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Lily (Steinman) Greene Fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1220
  • Fonds
  • [193-] – 2000

Fonds contains 171 letters from Tom McEwen spanning the decades from 1944 to 1976, and 4 letters from his wife, Rose McEwen; her sister, Anne Belenkaya; and Norman McEwen, Tom and Rose’s son, and his family. Lily Greene remained friends with both Tom and his family for many years, so the letters are mostly of a personal nature but many contain discussions of, or references to, issues important to the Communist Party in Canada and elsewhere, including Tom’s observations of and opinions on events occuring both at home and internationally, like the Vietnam war.

There are 22 photographs of Tom McEwen and various family members, as well as copies of photographs of Lily’s children. A clippings file contains an assortment of newspaper clippings, some columns and opinion pieces written by Tom McEwen, with the majority on issues or events concerning a member of the McEwen family. The clippings cover the period from 1950 through to 2000.

The fonds also contains two essays written by Tom McEwen and an audiocassette of a talk he gave in 1974 to a Grade 11 class taught by his grandson, Harry Ewen. The cassette also contains a recording of a CBC program “This Morning” that aired in 2000 and which incorporated that lecture as part of the program.

The fonds is contained in its entirety in Box #1 (Files 1-33) and Box #2 (Files 1-4).

Greene, Lily (Steinman)

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

Terry Fox sock

This item is a 2.5 m long fabric banner containing a printed image of Terry Fox's sock. The image is among those displayed around the Terry Fox Miracle Mile running track at Canoe Landing Park in Toronto, ON.

William Bennett Memorial Collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1648
  • Collection
  • 1931-1955

Collection contains documents and leaflets relating to communist movements in British Columbia, Canada, and internationally, from the collection of William Bennett, as well as others - Bert Padham, Bill Shaw, Ken Gibson, and Alf Padgham.

Bennett, William

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.

R.C. (Bob) Harris fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1664
  • Fonds
  • 1835-1998

Fonds consists mostly of cartographic materials relating to reconnaissance trips taken by R.C. Harris. The maps are both historic and those drawn up by Harris for his trips, incorporating old trails on current maps. While the inclusive dates of the map collection are from 1835 - 1981, the majority of these maps were created from 1880 -1930. They are organized according to a personal classification system maintained by R.C. Harris. The remainder of the fonds consists of surveys, plans, photos, correspondence, topographical notes, magazine and newspaper clippings, Harris research notes, books, reports, brochures, photocopies, and book reviews.

Harris, Robert

Records of the table officers, provincial executive, and provincial council

This series consists predominantly of the meeting minutes, agenda, notes, and supporting documents circulated for review or discussion of the NDP's Table Officers, Provincial Executive, and Provincial Council.

Outside of the Provincial NDP Convention, these three bodies comprise the most important governing bodies of the Party. The Table Officers include the Party President, two Vice presidents, the Party Leader, the Provincial Secretary, and the Treasurer. Table Officers would meet regularly, sometimes more than once a week via teleconference, to manage the strategic direction and positioning of the Party, discussing relevant breaking news, campaign strategy, public messaging, budgetary considerations, and party operations. Each member was charged with specific executive tasks, and would prepare reports on their activities for the Provincial Executive and Provincial Council.

The Provincial Executive consists of all the Table officers, and additional positions. In the early days of the CCF/NDP, this included the outgoing President and 6 other members elected by the Provincial Council; by 1992 the Provincial Executive consisted of "the Leader, President, six Vice-Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary, Past President, four Executive Members at Large, two Federal Council representatives elected at Federal Convention, two representatives of each regional area in B.C., two YND representatives and the YND representative to Federal Council. The Provincial Secretary is not an elected position of the Party." ("Notes for Delegate Orientation Sessions" in the 1992 convention kit; file 430-09). The Provincial Executive carries out the "administrative function and conducts the affairs of the Party between Council meetings," and would hear reports from Table Officers, review budget documents prepared by the Treasurer, and plan the party's upcoming events and activities. The Executive met less frequently than the Table Officers

The Provincial Council acts as the Party's broadest governing body between conventions, able to deliberate and vote on motions sent from Convention for review and further discussion, and/or emergency motions that cannot wait until the next Convention. Council was comprised of all Executive members, as well as an elected delegate from each constituency association, and representatives from the YND and "affiliated organizations" (file 430-09). Council would meet less frequently, usually 4 times a year, to make policy decisions, set Party budgets, allocate revenue sharing strategies, share constituency reports, and assess the Party's direction, among other activities.

These files contain minutes, agenda, policy documents, media clippings, financial statements, strategy documents, memoranda, correspondence, copies of court documents, public communications, resolutions, handwritten notes and drafts, and other related materials.

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