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Bruce Devitt fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1762
  • Fonds
  • 1947 - 2011

This fonds consists of records related to Bruce Devitt’s activities in the field of forestry in British Columbia as well as his public service in managing critical environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest. The fonds includes news clippings, research papers, letters, transparencies for presentations, and meeting minutes, among other textual content. The photographic material encompasses black and white and color photos in a variety of sizes as well as slides, all pictures pertain to forestry practice in British Columbia.

The fonds consists of the following series: Devitt’s lectures, presentations, and interviews; research notes; survey photography; and Bill Young.

Devitt, Bruce

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

Frank H. Brown fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1708
  • Fonds
  • [19--]-1988, pred. 1930-1975

The fonds is comprised of materials related to Brown's personal life (mostly recorded through photography) and his various professional positions, particularly his role in the White Pass & Yukon Corporation and its expansion into containerized shipping.

Approximately one third of the fonds is materials that have been condensed by Brown's descendants and filed chronologically. This portion has been called the Chronological papers, and materials related to all other series may be found there, as well as a wide range of personal materials.

The rest of the fonds has been divided into 10 series of: general correspondence; papers from Brown's two government posts; his work for the White Pass & Yukon Corp.; his work for MacMillan, Bloedel, and Powell River; his work as director for other companies; subject files related to his interests; speeches and articles he wrote; personal papers; and slides (both personal and professional).

Brown, Frank Herbert

Richard Herring fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1697
  • Fonds
  • 1950-2011

Fonds consists primarily of textual materials related to Herring's forestry career. Materials related to his extensive interest in the forestry industry are also present, including documents related to various lectures and conferences in which he participated. Materials include correspondence, reference materials, maps, blueprints, financial documents, handwritten notes, and more.

Also included in the fonds are photographs, slides, and moving images; some of these are images related to forestry, while most show scenes related to Herring's personal interests and travels, many of which involve hunting and fishing, or attending Highland games and other cultural celebrations and events.

Herring, Richard M.

Fraser Valley Tourist Association fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1202
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1965

The fonds consists of clippings, outlines for advertising, annual reports (1963), correspondence, essays, tourist promotions and printed material pertaining to tourism information and the B.C. Chamber of Commerce.

Fraser Valley Tourist Association

Harley Hatfield fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1240
  • Fonds
  • 1804-1997, predominant 1970-1990

The fonds consists predominantly of textual, graphic, and cartographic materials documenting the efforts of Harley Hatfield, in conjunction with the Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society, the Wilderness Advisory Committee, and the Okanagan Historical Society, to establish the Cascade Wilderness area and the Hudson's Bay Company and Okanagan Brigade. The fonds also includes textual records illustrating Hatfield's research into old fur trading routes in that area. Additional material document facets of Hatfield's personal life and other interests.

Hatfield, Harley

Donovan Miller fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1377
  • Fonds
  • 1894-1978

The fonds consists of documents, log books, stock certificates, record books, newspaper articles, pamphlets, canned fish labels, and photographs from Canadian Fishing Company Limited, Gulf of Georgia Canning Company Limited, Manitou Cannery, and the New England Fish Company Limited. In addition, there are subject files, reports and briefs relating to Donovan Miller's activities in the fishing industry.

Miller, Donovan, 1917-

Lilian Bland fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1792
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1875 - 1935

The fonds consists of 1,398 glass plate negatives, glass lantern slides, celluloid prints and celluloid negatives, the majority of which were taken by Lilian Bland. The photographs reflect the varied and unique life of Lilian Bland and her family. The fonds includes several photographs of the Mayfly, the bi-plane Lilian famously designed, constructed, and flew. Other photographic subjects include horse-riding and horse-racing, Lilian's fathers' artwork, her husbands' travels in China, family photographs, birds and bird-watching, her travels in Europe, California, and British Columbia, and photographs documenting her years spent as a settler living on the Quatsino Sound in Vancouver Island and in California with her family.
Other record types in the fonds include Lilian Bland’s unpublished memoir, and the original enclosures for the photographs including boxes, envelopes, and box lists.
The finding aid for the fonds, attached as a PDF, includes a spreadsheet of images as they were received upon donation to Rare Books and Special Collections. A brief description created by the donor is available for each image in the finding aid.

Bland, Lilian Emily

Rex Pendril Brown fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1769
  • Fonds
  • 1942-1946

Fonds illustrates Brown’s time as a conscientious objector in British Columbia during WWII. Brown had weekends free and received some leave; a fellow Objector lent him a camera, which he used to document his work areas and living quarters, as well as recreational travels and off-camp activities. He sent the film back to Vancouver for processing.

The fonds includes two photo albums produced by Brown, and three files of textual records. These are comprised of personal and government correspondence and a diary.

