A lot of books have been
written about Vancouver and its environs. This file, started in
March 2007, is intended to describe many of them. Our thanks and
gratitude to Karen Cannon of the Friends of the Vancouver Public
Library for her terrific (and ongoing) work on this project.
In 1999 the Vancouver Public
Library produced a poster titled Vancouver in Print: 100 Books
from a Century Past. These books—intended to give a broad view
of the many kinds of books published about the city—are indicated
below with the legend: VIP. It was this list of titles that
began this feature.
Many hundreds of other books
will be added to this page as time goes on. Inquiries about any
of them can be made at any branch of the Vancouver Public Library.
Not all these titles are available at VPL. Some
are in the UBC Library system, and some at Vancouver City Archives.
And for a superb and thorough
listing of all books about British Columbia and by British Columbians,
we recommend a visit to: www.abcbookworld.com.
An asterisk * indicates the book was a winner of
the City of Vancouver Book Award.
1880 - 1889
City of Vancouver voters' list, 1886.
List of persons entitled to vote at Municipal Elections for
1886. Since only property owners could vote, a description
of land owned is next to the name of the voter. VIP
British Columbia. An act to incorporate the
City of Vancouver.
The town of Granville and vicinity are incorporated as the City
(Statutes. 1886. Chapter 32)
Smith, Henry Badeley. Plan of the city of
Vancouver, western terminus of the Canadian Pacific
Railway/compiled from registered plans and latest surveys by H.B.
Smith, civil engineer, 1886.
Adopted as the official map of the city of Vancouver by the
mayor and council, June 1886.
Picken, M. City of Vancouver,
terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway: British Columbia handbook.
Information on the progress of Vancouver as an important commercial
center: an economic review with a table showing market prices of
goods (e.g.12 loaves of bread for $1.00). Includes a small classified
directory and advertisements by local businesses.
Draper, Thomas. Vancouver city directory,
Containing a Complete Business and General Directory of the
City of Vancouver. This was the first work of its kind undertaken
in Vancouver. VIP
Mohun, E. The sewerage system of Vancouver,
Plans and specifications of sewers for the most densely populated
area; with a defense for using a system made of wood.
(Canadian Society of Civil Engineers. Transactions. Session 1888.
Paper no. 20)
Oppenheimer, David. Vancouver city, its progress
and industries: with practical hints for capitalists and intending
Written by Mayor Oppenheimer and City Council to answer the
many “enquiries from all parts of the Dominion and Great Britain”
expressing interest in opportunities in Vancouver.
Smith, H.B. Vancouver water works.
Illustrated technical report on the building of Vancouver’s
water distribution system.