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Stefan Arnason fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1680
  • Fonds
  • 1899 – 1956

Fonds consists of personal documents created and kept by Stefan Arnason, mostly in the form of diaries which document his family’s life from 1936 until his death in 1956. Some earlier diary entries, from 1906-1912, document Arnason’s life before his marriage, in Winnipeg and Piney. Diary entries pay particular attention to employment, family occasions and important events, and the weather. Fonds also contains some loose correspondence and notes, and several notebooks which appear to have been used during Arnason’s school days (including one “Nokkur sönglög,” containing Icelandic songs).

Arnason, Stefan

International Pacific Salmon Fisheries Commission collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1280
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1945

The collection consists of minutes of the Fraser River Canners' Association (1900-1909) and the British Columbia Canners' Association (1909-1923) and records from their members' canneries: Acme, Albion, Atlas, Colonial, Celtic, Dinsmore, Great West, Imperial, Pacific Coast, Terra Nova, and Vancouver. The collection also includes 25 scrapbooks of clippings (1900-1923) and photograph albums.

Inverness Cannery fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1284
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900 - 1967]

The fonds consists of records related to the operation of Inverness Cannery. Records span from the early 1900s all the way through to the 1950s when the cannery was closed and turned into a fish camp. The cannery was owned by J.H. Todd and Sons Ltd. from 1902-1950. The fonds is comprised of seven different series: Correspondence series, Financial series, Fish Canning series, Fish Catching series, Inverness Cannery School series, Legal series, and Publications, Pamphlets and News Clippings series.

Inverness Cannery

Ernest E. Winch fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1775
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1959

The fonds reflects Winch's various interests in the cause of humanity ranging from capital punishment to the protection of fur-bearing animals. The files also contain much valuable information on the activities of the C.C.F. and his role within the party. To a lesser extent, the files contain information on his earlier activities within the labour movement and events during the depression of the 1930's.

Winch, Ernest Edward

Desmond Power 'Boxer Uprising' collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1748
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1901

The collection consists of a medal for bravery, likely awarded to a family member for meritorious service during the Boxer Uprising (義和團運動), which was a series of incidents in China with anti-imperialist and xenophobic roots that lasted from 1899 until 1901; and a fragment of a corresponding letter of recommendation. The medal was specifically awarded to the recipient for their conduct during the Siege of Tienstin, which was a major battle during the Boxer Uprising, and the letter of recommendation mentions a Mr. D’Arc, which is likely Desmond’s maternal grandfather who was a volunteer rifleman at Tientsin. Lastly, the collection contains an album consisting of photographs of Tientsin during and immediately after the Boxer Uprising. The album primarily includes photographs of troop movements and military equipment, but also includes a few personal family photographs.

Power, Desmond

Adolphus Lindgren fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1683
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900-1903]

Fonds consists of watercolour paintings and sketches completed by Lindgren, depicting scenes around the Vancouver area shorelines, including Prospect Point, English Bay, Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains. The fonds consists of 1 sketchbook and 12 loose leaves of paintings and drawings, however, it is clear that at least 10 of the leaves (numbered 1-2 through 1-11 in the item list) were at one time part of a sketch book also.

Lindgren, Adolphus

Yukon Mining collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1642
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1956

The collection consists of ledgers, account books, and sales receipts of merchants in Dawson City, Yukon, during the Klondike gold rush and correspondence, purchasing records and production records for several placer mining companies in and around Dawson City in the 1940s and 1950s. The records of Klondike-era merchants include those of Marcus Rosenthal and Company, Barrett and Hull (1901-1904), William Barrett, Klondike Thawing Machinery Company (1911-1926), Landhal's Emporium (1906), and Rook Brothers (1905-1906). Records of placer mining companies include those of Clear Creek Placers Ltd. (1941-1956), Yukon Gold Placers Ltd. and subsidiary companies (1941-1956), Canadian Placers Ltd. (1940-1941), and Spruce Creek Placers Ltd. (1941-1956).

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Postcard Collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1474
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900-2002]

The collection consists of postcards, memorabilia, photographs, printed articles, other printed material and a recruitment letter, 1929, relating to the activities of the force and its various anniversaries and highlights.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1141
  • Fonds
  • 1900 – 2002.

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.

Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia

Kosaburo Shimizu fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1500
  • Fonds
  • 1901-1962

The collection consists of diaries (1909-1922, 1924-1961), notebooks, copies of sermons, and miscellaneous materials related to Shimizu’s religious work and personal life. Many of the documents reflect his involvement with church congregations and Japanese-Canadian relations.

Shimizu, Kosaburo

Ada Luise Richardson fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1790
  • Fonds
  • 1903-1934

This fonds contains Ada Luise Richardson's research notes on music history and theory. Her research focused on Finnland and Russia and was conducted in the beginning of the 20th century. For her research Richardson collected Russian and Finnish folklore songs, as well as newspaper clippings and excerpts from contemporary literature. Richardson's research notes were meant to be the basis of papers on music history and theory. The fonds contains music sheets and some pieces of correspondence, as well.