Brown, Rex Pendril

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)

Colin Cameron fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1094
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1968

The fonds consists of correspondence including a letter from T.C. Douglas as well as a large series from Gretchen Steeves dated 1950-1965 relating to her political activities and describing CCF philosophy. Articles, speeches and broadcast transcripts by and about Cameron ranging 1940 to 1968 reflect his political interest and involvement.

Cameron, Colin

Consolidated Cariboo Hydraulic Mining Company fonds

  • BC 1456/6
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1910]

The fonds consists of a photograph album depicting the Company's operations at Bullion, and views of the Quesnel River, pipes, gravel-washing processes, and reservoirs.

Consolidated Cariboo Hydraulic Mining Company

Elsie Heaps fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1946

The fonds consists of a photograph album received from graduating students of Glenmere High School, Slocan City, 1946. Fonds includes photographs and cards mounted in the album.

Heaps, Elsie

Ernest Fewster fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1190
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1940

The fonds consists of eleven manuscripts of poetry and two prose manuscripts. Of the poetry, Lilith is unbound and Sons of the Sun is handwritten. The two prose manuscripts are My Dream Garden and Twilight Stories.

Fewster, Ernest Philip

Eugene S. Woodward fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1632
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1969

The fonds consists of correspondence, articles, speeches, radio scripts, briefs to government commissions, as well as clippings and printed material, and drafts of Woodward's book "Adventures in Free Enterprise: The Shape of Things to Come" (1965).

Woodward, Eugene Sidney

F.E. Runnalls research collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1477
  • Fonds
  • 1859-1940

The collection consists of assorted research materials assembled by Runnalls, relating to the history of the United Church in British Columbia.

F.H. Holderness fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1251
  • Fonds
  • 1837

The fonds consists of Holderness' manuscript diary and expense account of a business trip to Canada and the United States in connection with the timber trade in 1837. He took particular note of his means of transport, which included steamer, railroads, schooners, canal boats, stage coaches, wagons, gigs and horses. The diary provides an excellent description of travel in North America at that time.

Holderness, F.H.

Father Bobillier fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1039
  • Fonds
  • 1939-1953

The fonds consists of a photocopy of the first of three volumes of Bobillier's diary describing his journey from France to the Yukon in 1939 and his subsequent missionary activities on behalf of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in British Columbia and the Yukon.

Bobillier, Marcel, Father, O.M.I.

Federation of British Columbia Naturalists fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1187
  • Fonds
  • 1972-1978

The fonds consists of minutes of the Board of Directors, annual general meetings, spring and fall meetings, Vancouver Island regional meetings as well as circulars, memoranda, and reports, 1973-1978.

Federation of British Columbia Naturalists

Federationist Publishing Company fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1188
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1945

The fonds consists of the company minute book (1936-1945) for the Federationist Publishing Company.

Federationist Publishing Company

Fisherman Publishing Society fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1194
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1983

The fonds consists of correspondence, a scrapbook, minutes, historical collections including ships' logs and the Harry Allison papers. Fonds includes photographs of the Fisherman Publishing Society, depicting labour and union activity, fish and fishing vessels, and the men and women who worked in the fishing industry.

Fisherman Publishing Society

Geoff Meggs fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1371
  • Fonds
  • 1985-1990

The fonds consists of a draft of "Salmon: The Decline of the British Columbia Fishery", which includes footnotes that were deleted in the final version; sound cassettes and transcripts of interviews with prominent persons in the fishing industry and computer disks including various drafts of the book.

Meggs, Geoff, 1951-

George Bowering fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1044
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1970

The fonds consists of material pertaining to Bowering's private and professional life. Included are thirteen pages of draft typed and handwritten poetry, as well as 44 incoming letters and sixteen postcards (1962-1970) from Earle Birney.

Bowering, George, 1935-

George Kuthan fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1314
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1950-1969]

The fonds consists of engravings (mainly lino-cuts and some wood blocks) of flowers, trees, animals, insects, birds, sea creatures, floral and key designs, and erotica as well as other designs.

Kuthan, George, 1916-

Georgia Straight fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1211
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1960]-1979

The fonds consists of photographs and negatives from the Georgia Straight newspaper photograph files, depicting demonstrations, conflicts, picnics, concerts, musicians, celebrities and other events and individuals.

Georgia Straight

Gerald McGeer fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1364
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1945

The fonds consists of records relating to McGeer's career as a lawyer and politician. It includes correspondence, speeches and subject files (1931-1945). The fonds also includes material pertaining to the Western Freight Rates case.

