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Revenue & Expenditures

Sub-series consists of records related to the society‟s income and
expenses. Records related to account activity, including summaries of deposits/withdrawals and bank statements are included. Receipts, invoices, copies of outgoing and incoming cheques, controls cards, ledgers and written expenses are also included. Files containing information about business associates are predominantly correspondence, but also contain invoices and receipts.

Women's Initiatives for Support and Education (WISE) project

The sub-series contains records related to the Women’s Initiatives for Support and Education (WISE) project. The project was launched to support the target population of young women living with HIV/AIDS with a specific focus on indigenous women, young women who used intravenous drugs, or women involved in sex-work. Objectives included increasing access to care and treatment, creating a peer-driven supportive environment, decreasing isolation and vulnerability to secondary infections, promote involvement of women in the design and implementation of the project, promote awareness to community resources, and to promote testing. PWN partnered with YouthCo AIDS society to implement the project, and the project was funded by the AIDS Community Action Program (ACAP).

Record types include correspondence, project proposals, work plans, related research, funding forms, contracts, and amendments, budgets and cash flows, progress reports, and volunteer information.

Apex Mountain collection

Subseries consists of a collection of documents covering the inception and development of Apex Mountain Resort near Penticton, BC. Includes form letters to Apex members, reports, and some financial statements. Also included is a collection of promotional brochures from the 1970s – 1990s

An additional sequence of photographs related to Apex Mountain can also be found in series 1.3-1 (Historical Photograph Collection) at the item range 1.3-1/00766 – 1.3-1/00813.

Jack Anawak

Subseries contains textual records pertaining to Jack Anawak's "Who is Equal? The Passage of Nunavut's First Human Rights Act" publication in Lazara Press' Discussion Series. The subseries contains drafts of the publication, as well as the final copy. Other records include correspondence related to the chapbook.

Magnus Eliason collection

Subseries consists of correspondence to both Magnus Eliason and Guðmundur Eliason, Magnus Eliason’s journals, writings, collected ephemera, and photographs. Included in Magnus’ collection are two journals: the Icelandic Canadian, March 1946 and Tímarit Þjóðræknisfélags Íslendinga.

Baxter (Death in a dumpster: A passion play for the homeless)

Subseries contains textual records related to Shelia Baxter's play titled <i>Death in a Dumpster: A Passion Play for the Homeless</i>. These records include correspondence, reviews and promotions of <i>Death in a Dumpster</i>, as well as records related to the production of the work. The file also contains copies of promotional material for other events happening in the Downtown Eastside. The photographs contained in this subseries are images featured in the <i>Death in a Dumpster</i> publication.

Financial Reports

Sub-series consists of formal financial reports such as financial statements, balance sheets, budgets, reconciliation statements, treasurer‟s reports, summaries of change in financial position and other miscellaneous statements and reports.

Editing — Books, pamphlets journals and other works.

Series consists of manuscripts, drafts, correspondence, booklets, research and other material relating to books, pamphlets, and other works edited and/or published by Miki. Includes some files concerning Miki's Pomflit project, material relating to Miki's compilation and publication of Tracing the Paths: Reading & Writing The Martyrology. Also includes files relating to Miki's role as editor of The Line (1983-1989) and West Coast Line (1990-1999) magazines, as well as a proof copy of “Trans.Can.Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature” edited by Smaro Kamboureli and Roy Miki.


Subseries contains photographs taken by Alan Haig-Brown over several trips to the Netherlands and Belgium. Photographs are of various boats and ships, shipyards and locks.

Haig-Brown, Alan

Jane Rule

Subseries contains textual records pertaining to Jane Rule's "Detained at Customs" publication in Lazara Press' Discussion Series. This essay discusses the Little Sisters Bookstore vs Canadian Customs court cause in 1986. The subseries contains a copy of the published edition of the chapbook. Other records included in the subseries include newspaper and magazine clippings about Rule and/or her publication, correspondence, court transcripts, and Rule's obituary/celebration of life. The CD-ROM is a brief video clip depicting Margaret Atwood speaking about Rule after Rule's death in 2007.

