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University of British Columbia Library Okanagan Special Collections
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Doug and Joyce Cox Research Collection

  • CA OSC-ARC-01
  • Collection
  • 1860-2009

Collection reflects Doug Cox’s career as an 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 bo...

Simpson Family fonds

  • CA OSC-ARC-02
  • Fonds
  • 1906-2009

The fonds consists of two separate streams of documentation. The first consists of documents, photographs, and artifacts pertaining to the operations of a succession of sawmills and wood manufacturing plants founded by Stanley Merriam Simpson (b. ...

S.M. Simpson Ltd. Labour Relations

Subseries consists of documentation of the interactions between S.M. Simpson Ltd. and its workforce.Includes union documents featuring collective agreements, union charters, legal records of dispute, seniority lists, wage lists, payroll records, a...

S.M. Simpson Ltd.

Christmas Card

Fine art Christmas card depicting the retail outlet for Kelowna Sawmill.

Sharron J. Simpson Photographs

Series consists of photographs taken by, or collected by, Sharron J. Simpson. Subjects documented include sawmill operations, 1999 reunion of former S.M.S. Ltd. employees, and the Okanagan fruit industry, as well as deliberate photographs taken pr...

Research Files

Series is comprised of materials documenting Sharron J. Simpson’s efforts to collect external information about various aspects of her family history centering mainly on the history of S.M.S. Ltd., but not including research particular to the Simp...

Fletcher Challenge Photographic Record

Subseries is comprised of photographs, primarily group portraits marking various mill safety landmarks and candid photographs of Fletcher Challenge Canada Ltd. lumberyard in Kelowna, BC

Fletcher Challenge Canada Limited

Simpson Covenant Case

Series documents Sharron J. Simpson’s activism as the leader of a legal initiative challenging the proposed dissolution of the Simpson Covenant, a restrictive land sale agreement made between her grandfather, Stanley M. Simpson and the City of Kel...

S.M. Simpson Ltd. Civic Engagement

Subseries contains documentation of the awarding of the Freedom of the City of Kelowna to S.M. Simpson in 1957Includes declaration, speaking notes, and other documents. Related photographs available in S.M. Simpson Photographic Record subseries.

S.M. Simpson Ltd.

S.M. Simpson Ltd. Publicity

Subseries contains newspaper clippings, copies of newspaper clippings, and tear sheets from publications which provide press coverage of the activities of S.M. Simpson Ltd. and which were published during the operational tenure of the business.Sub...

S.M. Simpson Ltd.

S.M. Simpson Ltd. Collected Retrospectives

Subseries consists of various compiled manuscripts and informally published materials either relating directly to the historical narrative of S.M. Simpson Ltd. or to aspects of its operations.Date range extends beyond the corporate existence of S....

S.M. Simpson Ltd. Administrative Files

Subseries contains documentation of the auxiliary functions of S.M. Simpson Ltd. carried out in support of substantive mill and wood processing operations.Includes correspondence, meeting minutes, organizational chart, and document register.

S.M. Simpson Ltd.

S.M. Simpson Ltd. Plywood Plant

Subseries consists of compiled records, photographs, and memorabilia commemorating and documenting the development, launch, and reception of the S.M. Simpson Ltd. Plywood plant between the years 1957 and 1959.

S.M. Simpson Ltd.

S.M. Simpson Ltd. Financial Files

Subseries consists of remaining financial records describing the debits and credits of S.M. Simpson prior to the founding of S.M. Simpson Ltd, as well as those generated as a natural byproduct of operations of the enterprise, S.M. Simpson Ltd.Cont...

S.M. Simpson Ltd.

Crown Zellerbach Canada

Series is comprised of the documentary record generated by the business activities of Crown Zellerbach Canada Ltd (Southern Interior Wood Products) which purchased the business holdings of S.M. Simpson Ltd. in 1965.For several years after the acqu...

Crown Zellerbach Canada

Sharron J. Simpson sous fonds

Sous fonds provides documentation of Sharron J. Simpson’s activities between the years of approximately 1994 to 2009. Sous fonds is predominantly concerned with Sharron J. Simpson’s leadership in the Simpson Covenant court case in 2007 and 2008, a...

S.M. Simpson Ltd. Business Operations

Subseries consists of contractor information, mill operations specifications and rules, notes, reports, customer and sales information, compiled descriptions of forestry sites, strategic planning, and geographical resources

S.M. Simpson Ltd.

Fletcher Challenge Canada Limited

Fletcher Challenged purchased Crown Zellerbach in 1981, and changed its name to Crown Forest; following this, the operations formerly known as S.M. Simpson Ltd. were known by this name. In 1987 Fletcher Challenge purchased B.C. Forest Products and...

Fletcher Challenge Canada Limited

Seasonal Photographs

File contains photographs of life in the Okanagan, including depictions of seasonal activities and scenes (sailing and sunbathing in summer, snow scenes in winter). The last photograph in the file commemorates West Kootenay Power and Light's ...

