Fonds RBSC-ARC-1468 - Milnor Roberts fonds

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Milnor Roberts fonds

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RBSC-ARC-1468

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  • 1905 - 1915 (Creation)
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    Roberts, Milnor, b. 1877

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13 cm of textual records. – 147 photographs. – 13 maps.

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A professor of mining and metallurgy, Milnor Roberts served a Dean of the College of Mining at the University of Washington, 1901-1947. During the first few decades of the twentieth century, he was engaged in several reconnaissance trips to the coal fields on Graham Island, British Columbia, the largest of the Queen Charlotte Islands.

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The records were held in the Timberlands and Properties Division of MacMillan and Blodel, consulted by H.R. MacMillan in 1964 and subsequently returned to the Division. They were transferred to U.B.C. Special Collections on April 19, 2000 by the Assistant Secretary of Weyhaueser Co. Ltd.

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Fonds consists of materials related to Roberts’ research work in the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia. In the first decades of the twentieth century there were several reconnaissance trips to the coal fields on Graham Island, British Columbia, the largest of the Queen Charlotte group. Dr. C.H. Clapp from the Geological Survey of Canada made a seventeen-day tour of the island in 1912. The following year John D. MacKenzie, also from the Geological Survey, conducted a geological examination of the island from June 22nd to September 20th “to determine the extent, structure and value of the coal deposits.”1 He continued his examination in 1914 from June 15th to August 18th, studying in detail portions of townships 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 14. Among the many companies prospecting on the island at the time were Graham Island Collieries Co., Graham Island Coal and Timber Syndicate, B.C. Oilfields Ltd. and Western Coal and Iron Corp. Ltd. Milnor Roberts was in charge of development work for Western Coal and Iron, James M. McDonald serving as his assistant. Much of their work was carried out near Camp Robertson and Camp Wilson. Roberts’ reports to Herbert Parsons at Metropolitan Trust Co., New York concerning lands acquired by the company from Western Steel Corporation in the spring of 1913 are contained in the fonds. The focus of the fonds is on the years 1913 and 1914.

Materials include letters, reports, notes, accounts, drawings and maps, photographs and printed materials. The fonds is arranged in the following series: correspondence, notes, reports, financial records, printed material, maps and photographs.

No further accruals expected.

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