Richardson, Ada Luise

W. G. Swan fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1540
  • Fonds
  • 1903-[1970?]

The fonds consists of photographs, documents and unpublished material relating to Swan's career and achievements, to the construction of light railways overseas during World War I, and to the construction of bridges, grain elevators, railway branch lines and other facilities in British Columbia.

Swan, William George

Kustaa Ketola fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1780
  • Fonds
  • 1904-1946

Personal and professional records of Kustaa Adolf Ketola, including personal documents, correspondence, International Woodworkers of America pamphlets, newspapers, and magazines. The personal documents include his passport and his military service pass. Correspondence consists of Christmas postcards from his family in Finland and letters from his sisters, friends, and family friends describing their lives in Finland, which provides context about the impact that World War II had upon Finland and Finnish migrants to Canada. I.W.A. pamphlets describe the values, goals, and struggles of union workers in 1940s North America. Fonds also contains small pocket calendars or planners written in Finnish and denoting important holidays, metric conversions, and information about the United States.

Ketola, Kustaa

Red Cedar Shingle and Handsplit Shake Bureau fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1687
  • Fonds
  • 1904 – 1989.

Fonds consists of administrative and operational records of the Red Cedar Shingle and Handsplit Shake Bureau, maintained by the B.C. office (formerly the British Columbia Division). Records include correspondence, circulars, incorporation documents, clippings and other textual records, as well as a number of photographs. Fonds is arranged into three series: Administrative files, Certigrade activities bulletins and other circulars, and Advertisements and literature.

Red Cedar Shingle and Handsplit Shake Bureau

Gordon Goichi Nakayama fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1392
  • Fonds
  • 1905-2001, predominant 1930-1995

The fonds consists of textual records, photographs, and audiovisual materials, spanning the period 1905-2001, related primarily to Gordon Goichi Nakayama’s career with the Anglican Church of Canada and missionary work, religious and secular research and writing projects (the latter primarily related to Japanese internment and the Japanese Canadian community), as well and his personal and family life and administrative affairs. The fonds is arranged by function and documentary form. The fonds consists of eight series: Personal and administrative records and correspondence; clippings and ephemera; photographs; writings and publications; diaries; notes and notebooks; church and missionary work records; and audio-visual materials

Records related to Nakayama’s roles with the Anglican Church in Vancouver, B.C., and Coaldale, Alta., and his global missionary work include travel documents and itineraries; incoming and outgoing correspondence; church financial records and reports; church publications and parishioner lists; licenses and certificates; conference materials; clippings and ephemera; diaries; notes and notebooks; and other materials.

Records relating to Nakayama’s religious and secular research and writing projects include manuscript and typescript drafts, as well as final published versions, of religious and biographical / autobiographical works, non-fiction works on the Japanese Canadian / Issei community, and poetry, as well as supporting materials, such as publishers’ contracts and correspondence and research materials.

Records related to Nakayama’s personal and family life and administrative affairs includes incoming and outgoing correspondence; address books and directories; maps; photographs; calligraphy and paintings on shikishi; medical records; travel documents and citizenship records; pension records; records and correspondence related to redress; legal documents; certificates, licenses, and membership cards; property and real estate records; banking and financial records; educational records; biographical information; clippings (many related to Joy Kogawa’s writing career), ephemera, and scrapbooks; notes and notebooks; and other materials.

Audio-visual materials consist of two films on three 16 mm film reels on the subject of World War II and Japanese culture.

Nakayama, Gordon Goichi

Milnor Roberts fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1468
  • Fonds
  • 1905 - 1915

The Milnor Roberts fonds consists of letters, reports, notes, accounts, drawings and maps, photographs and printed material relating to his mine field work. Much of the material relates to the work carried out near Camp Robertson and Camp Wilson on behalf of Western Coal and Iron. Roberts' reports to Metropolitan Trust Co., New York, concerned lands acquired by the company from Western Steel Corporation in 1913.

Roberts, Milnor, b. 1877

Thomas Norris fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1407
  • Fonds
  • [1906 - 1976]

The Norris fonds documents the legal and judicial career of the Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas G. Norris. The papers date between 1906 and 1976, with the bulk of records dating between 1930 and 1975 documenting his law practice and his years on the Supreme and Appeal Courts of British Columbia.
Part I of the fonds consists largely of correspondence and printed material, including scrapbooks relating to the Industrial Commission as well as case notes and legal papers relating to other cases, 1947 - 71, (2 meters). Owing to a previous donation of annotated transcripts of the hearings of the "Industrial Commission as to Shipping in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River System" in 1963, other material relating to the investigation of the activities of Harold Banks was donated in December, 1989. The 108 volumes and index to the hearings are catalogued (SP HE 769 A25).
Part II of the fonds consists of professional files, judicial subject files, case files, personal papers, miscellaneous papers and photographs (7 meters).
Part III of the fonds consists of professional correspondence donated by Jerry Vanson of Kelowna in 2011, as well as personal correspondence, scrapbooks, and photographs donated by Norris’ grandson, also named Thomas Norris, in 2014.

