First published in the spring of 1969, BC Studies, a quarterly devoted to the understanding of British Columbia, has played a unique role in the intellectual life of the province. Housed at the University of British Columbia from its inception, BC Studies is a respected peer reviewed journal, an important publishing venue of original research from a diverse group of scholars, and a training ground for students. Through its focus on British Columbia, BC Studiesprovides a regional link between disciplines in the arts and social sciences, between larger analytical literatures and local archival collections, and between the scholarly community and passionate generalists. A typical issue contains four or five articles, twenty-five book reviews by authorities in the field, and a bibliography of books, articles, theses, and government publications on British Columbia. Articles are drawn from a number of fields including anthropology, archaeology, archival sciences, art, art history, demography, economics, education, First Nations and indigenous studies, gender studies, geography, history, linguistics, literature, museology, music, photography, political science, and sociology.

BC Studies is supported by the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University,  University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria, and Vancouver Island University. In 1971 it obtained the support of the Canada Council, and subsequently of SSHRC—the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada—whose continued support is invaluable.