March 18, 2014 9:45 pm
Updated: March 18, 2014 10:23 pm

$1.2 million worth of historical photos donated to UBC

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WATCH (above): More than 18 thousand irreplaceable photographs that illustrate the evolution of B.C. have been donated to the University of British Columbia. Linda Aylesworth has more.

More than 18,000 photos capturing the history of British Columbia have been donated to the University of British Columbia.

The collection is the brainchild of Uno Langmann, a renowned collector.

Langmann immigrated to British Columbia from his native Denmark in 1955 and became heavily involved in preserving the history of the province.

“In men’s memory so many things have happened in British Columbia, and that is probably what started me in collecting,” says Langmann.

Langmann calls British Columbia his home and says he wants young people to know what the province looked like in the past.

The photos span the time period from the 1850s to the 1970s, and the collection has a value of $1.2 million.

The digitized images will be available on the UBC Library website next summer.

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