Correspondence with Carol Shields

The subseries consists of email and traditional correspondence between Blanche Howard and Carol Shields, as well as related correspondence and ephemera from 1974-2006. The correspondence between Howard and Shields deals with subjects such as the respective writing careers of the correspondents, literature, and personal and family goings-on. The subseries also contains correspondence between Howard and other members of the Shields family, including Carol’s husband Don Shields, and daughters Anne Giardini and Sara Cassidy. The subseries also contains correspondence between Carol Shields and Bruce Howard. The subseries also includes some correspondence related to the publication of the book “A Memoir of Friendship.” Ephemera in the subseries consists of newspaper and magazine clippings regarding Shields, including reviews, articles about awards and honours, and obituaries and tributes.


Subseries contains Thomas' research on different genres of music. Material includes song lyrics, music sheets, articles, and clippings. The subseries is alphabetically arranged according to genre title.


Subseries contains Thomas’ research on prominent individuals in or related to British Columbian folk music or British Columbian history. Material includes published information, interview notes, and correspondence. Subseries is arranged alphabetically according to the individual's surname.

Lillian Sumarlidason collection

Subseries consists of genealogical records of the Sumarlidason family, recordings of Sumarlidason’s recollections in 1990 and 1991, as well as a biography of Sumarlidason. The subseries also includes a copy of the Icelandic Canadian, Winter 1979, in which Sumarlidason wrote an article about her mother, an essay about Iceland written by M.C. Christian, and the Sumarlidason family scrapbook. The scrapbook contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, discharge papers, and ephemera.

Other project records.

Sub-series documents all other projects funded by TRAS not classified as per the regional sub-series above. Project files consist of correspondence including requests for further assistance, reports on the individual projects and financial statements.

Song files

Subseries contains song information collected by Thomas. Material includes song lyrics, music sheets, photographs, and articles about individual songs. Subseries is arranged alphabetically according to song title.

Dora Hatton collection

The subseries contains the original finding aid and collection information made by the Icelandic Archives of British Columbia for the Dora Hatton collection. The subseries also contains a manuscript written by Hatton’s father, Halldor Eriksson about his life and participation in different Icelandic communities in Canada. Additionally, the subseries contains a large series of family photographs and a scrapbook of the Eriksson and Hatton families.

Career with British Columbia Forest Products

Sub-series reflects Burch’s career with British Columbia Forest Products and other significant events during that time, such as his wedding, tours, trips, retirement, and the dedication of the Gerry Burch Working Forest. Several files relate to other foresters and their careers, which arrived from Burch in several accruals. The sub-series is divided into 30 files, based on Burch’s filing divisions and the functions of the documents: University Diploma, Photographs, Journal, Grooms Book, Sweden/Finland trip, Scuba diving, BCFP and general forestry history, Cruise sheets of Fraser Creek, 1950, Quality Cruising, Lumber appraisal documents, BCFP Forest Practices Guide, 1971, New Zealand Tour, Retirement photograph, BCFP Brief to the Royal Commission on Forest Resources, 1975, BCFP Timber Development Proposal for Berland and Fox Creek, 1979, The Forests Act (Alberta)
Thomas Wright, Steve Tolnai, F.D. Mulholland, Working Forest dedication, Bill Young, Cowichan Lake, H.R. MacMillan, Forestry history, Field trip to Port Renfrew, BCFP News, Forest History newsletter, Jack Power, John Hendry and
Speech to Association of BC Registered Foresters. Documents include photographs, published materials, newsletters, and reports.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project

This subseries contains project files that the Trans Himalayan Aid Society (TRAS) organised and funded together with the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Most projects are related to environmental, health and community development.

Ursula Franklin

Subseries contains textual records pertaining to Ursula Franklin's "Every Tool Shapes the Task: Communities & the Information Highway" publication in Lazara Press' Discussion Series. The subseries contains drafts of the publication, as well as the final copy. Other records include correspondence, the contract between Franklin and Lazara Press, distribution information, and newsclippings.


Subseries contains publications on silvicultural practices by external entities in the 1980s and 1990s. The external entities include government departments and silvicultural companies.

<i>Songs of the Pacific Northwest</i>

Subseries documents the development of Philip J. Thomas’ book of folk songs entitled <I>Songs of the Pacific Northwest</I>, which was published in 1979. Material includes correspondence, proofs, permissions, and reviews for the book. Subseries is arranged alphabetically by material genre.

[Minutes and Agendas]

Subseries includes minutes, agendas, meeting notes, internal election information, and voting and attendance records for Pro-CAN's Steering Committee and General Membership meetings from 1987 to 2005.

