Collection OSC-ARC-01 - Doug and Joyce Cox Research Collection

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Doug and Joyce Cox Research Collection

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  • Multiple media

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  • ca. [1973] - [2009] (Collection)
    Cox, Doug
  • 1860-2009 (Creation)
    Collection of existing materials and creation of original materials

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12.2m of graphic and other materials

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Custodial history

The primary collector/creator, Doug Cox, acquired custody of collected materials (or copies thereof) beginning in the 1970s while he was living on the road leading to Apex Mountain, near Penticton B.C. Through engaging with his neighbours, he learned the historical narratives of local residents. After showing an interest in the history, Cox reports that "the locals kept feeding me with photos and information."

Over time, his developing interest in the history of the Okanagan and Similkameen led him to develop a network of contacts that allowed him access to the original custodians of his photograph and manuscript collections. His reputation as an historian attracted unsolicited donations as well.

Many of the collected photos were copied to negative film. The status and location of the originals is largely unknown.

(Source: Cox, May 25 2015).

Scope and content

Collection reflects Doug Cox’s career as and historian, author, and publisher (Skookum Publications, Penticton, BC). Cox wrote 13 books, largely on Okanagan history, and predominantly dealing with themes of industry. Doug Cox also published four others by other authors and Joyce Cox performed editorial work for all Skookum publications. These books are housed in UBCO Library Special Collections.

The ollection is comprised predominantly of photographic material. There are approximately 10,000 photographic images: prints in various standard dimensions (8"x10", 5"x7", 4"x6" (predominant), 2"x3") and custom dimensions, predominantly in black and white; slide transparencies in black and white and colour; negatives, predominantly 2"x3" or 4"x5" and in black and white; digital photographs in black and white and colour contained on CDs with Appleworks formatted word processing files (embedded photos) and one La Cie hard drive

Photographic coverage extends from the 1870s to approximately 2008, with the period 1900-1970s predominant. Original photographs by Doug Cox cover the 1970s through approximately 2008.

The collection also features a series of audio cassettes containing sound recordings of oral histories recorded in the 1980s and 1990s with associated transcriptions by Joyce Cox. Research files, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks (1980s-1990s), microfilms of Calgary-area newspapers (1870s-1900s) VHS tapes, maps of the Okanagan (dates uncertain, predominantly 1910s-1960s), government publications, postcards, and ephemera. Government documents (primarily Province of British Columbia, c. 1910-1960s) include topographical maps, tree farm license maps, mineral claims maps, taxation records, forestry examination sketches and other records.

Geography covered is predominantly the Shuswap, Okanagan, Similkameen, Boundary, Kootenay, Nicola and Thompson regions of British Columbia, with sparser coverage of outlying areas as well.

Themes treated include mining, ranching, forestry, agriculture and orchard cultivation, industry and infrastructure, landscapes and cityscapes, sports and recreation, community life, and family documentation.

The collection is arranged into eight series: Doug Cox Manuscripts, Doug Cox Photographs, Doug Cox Videos, Doug Cox Interviews, Collected Materials, Research Files, Maps, Donor File. A supporting archival arrangement file is also included with the aggregation.

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Physical condition

Good physical condition with the exception of some maps and photographs. Efforts to conserve and rehouse folded maps and photographs will be ongoing.

Immediate source of acquisition

Collection acquired directly from Doug and Joyce Cox


The intellectual arrangement has been constructed separately of the physical arrangement. Received physical order post monetary appraisal at UBC RBSC in Vancouver has been respected and maintained with the numbering of boxes serving as indication of record keeping system. While the collector/creator claims that the materials are in no particular arrangement or order (source: Cox, May 25 2015) evidence of groupings are detectable with research files, audio tapes, and photographs forming general currents of organization. Archival arrangement has been founded primarily on a functional basis, and secondarily on principles of provenance, media type, and alphabetical order within series/subseries. A briefing of the rational for series in included in the arrangement file.

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Prose finding aid is under development and will be available by the end of June, 2015.

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Created 11 June, 2015 by Paige Hohmann

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Doug Cox, e-mail communication to archivist, May 25, 2015

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