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- Moogk, Peter
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Peter Moogk was born in 1943 in West Chiltington, England to Canadian parents. Moogk received primary and secondary schooling in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan.
Moogk undertook his first two years of university studies at the University of Saskatchewan from 1961-1963. Soon after, he transferred to the University of Toronto, where he completed a B.A. Hons. degree in History in 1965. In 1966, Moogk completed an M.A. in History. By 1973, Moogk received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto after defending a thesis titled “A Social History of the Craftsmen of New France.”
Moogk became an assistant professor in the University of British Columbia’s History department in 1969. He advanced to the position of associate professor in 1977 and professor in 2000. Moogk’s scholarly research focused on American loyalist history from 1774-1800; the social and cultural history of early French Canada, including Acadia, prior to 1800; eighteenth century European and colonial currency; Ontario’s Niagara region before 1867; and twentieth-century Canadian military history.
In addition to publishing several monographs and numerous articles, Moogk was an active member of many provincial and national historical societies, including the British Columbia Heritage Society, the Canadian Historical Association, the Canadian Numismatic Association, the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, and the French Colonial Historical Society. Moogk was also involved in local historical societies in the province which focused on transit history, including the Steveston Interurban Restoration Society and the Transit Museum Society.
Moogk’s contributions to academia and historical societies were affirmed by numerous awards, including the Saint-Marie Prize for outstanding contributions to seventeenth century Canadian History (1975) and the Alfred A. Heggoy prize of the French Colonial Historical Society for the best book on French colonial history published in 2000.
Moogk retired in 2005, and in 2006, he became professor emeritus.
Scope and content
The collection comprises records acquired by Peter Moogk about aspects of British Columbia’s history, including the British Columbia Electric Railway Company’s interurban train lines (predominantly from 1909-1958), and photographic representations of persons (especially white settlers, from 1870-1960), places, events and activities in the province.
The collection includes five series: British Columbia Electric Railway Company Records, Portraits of Persons in British Columbia, Photos of places, streets, and architecture in British Columbia, Photos of events and activities in British Columbia, and British Columbia ephemera.
Records relating to the first series, British Columbia Electric Railway Company Records, include: photographs; postcards; original BCER documents, such as union agreements and timetables; BCER employee publications; transit tokens; signs and posters from within Vancouver streetcars; and a copy of a CJOR radio script.
Records relating to the second series, Portraits of Persons in British Columbia, include: photographs and handwritten notes by Moogk about Vancouver photographers operating from 1858-1920.
The focus of the third series, Photos of places, streets, and architecture in British Columbia, is photographs of structures and places of British Columbia, notably building exteriors and interiors, and street views from 1880-1959.
The fourth series, Photos of events and activities in British Columbia, includes photos of notable events and public activities(predominantly dating 1911-1941), as well as everyday life, and also includes handwritten and photocopied information on the provenance of the photos and activities depicted.
The fifth series, British Columbia ephemera, is mostly paper ephemera representing the variety of business and activity in the province from 1890 to 1990, and includes menus, theatre programs, business correspondence, as well as some photographic materials.
Immediate source of acquisition
The collection was received in three accruals following the initial acquisition. The first series (2016), British Columbia Electric Railway Company Records, represents the original acquisition. The first accrual (2017) correlates to the second series, Portraits of Persons in British Columbia. The second accrual (2018) included the third through fifth series. Also as part of the second accrual, some photos were added to the first and second series--these photos were identified by Moogk as having been unintentionally left out of the first two accruals. The four accrual (2019) consisted of a single file added to the BCER series.
Each series represents distinct aspects of Moogk’s collecting activities. In each series, the archivists maintained Moogk's original physical order, in which records are often arranged in files according to subject and documentary form.
The materials were originally received in binders: the title of each series is based on the collecting focus of the series, and the folder titles represent the original binder titles. Often the series and folder titles are very similar.
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Generated finding aid
British Columbia Electric Railway Company Victoria Office fonds (BC Archives, PR-1252)
British Columbia Electric Railway Company fonds (BC Archives, PR-1833)
British Columbia Electric Railway Company fonds (Langley Centennial Museum, MSS 018)
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Description updated by Gillian Dunks in June 2017.
Description revised by Kristina McGuirk in December 2018.
Description revised by James Goldie in April 2019.