The bulk of the records in the fonds are located in Part II in the Professional Files, Judicial Subject Files, Case Files, and Personal Papers series.

The Professional Files series, including materials newly processed in 2019, consists mostly of case files generated by Norris during his years as a lawyer in Kelowna and Vancouver. Also included in this series are subject files with additional information about areas of interest. For example, Norris created several files with documentation on the Associated Fruit Growers Ltd. and other marketing boards (1927 - 49). Other interesting subjects include the Kelowna Police Inquiry (1929-30), the Japanese claim Commission (1950), Rex v. Ducharme - murder case (1950), and politics (1932-35). The ''Politics" files provide a great deal of information about Norris' Conservative party interests and the process behind the appointment of a lawyer to Queen's counsel. Additional professional files created while Norris was practicing law in Kelowna (file#663-1109) were discovered and donated in August, 1990. The file list for these materials is now located on pages 34-39 of this finding aid.
The Judicial Subject Files series in Part II documents Norris' career on the Bench and his subject interests. The files include correspondence surrounding his appointment to various levels of the judiciary, files created during his judicial career and other judicial matters. For example, files often contain judgements, cases considered, clippings and other related materials. The case of Regina vs Bob & White documents the various issues considered before a decision was handed down on aboriginal hunting and fishing rights in B.C. Also included in this series are documents relating to the St. Lawrence Seaway Inquiry. Other files include subjects of the law such as divorce, Native Indians and Legal Aid. Files also included records created about the Admiralty Court, the Supreme and Appeal Courts of British Columbia and the Yukon Territorial Courts.
The Case Files series in Part II includes court documents and notes drafted by Norris. These case files were separated from other case files by Norris probably because of personal interests and the volume of materials. Each subseries of records document a case: Buttle Lake, in Strathona Park (1951), the Vancouver Policy Inquiry (1955), B.C. Telephone's Application for rate increases (1950), Royal Commission on Energy (1958) and Gordon Wismer v. MacLean Hunter (1954). The Buttle Lake files include transcripts of hearings conducted in Courtenay and Victoria, notes and some materials related to submissions presented to the Water Comptroller. Norris represented several groups opposed to the construction of the dam at Buttle Lake. The Wismer v. MacLean-Hunter files include examinations for discovery of Blair Fraser and Gordon S. Wismer, briefs and other materials used by Norris as he represented the Attorney General of B.C., Gordon S. Wismer against MacLean-Hunter magazine in a slander and libel suit.
The Personal Papers series in Part II reflects Norris’ personal interests, and also contains business or legal materials. For example, in this series are files and correspondence relating to the Law Society of B.C., the Law Society & Yale Bar Association meeting in 1958 and arrangements for the 1952 Judge Advocate luncheon. Other files reflect upon friendships with individuals such as Hugh Keenlyside and Leon Koerner. Materials newly added to this series in 2019 contain items such as travel souvenirs, birthday messages from Norris’ friends and family, and information related to Norris’ retirement. The Army Papers subseries contains records related to the time Norris spent serving in the Canadian military in World War II. These records range from 1939 to 1959, with the bulk of the records dating between 1941 and 1945.
Further information about each of the series in Parts I, II, and III can be found in the Series Descriptions on pages 8-13 of the PDF finding aid.

Norris, Thomas Grantham

E. Tilford Fenton fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1652
  • Fonds
  • [between 1906 and 1915], predominant 1912-1915

Fonds consists of records reflecting Fenton’s activities as the president of the Local 213 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in B.C. and the Executive Board representative of the First District of the Pacific District Council of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, spanning approximately from 1912 to 1913. These records are arranged in chronological order. Textual records in the fonds primarily consist of incoming correspondence from the U.S. to E.Tilford Fenton as the president of the I.B.E.W. in B.C., general circulars and reports from Pacific District Council, and administrative documents of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Personal correspondence of E. Tilford Fenton spans primarily from 1914 to 1915. These records are also arranged in chronological order. The fonds is arranged into the following four series: office correspondence; general circulars; administrative documents; and personal correspondence.

Fenton, E. Tilford

Robert Laird Borden Fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1041
  • Fonds
  • 1906-1921, predominant 1914-1918

The fonds consists of photocopies of letters, reports, memorandums, maps and telegrams created and received by Robert L. Borden in his capacity as the Prime Minister of Canada. The fonds has been divided into four series: Politics, Railway Systems and Policies, Union Government and World War One.