Slides

File contains black and white and colour slide transparencies, primarily depicting the Crown Zellerbach Canada era of S.M. Simpson Ltd., including promotional presentation slides, aerial photographs of buildings and sites, and slides of photograph...

Negatives

File contains black and white negatives, primarily of photographs existing in print found elsewhere in the subseries. Unique images include several colour photographic negatives of a "mid-life crisis" celebration. Contains negatives of p...

Framed Photographs

File contains five framed photographs, all of which are duplicates of other photographs found elsewhere in the subseries.

Framed Graphic Materials

File contains framed graphic materials. There is a framed collage of newspaper clippings, a commemorative print of the Stanley M. Simpson Knox Mountain Trust, a drawing of the S.M. Simpson Ltd. sawmill and a portrait of Stanley Merriam Simpson.

Oversize Photographs 2

File contains oversized photographs. Three photographs are aerials taken by Aero Surveys Ltd., and Hans Giesen of B.C. Ltd., commissioned by S.M. Simpson Ltd., two photographs are from the early days of the lumber industry, and one photograph is o...

Oversize Photographs 1

File contains oversized materials. Some of the materials are oversized overflow from other files (which have not been included in photograph count), as well as scanned and/or photocopied images printed on tabloid-sized paper. The majority of the p...

Blue Grouse Mountain Fire 1952 sub-file

Sub-file consists of photographs depicting the August 1952 fire on Blue Grouse Mountain fire in West Kelowna, taken from various locations in Kelowna, including the waterfront at Bernard Avenue and Manhattan Point, and perhaps from Paul's Tom...

Forestry/ Logging

File consists of graphic materials depicting the forestry- and logging-related activities of S.M. Simpson Ltd., showcasing logging sites, forestry and silviculture operations, log dumps, machinery and equipment, and forestry employees.Includes pho...

Aero Surveys Ltd. sub-file

Sub-file consists of aerial photographs taken by Aero Surveys Ltd., commissioned by S.M. Simpson Ltd. Photographs include those taken of downtown Kelowna near the waterfront, showing the Manhattan Point location of S.M. Simpson Ltd. sawmill, as we...

1960s Aerials sub-file

Sub-file consists of aerial photographs commissioned by S.M. Simpson Ltd. in the 1960s, depicting the S.M. Simpson Ltd. sawmill location at Manhattan Point in Kelowna.

1950s Aerials sub-file

Sub-file consists of aerial photographs commissioned by S.M. Simpson Ltd. in the 1950s, depicting the downtown Kelowna area near the waterfront, showing the location of the S.M. Simpson Ltd. sawmill.

Aerials Master File

An album of aerial photographs and photographs taken from Knox Mountain, commissioned by S.M. Simpson Ltd from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. Depicts the S.M. Simpson Ltd. Mill on the shore of Okanagan Lake at Manhattan Point, adjacent to Kelown...

"M.V. Stanley" sub-file

Sub-file consists of graphic materials showcasing the M.V. (Motor Vessel) "Stanley M," one of the S.M. Simpson Ltd. tugboats. Sub-file also includes enlargements of a photograph from a postcard in the "Lakeboats" file depicting...

Lakeboats

File consists of graphic materials documenting the tugboats that assisted with logging activities at S.M. Simpson Ltd., namely the "Manhattan" and the "Klawata," with a primary focus on the former. Photographs show the tugboats...

Box Factory Demolition sub-file

Sub-file consists of graphic materials documenting the demolition of the box factory at the sawmill site, including two photographs of people lining up to tour the new stud mill built on the site of the former box factory. Includes photographs ori...

Kelowna Sawmill Retail Outlet

File consists of graphic materials relating to the Kelowna Sawmill Company, Limited (KSM) retail outlet. S.M. Simpson Ltd. purchased KSM in 1924. Images of the retail outlet structure, both interior and exterior, as well as its related activities,...

Safety sub-file

Sub-file consists of graphic materials depicting safety-related events and activities taking place at S.M. Simpson Ltd. and its subsequent companies, with a particular focus on the Seventh Annual Safety Dinner & Program put on by the Safety Cl...

1960s

File consists of graphic materials depicting the activities and structures of S.M. Simpson Limited, predominantly during the 1960s. Includes photographs of the interior and exterior of sawmill buildings, with a particular emphasis on machinery and...

1950s

File consists of graphic materials depicting the activities and structures of S.M. Simpson Limited, predominantly during the 1950s. Includes: photographs of merchandise displays and company products; photographs of S.M. Simpson office buildings; p...

1940s

File consists of graphic materials depicting the activities and structures of S.M. Simpson Limited, predominantly during the 1940s. Includes: photographs of the interior and exterior of sawmill buildings, including photographs of labour and indust...

1930s - Fires sub-file

The first of two sub-files that comprise the OSC-ARC-02-001-003 - 1930s - Fires/Kelowna Mill file. Sub-file contains photographs depicting the occurrence and aftermath of two fires taking place during that era. In the 1930s S.M. Simpson Limited ex...

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