72-81, 99-103.

Spencer, Geoff. “Esmé Davis: A Great Lady of the Calligraphic Pen.” Amphora no. 57 (1984): 13- 17.

_____. “George Kuthan.” Amphora no. 3 (1968): 3-10.

_____. “Reflections on Twenty Years: 1965-1971.” Amphora no. 62 (1985): 2-8.

Spencer, Geoff and N. Brearley. “Alcuin Society.” Canadian Author and Bookman 44 (Winter 1968): 9-10, 12.

Sturmanis, Donna. “Beauty and the Book [The Alcuin Society].” Books in Canada 14 (December 1985): 5.

Tayler, Anne. “Reflections on Twenty Years: 1983-1985.” Amphora no. 62 (1985): 13-19.

Tayler, Anne, H. And Megan J. Nelson. From Hand to Hand: A Gathering of the Book Arts in British Columbia. Vancouver: Alcuin Society, 1986.

Bookstores and Booksellers

Aldritt, J. “Feminist Bookstore [Everywomans Books].” Quill and Quire 44, no. 8 (1978): 32.

Dickie, Francis. “A Chapter in British Columbia Book Collecting.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 25, no. 4 (1962): 9-17.

Duthie, W.J. “Other Side of the Cash Register: A Bookseller&#146s View.” Canadian Literature no. 33 (Summer 1967): 37-43.

Erickson, M.A. “Bookstore&#146s Birthday [Everwomans Books].” Branching Out 6, no. 2 (1979): 7.

Gerwing, Howard. “A Survey of the Antiquarian Book Trade in Vancouver.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 27, no. 1 (1963): 8-16.

Gregson, T. “Dawson Creek Bookstore.” Quill and Quire 43, no. 17(1977): 21.

_____. “Marine Bookstore [Ocean Books}.” Quill and Quire 42, no. 7 (1976): 19.

Hartling, C. “Granville Island Crowd Picks Blackberry Books.” Quill and Quire 47, no. 12 (1981): 4-5.

Hoffer, William. “Reminiscences of a Vancouver Antiquarian Dealer.” AB Bookman&#146s Weekly 85 (1990): 846-848.

Spencer, Geoff. “A Look Back With Pleasure: At Some Books Shops of the Pacific N.W. ”Amphora no. 95 (1994): 3-7.

Stanton, M. “Bookselling in BC&#146s Bennett Country [Mosaic Books].” Quill and Quire 43, no. 8 (1977): 34.

Twigg, A. “Banyen From Macrobiotics to the Martial Arts.” Quill and Quire 51, no. 10 (1985): 29-30.

_____. “B.C. Centre for Francophones [Le Bouquineur].” Quill and Quire 44, no. 11 (1978): 28.

_____. “Busiest Bookstore in Town: Duthie Books.” Quill and Quire 45 [ABA supplement] (1979): 10.

_____. “It&#146s Still on Bastion Street.” Quill and Quire 48, no. 5 (1982): 25-26.

_____. “Munro Books Moves to Historic Site.” Quill and Quire 50, no. 12 (1984): 19.

Intellectual and Cultural History

Cole, Douglas. “The Intellectual and Imaginative Development of British Columbia.” Journal of Canadian Studies 24, no. 3 (1989): 70-79.

Hunt, Alfred Ian. “Mutual Enlightenment in Early Vancouver, 1886-1916.” Ph.D. diss., University of British Columbia, 1987.

Salloum, Sheryl. “John Vanderpant and the Cultural Life of Vancouver, 1920-1939.” BC Studies no. 97 (1993): 38-50.

Institutions, Libraries, and Librarianship


Eastwood, Terry. “R.E. Gosnell, E.O.S. Scholefield and the Founding of the Provincial Archives of British Columbia, 1894-1919.” BC Studies no. 54 (Summer 1982): 38-62.


Baird, D.A. “Simon Fraser University Library.” Canadian Library Journal 28 (1971): 190-192.

Berry, Anne. “Reference Service in the Vancouver Public Library.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 24, no. 1 (1960): 12-16.

Bowron, Lottie. “Early Libraries on Williams Creek, Cariboo, B.C.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 26, no. 1 (1962): 3-4.