Borden, Robert Laird

Simpson Family fonds

  • CA OSC-ARC-02
  • Fonds
  • 1906-2009, predominant 1920-1979

The fonds consists of two separate streams of documentation. The first consists of documents, photographs, and artifacts pertaining to the operations of a succession of sawmills and wood manufacturing plants founded by Stanley Merriam Simpson) and assumed by his son, Horace B. Simpson in the Okanagan area.
The second stream consists of the materials generated by Sharron J. Simpson, a Kelowna author, publisher, and activist. Sharron J. Simpson's records within this aggregation are primarily in relation to legal proceedings against the City of Kelowna in pursuit of the maintenance of the Simpson Covenant, which limits use of waterfront land on a former mill site sold by S.M. Simpson to the City under restrictive terms of sale in 1946. In the 2000s, the City sought to dissolve the Covenant; Sharron J. Simpson founded a society to challenge this initiative.
In total fonds consists of approximately 2,642 photographs, in various forms, including some duplicates. Records provide documentation of legal proceedings, finances, substantial mill operations, safety initiatives, administration, civic engagement, publicity, and labour relations relating to mill business, general family research, and writing samples. Artifacts include exemplars of production and souvenir materials.

Dorothy Burnett bookbinding tools collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1773
  • Collection
  • [19-]

224 bookbinding tools and presses, ranging in age from 60 years old to 100 years old, used by Dorothy Burnett, the first independent craft binder to set up shop in Vancouver.

Burnett, Dorothy

Independent Order of Good Templars, Lodge Linnea No. 76 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1269
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1940, 1974

The fonds consists of the research materials for Irene Howard's book, Vancouver Svenskar which chronicles the history of Lodge Linnea No. 76, Vancouver. The fonds consists of minute books, financial records, membership lists, attendance records, and related material. The fonds also includes the minute book of Lodge 76‘s juvenile division Pride of Vancouver No. 27 (IOGT, 1936-1937). Fonds consists of the following series: Minutes of Lodge No. 76, Membership of Lodge No. 76, Financial Records, Young People: Pride of Vancouver, No. 27.

Fonds also contains a file of ephemeral items and artifacts related to the Lodge No. 76, including a petition for the control of alcohol and drug trafficking, a medal, and certificates (see box 1).

Independent Order of Good Templars. Lodge Linnea No. 76 (Vancouver, B.C.)

Hundal family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1265
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1965

The fonds consists of family documents (passports, U.S. education degrees), some correspondence regarding his initial business and photographs of the family entering Canada, their home in Vancouver, and the universities in the U.S. where family members were educated.

Hundal (family)

Bush Family collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1765
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1910-1965, 1979]

The Bush Family collection consists of records and objects gathered by various family members on specific holidays or during special occasions. George and Pearl Bush contributed memorabilia related to their family’s settlement in Vancouver, their vacations in Europe and the United States, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, the city of Vancouver, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and the country of Canada. Some records and objects commemorating the Dominion of Canada and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company feature racist depictions of Indigenous peoples. Items originating with George and Pearl date from the early to mid-twentieth century.

Patrick Bush contributed memorabilia related to his studies at the University of British Columbia, particularly his graduation and his membership in the Sigma Epsilon chapter of the Zeta Psi fraternity. Records originating with Patrick Bush date from the mid to late 1950s.

Records are arranged by subject in files. For example, all memorabilia related to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company is aggregated, as are records of Patrick Bush’s university attendance. Documentary forms include invitations and programs to UBC fraternity events; UBC fraternity decals; UBC convocation programs; copies of Patrick Bush’s university transcripts; instructions for participating in a UBC convocation; various hand-drawn maps of the U.S.S.R., likely prepared by Patrick Bush for a university course; Patrick Bush’s Bachelor of Laws degree; a single issue of UBC Alumni Chronicle (1985); blank and handwritten postcards depicting the United States and Europe; commemorative ephemera celebrating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, including a menu, church service order, and booklet; black and white family photographs; souvenir booklets containing photographs and illustrations of famous scenes in Europe and the United States; tickets for tourist attractions and transit in Europe; information booklets about tourist attractions and sites in Europe; maps for parts of Europe; menus from various cruise ships; Royal Automobile Club route cards; information booklets about Canada, the province of British Columbia, and the city of Vancouver; maps of various parts of British Columbia; a BC Emergency Air Service decal; a poster commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Vancouver (circa 1936); various correspondence addressed to George Bush, including postcards; travel ephemera from Patrick Bush; preliminary lists of electors, including Patrick Bush, as compiled by Elections Canada for the district of Vancouver Centre in 1979; black and white photographs and negatives depicting members of the extended Bush family; Canadian Pacific Railway company employee photographs, voyage programs and menus, sailing listings, promotional tour pamphlets and booklets, steamship passenger lists, log book abstracts, monogrammed envelopes, voyage guest feedback forms, staff bulletins, gazettes (newspapers), and ship deck plans; photocopies of various Vancouver and London, England newspapers featuring articles about members of the Bush family; a decorative leather wall hanging belonging to George Bush; a matchbox; and a coaster.

