Abstract

In nineteenth-century British Columbia pioneers established libraries and fostered literary activities as part of the colonial project. Colonists believed that such institutions and activities were central to creating and maintaining a successful pioneer society. Victoria's political and cultural leadership as the capital, in fact, used libraries and literary activities generally as instruments of colonial power. This article explores the establishment of libraries and reading rooms in Victoria, the origins of the public library movement in British Columbia, and the impact of libraries and reading material on colonial society.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2166-3033
Print ISSN
2164-8034
Pages
pp. 50-72
Launched on MUSE
2011-03-04
Open Access
No
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