Research Guide to Newspapers

In response to a growing interest in accessing historical newspapers, the Archives of North Vancouver has created a Research Guide to support your discovery of local historical newspapers at MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver, local libraries and in online B.C. collections.

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We have a small selection of issues from different historical newspapers on microfilm and in their original print format. The newspapers are located and catalogued differently, so please pay attention to whether it is a shelf location and box number or an ‘NVMA’ identification code.

The Archives of North Vancouver has one complete set of newspapers from The Express (1905-1912) and the North Shore Press (1913-1958) on microfilm.

They can be viewed at the Archives building in Lynn Valley using the microfilm reader.

The archives staff will assist visitors with the microfilm reader as well as locating the rolls of microfilm in the reference room.

Citizen Box 1958 –1964 Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 6

Aug 28, 1958
Oct 9, 1958
Apr 16, 1959
Apr 18, 25, 1963
May 2, 9, 23, 30, 1963
Jun 6, 13, 20, 27, 1963
Jul 4, 11, 18, 25, 1963
Aug 1, 8, 15, 29, 1963
Sept 5, 11, 18, 25, 1963
Oct 2, 1963
Nov 27,  1963
Mar 11, 1964
May 6, 1964
June 4, 17, 24, 30, 1964
July 15, 24, 29, 1964
Aug 5, 18, 12, 15, 1964
Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1964
Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, 1964
Nov 4, 10, 18, 1964
Dec 2, 1964

Citizen Box 1965- 1969 Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 6
Sept 30, 1965
Oct 7, 1965
Jun 22, 29, 1967
May 15, 1968
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1969
May 7, 14, 21, 28, 1969
June 4, 11, 18, 25, 1969
Jul 19, 1969
Sep 1969

Citizen Box 1970 – 1972 Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 7
August 12, 21, 28, 1970
Sep 4, 9, 16, 25, 1970
Oct 7, 14, 28, 1970
Dec 9, 16, 23, 30, 1970
Jan 6, 1971
Mar 10,17, 24, 1971
May 5, 12, 19, 1971
July 14, 28, 1971
Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, 1971
Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 1971
Feb 12, 16, 1972
Mar 1, 1972
May 31, 1972

Citizen Box 5 1974-1980 Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 8

Aug 7, 14, 21, 28, 1974
Oct 30, 1974
Apr 23, 25, 30, 1975
May 2, 7, 14, 16, 21, 1975
Jun 21, 1975
Jul 4, 16, 18, 1975
Aug 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, 1975
Sept 3, 5, 1975
Oct 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, 1975
Nov 5, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, 1975
Dec 3, 5, 10, 12, 24, 31, 1975
Dec 30, 1976
Jun 1974
[unknown] 1975
[unknown] 1976
[unknown] 1977
Dec 9, 1977
Dec 19, 1979
Apr 23, 1980

Citizen Box 1966 Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 8

Jul 7, 14, 21, 28
Aug 4, 11, 18, 25
Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov 3, 10, 17, 24
Dec 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Citizen Progress Editions Box 1962-1977 Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 7

May 3, 1962
May 16, 1963
May 13, 1964
Jun 22, 1967
May 15, 1968
May 19, 1971
May 31, 1972
[undated] 1973
Jun 5, 1974
Jul 18, 1975
Jul 7, 1976
Dec 15, 1976
Jun 15, 1977