British Columbia. Public Library Commission. British Columbia Library Survey 1927-28. Victoria: Printed by C.F. Banfield, Printer to the King&#146s Most Excellent Majesty, 1929.

British Columbia. Public Library Commission. Libraries in British Columbia, A Reconsideration of the Library Survey of 1927-28. Victoria: Printed by C.F. Banfield, Printer to the King, 1941.

British Columbia. Public Library Commission and Margaret Jean Clay. Survey of Union Libraries in British Columbia. Victoria, B.C.: The Commission, 1950.

Burton, Joan. “Evolution of the British Columbia Legislative Library.” Canadian Parliamentary Review/Revue parlementaire canadienne 13 (Autumn 1990): 18-19.

Cotton, Miles. History of the Vancouver Public Library [typescript]. Feb., 1926. Vancouver Public Library, Special Collections.

Dearing, Enid. Public “Library Service in Nanaimo.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 24, no. 1 (1960): 5- 11.

Dickinson, Helen. “The Capilano Public Library Association.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 28, nos. 1-2 (1964): 25-32.

Gibbons, F.E. A Short History of the Prince George Public Library. [Prince George]: The Prince George Public Library, [1972].

Gibson, William C. “The Story of a B.C. Library.” Canadian Library Journal 40 (February 1983): 27-30.

Gilroy, Marion and Samuel Rothstein. As We Remember It: Interviews With Pioneering Librarians of British Columbia. Vancouver: The University of British Columbia School of Librarianship and the Library Development Commission of British Columbia, 1970.

Hayball, Gwen. “A History of the Vancouver Public Library, 1869-1900.” British Columbia Historical News 10, no. 3 (1977): 17-27, and 10, no. 4 (1977): 21-30..

Holmes, Marjorie C. Library Service in British Columbia: A Brief History of Its Development. Victoria: Public Library Commission of British Columbia, 1959.

Hutcheson, Amy M. “New Westminster Public Library, 1865-1965.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 29, no. 1 (1964): 3-32.

Lort, J.C. “Victoria Public Library.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 31, no. 1 (1967): 3-22.

Mac Lochlainn, Alf. “A Small-Town Newspaperman.” The Reporter 36, no. 4 (September 1992): 19-23.

Morison, C.K. A Book Pedlar in British Columbia. Victoria: Library Development Commi8ssion, 1969.

Omelusik, N.E. “Ex Uno Plures: The Libraries of the University of British Columbia.” Canadian Library Journal 28 (1971): 186-188.

Robinson, E. S. “The Vancouver Public Library, 1869-1927.” Museum Notes [The Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver, B.C.] 3, no. 1 (1928): 9-12.

________. “The Vancouver Public Library: Past Present and Future” [typescript, bound in case]. 1944. University of British Columbia. Main Library.

Scrapbook for a Golden Anniversary: The University of British Columbia Library, 1915-1965, ed. Tom Shorthouse,et. al. [Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 1966]. Also published as a special edition of the British Columbia Library Quarterly, January 1966.

Tanti, Spiro. “W. F. Herre&#146s Subscription Reading Room: Victoria&#146s First Public Library.” Canadian Library Journal 30, no. 4 (July-August 1973): 364-8.

Vainstein, Rose. Public Libraries in British Columbia: A Survey with Recommendations. Victoria: Public Libraries Research Study, British Columbia, 1966.

Walker, Elizabeth. “Vancouver Public Library: Before Carnegie.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 30 (1966): 3-14.

Wolfenden, Madge. “Books and Libraries in Fur-Trading and Colonial Days.” British Columbia Historical Quarterly11, no. 3 (July 1947): 159-86.

Woodland, Alan and Ellen Heaney, eds. British Columbia Libraries: Historical Profiles. Vancouver: British Columbia Library Association, 1986.

Mechanics&#146 institutes, clubs, associations, and adult education

Hooper, Jacqueline. “John Francis Bursill: Founder of the Vagabonds Club.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 32, no. 1 (1968): 17-26.

Maclaurin, D. L. “Education Before the Gold Rush.” British Columbia Historical Quarterly 2 (October 1938): 247-63.

Selman, Gordon. “Adult Education in Barkerville, 1863 to 1875.” BC Studies no. 9 (Spring 1971): 38-54.

