UBC in Stamps, by Fred Hume

UBC in Stamps, by Fred Hume

UBC IN CANADIAN POSTAGE STAMPS   Rick Hansen: UBC graduate who represented Canada at 1982 Pan Am Games and ‘84 ParaOlympics. Winner of numerous marathons. 1983 co winner of Canada’s outstanding male athlete award. Has raised both awareness and funds for disabled people ever since the Man in Motion world tour that he and his […]

Cecil Green Park, by Evelyn Lett

Cecil Green Park, by Evelyn Lett

The UBC Writing Centre, 1992-2015

The UBC Writing Centre, 1992-2015

Throughout the 1980s, the English Department debated the issue of writing instruction.  Should the Department’s resources be drawn upon to teach basic composition?  Shouldn’t the focus be on literature and advanced language study?  Should writing instruction be included at all? In those days the first-year program was represented entirely by English 100, a six-credit course […]

The downstairs eating area, known as the ball-room.

The UBC Faculty Club

The Faculty Club at UBC began life in 1947  in a refurbished army hut at the north end of Main Mall.  Thanks to the generosity of Leon and Thea Koerner, the hut was replaced by a new building designed by Frederic Lasserre and opened in 1959.  UBC Archives has created a virtual display about the […]

Plaques, Signs, and Symbols

Plaques, Signs, and Symbols


A pennant borne by a UBC Arts student during the “Great Trek” of October 1922 (then known as “The Pilgrimage”), when UBC students walked from downtown Vancouver to the site of UBC’s new campus in Point Grey, to draw public attention to the need to complete the work that had begun in 1914.  The accompanying photograph was taken by Orson Banfield; see the article by his granddaughter Carla Banfield at https://legacies.alumni.ubc.ca/2621-2/.

The Legacy Collection of UBC Memorabilia

  The primary goal of the Legacy Project has always been to capture the memories and experiences of the faculty, staff, and alumni members of the UBC community through personal interviews uploaded in the UBC Archives at https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/ubcavfrc.  Most of these recordings are also available through the Legacy website at https://legacies.alumni.ubc.ca/new-video-gallery/.  We have also begun […]

“The Touch of Greatness,” by Patricia Ellis Kendall

The Touch of Greatness

The commemorative plaque

Opening of First Tree Plaza, May 2, 2007

  “On 2 May 2007 a group of about 30 people gathered for the dedication of ‘First Tree Plaza,’ a small stony square between UBC’s Old Auditorium and the Geography Building. For some years the square had been home to several large waste containers; now it was being reclaimed for public use, thanks to the […]

Photographs from the album of Victor Warren

VICTOR WARREN (photo still from his Legacy Project interview) Victor Warren is an alumnus of UBC from the Faculty of Arts & Sciences (as it was until 1963) and the Faculty of Education. He majored in Geography and Psychology in the former and graduated in 1960. At UBC, Warren was a prominent player on the UBC […]

Faculty Club Invasion

On October 24, 1968, the American student leader Jerry Rubin led several hundred UBC students into the UBC Faculty Club as a form of protest against authority. Rubin left soon after the sit-in began, but the Club was occupied by the students for the next 24 hours, during which time (according to The Ubyssey) they […]