Sections of the Citizen in the Pamphlet Collection

Aug 25, 1960 NVMA #1960-3 (Second Narrows Opening)
May 3, 1962 NVMA #1962-3 (1st Progress Ed.)
May 16, 1963 NVMA #1963-6 (2nd Progress Ed.)
Mar 31, 1965 NVMA #1965-6 (Progress Ed.)
Sep 15, 1966 NVMA #1966-5 (District 75th Anniversary)
Apr 28, 1966 NVMA #1966-15 (Progress Ed.)
Jun 15, 1967 NVMA #1967-9 (Graduation)
Jun 22, 1967 NVMA #1967-1 (Progress Ed.)
Jun 29, 1967 NVMA #1967-10 (Salute to the Shipyards)
May 15, 1968 NVMA #1968-12 (Progress Ed.)
May 21, 1969 NVMA #1969-5 (Progress Ed.)
Aug 26, 1970 NVMA #1970-20 (Back to School)
May 19, 1971 NVMA #1971-13 (Progress Ed.)
May 31, 1972 NVMA #1972-2 (Supplement only)
Jan 29, 1975 NVMA #1975-14 and #1975-16 (Lonsdale Ave.)
Mar 4, 1975 NVMA #1975-23 (Opening Capilano Mall)
Apr 23, 1980 NVMA #1980-2 and #1980-18

Aug 18, 1905 Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4 (Incomplete First Edition, very fragile)
Aug 25, 1905 NVMA #1905-2 (First edition)
Nov 10, 1905 NVMA #1905-9
Dec 29, 1905 NVMA #1905-8
Aug 10, 1906 NVMA #1906-2
Dec 7, 1906 NVMA #1906-3
Jun 28, 1907 NVMA # 1907-1 and Row 11, Bay3, Shelf 4
Nov 13, 1908 NVMA #1908-5 (Supplemental)
Aug 9, 1910 NVMA #1910-7
Easter Development Edition 1911 NVMA #1911-1
Aug 11, 1911 NVMA #1911-3
Empire Day Prosperity Edition 1912 NVMA #1912-2

The Indian Voice was a newspaper produced in Vancouver.

Volume 12, No 6 June 1980 NVMA #1980-9

Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4

May 4, 1939 NVMA #1939-17
Feb 28, 1941
Jun 7, 1945
April 6, 1962
Aug 24, 1962
Mar 11, 1965
Apr 21, 1966
Jan 12, 1967
Dec 4, (Sect. 2&3) 1969
May Supplement 1971
Jul Progress Ed. 1971 NVMA #1971-3

Vol. IV, No. 4 1950 NVMA #1950-6
Vol. V, No. 3 1951 NVMA #1951-10
Vol V, No. 11 1951 NVMA #1951-11
Vol VI, No. 1 January 1952 NVMA #1952-12
Special Pauline Johnson Centenary Edition July 1961. NVMA #1961-7

Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4

Nov 5, 1952

North Vancouver High School fonds 43, Series 3
1923 – 1979

Series consists of: five volumes of the first handwritten issues of “The School Spirit,” the first ten printed issues of “The School Spirit,” issues of “Nova High News,” “The Norseman,” “The Green Machine,” “Nova News,” and one issue of “NVSS News Special.” Newspapers include: school news, poetry, essays, art work, sports reports, interviews, photographs, and other features. Also included are: an issue of the 1951 North Shore News (which was edited by the North Vancouver High School Press Club), a letter regarding the printing of the first school newspaper in 1923, and other certificates and correspondence regarding the school newspaper. Newspapers are arranged chronologically. More details on the archives database.

Extra copies Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 5.

Oct 1923
Mar 1945
[? ] [1945/46]
Jan, Feb 1946
Apr 1950
Apr, Sep, Dec 1951
Feb, Jun 1952
Oct, Dec 1954
Jan, Apr, Jun, Nov, Dec 1955
Feb, Jun 1956
Nov, Dec 1957
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Nov 1958
Dec 1959
Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec 1960
Feb, Oct, Nov 1961
Feb, Mar, May, Jun 1962
Jan, Mar, May, Jun, Nov 1964
Mar, Apr, May, Jun 1966
Dec 1967
Feb 1968
Oct 1969
Dec 1971
Jun, Nov 1972
Mar, Apr, Jun 1973
Vol 3, issue 1 [1974]
May 1974
Jun 1974
(?) [1974]
Nov 1974
Dec 1974
8 un-dated issues [1974]?
May 1977
Nov 1977
Issue 3, 4 1978
Souvenir edition 1979

Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4

Jan 7, 31, 1913
Jul 14, 24, 1914
Sept 1, 1914
Jun 22, (incomplete) 1917 NVMA #1917-2 (Prosperity Supplement)
Jun 13, 1919 NVMA #1919-7
May 13, 1921 NVMA #1921-6 (incorp. North Shore Kiwanis Club)
July 22, 1921 NVMA Fonds 43, Series 5, Subseries 4
Jan 20, 1922
Aug 17, 1923
Jul/Aug 1925 NVMA #1925-12
May 6, (incomplete) 1927 NVMA #1927-10 (Prosperity Supplement)
Apr 3, 1931 NVMA #1931-5 (Supplement)
Oct 20, 1933
Nov 25, 1938
Jul 19, 1940
Dec 5, 1941 NVMA #1941-8 (Supplement)
Dec photocopy 1941
Sept photocopy 1942
Jan photocopy 1943
May 9, 1947 NVMA #1947-2 and (Nat’l Hospital Day)
1956 NVMA #1956-4 (Opening of PGE)

Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4

Oct 1, 1971
Oct 30, 1974

Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4

Mar 15, 1972
May 1, 15, 1972
Jul 1, 1972
Nov 1, 1972

Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4

Sept 17, 1989
Jan 4, 1998

Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4

Aug 17, 1950
Feb 21, 1951
Aug 29, 1951 NVMA #1951-17
Feb 1, 1952
May 16, 1952
Mar 10, 1955 (2 copies)
Aug 31, 1956
Dec 20, 1957
Nov 28, 1957
May 16, 1962

Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4

Aug 5, 12, 19, 1955
Aug 24, 1956

Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4

Apr 1, 1971

Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4

Feb 22, 1931 (Water Supply)
Jul 29, 1933 (First Narrows)
[1956] (PGE Development Progress Issue (possibly The Province)
Jun 18, 1958 (Collapse of the Second Narrows)

The Review was established in 1926 by John Melvin Bryan, publishing Vol I Number 1 in September of that year. The publication was a weekly newspaper that came out on Thursdays. Although it has little to do with North Vancouver, the issues are interesting time capsules for what was happening in Canada.

Sep 17, 1926 – Sep 1927 NVMA Item #948
Jun 30, 1927 NVMA #1927-11
1929 NVMA #1929-6
1930 NVMA #1930-2
Jan 4, 1934 Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4
1936 NVMA #1936-9
Sep 1936 – Sep 1937 NVMA Item #1162
1939 NVMA #1939-6
1940 NVMA #1940-3
1941 NVMA #1941-9

Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 5

Jan 6, 1972
Mar 5, 19, 26, 1975
Apr 2, 16, 23, 30, 1975
May 14, 21, 28, 1975
Jun 4, 11, 18, 25, 1975
Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1975
Aug 13, 20, 27, 1975
Sept3, 10, 24, 1975
Oct 8, 15, 29, 1975
Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, 1975
Dec 3, 10, 17, 31, 1975
Dec 30, 1976

Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4

Aug 27, 1956 NVMA 1956-11 (PGE Opening)
Jun 18, 1958

Row 11, Bay 3, Shelf 4

Jul 19, 1934

Explore The Archives Database

To find out more information about newspapers available at the Archives of North Vancouver, we invite you to browse our online database. You can search for specific newspaper issues by typing in the name of the newspaper as a ‘keyword’. Specific date ranges or years in the ‘Date’ field will help narrow down results if desired. Hit ‘Search’ to see a list of items.

Select the hyperlinked title of an item on the list to get a description.

If the selection is of interest for viewing, click the ‘Request’ button from the menu above the description to correspond by email. Staff may be able to send a snapshot of a specific article that you are searching for. If you would like to see the item in person, use the booking calendar to make an appointment.