McGeer, Gerald Grattan

Glenn McPherson fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1368
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1930-1998, predominant 1938-1985

This fonds consists mainly of records assembled by McPherson over the course of his professional career. Material documenting McPhersons wartime activities predominates. The fonds contains two sous-fonds. One of these includes a scrapbook and from McPhersons father, Ewan. The other contains research, correspondence and interviews conducted by Kay Alsop in the mid 1990s. Alsop, a prominent Vancouver journalist, intended to write a biography of McPherson but was never able to find a publisher for the book. Alsop therefore decided to donate some of her research files as part of the McPherson fonds. The Alsop Sous-Fonds contains important records which McPherson had given to her, particularly those documenting the decision to intern Japanese-Canadians.

McPherson, Glenn

Doris Noble and Rosamond Sarles fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1950-1969

The fonds consists of records generated in the process of researching and writing "A History of Nutrition Programs in British Columbia (1900-1979)". Fonds includes manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and reports.

Noble, Doris L.

Duncan Stacey fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1522
  • Fonds
  • [1891 - 2012]

Fonds consists of documents related to Stacey's career as a fisherman, historian, writer, researcher, curator, and consultant. Materials include correspondence, photographs, recorded interviews, reports, handwritten notes, clippings, research materials, prints, postcards, ephemera and other documents.

The "Gulf of Georgia files" series was arranged by the records creator and has been respected. All other series have been imposed by the archivist and arranged according to materials that relate to Stacey's roles as expert witness in various trials, historical and industrial researcher, collector and curator, and commercial fisherman, respectively. Where correspondence and photographs were stored separately by the records creator, they have been retained together in series according to their document type; otherwise, file integrity has been respected and these materials may be found in other series as well.

A significant amount of material, consisting primarily of copies of photographs obtained by Stacey from various archival institutions, has been removed.

Stacey, Duncan

E.A. Bennett fonds

  • BC 1456/84
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1890

The fonds consists of Bennett's photographs of Vancouver, Rossland, Victoria, Rogers Pass, Banff, Washington State and the ships Tartar and the Empress of Japan.

Bennett, E.A.

Edith Hilda Skaife fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1892-1913

The fonds consists of writings, correspondence, newsclippings, programmes, greeting cards and drawings gathered together in a scrapbook.

Skaife, Edith Hilda

Edwin Carter fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1116
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1957

The fonds consists of engineering and architectural plans of grain elevators, port facilities and related equipment in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Ontario; maps and plans of port properties and proposed developments in Washington and British Columbia; maps of railroads in Oregon; and regional maps of B.C. Subject files, correspondence, photographs and printed materials relating to other projects are also included. Photographs depict construction activities, workers, interiors and exteriors of grain elevators, and port facilities in Quebec, Ontario, B.C., and the northwestern U.S.

Carter, Edwin F.

Graham Spry fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1520
  • Fonds
  • 1930-1933, 1958, 1962

The fonds consists of files relating to activities of the Canadian Radio League, the first Alan B. Plaunt Memorial Lecture, 1958 and other materials on the origins of public broadcasting in Canada.

Spry, Graham

Romani research collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1224
  • Collection
  • 1834-1967

The collection consists of correspondence, field notes and printed material relating to the Romani people and essays and vocabulary manuscripts about the Romani of Washington State.

Harold Escott fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1180
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1974

The fonds consists of photographs, diaries, correspondence, poetry and prose manuscripts, press clippings and notes reflecting Escott's observant and participatory nature. Diaries consist of comments of daily major news events (1919-1973), notes on personal experiences and comments on local events. The poetry manuscripts include both original and transcribed works. Photographs depict Stanley Park and other area of Vancouver.

Escott, Harold Edward

Harry Archibald fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1013
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1916

The fonds consists of records from the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada (1910-1916), the B.C. Amateur Athletic Union (1911-1914), and the B.C. Amateur Swimming Association (1913), together with programs for athletic events (1912-1915), clippings (1913-1915), and a photograph and printed material.

Archibald, Harry Patten, 1876-1972

Hastings Brass Foundry fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1237
  • Fonds
  • 1943-1959

The fonds consists of blueprints of fishing rigs and gurdies.

Hastings Brass Foundry

Hastings Saw Mill Company fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1238
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1890

The fonds consists of correspondence (1865-1888), an 1890 memo, one map, one photograph of B.C. Mills, Timber and Trading Company's Hastings Sawmill, five plans and articles of association.

Hastings Saw Mill Company

Haynes Park fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1241
  • Fonds
  • 1553-1862

The fonds consists of deeds, indentures, receipts, and booklets pertaining to the estate of Haynes Park, Bedfordshire and persons connected to the Park (1553-1862).

Haynes Park (Bedfordshire, U.K.)

