A lot of books have been
written about Vancouver and its environs. This file, started in
March 2007, is intended to describe many of them. Our thanks and
gratitude to Karen Cannon of the Friends of the Vancouver Public
Library for her terrific (and ongoing) work on this project.
In 1999 the Vancouver Public
Library produced a poster titled Vancouver in Print: 100 Books
from a Century Past. These books—intended to give a broad view
of the many kinds of books published about the city—are indicated
below with the legend: VIP. It was this list of titles that
began this feature.
Many hundreds of other books
will be added to this page as time goes on. Inquiries about any
of them can be made at any branch of the Vancouver Public Library.
Not all these titles are available at VPL. Some
are in the UBC Library system, and some at Vancouver City Archives.
And for a superb and thorough
listing of all books about British Columbia and by British Columbians,
we recommend a visit to: www.abcbookworld.com.
An asterisk * indicates the book was a winner of
the City of Vancouver Book Award.
1910 - 1919
Bindloss, Harold. Thurston of Orchard Valley.
More adventure fiction with some action taking place in Vancouver.
British Columbia Electric Railway Company. A
short account of the plant and operations of the British Columbia
Electric Railway Co. Ltd. and the Vancouver Power Company and the
Vancouver Island Power Co.
Illustrated with photographs, plans and a map.
Educational institutions of Vancouver: their
progress from incorporation up to the present time.
Issued with the authority, co-operation and endorsement of the Board
of School Trustees of the City of Vancouver.
Mildmay, Aubrey N. St. John. Sea-room: a Vancouver
A poem illustrated with photographs. "Second edition revised
from the original edition, published by the Vancouver Evening
Smith, Arthur James. Siwash Rock: a legend.
How the young warrior Quatlatka and his lover Miwasa run away together,
are pursued by her father, and die on Siwash Rock.
Vancouver Exhibition Association. Official
catalogue and programme of Vancouvers First Exhibition, Vancouver,
B.C., August 15th to 20th, 1910.
Held at Hastings Park, the Exhibition was designed
to display agricultural, horticultural, industrial, arts and crafts
interests in Vancouver. In 1946, it was renamed Pacific National
British Columbia Political Equality League. Vancouver
Branch. Points in the laws of British Columbia regarding the
legal status of women.
Enfranchisement issues at the provincial and municipal levels along
with a report of the first women's suffrage convention held in Vancouver
on May 5, 1911.
Commercial Printing & Publishing Company. Vancouver
progress. Greater Vancouver Edition.
A tabloid primarily devoted to the residential and industrial area
of South Vancouver.
Harris, F.T. Official historical review Vancouver
Council, no.284 United Commercial Travellers.
Along with the history, is a guide to and for local traveling salesmen
with advertising, information and photographs of the commercial
and industrial buildings in Vancouver.
Holden, William T. Holden Building, Vancouver,
Plans and prospectus of the new 10 story steel frame building at
16 Hastings Street, East.
Johnson, E. Pauline (Tekahionwake).
Legends of Vancouver.
These legends were told to Pauline Johnson over time, by her friend
Chief Joe Capilano of Vancouver. They were first published in the
Vancouver Daily Province. VIP
Modern architecture, Vancouver, British Columbia,
Photographs and advertisements of and for Vancouver buildings and
Newspaper Cartoonists Association of British Columbia.
British Columbians as we see 'em, 1910 and 1911.
Over 200 caricatures and cartoons of politicians and businessmen,
many of whom were Vancouverites.
Vancouver Information and Tourist Association. Vancouver
Compiled to celebrate the 25th year of Vancouver's incorporation.
Like previous issues offered recreational, residential, harbour,
and transportation information.
Who's who in western Canada. Volume 1, 1911
...designed by the publishers to provide a record of the men
and women who, in one capacity or another, are contributing to the
building up of Western Canada.
Boam, Henry J. British Columbia: its history,
people, commerce, industries and resources.
This sizable volume was published "to provide an accurate guide
to the character and resources of the important territory with which
it details." An invaluable resource for short descriptions
of prominent businesses throughout the province, especially for
Vancouver and environs.
British Columbia Electric Railway Company. Tips
for tourists: interurban trips over B.C. Electric Railway system,
in vicinity of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Guide to traveling on the interurban with a map showing the rail
lines, parks, sporting areas, bathing beaches and significant buildings.
Chas. E. Goad Co. Goad's atlas of the city
of Vancouver, British Columbia and surrounding municipalities in
A large-scale atlas for fire insurance plans identifying types of
public and private buildings which would show the distribution and
character of risks. Insurance plan of Vancouver series; surveyed
July 1912; volume 4 was never published.
