Books about BC

Suggested readings

Many of the books in this site have suggested readings or further reading menu items. These are references to easily accessible books that readers may consult to assist in their study of a particular subject. The following are specific to the Encyclopedia of British Columbia, but serve as a good general reference to all things British Columbia. However, each book on this site has its own further references list.

Akrigg, G.P.V. and Helen B. British Columbia Chronicle, 1778-1846 and 1847-1871, 2 vols. Vancouver: Discovery Press, 1977.

Akrigg, G.P.V. and Helen B. 1001 British Columbia Place Names. Vancouver: Discovery Press, 1969.

Bancroft, Hubert Howe. History of British Columbia, 1792-1887. San Francisco: History Co, 1887.

Barman, Jean. Stanley Park’s Secret. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2005.

Barman, Jean. The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia. Toronto: Univ of Toronto Press, 1991.

Begg, Alexander. History of British Columbia. Toronto: William Briggs, 1894.

Bish, Robert L. Local Government in British Columbia. Victoria: Union of BC Municipalities, 1987.

Black, Martha. Out of the Mist: Treasures of the Nuu-chah-nulth Chiefs. Victoria: Royal BC Museum, 2000.

Blake, Donald E. Two Political Worlds: Parties and Voting in British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1985.

Blanchet, M. Wylie. The Curve of Time. Sidney: Gray's Publishing, 1968.

Bowen, Lynn. Boss Whistle: The Coal Miners of Vancouver Island Remember. Lantzville: Oolichan Books, 1982.

Bowen, Lynn. Three Dollar Dreams. Lantzville: Oolichan Books, 1987.

Bowering, George. Bowering's BC: A Swashbuckling History. Toronto: Penguin, 1996.

Bowes, Gordon E., ed. Peace River Chronicles. Vancouver: Prescott Publishing, 1963.

Bowling, Tim. The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture. Madeira Park: Nightwood Editions, 2007.

Bringhurst, Robert. Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1999.

Brody, Hugh. Maps and Dreams: Indians and the British Columbia Frontier. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1981.

Cail, Robert. Land, Man and the Law: The Disposal of Crown Lands in British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1974.

Campbell, R. Wayne, et al. The Birds of British Columbia, 3 vols. Victoria: Royal BC Museum, 2000.

Cannings, Richard, and Sydney Cannings. British Columbia: A Natural History. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1996.

Carlson, Keith Thor, et al. A Stó:lo Coast Salish Historical Atlas. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2001.

Carlson, R.L., and L. Dalla Bona, eds. Early Human Occupation in British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1995.

Carty, R.K., ed. Politics, Policy and Government in British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1996.

Cole, Douglas. Captured Heritage: The Scramble for Northwest Coast Artifacts. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1985.

Cole, Douglas, and Ira Chaikin. An Iron Hand Upon the People: the Law Against the Potlatch on the Northwest Coast. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1990.

Cook, Warren L. Flood Tide of Empire: Spain and the Pacific Northwest, 1543-1819. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1973.

Coull, Cheryl. A Traveller's Guide to Aboriginal BC. Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 1996.

Davis, Chuck, ed. The Greater Vancouver Book. Vancouver: Linkman Press, 1997.

Delgado, James. Waterfront: The Illustrated Maritime Story of Greater Vancouver. Vancouver: Stanton Atkins & Dosil, 2005.

Diamond, Sara. Women's Labour History in British Columbia: A Bibliography, 1930-1948. Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1980.

Drucker, Philip. Cultures of the North Pacific Coast. San Francisco: Chandler Publishing, 1965.

Drushka, Ken. HR: A Biography of H.R. MacMillan. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 1996.

Drushka, Ken. Tie Hackers to Timber Harvesters: The History of Logging in BC's Interior. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 1998.

Drushka, Ken. Working in the Woods: A History of Logging on the West Coast. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 1992.

Duff, Wilson. The Indian History of British Columbia, Vol 1. Victoria: Provincial Museum, 1965.

Farley, A.L. Atlas of British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1979.

Fisher, Robin. Contact and Conflict: Indian-European Relations in British Columbia, 1774-1890. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1977.

Fisher, Robin. Duff Pattullo of British Columbia. Toronto: Univ of Toronto Press, 1991.

