New Digital Resource Documents Colonial Period in British Columbia

The University of Victoria Special Collections recently announced the completion of the initial phase of a project to digitize original dispatches between the British Colonial Office and the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia.  From the UVic press release:

Faculty and staff at the University of Victoria have launched a website making transcriptions and digitized version of the 1858 Vancouver Island and British Columbia colonial correspondence available on line for the first time.  This is the first phase of a project to provide online access to over 7,000 dispatches dating from 1846 to 1871. The transcriptions were produced by Emeritus Professor James in the 1980s from difficult-to-read archival documents of all the Vancouver Island and British Columbia Colonial Despatches.  They have now been transformed from outdated Waterloo Script text files into xml and a web interface has been created in eXist, an xml database.  The entire corpus is searchable, although only 1858 has digital images, an introduction, biographies and vetted notes.

You can find out more about this new site, Colonial Despatches, and search it here.