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Alberni Valley Museum Historic Photograph Collection

Presenting the historic photograph collection online has long been an objective of the Alberni Valley Museum. It provides broad access to the collection, as researchers and visitors have the option of searching the collection from outside the museum, and it helps to preserve the collection by allowing images to be viewed without the wear of handling or exposure to light that occurs when looking at the original artifacts.

Scanning the historic photograph collection is an ongoing project, and new images are added as they become available.

We are grateful to the funders and supporters who made this online project possible:

  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, British Columbia History Digitization Program
  • Dr. Linda Warren
  • City of Port Alberni Information Services Department

The Alberni Valley Museum enjoys ongoing support from the BC Arts Council and the City of Port Alberni.

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Tips for Searching the Collection

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Hanley Ranch will return records associated with Hanley OR Ranch). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Rocky Pine Ranch"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.