Fladmark, Knut. British Columbia Prehistory. Ottawa: National Museum of Man, 1986.

Freisen, Jean, and H.K. Ralston, eds. Historical Readings on British Columbia. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1976.

Glavin, Terry. Dead Reckoning: Confronting the Crisis in Pacific Fisheries. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1996.

Glavin, Terry. A Death Feast in Dimlahamid. Vancouver: New Star, 1990.

Glavin, Terry. The Last Great Sea. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2000.

Glavin, Terry. This Ragged Place: Travels Across the Landscape. Vancouver: New Star, 1996.

Glavin, Terry, and Charles Lillard. A Voice Great Within Us. Vancouver: New Star, 1998.

Gordon, Katherine. Made to Measure: A History of Land Surveying in British Columbia. Victoria: Sono Nis, 2006.

Gough, Barry. Distant Dominion: Britain and the Northwest Coast of North America, 1579-1909. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1980.

Gough, Barry. Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in the Pacific Northwest. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2007.

Gough, Barry. Gunboat Frontier: British Maritime Authority and Northwest Coast Indians, 1846-1990. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1984.

Gough, Barry. The Northwest Coast: British Navigation, Trade and Discoveries to 1812. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1992.

Graham, Donald. Keepers of the Light: A History of British Columbia's Lighthouses and their Keepers. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 1985.

Graham, Donald. Lights of the Inside Passage. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 1986.

Grainger, M. Allerdale. Woodsmen of the West. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1964.

Haig-Brown, Roderick. The Living Land: An Account of the Natural Resources of British Columbia. Toronto: Macmillan, 1961.

Haig-Brown, Roderick. A River Never Sleeps. New York: Lyons & Burford, 1946.

Hale, Linda L., and Jean Barman. British Columbia Local Histories: A Bibliography. Victoria: BC Heritage Trust, 1991.

Harris, Cole. The Resettlement of British Columbia: Essays on Colonialism and Geographical Change. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1997.

Hendrickson, James E., ed. Journals of the Colonial Legislatures of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Victoria: Provincial Archives of BC, 1980.

Holm, Bill. Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form. Seattle: Univ of Washington Press, 1965.

Hoover, Alan L., ed. Nuu-chah-nulth Voices, Histories, Objects & Journeys. Victoria: Royal BC Museum, 2000.

Howay, F.W. British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present. Vancouver: S.J. Clarke, 1914.

Hume, Stephen. Simon Fraser: In Search of Modern British Columbia. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2008.

Hutchison, Bruce. The Fraser. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Co., 1950.

Johnston, Hugh J.M., ed. The Pacific Province: A History of British Columbia. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1996.

Jonaitis, Aldona. The Yuquot Whalers' Shrine. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2000.

Keller, Betty C. Pender Harbour Cowboy: The Many Lives of Bertrand Sinclair. Ganges: Horsdal & Schubart, 2000.

Kluckner, Michael. Vanishing British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005.

Knight, Rolf. Indians at Work: An Informal History of Native Indian Labour in British Columbia 1858-1930, rev ed. Vancouver: New Star, 1996.

Knox, Paul, and Philip Resnick, eds. Essays in BC Political Economy. Vancouver: New Star, 1974.

Lamb, W. Kaye, ed. George Vancouver: A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World 1791-95, 4 vols. London: Hakluyt Society, 1970.

Lamb, W. Kaye, ed. The Journal and Letters of Sir Alexander Mackenzie. Cambridge: Hakluyt Society, 1970.

Lamb, W. Kaye, ed. The Letters and Journals of Simon Fraser, 1806-08. Toronto: Macmillan, 1960.

Lillard, Charles. Seven Shillings a Year: The History of Vancouver Island. Ganges: Horsdal & Schubart, 1986.

Lowther, Barbara. A Bibliography of British Columbia, Vol I: Laying the Foundations, 1849-1899. Victoria: Univ of Victoria, 1968.

Luxton, Donald. Building the West: The Early Architects of British Columbia. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2003.

MacDonald, Bruce. Vancouver: An Illustrated History. Vancouver: Talon Books, 1992.

MacDonald, George F. Haida Monumental Art. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1983.