________. Mechanics' Continuing Learning 10 (1971): 126-30.

Taylor, Geoffrey W. “Notes on the First Library on Burrard Inlet.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 30 (1966):18-22.

Thomas, Alan. “The Public Library and Adult Education in British Columbia.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 23, no. 2 (1959): 3-8.

Walker, Elizabeth. “The Collingwood Institute.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 23, no. 1 (1959): 9- 11.

Periodicals, Newspapers, and Journalism

Burrill, William J. “Demise of The week.” British Columbia Historical News 23, no. 4 (Fall 1990): 5-8.

Campbell, Burt. R. “The Kootenay Mail: Revelstoke&#146s Second Newspaper.” British Columbia Historical Quarterly 15 (1951): 1-34.

Chappell, W.G. “Commentary on the Shorthand Used in the Kamloops Wawa.” Amphora no. 20 (1975): 8-10.

Gosnell, R. E. “In British Columbia.” In A History of Canadian Journalism the Several Portions of the Dominion, With a Sketch of the Canadian Press Association 1859-1908, 196-210. Toronto: Canadian Press Association, 1908; reprint, New York: AMS Press, 1976.

Komorous, Hana. Survey of British Columbia Newspaper Collections. Victoria, B.C.: n.p. [British Columbia Library Association, Newspaper Committee], 1985.

Lamb, Bessie. “From Tickler to Telegram : Notes on Early Vancouver Newspapers.” British Columbia Historical Quarterly 9, no. 3 (1945): 175-99.

_____. “Origin and Development of Newspapers in Vancouver.” M.A. thesis, University of British Columbia, 1942.

Lang, Marjory and Hale, Linda. “Women of the World and Other Dailies: The Lives and Times of Vancouver Newspaperwomen in the First Quarter of the Twentieth Century.” BC Studies no. 85 (1990): 3-23.

McGregor, D. A. “Adventures of Vancouver Newspapers: 1892-1926. British Columbia Historical Quarterly 10 (1946): 89-142.

Meister, Marilyn. “The Little Magazines of British Columbia: A Narrative Bibliography.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 31, no. 2 (1967):

Smith, Ruel. T“he Alternative Press in British Columbia.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 38, no. 3 (1975): 6-16.

Stainsby, Donald. “British Columbia: Journalistic Graveyard.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 22, no. 3 (1959): 3-11.

Stromberg, P. “B.C. Magazine Publishers Can t Complain.” Marketing 82 (June 20, 1977): 23-24.

Stursburg, Peter. Extra: When the Papers Had The Only News. Sound Heritage Series, no. 35. Victoria: Provincial Archives of British Columbia, 1982.

_____. Such Interesting People: The Journalists of British Columbia. A documentary produced and narrated by Peter Stursberg to accompany Extra. Victoria: Provincial Archives Sound and Moving Images Division, 1982.

Wilson, J. Donald. “A Synoptic View of the Aika, Canada&#146s First Finnish-Language Newspaper.” Amphora no. 39 (1990): 9-14.

Printing and Typography

Bartley, George. Outline History of the Typographical Union No. 226, Vancouver, 1887-1938. Vancouver: Vancouver Typographical Union No. 226, n.d.

Campbell, Burt R. “From Hand-Set Type to Linotype.” British Columbia Historical Quarterly 10 (1946): 253- 272.

Davey, Frank. “British Columbia Printing and the Morriss Press.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 28, nos. 1-2 (1964): 17-24.

Grenby, Louis.“ Printing in British Columbia.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 25, no. 2 (1961): 4-11.

Isto, Stuart. “When Rip Woke Up He Discovered That He Had Slept Through the Entire Revolution [Interview with Jim Rimmer and Gerald Giampa].” Amphora no. 76 (1989): 4-9.

McMurtrie, Douglas C. The First Printing in British Columbia. Chicago: Privately printed, 1929.

Reuter, William.“ The Canadian Private Printer as Binder.” Amphora no. 31 (1978): 2-6.

Stuart-Stubbs, Basil. “British Columbia&#146s Peripatetic Press.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 22, no. 1 (1958): 25-30.

Sturmanis, Dona. “Masters of Their Own Type.” The Vancouver Step 2, no. 2 (1991): 74-77.

