Collection OSC ARC 01 - Doug and Joyce Cox Research Collection

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Doug and Joyce Cox Research Collection

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  • ca. [1973]-[2009] (Collection)
    Cox, Doug
  • 1865-2008, predominant 1900-1999 (Creation)
    Collection of existing materials and creation of original materials

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12.2m textual and other materials

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Custodial history

Doug Cox acquired custody of collected materials (or copies thereof) beginning in the 1970s while he was living on the road leading to Apex Mountain, near Penticton B.C. Over time, his developing interest in the history of the Okanagan and Similkameen led him to develop a network of contacts that allowed him access to the original owners and custodians of his photograph and manuscript collections. His reputation as an historian attracted unsolicited donations as well. (Source: Cox, May 25 2015).

Many of the collected photos were copied to negative film. The status and location of the originals is largely unknown. Where reasonable, lines of discernable provenance are reflected in subseries within Series 3: Research materials.

Scope and content

Collection consists of the documentation of Cox’s career as an historian and author. The collection is comprised predominantly of photographic material. There are approximately 15,000 unique photographic images: prints in various standard dimensions (8"x10", 5"x7", 4"x6" and smaller, with some custom dimensions, predominantly in black and white; slide transparencies in black and white and colour; negatives, (120, 35mm, and 4”x5”) in black and white; digital photographs in black and white and colour contained on CDs and one hard drive.

Photographic coverage extends from the 1870s to approximately 2008, with the period 1900-1970s predominant. Original photographs by Doug Cox cover the 1970s through approximately 2008.

The collection also features audio cassettes containing sound recordings of interviews recorded in the 1980s and 1990s with associated transcriptions by Joyce Cox. Government documents (primarily Province of British Columbia, c. 1910-1960s) include topographical maps, tree farm license maps, mineral claims maps, taxation records, forestry examination sketches and other records.

Geography covered is predominantly the Shuswap, Okanagan, Similkameen, Boundary, Kootenay, Nicola and Thompson regions of British Columbia, with sparser coverage of outlying areas as well.

Themes treated include mining, ranching, forestry, agriculture and orchard cultivation, industry and infrastructure, landscapes and cityscapes, sports and recreation, community life, and family documentation.

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Physical condition

Good physical condition with the exception of some maps and photographs. Efforts to separate and rehouse folded maps and photographs are ongoing as of 2020.

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Collection acquired directly from Doug and Joyce Cox


The collection was rearranged in 2019-2020. Published materials and maps have been separated, and catalogued. See appendix X for a list of separations.

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Finding aid: Doug and Joyce Cox Research Collection / [complied by] Paige Hohmann. – Kelowna : University of British Columbia, Okanagan Special Collections, 2020.

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Created 11 June, 2015 by Paige Hohmann. Edited 31 October 2019 by Paige Hohmann.

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Doug Cox, e-mail communication to archivist, May 25, 2015

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