Bush (family)

E.M. Delafield fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1164
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1910-1963]

Fonds reflects E.M. Delafield's career and interests as a writer and lecturer in the early decades of the twentieth century. Some of the items in the fonds were also made or received by persons related to E.M. Delafield. Textual records in the fonds consist of letters related to Delafield's research and writing on the British author Charlotte Yonge and unpublished manuscripts, plays, short articles, book reviews, and lectures written by Delafield pertaining to her interests in Charlotte Yonge, women, religion, the lives of the British upper class, and other subjects. The fonds also includes clippings, obituary notices, photographs, and records related to the writings of Lorna Lewis. Fonds consists of seven series: Incoming letters; Manuscripts; Lecture notes; Newspaper clippings; Personal photographs; Records related to Lorna Lewis; and Outgoing letters.

Delafield, E.M.

George North fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1408
  • Fonds
  • 1910 - 1975

Consists of George North's research material on the fishing industry in British Columbia, and on the organization of the fishermen's labour unions. The research material includes letters inward and outward concerning his commission by the UFAWU ; his early manuscript, later typescripts, and edited typescripts for the book A Ripple, A Wave; original and photocopied records of Inverness Cannery ; extensive notes taken on the above records and local newspapers . Other material relates to his teacher training at the University of British Columbia. There is also a collection of published material .

North, George

Luggage label collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1651
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1910-1919]

Collection consists of 38 examples of decorative luggage labels from hotels in various locales, including British Columbia, Asian and European cities.

Mildred Fahrni fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1183
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1910-1992]

The fonds contains records related to Fahrni’s involvement with
various organizations including the Kerala Balagram School, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Fahrni’s activities as a lecture at various conferences and institutions. The majority of these records are arranged into subject, or research files, and represent Fahrni’s active involvement with a variety of human rights issues and local, National and social justice organizations.
The fonds includes correspondence, subject files, newspaper clippings, sound recordings, lecture notes, speeches, and conference and lecture notes. The fonds also includes photographs, slides, and albums documenting Fahrni’s family, life in British Columbia and trip to various locations overseas.
The fonds consists of 28 broadcasts and talks on the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, relief camps and related political topics of the depression on CJOR, Vancouver. It also includes correspondence and subject files relating to her interests in peace and women's movements.

Fahrni, Mildred, d. 1992

Malcolm Lowry collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1348
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1962

The collection consists of material created by Lowry and others, including Margerie Bonner Lowry, Earle Birney, Dorothy Templeton, and Carol Betty Atwater pertaining to his life and work. It includes correspondence, signed autograph letters and postcards, multiple drafts of manuscripts, poems, phonograph records, clippings, reviews, articles, essays, typescripts, unpublished material and photographs. Photographs include snapshots and professional photographs or Malcolm and Marjorie Lowry, their friends, their houses, and their travels in B.C., the United States, Mexico, and Europe (primarily between 1939 and 1957). Collection also includes Malcolm Lowry's personal copy of his first novel, "Ultramarine", with his pencil notes and edits throughout.

Ian McDonald collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1783
  • Collection
  • [1910?]-2017

The collection contains materials related to Ian McDonald's Master's thesis research on the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 213 “Class conflict and political factionalism: a history of Local 213 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 1901-1961," and related to the activities of his father, Les McDonald, a trade union activist who belonged to Local 213 but was eventually suspended for leading the Lenkurt strike of 1966. Les McDonald was also a multi-sport athlete, and is credited with introducing the triathlon into the Olympics; some materials in the collection relate to Les McDonald's involvement in various sport and environmental organizations, as well as some of his personal papers. In addition to what he received from his father, Ian McDonald was also given papers by former IBEW Local 213 business manager Art O’Keeffe and Barry Sharbo, a board member of the Canadian Union of Electrical Workers (UE), which are included within the collection.

The collection is largely comprised of newspaper and photocopied journal articles, correspondence between members of IBEW Local 213, legal documentation, newsletters and other printed ephemera related to IBEW Local 213.

The collection also contains sound recordings of interviews with numerous figures in IBEW Local 213 created by Ian McDonald during his thesis research. McDonald's thesis, submitted for the completion of a Master of Arts in History at Simon Fraser University, can be found in the Summit database: http://summit.sfu.ca/item/6361.

McDonald, Ian

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Vancouver Section fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1271
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1963

Fonds consists of records generated in the course of the merger and in the first months of life of the IEEE (1962-1963), as well as of the documentation of the two previous societies which constitute two sub-fonds: IRE (1950-1963) and AIEE (1911-1963). The fonds consists of minutes of meetings, as well as of annual report and publications and is arranged in three series: series one dealing with minutes of meetings (1963), series two consisting of annual report (1062-1963) and series three being a miscellanea of publications and leaflets (1960-1963). The sub-fonds IRE and AIEE are subdivided in numerous series.