Wolfe, Patrick. “Tramp Printer Extraordinary: British Columbia&#146s John Truth Houston.” BC Studies no. 40 (1978/1979): 5-31.

Zilm, Glennis. “Early Books and Printing in British Columbia.” AB Bookman&#146s Weekly 85, no. 9 (February 26, 1990): 837-45.

________.“Printing Technology in B.C. in the 1800s.” Amphora 51 (1983): 3-11.

Publishers and Small Presses

Bailey, B. “Talonbooks: The State of Published Canadian Drama.” Canadian Forum 55 (July 1975): 32- 34.

“B.C. Educational House [Commcept Publishing].” Quill and Quire 43, no. 6 (1977): 16.

Buente, Gail. “No Nonsense Please [Self Counsel Press].” BC Business 16, no. 5 (1988): 106-109, 111.

Cameron, Hamish. “Douglas & McIntyre Succeeds Against the Odds.” Quill and Quire 52, no. 7 (1986): 42, 44.

Conn, Heather. “Polestar [Press] Rising in Publishing Outback.” Quill and Quire 54, no. 10 (1988): 8.

Davey, Frank. “The Sono Nis Press: A Crisis in B.C. Letters?” British Columbia Library Quarterly 33, no. 4 (1970): 3-6.

“Divorce by phone [Self Counsel Press].” Quill and Quire 44, no. 8 (1978): 24.

Elsted, Crispin and Jan Elsted. “Barbarian Press.” Amphora no. 36 (1979): 12-13.

_____. Utile dulci: The First Decade at Barbarian Press, 1977-1987, a History and Bibliography by Crispin Elsted. Mission, B.C.: Barbarian Press, 1988.

Fiamengo, M. “Private Presses in Vancouver.” Canadian Literature 22 (Autumn 1964): 24-28.

Gregson, T. “Marketing Push for Gray&#146s Publishing.” Quill and Quire 42, no. 12 (1976): 2, 8.

_____. “Sales Perking in B.C. [Blackfish Press].” Quill and Quire 43, no. 4 (1977): 1, 46.

_____. “Whitecap Books.” Quill and Quire 44, no. 8 (1978): 24.

Horsfield, Margaret. “Making a Splash: Quality and Controversy Fuel Orca Book&#146s Growth.” Quill and Quire 58, no. 5 (1992): 31.

“Indian Operated Publishing House [Theytus Books].” Native People 14 (December 18, 1981): 5.

McCullough, Michael. “Books of Small [Arsenal Pulp Press].” BC Business 20, no. 3 (1992): 7.

McIlroy, Thad. “Theytus Aims To Form a Distribution Network.” Quill and Quire 51, no. 2 (1985): 25.

Paul, Karin. “Orca [Publishing] Makes a Splash.” School Libraries in Canada 12, no. 3 (1992): 59-60.

Pottinger, A. “Steady Growth for Socialist Press [New Star Books].” Quill and Quire 42, no. 2 (1976): 16.

“Private Press Profile: Slug Press.” Amphora no. 65 (1986): 9-13.

Pullan, D. “East Meets West At Beatty and Church [Pulp Press].” Quill and Quire 45, no. 8 (1979): 32.

Schwartzentruber, Michael. Wood Lake Books: The Story of a Publishing Ministry. Winfield, B.C.: Wood Lake Books, 1993.

Shepherd, Diana. “Diana Douglas: Self Made Publisher [Self Counsel Press].” Quill and Quire 55, no. 7 (1989): 6.

Tafler, S. “How Diana Douglas Built a $1 million Business By The Book [Self Counsel Press]. ”Canadian Business Magazine 55 (September 1982): 20, 25.

“Talonbooks Afloat and Full Steam Ahead.” Quill and Quire 46, no. 6 (1980): 21.

Thompson, V. “When Regionalism Becomes a Virtue [Douglas & McIntyre].” Quill and Quire 44, no. 11 (1978): 21, 30.

Twigg, A. “Printer Typecast To Be Publisher [Sono Nis Press].” Quill and Quire 46, no. 4 (1980): 16.

