Fonds RBSC-ARC-1141 - Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia fonds

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Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia fonds

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  • 1900 – 2002. (Creation)

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ca. 32.08 m of textual records and other material.

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Formed in 1960, the Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia (COFI) is a non-profit umbrella organization which represents and acts on behalf of member companies in areas of forest industry in the province. COFI is the result of the amalgamation of five associations: B.C. Loggers Association, British Columbia Lumber Manufacturers Association, Consolidated Red Cedar Association, Canadian Pulp and Paper Association (B.C. Division), and Plywood Manufacturers Association of B.C., which were formally amalgamated to become inter-related divisions of COFI under board of directors. The Council was reorganized in 1969 when its product divisions were dissolved and the present structure of COFI came into being. This structure includes the dissolution of the promotion departments of the Lumber, Plywood and Shingles division of COFI were amalgamated into the Wood Products Promotion. In 1969, the Northern Interior Lumbermen’s Association in Prince George, B.C. and the Cariboo Lumber Manufacturers’ Associations in Williams Lake, B.C. became affiliated members.
In 1971 COFI changed it s acronym from CFI to COFI and in 1972 the organization changed its name from the Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia to the Council of Forest Industries. COFI also went through a reorganization in 1972 when the Northern Interior Lumbermen’s Association was amalgamated into COFI as the Northern Interior Lumbermen’s Sector (NILS) and in 1975 the Promotion Division was renamed the Wood Products Division.
COFI underwent two other major reorganizations one in 1994 and another in 2003. In 1994, many of the organizations pre-existing divisions were restructured resulting in the formation of seven new divisions. These include: Competitiveness, Environment and Energy, Finance and Administration, Forestry, Markets/Trade, Aboriginal Affairs, Public Affairs and two sectors: the NILS and the Coast Forest and Lumber Association. In 2003 Aboriginal Affairs became a subsection of the Forest Policy department, the Environment and Energy department became simply Environment, and an Economics division was added.
The last restructuring of COFI is the one in current existence.
Council of Forest Industries. Annual Reports. 1960-1992.

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Fonds represents the function and activities performed by the Council of Forest Industries. The fonds consists of committee meeting minutes, reports, statistics, newsletters, news releases, advertisements produced by the organization, agreements, governance records, briefs, bulletins, correspondence and memoranda, financial records, conference material, legal documents, mills lists, records relating to the International Trade Commission, films and audio material created to train and promote forestry in British Columbia and in Canada, and photographs depicting different mining areas and members of the organization.
The Council of Forest Industries is divided into five sous-fonds: British Columbia Loggers Association sous-fonds, British Columbia Lumber Manufacturers Association sous-fonds, Canadian Pulp and Paper Association (B.C. Division) sous-fonds, British Columbia Plywood Manufacturers Association sous-fonds, and the Consolidated Red Cedar and Shingle Association of British Columbia sous-fonds. The fonds itself is divided into twenty series: circulars, memoranda and correspondence, advertisements, reports, statistics, lists, legal documents, agreements, briefs, bulletins, committees, International Trade Commission, financial records, governance, minutes, newsletters, news releases and audio-visual material.

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Physical condition

Some documents are beginning to discolour and display signs of rust, newspapers are starting to yellow and writing on fax sheets are beginning to fade. Film reels are starting to suffer from vinegar syndrome and shrinking and photographs are beginning to show signs of deterioration.

Immediate source of acquisition

Donated to Rare Books and Special Books from the Council of Forest Industries in 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1993, 1995, and 2002.


Before transfer of pre-1990 accruals, records were sorted and arranged by the organizations secretary-manager. The original order of the post-1990 accruals has been largely maintained. It is indicated in the finding aid when records have been removed for conservation and storage purposes.

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  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese

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File list, photograph list, and audio-visual list available.

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See also the Mike Apsey fonds.

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Further accruals are expected.

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Publications from the sous-fonds have been moved to various locations within the University of British Columbia library. Boxes 34A, 71, 72, 82, 99, and 100 are no longer part of the fonds.

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Photograph Identifier: BC-2139
A/V Identifier (Audio): SP-RR-127
A/V Identifier (Moving image): VT-127

Physical description

Fonds includes ca. 32.08 of textual records, ca. 1250 colour black and white photographs, ca. 337 slides, 68 videocassettes, 30 film reels, 10 postcards, 5 scrapbooks, 3 audio reels, 2 cassette tapes, 2 photo albums, 6 architectural drawings, 1 betacam, 1 map, and 1 technical drawing.


Materials were put into acid free folders and acid free boxes. Rusty staples and paperclips have been removed. Slides were re-housed in archival quality slide preserver sleeves, photographs were placed in archival quality envelopes, and video reels were places in canisters.

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