Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs

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The Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs consists of more than 7,900 images from 77 albums. This collection includes extensive coverage of B.C. from the 1850s to the 1950s and includes photographs in a wide variety of formats and genres including albums, diaries, portraits, landscapes and city/townscapes. 

The digital collection is a subset of The Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs, donated by Uno and Dianne Langmann and Uno Langmann Limited, which consists of more than 20,000 rare and unique items from the 1850s to the 1970s. It is considered the premiere private collection of early provincial photos, and an important illustrated history of early photographic methods.

Images from the collection are being digitized on an ongoing basis. Library users will be able to request items from the physical collection through UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.

Contextual Statement  

The Uno Langmann Family of BC Historical Photographs Collection contains harmful racist terminology, imagery and content reflecting the systemic oppression of Indigenous peoples and racialized communities. Examples include materials created by non-Indigenous people and organizations which reflect complex and unique relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples as a shared history developed between their different cultures, races, ethnicities and ways of living. We include this material to document, acknowledge and reflect upon this history, while we recognize that much remains to be done towards reconciliation and justice and inclusion of oppressed peoples.  

To read more about Indigenous historical context and terminology, please consult the Indigenous Peoples Histories and Archives guide. For additional information about problematic content please consult the Open Collections User Advisory and UBC Library's Culturally Sensitive Material Statement and Process.