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Publication of the Carr-Cheney-Toms letters

Sub-series consists of records generated in connection with the publication of the Carr-Cheney-Toms letters in the book Dear Nan. Sub-series consists of correspondence, profiles of Cheney by her friends, reviews and notices about the book, and records pertaining to copyright issues.


Sub-series consists of correspondence between TRAS and donors throughout Canada in every province from British Columbia to the Maritimes. The sub-series also documents various activities of TRAS agents, some of whom ran projects in India and elsewhere and others who ran administrative activities in Canada.

The Yip Family and Yip Sang Company

Subseries consists of records related to Yip Sang, the Yip family and the Wing Sang Company (now the Yip Sang Company). Born in 1845 in Guangdong, China, Yip Sang first came to British Columbia in 1881 following the gold rush from San Francisco. Yip Sang settled in Vancouver as a merchant in 1888 and founded the Wing Sang Company, an import and export business, at 51 Pender Street. Over time, the business grew to include managing rail and steamship freight and passenger tickets as a Chinese passenger agent for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, operating the Wing Sang Company branch of a Hong Kong-based trust company, and serving as unofficial postmasters for the Chinese community. These business records comprise a substantial portion of this subseries.

In addition to Yip Sang and the Wing Sang Company's business activities, the records in this subseries also pertain to the Yip family's personal and social lives, as well as to their philanthropic activities. A renowned philanthropist, Yip Sang was a benefactor of hospitals and schools, including Vancouver's first Chinese school and first Chinese hospital, and was a founding member of the Chinese Benevolent Association. At the end of his life in 1927, Yip Sang was a highly respected Vancouver citizen who had made a significant impact on the Chinese community and was viewed as the "unofficial mayor" of Chinatown.

The records in this subseries reflect all areas of the Yip family's business activities and personal lives, and include files related to property, taxes, passenger ticket sales, shipments, and insurance, as well as account books for funds held in trust, record books of income and expenses, receipts, business stamps and stationery, business cards, architectural drawings and blueprints, maps, contracts, advertisements, memoranda, newspaper clippings, telephone directories, pamphlets, workbooks and yearbooks, postcards, invitations and event programmes, photographs, artefacts, audio and video cassettes, and both business and personal correspondence.

Canadian Pacific Railway

Subseries consists of records related to the Canadian Pacific Railway, including records pertaining to the construction of the railway which was completed at Craigellachie, B.C. in 1885, four years behind schedule. Other records in this subseries pertain to trains, railway operations and station business, railway tourism, and settlement activities led by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company in Western Canada. Records in this subseries relate both to those travelling on the C.P.R. as well as those who worked on it, and include notable items such as and a blueprint book of Canadian Pacific Railway Standard Plans, 1908, and engineer-in-chief Sandford Fleming's "Report on Surveys and Preliminary Operations on the Canadian Pacific Railway up to January 1877."

These records include monographs about railway history, pamphlets, contracts, forms, memoranda, reports, receipts and invoices, ledgers and cash books, budget summaries, maps, technical drawings, blueprints, employee handbooks, technical manuals, newsletters, train timetables and fares, land titles, stock certificates, photographs and photograph albums, posters and broadsides, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, postcards, diaries, menus, tickets, correspondence, ephemera, and artefacts, including a slice of the Last Spike railroad track.

Working for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company

Subseries consists of records and ephemera related to employment with the Canadian Pacific Railway since the company's inception in 1881. During the construction of the transcontinental railway, many of these employees were Chinese immigrants, who were often assigned the most dangerous jobs. Following the completion of the railway, the C.P.R. employed workers as passenger agents, train operators, steamship captains, cooks, engineers, stewards, and many other occupations. Many of the materials in this subseries were produced as reference materials for employee use, such as lists of equipment carried on trains, designating numbers for train stations, or telegraph codes

These records include employee handbooks, operating rules for employees, examination booklets, pension regulations and employee benefit plans, employee time cards, payroll sheets, memoranda, staff circulars, employment contracts, broadsides advertising employment opportunities, certificates of discharge related to service on C.P.R. steamships, correspondence, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, an employee's diary, a blank section book, and photographs of C.P.R. employees.


This subseries is Brown's personal scrapbook. Originally contained in a three-ring binder with tabbed dividers, each divided section has been made its own file. The materials have been removed from the original plastic page protectors, and clipped together where multiple items appeared on one page. Originally there was also a divider labeled "1958," but this section was empty.

Some materials have Bawden's notes showing they were originally filed elsewhere.

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