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Workmen's Compen. Board, 1917-1961

File contains copies of workmen's compensation reports for labourers in various professions; reports cover 1926-1930, 1935-1939, 1942-1947. Also contains handwritten notes by Ian McDonald recording figures from 1917-1961.

William Douglas Powell fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1445
  • Fonds
  • 1949-2002

The fonds consists of drafts of a long version and a short version of an unpublished manuscript, "Running Scared", as well as notebooks and subject files dealing with the consequences of dieselization of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in the Revelstoke Division betweek 1957 and 1984. Powell collected extensive documentation from the relevant unions, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen and the United Transportation Union, in response to this event and it is included in the fonds.

Powell, William Douglas

William Cameron fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1096
  • Fonds
  • 1935-1961

The fonds consists of records reflecting both Cameron's involvement with and perceptions of the Pioneer Strike. Clippings, minutes, correspondence, photographs and printed material record union and personal involvement in the strike and retrospective notes on events of the incident are included. Material relating to union recognition and working conditions at the Pioneer Mine is significant.

Cameron, William J.

Western Branch of the Canadian Merchant Service Guild fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1105
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1977

The fonds consists of records reflecting the activities of the Guild as representative of seamen working on the west coast, hiring agency, collective bargaining body, and lobby group. The fonds includes minutes of Guild meetings, an extensive group of subject files, business records, and personal office files of Guild officers reflect the organization's active involvement in marine education, safety regulation development, marine standards, and open representation.

Canadian Merchant Service Guild. Western Branch

Verle Hemeke fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1243
  • Fonds
  • 1986-1987

The fonds consists of typed manuscript copies of two works written by Hemeke. "The Expulsion of Verle F. Hemeke from Local No. 562, The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, A.F.L., 1954", which forms the eighth chapter of his unpublished book "Some Political and Historical Events in the Life of Verle F. Hemeke, 1935-1955". The second manuscript is a typed address to the Pacific Northwest Labour History Association Meeting in Vancouver (1987).

Hemeke, Verle F.

Vancouver, New Westminster and District Union Label Trades Council fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1589
  • Fonds
  • 1921-1984, predominant 1939-1979

The fonds consists of minutes, financial records, correspondence, subject files, photographs, buttons, badges, and union labels relating to the activities of the Council. Includes records pertaining to Josephine Hallock's involvement with the Council, 1939-1979.

Vancouver, New Westminster and District Union Label Trades Council

Vancouver Women's Committee of the New Democratic Party of British Columbia fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1400
  • Fonds
  • 1961-1963

The fonds consists of records of the Vancouver Women's Committee of the NDP (1961-1963). It consists of a handwritten minute book into which have been inserted some loose typed and handwritten material, chiefly correspondence, and some lists of names.

New Democratic Party of British Columbia. Vancouver Women's Committee

Vancouver Union Label Trades Council fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1584
  • Fonds
  • 1939-1979

The fonds consists of minutes, financial records, correspondence, subject files, photographs, buttons, badges, and union labels relating to the activities of the Council.

Vancouver Union Label Trades Council

Vancouver Labour Committee for Human Rights fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1579
  • Fonds
  • 1950-1977

The fonds consists of correspondence, reports, minutes of meetings and activities of the Vancouver Labour Committee for Human Rights.

Vancouver Labour Committee for Human Rights

Vancouver Fishermen's Settlement Service fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1793
  • Fonds
  • 1943 - 1974

Contains the operational records of the Vancouver Fishermen's Settlement Services from 1943 to 1974. Records include annual and monthly financial summaries, meeting minutes, manager's reports, insurance agreements, and correspondence.

Vancouver Fishermen's Settlement Service

Vancouver Cooperative Radio fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1576
  • Fonds
  • 1975-1981

The fonds consists of 129 reel-to-reel tapes relating to the production of radio programmes on labour including the proceedings of the Vancouver and District Labour Council, Oct., 1977 - May, 1981 (32 tapes) proceedings of British Columbia Federation of Labour conventions, 1975-1979 (64 tapes), proceedings of various union meetings or discussion on specific unions (20 tapes) and other topics relating to the activites of labour such as democracy in Chile (13 tapes).

Vancouver Cooperative Radio

Vancouver Centennial Labour History Project fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1575
  • Fonds
  • [1938]-1989

The fonds consists of records created or received by the committees and individuals working for the Labour History Project. Fonds includes minutes, agendas, correspondence, publications, posters, reports, and manuscripts.

