Fonds RBSC-ARC-1343 - MacMillan Bloedel Limited fonds

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MacMillan Bloedel Limited fonds

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  • 1861-1992 (Creation)
    MacMillan Bloedel

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150 m of textual records and other material

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MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. traces its roots in B.C. to 1911 with the establishment of Bloedel, Stewart & Welch. In 1919, Harvey MacMillan, along with W.J. VanDusen, established the H.R. MacMillan Export Company. Ltd. to sell British Columbia lumber on the world market. In 1951, the two companies joined to form MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd. The merger made the company one of the largest firms in the world engaged in both the production and sale of lumber. The 1960 amalgamation with the Powell River Company made the newly formed MacMillan, Bloedel and Powell River Company one of North America's largest producers of newsprint. The name Powell River was removed from the corporate title at the annual general meeting of 1966 and the company became MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.

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The fonds consists of textual records, photographs and albums from the early 1900's onward, maps of British Columbia, and items collected for display purposes. The records of precedessor companies such as Powell River Company, Bloedel, Stewart and Welch, H.R. MacMillan Export, MacMillan and Bloedel, and MacMillan, Bloedel and Powell River, include series such as Top Management, Finance, Timber Division, Industrial Relations, and subsidiary and associated companies.) The records of MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. include senior executive papers which include the corporate papers of H.R. MacMillan, G.B. Currie, E.G. Shorter, C.A. Specht, D.W. Timmis, L.G. Harris, J.O. Hemmingsen, G.D. Eccott, and R.L. Gillen. Also represented are the records of Corporate Research and Development, which represent the Powell River Company and MacMillan, Bloedel and Powell River material. Smaller portions of records of subsidiary companies, particularly those who began operations early, are contained in the fonds. In addition, there are narrative histories of early companies and wide variety of memorabilia associated with companies, people and places related to the network of MacMillan Bloedel Limited operations.

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Various restrictions apply to senior executive papers. The restrictions are indicated in the table of contents of the inventory.

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Inventory available. PDF document attached.
Photograph inventory available here

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Prentice Bloedel papers are available in University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections:


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Some photographs are unprocessed and will be added to the records when work is completed.

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