Collection UBCA-ARC-1306 - Britannia Mine Oral History Project Collection

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Britannia Mine Oral History Project Collection

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  • 1986-1988 (Creation)

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35 cm of textual records.
45 audio tapes.

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Custodial history

In 1987 and 1988, the University of British Columbia students in Diane Newell's History 303 course ("The Canadian West") conducted a series of oral interviews with former Britannia Beach residents. The interviews were designed to provide students with a first-hand understanding of life in a mining community; this project was carried out in cooperation with the British Columbia Mining Museum. As a result, the material in this collection provides valuable insights into the history of the Britannia Mining and Smelting Company and its impact on the community. Also, it provides useful information about conducting an oral history project.

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The fonds consists of project background and administrative information as well as student-generated material arising from their oral interview exercise. The student material consists of two parts generated in 1987 and 1988. The first (Box 2) includes copies of questions, transcripts and student comments on the interviews. The inventory also lists the oral history tape number. The second includes only a copy of the students’ commentary.

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Audio tapes are located in the archives vault AT 1878-1 to AT 1878-45. Please see the finding aid for further details.

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Please see the finding aid for an inventory of files.

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Revised in June 2020

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