Anti-Choice Behaviors

Subseries consists of articles, newspaper clippings, correspondence, brochures, photographs, and artifacts related to common anti-choice behaviors. Articles and newspaper clippings follow the various tactics reported on by third parties and correspondence is mainly between Pro-CAN and other pro-choice supporters sharing information with one another. Many of the files focus on anti-choice violence in Canada and abroad, primarily on the rash of attacks committed against abortion doctors in the 1990s. Artifacts include an anti-choice package featuring a plastic fetus and card detailing fetal development as well as an "international pro-life symbol" lapel pin.

[Reports and Grey Literature]

Subseries consists of official government briefs, statements, reports, and correspondence related to laws that Pro-CAN felt necessary to keep for reference purposes. Copies and excerpts of some of the named acts are included, as well as published findings of the Royal Commissions on New Reproductive Technologies, Healthcare and Costs, and the Status of Women.

2004 federal election records

Records in this subseries relate to the BC NDP’s activities in support of the 2004 Canadian federal election.

The 38th Canadian federal election was held on June 28, 2004, following the dissolution of the previous House of Commons on May 23rd, 2004 by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, on the advice of Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin. The federal New Democratic Party, now under the leadership of Jack Layton, ran a full slate of 308 candidates, and managed to secure 19 seats, up from the 14 seats held at the time of dissolution, with 5 of these seats secured in British Columbia. The next federal election was not held until 2006.

Records in this subseries have been made by two different individual creators. Files 424-10 to 424-21 have been created by David Bieber, Director of Communications. Files 425-01 to 425-05 have been created by Russ Neely, Director of Organization.

Files include correspondence, polls, reports, strategy and messaging documents, reports, notes, meeting minutes and agendas, public communications, and other related materials.

COFI president photographs.

Series contains photographs of Mike Apsey in his role as President of the Council of Forest Industries. Photographs include: Mike Apsey signing the National Forest Accord, a photograph of Mike Apsey with Fire Chief Gerry Zimmerman of Kelowna, B.C. at the 6th Canadian Urban Forest Conference, a photograph of Apsey taken at a lumber yard on Vancouver’s North Shore, (the photo was then used in a forestry related journal), and Mike Aspey with Carla Hill and John Turner at a NAFTA ceremony.

Redress book records

Subseries consists of edited drafts of “Redress,” records from the Redress Exhibit at the Japanese Canadian National Museum, correspondence with publishers and editors, as well as publicity materials including transcriptions from interviews and book reviews.

Linda Hall Pinder

Subseries contains textual records pertaining to Linda Hall Pinder's "The Carriers of No: After the Land Claims Trial" publication in Lazara Press' Discussion Series. The subseries contains drafts of the publication, as well as the final copy. Other records include correspondence, cataloguing information, and book catalogues.

Internal Communications

Sub-series consists of communication records that do not appear to have been shared with the public outside the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) at the time of their creation; the sub-series reflects the internal activities of the NAJC. Records include an extensive amount of correspondence (which includes interoffice correspondence, correspondence between NAJC members and members of the Canadian government, correspondence between different chapters of the NAJC, and correspondence between the NAJC and various other individuals) on topics such as the redress campaign, the success of achieving settlement, financial operations, implementing compensations after settlement, information and updates on various meetings, conferences and events, the passing of motions, contract proposals, collaboration with and support of other groups (such as the Indigenous peoples of North America), the Nikkei Voice, funds, and other topics. Records also include cards, reports, newsletters, faxes, memos, printed emails, and letter files.

Conferences and events

Sub-series contains records related to conferences, symposia, panels, and other events that Miki attended, presented at, or helped to organize. These include programs and abstracts, correspondence, travel itineraries and invoices, news clippings, application forms, audio and video recordings of proceedings, audio recordings of interviews with Miki regarding the Writing thru race conference, photographs of conference speakers and attendees, and other records. Conferences and events relate to Miki’s literary, academic, and political activities and interests.


Subseries contains maps, reports, and informational packages on various tree farm license projects carried out by Western Forest Products and its predecessors. The subseries is arranged by project.

Redress: inside the Japanese Canadian call for justice

Sub-series consists of research notes, interview transcripts, draft fragments, four complete drafts of the manuscript of Redress: inside the Japanese Canadian call for justice, and photographs related to Japanese Canadian internment during WWII and the movement for redress in the 1980s.

