The Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection contains more than 25,000 rare and unique items, including documents, books, maps, posters, paintings, photographs, tableware, and other artifacts.
Donated to UBC Library in 1999, the Chung Collection represents an unique and extensive research collection of items in various formats related to early British Columbia history, immigration and settlement, particularly of Chinese people in North America, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. One of the most exceptional and extensive collections of its kind in North America, the Chung Collection has been designated as a national treasure by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board.
Permanently housed in UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections, the Chung Collection is available to scholars and members of the public in British Columbia and beyond for generations to come.
The Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection exhibition room in Rare Books and Special Collections at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is temporarily closed until further notice for ongoing maintenance and renovations. During the closure, explore the collection through this video series, which covers the main themes of the Chung Collection, and a virtual tour of the space. Many items from the Chung Collection are also available to view in UBC Library Open Collections. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Please note that some materials may be unavailable due to mechanical issues with the Library’s automated storage system (ASRS). Please contact us in advance of your visit to confirm that materials are accessible.