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[Spontaneity Went Out With Spartacus]

File contains an essay written by Ian McDonald on the Lenkurt strike and his father's role within the strike; the full title is "Spontaneity Went Out With Spartacus: IBEW Local 213, Les McDonald, and the Lenkurt Strike of 1966." Ian...

Ian McDonald collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1783
  • Collection
  • [1910?]-2017

The collection contains materials related to Ian McDonald's Master's thesis research on the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 213 “Class conflict and political factionalism: a history of Local 213 of the Inter...

McDonald, Ian

Thesis research

The series contains materials collected by Ian McDonald for the purposes of writing his Master’s thesis on the history of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 213, from 1901 to 1961. Materials within the series include ...

[Personal correspondence (2 of 2)]

File contains letters related to Les McDonald's personal life, including eulogies written for Bill Stewart and Herb Crabtree, correspondence from and related to his father, and a copy of Charles Boylan's "Learn From the Teacher By N...

Art O'Keeffe papers

The subseries contains materials collected by Art O’Keeffe, former business manager of the IBEW Local 213, including correspondence and legal documentation regarding his suspension from the union following the Lenkurt strike in 1966. Also contains...

O’Keeffe, Art, b. 1918

Collected papers

The series contains materials belonging to Ian McDonald’s father, Leslie (Les) McDonald, and other figures involved in IBEW Local 213. Materials relate predominantly to the activities of IBEW Local 213, though some papers also relate to Les McDona...

[Personal correspondence (1 of 2)]

File contains letters related to Les McDonald's personal life, including eulogies written for Bill Stewart and Herb Crabtree, correspondence from and related to his father, and a copy of Charles Boylan's "Learn From the Teacher By N...

Court Cases

File contains full text decisions of B.C. Dist. Telegraph Co. v. IBEW Local 213 (1965); IBEW Local 28 v. IBEW and Gordon Freeman, IBEW President (1961) and IBEW Local 28 v. IBEW Local 24 (1963). Although the file was explicitly grouped with the Ar...

Les McDonald papers

The subseries contains materials collected by and about Les McDonald including notebooks on his union activities and his participation at the Community Party Education Camp in 1964, newspaper articles he wrote, documents related to the appeal of h...

McDonald, Les, 1933-2017

[E. Tilford Fenton papers]

File contains Ian McDonald's archival research related to E. Tilford Fenton, member of IBEW 213 and executive board representative from 1912-13. Also contains a copy of an IBEW Pacific District Council Report from April 4, 1913.

[Postcards sent to Bill & Dora Stewart (3 of 3)]

File contains postcards sent by Les McDonald to Bill and Dora Stewart. The written contents of the postcards revolve around McDonald's travel with the International Olympic Committee to establish triathlon as an Olympic sport, though he discu...

[Postcards sent to Bill & Dora Stewart (1 of 3)]

File contains postcards sent by Les McDonald to Bill and Dora Stewart. The written contents of the postcards revolve around McDonald's travel with the International Olympic Committee to establish triathlon as an Olympic sport, though he discu...

[Postcards sent to Bill & Dora Stewart (2 of 3)]

File contains postcards sent by Les McDonald to Bill and Dora Stewart. The written contents of the postcards revolve around McDonald's travel with the International Olympic Committee to establish triathlon as an Olympic sport, though he discu...

Local 213 - Contemporary Clippings

File contains later newspapers clippings related to IBEW Local 213 collected by Ian McDonald after the submission of his Master's thesis. Also contains George Gee's obituary and memorial service program.

Cypress Bowl Issue

File contains newspaper articles and memoranda related to the privatization of Cypress Bowl Park's cross-country ski trails.

[Charles (Charlie) Caron file]

File contains a photocopy of Charlie Caron's autobiography, describing his involvement in labour issues in Canada in the the 1930s primarily. Caron also provides a historical account of the activities of the Communist Party of Canada up to th...

Union notes [(2 of 3)]

File contains notebooks, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes and pamphlets related to Les McDonald's union activities with IBEW Local 213.

Lenkurt papers

The subseries contains materials related to the 1966 wildcat strike by IBEW Local 213 workers at Lenkurt Electric, in which 257 members participated in a walkout that resulted in the loss of their jobs. A large number of the group were women prote...

[Lenkurt newspaper articles (1 of 2)]

File contains articles from various Vancouver-area newspapers documenting the events of the Lenkurt strike in 1966. Also contains an obituary for Jim Kinnaird and a retrospective article in the Pacific Tribune written in 1986.