Women and AIDS Virtual Education (WAVE) project

Scope and content: The sub-series contains records related to the Women and AIDS Virtual Education (WAVE) project. The project was launched to support HIV + women in British Columbia to share dialogue about being HIV positive, to provide access to medical and treatment information, peer support, counselling, resources, education, ‘experts’, such as doctors, lawyers, nutritionists and treatment experts, and to break-down isolation and stigma faced by HIV + women, particularly women in rural areas. WAVE was modelled as a ‘virtual drop-in clinic’ website, and contained question and answer online modules, bulletin boards for HIV + women and community members, and resources such as newsletters, brochures, and links to other important websites.

Record types in the sub-series include project reports, correspondence, financial records, strategy documents, web design and marketing proposals, press releases, and materials related to website such as domain name purchase and IBM customer agreement.

Paper Nests

In 2004, Coupland produced a series of paper nests, inspired by those that wasps create. To make these nests, Coupland hand-chewed pages from two of his novels. The series contains samples of this paper in various stages of being pulped.

Book binding projects

Subseries contains copies of books Thomas found during his research which he then had bound. The majority of books deal with folk music, while others focus on labour disputes in British Columbia. Note that this series does not include <I>Songs of the Pacific Northwest</I>. Material includes proofs, copies, and notes. Subseries is arranged alphabetically according to book title.

Women's Rights Committee (WRC) records

Files in this subseries reflect the activities of the Women’s Rights Committee of the BC NDP, including its various subcommittees, committee liaisons, and coordination with the federal NDP Participation of Women Committee.

According to a 1992 document prepared by Anne Frost, past WRC Chair, and Charley Bersford, WRC Chair (“Women’s Rights Committee: Herstory”, 1992, in file 450-12), the Women’s Rights Committee was officially made a standing committee of the New Democratic Party of BC by a motion passed at Convention in 1971, building on previous women’s councils and federal women’s committees in the BC NDP and the CCF. The Committee’s mission statement in 1992 was “To guarantee fairness and equality for women in British Columbia; to address the roots of systemic discrimination and initiate legislation, services and programs to ensure women equal participation in all aspects of society; and to ensure access for all women to social justice” (“Mission Statement & Goals for Women’s Equality in a New Democratic Government,” WRC, spring 1992; in file 455-04). The Committee sought to achieve these goals through a variety of activities reflected in the files contained within this subseries, including authoring white papers on women’s issues, producing handbooks (such as the “Winning Nominations” handbook, created to assist women seeking to run for and win nominations in provincial elections; found in files 449-17 and 449-20), organizing workshops, producing and distributing a publication focused on women’s issues (entitled “Priorities” and launched in 1972; see for example file 450-05), introducing motions on gender-related issues at Convention, and more.

The Committee has its own executive structure, including Table Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer), Past-Chair, Priorities Coordinator, Democrat Page, POW Representative (the federal NDP women’s committee, known as Participation of Women), a Women’s Rights Organizer (WRC paid staff position), as well as regional representatives for the electoral constituencies, members at large, and representatives from and to other committees, such as the Young New Democrats, the Policy Review Committee, etc. Further, the WRC also formed its own subcommittees to engage with particular issues, such as the Nomination Support Committee, or the Committee on Sexist Behaviour. Like the BC NDP itself, these positions were generally elected at Convention, and “all women who are members in good standing of the B.C. New Democratic Party are eligible to attend Women’s Rights Committee Steering Committee meetings and have both voice and vote, except on money matters.” (“Women’s Rights Committee – Membership & Structure,” June 24, 1992; in file 450-07).

File 449-18 contains a copy of the “WRC Objectives -1992/93,” which gives a general sense of the goals and strategies of the WRC at the time, while file 456-05 contains the most recent draft constitution of the WRC included in this accrual (January 2003). Other materials in this subseries include meeting minutes and agenda, handwritten notes, correspondence, financial documents, reports, convention materials, memoranda and public communications, clippings, and other related materials.

Sales/service fee reports

Sub-series consists of general monthly sales reports as well as sales and/or service fee reports for the Literary Press Group, Marvin Melnyk, the University of Toronto, Inland Book Company and various other distributors.

[Government Lobbying and Correspondence]

Subseries consists of reports, minutes, meeting notes, and correspondence related to the creation and maintenance of various government-sponsored projects in support of pro-choice aims. Correspondence mainly relates to Pro-CAN's lobbying of government agencies on behalf of abortion rights and support as well as its input on the aforementioned projects.