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Vancouver Section

H. Colin Slim Stravinsky collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1507
  • Collection
  • 1911-1982

The collection consists of more than 250 items documenting the work and life of composer Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (1882-1971) including autographed letters, postcards, musical quotations, miniature manuscripts, photographs, programs and other printed material. There are items relating to Stravinsky's performances in Vancouver in 1952 and 1965.

The items are listed in the Annotated Catalogue of the H. Colin Slim Stravinsky Collection, available in the UBC Library (ML 134 S96 S54 2002). A selection of them can be viewed online.

C.P. Czartoryski collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1154
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1913

The collection consists of photocopied minutes of a drama society of the Finnish Social Democrats at Sointula (1912-1913) and a play adapted for use by A. Orjatsals. Also included are the minutes of the FSD.

Roy Miki fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1375
  • Fonds
  • 1912-2015, predominant 1967-2009

Fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, pamphlets, academic papers, poems, research material, notes, transcripts, reports, submissions, agreements, minutes, programmes, photographs, and other material. Records relate to Miki’s writing and editing activities, his academic career, his involvement and support of the Japanese Canadian Redress movement, his participation in various literary and cultural events and projects, and his personal life.

Fonds has been arranged into the following ten series: Teaching and Academic Records (1971-2004); Interview and Sound Recording Project Records (1981-2005); Literary and Cultural Events and Conferences Participation Records (1987-2017); Japanese Canadian Redress and History Records (1942-2009); Personal and Miscellaneous Correspondence (194-2014); Writing and Editing (1912-2015); General Files (1962-2015); Awards and Honours (1990-2018); Ephemera and Memorabilia (1957-2009); UFFI action association (1982-1983).

Miki, Roy

Fuller Sisters fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1685
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1912-1919].

Fonds consists of textual and graphic material related to the activities of the Fuller siblings as traveling musicians, particularly during their American tour from 1913 to 1917, including correspondence, financial documents such as contracts and receipts, and photographs and drawings from their tours. Fonds also includes printed material such as programs and sheet music which the Fuller family had printed and sold.
Fonds is arranged into series according to the type of documentation: Correspondence, Business and concert documents, Sheet music and lyrics and Photographs and drawings.

Fuller Sisters

Ron Bick Lee Fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1690
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1994

Fonds consists of textual material, graphic material and artifacts related to Ron Bick Lee’s activities as a businessman, a community leader and a member of his immediate and extended families in Vancouver and back in mainland China and Hong Kong. The material includes correspondence, business related documents such as invoices and ledger books, and his community involvement related documents. The material also contains photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, other personal collections such as rubber stamps, birthday congratulations, self-learning notes and so on. Fonds is arranged into series according to the type of documentation: Correspondence, Business documents, Community and political involvement documents, Centennial celebration and other personal documents, Certificates, Newspaper and magazine clippings and Photographs.

Lee, Ronald Bick

Martha May Beardmore collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1744
  • Collection
  • 1914 - 1964

The majority of the collection consists of over 200 pencil handwritten copies of Martha May Beardmore’s accounts of her work during the First World War in Serbia and Salonika. There are also notes on a presentation she attended, newspaper clippings, and fragmentary documents about the First World War. At the end of the collection is a covering letter from her husband, Harry Beardmore to the UBC librarian which gives some biographical information.

Beardmore, Martha May

World War I British press photograph collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1636
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1918

The collection consists of photography of every aspect of World War I - from cadet training to soldiers' graves. Every theatre of war is represented, but the majority of prints were taken in Europe, particularly on the battlefields of France and Belgium. In Britain, there are prints of Gibson Girls welding ships or carting coal. There are prints of royalty and military commanders, including Greek, Belgian and Japanese aristocracy. The technology of war is illustrated in the numerous prints of planes, ships, tanks and guns of all kinds. The collection is strong in portraying the average "Tommy" and his role in the war.

Vancouver cultural events collection. Part 4, Film

  • FC3847.394 .V325 pt. 4
  • Collection
  • [1914- ]

A compilation of programs, guides, pamphlets, and advertisements all pertaining to events held primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia. The following organizations are represented in the collection: Amnesty International Film Festival, Avenue Theatre, Banff Festival of Mountain Films, Capitol Theatre, Children's Spring Break Film Festival, CineMuerte Film Festival, Cine Ouest, Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Genie Awards, International Cinema, In Visible Colours, Lyric Theatre, Marpole Theatre, National Film Board of Canada, National Film Society of Canada, National Film Week, Orpheum Theatre, Pacific Cinematheque, Paradise Theatre, Reel 2 Real, Ridge Theatre, Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation, Starlight Cinema, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Vancouver Egyptian Film Festival, Vancouver Film Society, Vancouver French Film Festival, Vancouver International Amateur Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival 4 Peace, Vancouver International Jewish Film Festival, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Vancouver Underground Film Festival, World Community Film Festival.