Mackie, Richard Somerset. Island Timber: A Social History of the Comox Logging Company. Victoria: Sono Nis Press, 2000.

Mackie, Richard Somerset. Trading Beyond the Mountains: The British Fur Trade on the Pacific 1793-1843. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1996.

McLennan, Bill, and Karen Duffek. The Transforming Image: Painted Arts of Northwest Coast First Nations. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2000.

Marchak, Patricia. Green Gold: The Forest Industry in British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1983.

Meggs, Geoff. Salmon: The Decline of the British Columbia Fishery. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1991.

Mitchell, David J. W.A.C. Bennett and the Rise of British Columbia. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1983.

Morice, A.G. The History of the Northern Interior of British Columbia, Formerly New Caledonia. Toronto: William Briggs, 1904.

Muckle, Robert J. The First Nations of British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1998.

Newell, Dianne. Tangled Webs of History: Indians and the Law in Canada's Pacific Coast Fisheries. Toronto: Univ of Toronto Press, 1993.

Nicholson, George. Vancouver Island's West Coast, 1762-1962. Victoria: Morriss Publishing, 1965.

Norris, John. Strangers Entertained: A History of Ethnic Groups of British Columbia. Vancouver: Evergreen Press, 1971.

Ormsby, Margaret. British Columbia: A History. Toronto: Macmillan, 1958.

Phillips, Paul. No Power Greater: A Century of Labour in British Columbia. Vancouver: Boag Foundation, 1967.

Ralston, Keith, and Gerald Friesen, eds. Historical Essays on British Columbia. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1976.

Ramsey, Bruce. Ghost Towns of British Columbia. Vancouver: Mitchell Press, 1963.

Reksten, Terry. Illustrated History of British Columbia. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2001.

Robin, Martin. Pillars of Profit: The Company Province 1934-72. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973.

Robin, Martin. The Rush for Spoils: The Company Province 1871-1933. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1972.

Robinson, J. Lewis, and Walter G. Hardwick. British Columbia: One Hundred Years of Geographical Change. Vancouver: Talon Books, 1973.

Roy, Patricia, ed. A History of British Columbia: Selected Readings. Toronto: Copp Clark Pittman, 1989.

Sunahara, Ann. The Politics of Racism: The Uprooting of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Toronto: James Lorimer, 1981.

Suttles, Wayne, ed. Handbook of North American Indians: Northwest Coast, Vol 7. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1990.

Taylor, G.W. Builders of British Columbia: An Industrial History. Victoria: Morriss Publishing, 1982.

Taylor, G.W. Mining: The History of Mining in British Columbia. Saanichton: Hancock House, 1978.

Taylor, G.W. Shipyards of British Columbia. Victoria: Morriss Publishing, 1986.

Taylor, G.W. Timber: History of the Forest Industry in BC. Vancouver: J.J. Douglas, 1975.

Tennant, Paul. Aboriginal Peoples and Politics: The Indian Land Question in British Columbia, 1849-1989. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1990.

Thom, Ian M. Art BC. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2000.

Turner, Robert D. The Pacific Empresses: An Illustrated History of Canadian Pacific Railway's Empress Liners on the Pacific Ocean. Victoria: Sono Nis, 1981.

Turner, Robert D. The Pacific Princesses. Victoria: Sono Nis, 1977.

Turner, Robert D. West of the Great Divide: An Illustrated History of the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia, 1880-1986. Victoria: Sono Nis, 1987.

Twigg, Alan. Twigg's Directory of 1001 BC Writers. Victoria: Crown Publications, 1992.

Twigg, Alan. Vancouver and its Writers. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 1986.

Vaillant, John. The Golden Spruce. Toronto: Knopf, 2005.

Walbran, John T. British Columbia Coast Names: Their Origin and History. Ottawa: Government Printing Bureau, 1909.

Ward, W. Peter, and Robert A.J. McDonald, eds. British Columbia: Historical Readings. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1981.

Woodcock, George. British Columbia: A History of the Province. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1990.

Wynn, Graeme, and Timothy Oke, eds. Vancouver and its Region. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1992.

Yee, Paul. Saltwater City: An Illustrated History of the Chinese in Vancouver. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1988.

Young, Cameron. The Forests of British Columbia. North Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 1985.