Union notes [(1 of 3)]

File contains notebooks, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes and pamphlets related to Les McDonald's union activities with IBEW Local 213.

[Lenkurt newspaper articles (2 of 2)]

File contains articles from various Vancouver-area newspapers documenting the events of the Lenkurt strike in 1966. Also contains an obituary for Jim Kinnaird and a retrospective article in the Pacific Tribune written in 1986.

Union notes [(3 of 3)]

File contains notebooks, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes and pamphlets related to Les McDonald's union activities with IBEW Local 213.

Alex Dorland

File contains remarks made by Frank G. Hanson at Alex Dorland's funeral service, a photocopied letter of condolence from Sid McArton and handwritten notes by Ian McDonald from an interview about Dorland.

Transcripted interviews

File contains handwritten transcripts from interviews Ian McDonald conducted with Malcolm "Cal" Morrison, Larry Jack, John Carson, Mr. & Mrs. Howard Hume, Edmund Morrison, Fred Hoppe and Roland Gerwin.

BC Electric Histories

File contains an annual report from BC Hydro (1984-1985), a brochure showing the BC Hydro Electric Transmission System in March 1983 and BC Hydro "pocket facts" (1985). Also contains photocopies of "The Stave Falls Power Development...

[Published articles]

File contains published articles written by Les McDonald on labour issues and sport. Also contains handwritten notes by Les McDonald which may have been used for a LiveWire article.

[Collected newspaper clippings]

File contains newspaper clippings from the Province, the Sun, Pacific Tribune and the Barker, mostly related to Art O'Keeffe or the use of injunctions in labor disputes.

Collins Overland Telegraph - Kathleen Fitzgerald

File contains a photocopy of a "booklength feature" in The Canada West Magazine on the Collins Overland Telegraph, a telegraph system planned to stretch from San Francisco to London. The BC-Yukon section of the telegraph line is discusse...

[IBEW suspension appeals (2 of 2)]

File contains correspondence and legal documents related to Les McDonald's appeal of his suspension from IBEW Local 213 following his involvement in the Lenkurt Strike.

[IBEW suspension appeals (1 of 2)]

File contains correspondence and legal documents related to Les McDonald's appeal of his suspension from IBEW Local 213 following his involvement in the Lenkurt Strike.

West Kootenay Power & Light

File contains a West Kootenay Power 85th Anniversary Edition of the Hi-Lines newsletter, a shareholder report from Cominco, a timeline of agreements between West Kootenay Power and IBEW Local B-287 from 1946-1947, and the business card of Jack Fis...

W. F. Dunne file

File contains material photocopied by Ian McDonald related to William F. Dunne, union leader and state legislator in Montana during the early 20th century as well as a former business agent of IBEW Local 213; of particular interest for McDonald ar...

[Labour During the Cold War - James L. Turk paper]

File contains a copy of a paper presented by James L. Turk of the University of Toronto at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Oral History Association in June 1980. The full title of the paper is "Labour During the Cold War: Oral History in t...

IBEW Local 213 papers

The subseries contains materials related to the activities of IBEW Local 213 between 1949 and the mid-1970s, including affidavits, reports, correspondence and newspapers. Documented within the subseries is the internal conflict between the IBEW’s ...

[Issues of 213 Live Wire (2 of 3)]

File contains various issues of "213 Live Wire," the newspaper of IBEW Local 213. A few copies of "Live Wire," the newspaper of the Canadian Union for Electrical Workers are also within the file, as well as some IBEW Local 213 ...

[Issues of 213 Live Wire (1 of 3)]

File contains various issues of "213 Live Wire," the newspaper of IBEW Local 213. A few copies of "Live Wire," the newspaper of the Canadian Union for Electrical Workers are also within the file, as well as some IBEW Local 213 ...

[Issues of 213 Live Wire (3 of 3)]

File contains various issues of "213 Live Wire," the newspaper of IBEW Local 213. A few copies of "Live Wire," the newspaper of the Canadian Union for Electrical Workers are also within the file, as well as some IBEW Local 213 ...

Patricia Roy articles

File contains three photocopied articles written by University of Victoria History professor Patricia Roy: "Direct Management from Abroad: The Formative Years of the British Columbia Electric Railway," "The Illumination of Victoria:...

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