Johnson, E. Pauline (Tekahionwake). Flint
Loyal Order of Moose. Lodge no. 288 (Vancouver,
B.C.) Moose in burnt cork, annual minstrel.
The Vancouver Lodge no. 288 had its first meeting in February, 1912.
This programme for the first minstrel (held later in 1912) lists
the names of all local members.
Palmer, H.S. Our men of affairs.
Wonderful caricatures of Vancouver businessmen. The author regarded
all men and estates as equally eligible for satirical attention.
Ricketts, Taschereau & Co. Ricketts,Taschereau
& Co.'s atlas of City of Vancouver, and cities of North Vancouver
and New Westminster and the adjoining municipalities including South
Vancouver, North Vancouver, Point Grey, Burnaby, Hastings Townsite,
Ross and Howard Iron Works. Vancouver home
Photographs and brief descriptions of various local businesses and
Social vice in Vancouver.
Issued by the Moral and Social Reform Council of British Columbia;
members of which were appointed representatives of the churches
of the province. A call against social vices in its commercialized
form, especially that of prostitution.
Vancouver Tourist Association. Vancouver,
British Columbia: the Liverpool of the Pacific, facts
Information for prospective investors from around the world; with
an emphasis, even then, on real estate.
Brandow, Geo. A. The Real home-keeper: A perpetual
honeymoon for the Vancouver bride.
Household and beauty hints, recipes and business directory are in
this early local home economics book.
British Columbia Mountaineering Club. The
Reports on exploration of the Garibaldi region, Vancouver or Burrard
range and Coast range. Includes a history of the Vancouver-based
Burwell, H.M. The Vancouver water supply.
Description and cost analysis of Vancouver's water supply from Capilano
and Seymour Creeks. Includes tables.
Booklet describing the building of the new Hotel Vancouver with
notes and photos of other Canadian Pacific Railway hotels.
Methodist Church of Canada. Board of Temperance
and Moral Reform. Vancouver, British Columbia: the report
of a brief investigation of social conditions in the city which
indicate the need of an intensive social survey, the lines of which
are herein suggested.
The Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church combined to propose
that local government do a survey covering housing, crime, public
health and social service issues.
Vancouver and Districts Joint Sewerage and Drainage
Board. Vancouver and Districts Joint Sewerage and Drainage
Board: report on the Burrard Peninsula Joint Sewerage Scheme.
Proposals for sewage treatment and disposal for Burrard Inlet, False
Creek, English Bay, Fraser River and Burnaby Lake.
Ward, Lionel. Impressions from the Printshop
of Ward, Ellwood & Pound, Limited. 318 Homer St., Vancouver
Published for prospective customers, this brochure explained the
printing services and techniques of the shop, using views of Vancouver
Butler, A.P. Ye pageant of Vancouver: a pictorial
record of ye summer festival.
Photographs of parade floats and other participants in the festival.
(See also Vancouver Summer Festival Association. 1914)
Hamilton, J.H. Vancouver's contribution to
the Empire: a souvenir of the first overseas contingent who volunteered
for foreign service from the regiments of Vancouver and District.
Names of individual soldiers are listed by regiment.
Vancouver social register
and club directory.
We do not assume to pass upon the social status of the residents
of Vancouver, but merely to publish the names of families and persons
who are or have been active in the social life of the city.
Vancouver Summer Festival Association. Book
of the pageant of Vancouver: June 1914.
Souvenir book for the first summer festival held from June 11-14,
Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver.
A very much expanded version of the catalogue originally published
Canadian Pacific Railway Company.
News Service. Vancouver, B.C., the terminal city.
Photographs of early Vancouver produced in the style of a photo-album,
with tipped-in plates. VIP
Capt. Vancouver invites you to the Pacific
Coast: and presents a reliable guide to his own city and surrounding
Published by the Commissioner of Industries, this guide includes
North Vancouver, New Westminster and Bowen Island.
Robinson, Noel. Blazing the trail through
the Rockies: the story of Walter Moberly and his share in the making
Civil engineer, Walter Moberly, helped to lay out New Westminster,
explored Burrard Inlet, and was involved in building the Dewdney
Davison, J. Reginald Visit Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada: base for short trips by land and sea: seaport for Alaska
and the Yukon
Guide for one and two hour trips, half-day trips, half-day excursions,
day trips and short sea trips out of Vancouver. Illustrated.
Galloway, C.F.J. The call of the west: letters from
In the chapter titled: The Terminal City,
Galloway proposes to try and give you some sort of impression
of what kind of a place it is to live in (i.e., Vancouver).
