Fonds OSC-ARC-02 - Simpson Family fonds

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Simpson Family fonds

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  • Multiple media

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  • 1906-2009 (Creation)

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3.4 m textual and other material
27 artifacts

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Custodial history

Custody of materials were transferred from SMS Ltd. offices and succeeding agencies to Sharron J. Simpson, who donated these aggregations as well as her own generated and compiled materials to UBC Okanagan in 2014.

Scope and content

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. 10 August 1886, d. 20 March 1959) and assumed by his son, Horace B. Simpson (b. 17 March 1917, d. 8 September 1994) in the Okanagan area.

The second stream in this fonds consists of the materials generated by Horace B. Simpson's daughter, Sharron J. Simpson, a Kelowna author, publisher, and activist. Sharron J. Simpson's records within this aggregation are primarily in relation to legal proceedings against the City of Kelowna in pursuit of the maintenance of the Simpson Covenant, which limits use of waterfront land on a former mill site sold by S.M. Simpson to the City under terms restrictive terms of sale in 1946. In the 2000s, the City sought to dissolve the Covenant; Sharron J. Simpson founded a society to challenge this initiative.

In total the fonds is comprised of approximately 2500 photographs, in various forms. Records provide documentation of legal proceedings, finances, substantial mill operations, safety initiatives, administration, civic engagement, publicity, and labour relations relating to mill business. Artifacts include wooden fruit boxes/baskets, a mill whistle, souvenir pencil, thermometer, plywood samples, ceremonial key, plaques, sawmill blade clock.

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Physical condition

All materials are in fair to good condition, with the exception of a few older photographs. No special conservation action is prescribed beyond the insertion of photographs into archival grade polypropylene sleeves, which has already been done.

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At point of reception, the aggregation exhibited no discernable order. Reconstructed original order, based on principles of respect des fonds and functional sovereignty, has been imposed on the fonds. Following processing, intellectual order is reflected in the physical array of the fonds.

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Accompanying material

Simpson, S.J. (2003). Boards, Boxes, and Bins. Kelowna BC: Manhattan Beach Publications.
Available at UBCO OSC: HD9764.C34 S58 2003

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Created July 29, 2015 by Paige Hohmann
Revised May 6, 2016 by Lara Maestro

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Simpson, S.J. (2003). Boards, Boxes and Bins: Stanley M. Simpson and the Okanagan Lumber Industry. Kelowna: Manhattan Beach Publishing.

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