The Prince Rupert Newspaper Archives exist to make the journaled history of Prince Rupert, British Columbia and the surrounding area more accessible to everyone. Our digital archive will eventually encompass our entire microfilm newspaper collection, as funding and licencing permit.

Some of the northwestern BC newspapers not in our collection may be found in the University of British Columbia's BC Historical Newspapers collection. These include The North Coast (from Lax-Kw'alaams, then called Port Simpson), The Sun (Port Essington), and the Prince Rupert Optimist.

We provide additional information in the following sections for those interested in learning more about the necessary components.


This website has been deployed and is administered and hosted by the Prince Rupert Public Library in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Will Matheson is the technical lead, and the initiative is under the supervision of Joe Zelwietro, Chief Librarian.

We use the Islandora framework for managing digital assets, deployed using ISLE. We are grateful for the support of maintainers and users of Islandora and ISLE and Drupal (this interface), directly and indirectly, without which this project would have entailed reinventing the wheel.

The Prince Rupert Daily News is shared courtesy of Black Press. The original microfilms were created by the Commonwealth Microfilm Library, which retains the masters. Commonwealth Imaging is now part of West Canadian Digital Imaging, which has performed the digital scanning from the microfilm masters. Funding for this has been granted by the UBC's Irving K. Barber Learning Centre's BC History Digitization Program.


The server hardware has been purchased from local vendor DB Digital Communications (Data Boy). We connect to the internet through CityWest.

The CPU is an 8-core Intel Xeon Silver 4108 running 2 threads per core. Motherboard is a microATX X11SPM-F by SuperMicro. Operating system is Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. The software and our collections are housed on four 4TB 7200RPM disks.