_____. “Pulp Press Under fire.” Quill and Quire 44, no. 9 (1978): 27.

_____. “Yoga and the Art of Publishing [Fforbez Enterprises].” Quill and Quire 45, no. 2 (1979): 13.

“Vancouver' McIntyre]. ”Quill and Quire 45 [ABA Supplement] (1979): 4-5.

Wachtel, Eleanor. “Downhill All the Way [Talonbooks].” Books in Canada 8 (April 1979): 20-22.

Zilm, Glennis. “Intermedia: Poetry, Art and Printing.” Quill and Quire 42, no. 8 (1976): 25.


Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia. Review of the Book Publishing Industry of British Columbia: With Recommendations for Public Policy Development. [Vancouver: Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia], 1987.

“BC Publishing: Somewhat of a Survey.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 35 (January 1972): 18-24.

“A Checklist of Crown Colony Imprints.” British Columbia Historical Quarterly 1 (1937): 263-271.

Fredeman, Jane. “Book Publishing in British Columbia, 1990: More Than a Regional Enterprise.” Journal of Canadian Studies 25, no. 3 (1990): 124-130.

Gartner, Zsuzsi. “Coast With the Most: Regional Culture and Creative Opposition to Toronto Spawned the Dynamic BC Publishing Industry.” Quill and Quire 60, no. 8 (1994): 10, 12.

Lamb, W. Kaye and Michael R. Booth. “Early British Columbia Imprints: Sawney&#146s Letters, or Cariboo Rhymes.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 24, no. 2 (1960): 15-26.

Lorimer, Rowland. Book Publishing in British Columbia, 1989. [Burnaby, B.C.]: Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, Simon Fraser University, 1989.

McIntyre, Lilian. “British Columbia Publishing: A Microcosm of Canadian Publishing.” Canadian Library Journal 33 (February 1976): 21.

McMurtrie, Douglas C. The Earliest British Columbia Imprint. Chicago: Privately printed, 1932.

McSkimming, Roy. Publishing on the Edge: A Cultural and Economic Study of Publishing in British Columbia. [Vancouver]: Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia, 1993.

Pottinger, A. B.C. “Publishing Becomes an Industry.” Quill and Quire 42, no. 8 (1976)L 23.

Ross, Val. “West Words Ho!: Book Publishers are Struggling Everwhere, But in BC, Savvy Firms Thrive.” Report on Business Magazine 9, no. 6 (1992): 66-69, 71+.

“A Second Checklist of Crown Colony Imprints.” British Columbia Historical Quarterly 4 (1940): 139-141.

Twigg, A. “B.C. Publishing Policy at Last.” Quill and Quire 47, no. 4 (1981): 19-20.

_____. “Continental Shift: British Columbia&#146s Readers, Writers, and Publishers.” Books in Canada 22, no. 4 (1993): 10-12.

_____. “Looking for a Warm Place to Publish in B.C.” Quill and Quire 44, no. 10 (1978): 4.

_____. “More B.C. Firms Look Beyond the Borders.” Quill and Quire 51, no. 2 (1985): 24-25.

Wayne, J. B.C. “Contingent New Force in the Book Trade.” Quill and Quire 47, no. 7 (1981): 36.

Woodcock, George. “Imprints and Publishers of Early British Columbia.” Canadian Notes and Queries 43 (Winter 1990): 3-6.

Zilm, Glennis. “B. C.” Amphora no. 45 (1981): 18-23.

________. “Early BC Books: An Overview of trade Book Publishing in British Columbia in the 1800s, With Checklists and Bibliography Related to British Columbiana.” M.A. thesis, Simon Fraser University, 1981.

School textbooks

Aziz-Al Ahsan, Syed. “School Texts and the Political Culture of British Columbia, 1880-1980.” BC Studies no. 63 (1984)L 55-72.

Stanley, Timothy. “White Supremacy and the Rhetoric of Educational Indoctrination: A Canadian Case Study”. InChildren, Teachers, and Schools in the History of British Columbia, ed. Jean Barman, Neil Sutherland, and J. DonaldWilson, 39-54. Calgary: Detselig, 1995.

Van Brummelen, Harro. S“hifting Perspectives: Early British Columbia Textbooks From 1872 to 1925.” BC Studies nos. 69-70 (1986): 3-27.