Jack Pearcey fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1799
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1928

Fonds captures the life of Jack Pearcey in British Columbia in the 1920s when he was an engineering student at the University of British Columbia (class of 1927) and when he traveled the province as part of his work for the Geological Survey of Canada. Photographs depict Pearcey and his colleagues doing survey work in rural areas and feature such locations as Nakusp, Prosperity, Green Point, Wreck Bay, Victoria, Marmor Glacier, and Blair Glacier. Pearcey’s Geological Survey of Canada work in the Slocan region features Slocan, Slocan Lake, Kaslo, Kootenay Lake, Sandon, New Denver, and Carpenter Creek Valley. Photographs also depict Britannia Mine and miners, bunk houses, work camps, regional flora, UBC (including construction of the science building), camping/hiking, and more.

Pearcey, John Guy

Vancouver cultural events collection. Part 1, Theatre

  • FC3847.394 .V325 pt. 1
  • Collection
  • [1914- ]

A compilation of theatre programs, season brochures, flyers, newsletters, tickets, annotations, and newspaper clippings, all pertaining to performances held primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia, by various companies and organizations.

The following organizations are represented in the collection: Angry Actors, Arts Club Theatre Company, Avenue Theatre, Avon Theatre, Axis Theatre Company, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Centennial Drama Club (Coquitlam, B.C.), Centennial Theatre (North Vancouver, B.C.), Christ Church Cathedral Women's Parish Guild (Victoria, B.C.), Citadel Theatre (Edmonton, Alta.), City Stage Theatre, Coconut Theatre Society, Coliseum Theatre (Victoria, B.C.), Comedy Syndicate (Victoria, B.C.), Communications Committee of B.C. Native Youth Conference, Criterion Theatre Trust (London, England), Dark Horse Theatre, David Y. H. Lui Productions, Deep Cove Stage Society, Dominion Drama Festival, Dominion Theatre, Dramadillo Theatre Company (Auckland, New Zealand), Empress Theatre, English Suitcase Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre Company, Erlanger Theatre, Festival Habitat / United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, First Impressions Theatre (North Vancouver, B.C.), Five Corners Theatre, Full Circle First Nations Performance, Gateway Theatre, Georgia Auditorium, Globe Theatre (London, England), Greater Vancouver One-Act Play Festival, Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, Green Thumb Theatre for Young People, Grinning Dragon Theatre Company Society, Hands On Theatre Cooperative, Haymarket Theatre (London, England), Headlines Theatre Company, Hippodrome Productions, His Majesty's Theatre (Montreal, Que.), Hotel Vancouver, Killarney Secondary School, Kitsilano Secondary School, Kitsilano Showboat Society, Labor Theater, Lyric Theatre (London, England), Lyric Theatre (Vancouver, B.C.), Magic Owl Theatre, Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Maskelyne's Magical Revue, Massey Theatre, McPherson Playhouse (Victoria, B.C.), Metro Theatre, Music Theatre Group, Musical Theatre Society of Lord Byng High School, Nanaimo Festival Heritage Theatre Society, National Theatre School of Canada, New Play Centre, New Theatre (London, England), Neworld Theatre, Noh=Kyogen: The National Theatres of Japan, North Vancouver Island Drama Festival, Novus Theatre Society, Open Theatre Company, Orpheum Theatre, Pacific Theatre, Pantages Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Plumstick Productions, Post Modern Productions, Presentation House Theatre (North Vancouver, B.C.), Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Rising Tide Theatre (Trinity, N.L.), Robson Square Media Centre, Rotary Club (Victoria, B.C.), Royal Victoria Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Savoy Theatre (London, England), Sea Theatre Society, See Seven Theatre Project, Shakespeare Memorial (Stratford-upon-Avon, England), Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.), Sir Barry Jackson's Company of British Players, Snake in the Grass Moving Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre Company, South Vancouver Island Zone B.C.D.A., St. James Theatre (Vancouver, B.C.), St. Katherine's School Dramatic Society (Wantage, England), Stage Eireann Dramatic Society, Standard Theatre (Johannesburg, South Africa), Strand Theatre (Vancouver, B.C.), Studio 58, Sunshine, Tamahnous Theatre Workshop Society, Theatre B.C., Theatre in the Park, Theatre in the Raw, Théâtre la Seizième, Theatre Terrific Society, Theatre Under the Stars, Touchstone Theatre Company, United Players of Vancouver Theatre Company, Upintheair Theatre, Urban Ink Production Society, Vagabond Players, Vancouver Dinner Theatre, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver East Theatre, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Vancouver Little Theatre Association, Vancouver Musical Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver Repertory Theatre Company, Vancouver Shakespeare Society, Vancouver Technical School / Vancouver Technical School Press, Vancouver Theatre, Vancouver Theatre of Action, Vancouver TheatreSports League, Vancouver Youth Theatre, Victoria City Temple, Victoria College (B.C.). Players Club, Victoria High School, Victoria Theatre Foundation, Village Productions, Walker Theatre (Winnipeg, Man.), Waterfront Theatre, West Vancouver Little Theatre Guild, Westcoast Actors' Society, Wild Horse Summer Theatre Company (Fort Steele, B.C.).