Asian immigration and Settlement

Subseries consists of records related to Asian immigration to and settlement in North America. These records pertain predominantly to Chinese immigration and settlement in British Columbia, but also include records pertaining to other Asian diaspora as well as other regions of Canada and the United States. These records document early Asian immigration and settlement following the gold rush, such as the Chinese role in the construction of the transcontinental railway, where Chinese workers were assigned the most dangerous jobs, and anti-Asian sentiment in Canada. Other records in this subseries include materials related to Canadian immigration policy and multiculturalism in Canada, Chinese-language educational materials and children's books, Chinese business and residential directories, city directories for Vancouver and Victoria, and materials related to the Sino-Japanese War. As immigration in this context pertains both to first-generation immigrants as well as their families and descendants, records in this subseries also illustrate the Asian experience in Canada and highlight the development of Asian communities, including social, cultural, religious, political, sporting, and educational activities as well as the activities of organisations such as Chinese trade societies, the Chinese Benevolent Association, the Chinese Canadian Association, and the Chinese National League of Canada.

This subseries also contains an extensive collection of early photographs of Asian-Canadians and Asian-Americans. Some highlights include historical class photographs from Vancouver's Strathcona School, street scenes from the Vancouver, Victoria, and San Francisco Chinatowns, wedding portraits, and the 1915-1918 photograph album of Jue Fong, then a Chinese-American teenager, which offers rare candid photographs from that time period.

These records in this subseries are varied and include published monographs, pamphlets, directories, catalogues, magazines, maps, government reports, legislation, petitions, memoranda, meeting minutes, speeches, contracts, forms, certificates, licenses, tickets, passenger lists, immigration papers, taxes, invoices and receipts, donation books and fundraising materials, staff rosters, school workbooks, samples of Chinese calligraphy, newspaper clippings, posters and broadsides, newsletters, brochures and advertisements, correspondence, postcards, invitations and event programmes, restaurant menus, artefacts, ephemera, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and photographs, photo albums, and photographic negatives.


Polls were a regular part of election preparations for the BC NDP, and over time, many different companies were engaged by the New Democrats to conduct baseline polls, panels, and focus groups. While polls were often conducted specifically leading up to an election, they would be used to gauge public sentiment throughout the year, and many polls prepared by and for third parties were consulted, analyzed, and kept on hand as well. Though their original placement within the Provincial Offices is unknown, at the time of their receipt by RBSC, these files grouped together, suggesting that they had been maintained as such throughout their active use.

This subseries contains polls, drafts, correspondence, public communications, clippings, and other related materials. The subseries contains the records of at least 4 individuals, and 2 positions. The majority of the records have been created by the Provincial Secretary (held by 3 different individuals over the course of the subseries), with a subset of records created by a campaign organizer - though other files suggest he may have been the Director of Communications at the time. Based on the contents of the files, the records appear to be created as follows:

  • Files 392-17/18, and 392-20 to 394-02 created by Gerry Scott, Provincial Secretary
  • Files 392-19, 394-03/09, and 395-30 to 398-02 created by Hans Brown, Provincial Secretary
  • Files 394-10 to 395-29 appear to be created by Ron Johnson, campaign organizer and Director of Communications
  • Files 398-3 to 398-08 created by Brian Gardiner, Provincial Secretary
    Materials in file 398-09 were found loose, unfiled with the polling materials created by Brian Gardiner, though their creator is uncertain.

Artwork and projects

This subseries includes records relating to Kujundzic's artwork production: sketchbooks; art pieces; poetry and notes; working artwork drafts; photographs and slides of his exhibits and artwork; and essays and writings on topics such as pollution and artist life. Also included are some autobiographical writings and materials that Kujundzic collected as sources of inspiration.

Legal records

Sub-series consists of memoranda of association, Companies Act annual reports, business license, official record of the Press’s name change, share prospectus, promissory note, and author contracts.

[Training Initiatives]

Subseries consists of budgets, reports, notes, evaluation forms, articles, proposals, and receipts related to the numerous training initiatives Pro-CAN was involved in carrying out. Training was aimed at teaching providers, staff members, and pro-choice supporters how to deal with such topics as media, scrutiny, and possible violence due to their pro-choice alignment.

[Pro-Choice Publications]

Subseries consists of reports, newsletters, and brochures produced by fellow pro-choice organizations and collected by Pro-CAN. The zine seems to include photocopied clippings of different publications, including Vol. 1, No. 2 of The Pedestal, a feminist periodical published by the Vancouver Women's Caucus.

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