Henry Ralston fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1456
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1919

The fonds consists predominantly of correspondence between Henry Ralston and his future wife, Gertrude M. Walker during his military service in World War One. Some correspondence of Gertrude Walker herself is also included, as well other miscellaneous letters. In addition to correspondence, the fonds contains newspaper clippings and broadsheets, cards, and Military and Defence receipts.

Ralston, Henry Wellington

Fred Perry fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1434
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1947

The fonds consists of manuscripts and correspondence pertaining to various aspects of natural history in British Columbia (1919-1947).

Perry, Fred

French Canadian history collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1204
  • Fonds
  • 1622-1912

The collection, started at the turn of the century by Michaud, consists of documents, correspondence, and records relating to French-Canadian history. It includes transcripts and photographic copies of material in the Archives Nationales in Paris and Quebec and elsewhere.

G.F. Turner fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1565
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1912

The fonds consists of Turner's handwritten diary (1911-1912). Much of the diary refers to his construction activities and to the political events of the time. The diary is written in a copying book that interleaves an "onion skin"-type paper with regular paper to allow for the creation of a copy. In this instance the copies appear to have been sent to his family - the first entry is dated November 12-13, 1911 and is addressed to "Mother dearest & all."

Turner, George Frederick

Bill Barlee Collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1032
  • Collection
  • 1892-1954

The majority of the collection relates to mining in the Sandon, B.C. community and surrounding areas. Documents relating to mining claims and claim disputes are prevalent. Other records include financial books and receipts, business and personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, other legal records and court rulings, leases, payroll records, numerous receipts and invoices and various corporate documents.
Each of Harris’ businesses, Hotel Reco, Reco Mining and Milling Company, Sandon Water Works and Light Company, Star Mining and Milling Company, Slocan Power Company, and Wonderful Mines are represented in this collection. In addition there are records from the British Columbia Mining Association and the Silver-Lead Miners Association of British Columbia.

The W.B. Bailey series and the Clarence Cunningham series are relatively small. The Cunningham records include only financial records ca. 1916 to 1919, and newspaper clippings from 1939. The Bailey records are a grouping of telegrams from 1901 to 1902 with a complete inventory of each supplied by Mr. Barlee.

Barlee, Neville Langrell

Alfred Myrick Pound fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1444
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1932

The fonds consists of Pound's letters, addresses, criticisms and biographical sketches. It also includes material pertaining to Charles G.D. Roberts and Bliss Carman. There is also general information about Pound, Roberts and Carman, with manuscripts of poetry and prose, newspaper and magazine clippings, scrapbooks, photographs of Canadian authors and poets, and other items.

Pound, Alfred Myrick, b. 1869

Alfred Taylor fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1548
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1920

The fonds consists of maps pertaining to the development of the Dolly Varden Mine and related projects in the Alice Arm area.

Taylor, Alfred James Towle

Alister MacLeod fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1342
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1982

The fonds consists of correspondence and printed material related to socialism in B.C. (1949-81), correspondence concerning the IWA, letters written by MacLeod's acquaintances at the time of his death, a eulogy given by Mildred MacLeod and subject files created by H.E. Nelson, Chairman of the West Kootenay District CCF Council.

MacLeod, Alistair

Al Knight fonds

  • BC 1526
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1954

The fonds consists of Knight's photographs of prospecting, placer mining, harvesting, riding the rails, logging and mining camps throughout B.C.

Knight, Al

Alan Crawley fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1147
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1961-1965]

The fonds consists of sixty-six letters from Ethel Wilson to Alan and Jean Crawley relating to her literary career and social activities.

Crawley, Alan

Fishing Vessel Owners Association fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1195
  • Fonds
  • 1935 - 1998

This fonds consists of 12 series; meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, welfare funds, videos, regulations and legislation, related organizations, general business records, land referrals, herring (roe), financial, First Nations, and salmon. Each of the series relates to the F.V.O.A.'s work with fishing and water concerns. The same issues defined within each of these series are also documented through the newspaper clippings. The minutes span over 40 years, beginning in 1938, and include general, committee, director's and membership meetings. The fonds also includes copies of legislation and regulations relating to various fishing and water related concerns, such as ports and harbours, maritime codes, vessel construction, shipping, and research. The F.V.O.A.'s ongoing cooperative work with relevant outside groups is documented through numerous drafts, proposals, agreements, reports, and correspondence. The videos are of the Skeena River Steelhead, Salmon, the Sportfish Observer Program and First Nations fishing rights. There is a large amount of land referral material (the application for use of Crown land) including several maps. With reference directly to fish; there is information on herring (roe) related issues, and a significant amount of documents covering Salmon. A vast portion of the Salmon series deals with Canadian-U.S. negotiations regarding poaching, water boundaries, salmon shares, runs and catches. The fonds provides overall insight into the workings of the F.V.O.A.

Fishing Vessel Owners Association

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