Other Newspaper Holdings

While we have retained a small selection of printed issues and issues on microfilm, other institutions are better suited to digitizing newspapers and providing access online. Below is a list of Libraries and Archives that provide access to newspapers in print, microfilm and digitized versions.

The library keeps the following newspapers in microform:

The Express: Aug. 1905 – Dec. 1912
North Shore Press: Jan. – Feb. 1913, Jan. 1914 – Dec. 1951
North Shore Times: April 1926 – Dec. 1926
North Shore Review: Jan. 1952 – July 1957
North Vancouver District News: Jan. 1954 – July 1957
Lions Gate Times: Feb. 1939 – Dec. 1972
The Citizen: April 24 1958 – April 23, 1980
North Shore Shopper: Jan. 1970 – Dec. 1971, Jan. 1974 – Dec. 1975
North Shore News: Jan. – Dec. 1976
North Shore News: Jan. 1976 – Dec. 2000
The Citizen: July 1977 – Apr. 1980
North Shore News: Jan. 2001 – Dec. 2006
North Shore News: Jan. 2007 to most recent

The library keeps the following North Shore News in microform as well as more recent digital editions in both English and Chinese:

North Shore News [Newspaper] | North Vancouver District Public Library | BiblioCommons

North Shore News 1985-2000 – microfiche
North Shore News 2001-current – microfilm
NS NEWS 2018 onwards – Digital Edition
NS News 2018 onwards – Chinese Edition

West Van News

This site includes issues from 1926 to 1938.

Issues of current newspapers are often available. For the local North Shore papers, back issues are kept in reference storage until microfilmed.

North Shore Press: January 1913 – April 1958
The North Shore Times: 1926 April-December
West Vancouver News: 1958?
North Shore Review :1952-July 1957
North Vancouver District News: Jan. 1954 – June 1956. July 1956-July 1957
North Shore News: 1976 onward (microfiche Nov. 1984 –Dec 2000)

The Express

This site includes issues from 1905-1912. This North Vancouver newspaper is among a collection of over 30 digitized community newspapers from throughout British Columbia that serve municipal and cultural communities in BC. Open Collections – UBC Digitized Newspapers

British Columbia Newspapers collection includes every issue, cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format of the following publications:

Vancouver Sun – 1912 – present (3 months embargo)
The Province – 1898 – present (3 months embargo)
Times-Colonist – 1884 – present (3 months embargo)

*Requires a library card.

The Times Colonist – The British Colonist

Contains all the issues of the British Colonist (published today as The Victoria Times Colonist; previously called The Daily British Colonist, The Daily Colonist, and other variants) from its first issue in 1858 to December 1980.

The Native Voice

Selected issues from 1947 – 1955.

Cultural community newspapers

This site includes newspapers that served a wide range of cultural communities in BC.

You can search for descriptions of North Vancouver publications held in the Archives Library using this database:
Search Results – Royal BC Museum and Archives Library (libraries.coop)

Capilano Chronicle 88-89
North Shore Citizen 1971-1980 (Did it merge w/ NSN?)
NS News microfilmed by Leg Lib Aug-Dec 1969, 1976-1985, missing 1986, 1987-1997
North Shore Press 1913-1958
North Shore Review 1932-1951

The Legislative Library of British Columbia has a unique collection of historical newspapers including British Columbia newspapers on microfilm and bound newspapers. The library also offers a subject index of BC news articles covering 1900-2007 as a finding aid. All of the library’s newspaper holdings are listed in the catalogue: https://llbc.ent.sirsidynix.net/client/en_GB/main.

NS News full text 2001-yesterday, Canadian Newstream
North Shore Shopper – bound newspapers 1969-1975

BC historical newspaper access through ProQuest. No login needed. Must have BC or Yukon IP address to access.

The Province (1894 – 2010)
Vancouver Sun (1912 – 2010)
Times Colonist ( 1884 -2010)