“The Highland Echo”

Today, my colleagues and I at the Grandview Heritage Group, fulfilled a promise we made to ourselves some months ago.  We delivered microfilms of “The Highland Echo” — Commercial Drive’s local paper — to the Special Collections Department of the Vancouver Public Library.

These editions, from 1970 to 1995, were previously only available at the BC Provincial Archives in Victoria, which made it difficult and expensive for Vancouver-based researchers to access.  We raised the nearly $3,000 from generous supporters and through our history walks of the neighbourhood this summer.  Now this precious resource — completing the VPL’s collection from 1935 to 1995 — will be easily accessible to historians and researchers and residents here in Vancouver.

It has been a fine collaborative project to work on and I for one am looking forward to using these materials when I write the second volume of my history of “The Drive.”  More details can be found at the GHG site.

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2 Responses to “The Highland Echo”

  1. Bill Lee says:

    Good thing.
    Was a synopsis included or is it bare-bones microfilm reels?
    And what other local papers covered the area, as BC Legislative library has tried to get all newspapers from the year dot for this province in their archives.

  2. jakking says:

    It is microfilm reels of each weekly edition, good raw data. No other papers covered the area except occasionally as part of general Vancouver coverage (i.e., Sun, Province, etc). The Leg Library had virtually no copies of the Echo; coverage was shared between VPL and BC Prov Archives — until now. Now, VPL has virtually all known editions from January 1936 to 1995. What we need to find now are editions from 1917 when the Echo began through to December 1935.

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