The collection also includes one box of material from miscellaneous Vancouver and non-Vancouver area organizations and venues.

Ralston Family Fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1455
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1914-2003

The fonds predominantly consists of the Household Accounts series, which includes documents supporting the daily activities of the Ralston family from 1956-2003, including bank statements, life insurance documents, receipts, correspondence, and three photographs of Mollie. The Income Tax Files series consists of tax returns and supporting documentation for the years 1965-1996. The fonds also contains a Construction and Upkeep of House series with files related to the construction of the Ralston’s house on West 28th Avenue in Vancouver, built in 1969. The Educational Notes series includes notes written by Keith, Mollie, Bruce and Delia during their grade school and university educations, and includes notes from 1935 to the 1970s.

Ralston Family

Forest History Association of British Columbia fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1692
  • Fonds
  • [ca.1915 - 2002]

Records primarily include research on various individuals involved in the forest industry of British Columbia from the 1930s to the 1970s. These research materials have been gathered and organized by members of the association and include original photographic prints, photograph reprints, correspondence, and written or recorded oral testimonies and interviews.

Forest History Association of British Columbia

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1626
  • Fonds
  • 1917-2015, predominant 1969-2006

The fonds consists of correspondence, much of it by or addressed to Sheila Young, concerning various international issues. Among the addressees are Prime Ministers Trudeau, Pearson, and Diefenbaker; various cabinet ministers; international heads-of-state; the United Nations; newspapers, commissions and organizations; government departments and agencies, and businesses. The fonds includes records of the 11th, 13th-18th, and 20th International Congresses of the W.I.L.P.F., as well as printed material on military expenditures, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, peace, and the polar regions, and also contains evidential records pertaining to W.I.L.P.F. operations. An accrual was added in 2007 containing printed material, minutes, correspondence from 1988-1997, financial and other operations records, ephemera, and records relating to the creation of the Canadian section and the drafting of its constitution. An additional accrual was added in 2015 including video recordings of W.I.L.P.F. and affiliated organizations events, and other organizational records.

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

Tom Wayman fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1601
  • Fonds
  • 1917-1989

The fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, and documents relating to the early career of Tom Wayman from 1962 to 1981. The files related to his career as a university student, printed collections of his own poetry, and printed collections of anthologies he edited. In addition, there are correspondence files that are created owing to his writing life as well as files relating to work writing material.

Wayman, Thomas Ethan

Beatrice Millar fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1376
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1987

The fonds consists of subject files, office files, printed material, videos, photographs, and slides relating to home economic topics such as cooking and kitchen and laundry planning presented by Beatrice Millar on behalf of the British Columbia Hydro Home Service Centre. Photographs consist of slides used in the BC Hydro home economics program, publication production photographs, as well as photographs of BC Hydro and Beatrice Millar in a television studio.

Millar, Beatrice

Frederick Niven fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1404
  • Fonds
  • 1919 - 1944

Fonds consists of manuscripts and typescripts of Niven’s work, as well as personal documents such as clippings, correspondence and photographs. Fonds has been arranged into two series: Manuscripts and research notes and Correspondence and personal documents.

Frederick Niven

International Woodworkers of America-Canada Research Collection fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1779
  • Fonds
  • 1919 - 2001

The fonds consists of records collected by Clay Perry related to the International Woodworkers of America – Canada (IWA). It primarily consists of records generated by the union in the course of its operation, records created by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who gathered surveillance on the IWA-Canada and its predecessors for several years, as well as research material collected and created by Perry himself, including transcripts of interviews, news clippings, scrapbooks, and pamphlets and booklets on unions in British Columbia.
The fonds is comprised of the following series: Union records series; Legal records and police files series; and Research materials series.

The Union records series contains records related to the main functions of the IWA, the WIUC, and IWA local chapters, including Local 1-357, of which Perry was a member. These functions included: financial administration, executive elections, producing literature and newsletters, strike activities, and correspondence. Record types include constitutions and by-laws of the union, conference materials, minutes of meetings, press releases, informational pamphlets, correspondence, bulletins and newsletters, news clippings, and executive reports.

The Legal records series contains records related to the IWA’s legal activities, including court disputes over negotiations, strikes, and employee and bargaining rights. It also contains records generated by the RCMP in gathering information on the IWA. Record types include court records, appeals, depositions, legal acts, and police reports on union activity.

The Research materials series comprises materials collected or created by Perry in his research of the history of the union. The series contains news-clippings and scrapbooks related to the IWA and the labour movement in Canada, research notes, transcripts of interviews and oral histories given by union members, publications related to the IWA, the labour movement, and communism, and theses of labour scholars on the IWA.

International Woodworkers of America

Political literature collection

  • JL193 .P66 1920
  • Collection
  • [1920- ]

Contains a sampling of municipal, provincial, and federal political literature from the Greater Vancouver Regional District and beyond. Most of the literature is related to election campaigns, but other material is included as well.

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