Sinclair, Bertrand Big timber: a story of the Northwest
The author observed logging operations at Harrison
Lake before writing this novel of the forest industry, parts of
which take place in Vancouver. Released as a movie in 1917.
Thomas, Elizabeth Stray leaves
Poems, anthems and an agreement between the author and the 23rd
Infantry Brigade, Canadian Militia, Vancouver to create the Willing
Workers’ Aid to raise funds for the relief of local
sick and wounded soldiers returning from Europe.
British Columbia Commercial Travellers Association Souvenir
programme for the British Columbia Commercial Traveller’s
The dance was held in aid of Red Cross Material Fund,
returned soldiers, Canadian Patriotic Fund, Royal Navy Service Fund.
Various essays and articles on local manufacturing, fisheries, shipping,
mineral resources, transportation and tourism.
Canadian Army, Overseas Battalion, C.E.F. 231st Souvenir,
231st Overseas Battalion C.E.F.: 3rd Battalion, 72nd Seaforth Highlanders
Small book of regimental history covering World War I sprinkled
with poems, humourous anecdotes and quips from soldiers.
Rentoul, J. Laurence At Vancouver’s well: and
other poems of south and north
Vancouver, the city, was an inspiration for some poems,
as well as George Vancouver, whose history is included as it relates
to the poems.
superb views of the terminal city, printed in real photogravure.
Bell, Archie Sunset
Canada, British Columbia and beyond: an account of its settlement,
its progress from the early days to the present…an analysis
of what it offers in opportunity to the home seeker, the agriculturalist,
the business man, the sportsman and the traveler
Book relates primarily to British Columbia, with chapters
on Vancouver, New Westminster and surrounding areas.
British Columbia. Commission on the Economic Conditions and Operations
of the British Columbia Electric Railway Company and Subsidiary
Companies. Report of Commissioner
Commissioner Adam Shortt investigated the question
of public transportation in Vancouver and surrounding areas to decide
the possibility of street car service being maintained in competition
Burwash, Edward Moore Jackson The geology of Vancouver
Covers the area north of Burrard Inlet to the southern
portion of the Coast Range and south of the Inlet to the United
States border. Originally the author’s Ph.D. dissertation.
Hood, Robert Allison The chivalry of Keith Leicester:
a romance of British Columbia
Rancher, Keith Leicester (while in Vancouver), speaks
up for the heroine, Marjorie, who is mistaken for a thief. While
together in the city, they explore points in Stanley Park.
Joint Committee of the Boards of Trade of South Vancouver, Richmond
and Point Grey
The North Arm of the Fraser: its industries, its possibilities,
a plea for its further development
Request by the Committee, with letters of support
from various companies, for the dredging of the North Arm of the
MacDonald, Wilson Song of the prairie land and other
Canadian poet MacDonald also wrote under the name
of Frederick MacLean. Many of the poems in this volume were written
about and in Vancouver.
Manufacturers’ Association of British Columbia The
industries of British Columbia
First issued in 1915 by the Association, the directory had a classified
section, general articles on various industries and short descriptions
of businesses, many of which were headquartered in Vancouver.
Penne, Felix The Gold stripe: a tribute to the British
Columbia men, who have been killed, crippled and wounded in the
Net profits from the three issues published went to
the Amputation Club of British Columbia, Vancouver. Each issue is
full of essays, tributes, poems, songs and stories.
Tweedale, Aitken Ship building and shipbuilders of British
Columbia, with allied industries
Intended to be an annual overview of the local shipbuilding
industry, no further issues have been located since this first one.
Includes references to many Vancouver firms.
University of British Columbia. Student’s Council Students’
song book of the University of British Columbia
Published not as a permanent collection or as
a model of good taste, but as a war-time effort to make their comrades
Canada. Department of Marine and Fisheries Report on
Vancouver Harbour, B.C. to the Hon. C.C. Ballantyne, Minister of
Marine and Fisheries
Forty page report covering various aspects of the
harbour facilities and bridges in Burrard Inlet, False Creek, North
Vancouver, Port Moody and other locales.
Seventy-three specially selected views of Vancouver:
the gateway of the Lions
A holiday centre and industrial area, one of
the most attractive cities in the continent.
A large album with views of downtown, residential and industrial
Vancouver Citizen’s League Report of the activities
of the Vancouver Citizen’s League: including a brief history
of conditions and events connected with the June strikes in western
The League was formed on June 11, 1919 to support
the city government during the general strike. Their mandate was
to maintain law and order; operate essential services; prevent suffering,
inconvenience and loss to the general public. It disbanded at the
end of the strike.
Vancouver Firemen’s Benefit Association Fire prevention
and first aid manual
Especially prepared with the hope of decreasing
the appalling waste occasioned by fire.