Vancouver Centennial Commission. Vancouver Centennial Labour History Project

Vancouver Burrard New Democratic Party Constituency Association fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1399
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1978

The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, subject files, photographs, and printed material relating to the activities of the constituency office and two of its elected members, Rosemary Brown and Norman Levi.

New Democratic Party of British Columbia. Vancouver Burrard Constituency Association

Vancouver and District Labour Council fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1574
  • Fonds
  • 1889-1983

The fonds consists of minute books of both regular meetings (1889-1956) and other Council Executive Board (1907-1920) of the Vancouver Trades and Labour Council (VTLC), affiliated union files and subject files of the Vancouver and District Labour Council (1956-1983). Fonds also includes minutes from the B.C. Federationist (1912-1922), the Vancouver Labour Temple Company (1909-1920), the Oil Refinery Workers' Union (1918-1921) and an address book with clippings from the British Columbia Federation of Labour (CLC).

Vancouver and District Labour Council

United Transportation Union, Local 422 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1571
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1986

The fonds consists of handwritten notes, printed material and subject files made or created in the course of practial activities by the UTU, Local 422. In addition, the fonds consists of the records of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen (.27 m, 1942-1968), the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (5.25 m, 1919-1969), the Vancouver Joint Council of Railway Unions (.55 m, 1971-1984), and the Vancouver Rail Task Force, (1 m, mainly 1977-1982).

United Transportation Union. Local 422 (Vancouver, B.C.)

United Fishermen and Allied Workers' Union fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1569
  • Fonds
  • 1934-1979

The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, reports, legal documents, financial records, plans, sound recordings, published and printed material generated by the UFAWU, its locals and predecessor organizations including the United Fishermen's Federal Union, the Pacific Coast Fishermen's Union, and the Fish, Cannery and Reduction Plant and Allied Workers Union, as well as office files from former Presidents William Rigby, Homer Stevens, and Jack Nichols.

United Fishermen and Allied Workers' Union

Transportation Employees Canadian Union fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1559
  • Fonds
  • 1929-1981

The fonds consists of copies of constitutions, financial records, minute books, note books, correspondence and maps pertaining to the formation and subsequent activities of the Union. Lists of members, names of executives, dues statements, labour legislation, benefit plans, membership applications, applications to represent groups of workers and to void agreements, manuals, pamphlets, newsletters, agreements, etc. are included among the material.

Transportation Employees Canadian Union

Transport Labour Relations fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1558
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1984

The fonds consists of records relating to the organization of and labour relations activities of Transport Labour Relations and its predecessor, the Automotive Transport Relations Association (1960-1984). Records include minutes of the Board of Directors, briefs, reports, agreements (both proposed and ratified), legal documentation, and correspondence.

Transport Labour Relations

Trade Union Research Bureau fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1557
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1937-1982]

The fonds consists of union audits, case files, source files, union newspapers, convention reports, financial records and related material pertaining to research work conducted by the company on behalf of various unions. Also included is a small amount of TURB's own administrative records.

Trade Union Research Bureau (Vancouver, B.C.)

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

Tom McGrath fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1365
  • Fonds
  • 1948-1996

The fonds consists of textual material (subject files, correspondence, minutes, financial statements, and printed material) relating to Tom McGrath's activities with the following unions: International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers, Vancouver Local 97, 1955-1964; Canadian Ironworkers Local No. 1, 1960-1968; Wood, Wine and Metal Lather's International Union, 1960-1973; Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers, Seamen's Section, Local 400, 1968-1982; and the Canadian Merchant Navy Association, 1990-1995. The fonds also includes interviews with various individuals including Frank Kennedy, Art Kube, Cliff Anstein, and Jess Succamore, involved in solidarity and union issues, his political campaign on behalf of the New Democratic Party in the Vancouver-Little Mountain provincial riding, and photographs of the Second Narrows Bridge.

McGrath, Tom

Tom McEwen fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1363
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1977

The fonds consists of documents made and received in the course of pursuing activities and interests in labour and communist issues. Fonds includes books, correspondence, magazines, manuscripts, newsletters, pamphlets, press clippings, and reports.

McEwen, Tom

Telecommunications Workers Union research collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1550
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1982

The collection consists of records covering the period from the granting of the Victoria and Esquimalt Telephone Company charter in 1880 to 1982 when B.C. Telephone Company employees were laid off without notice. It includes union minutes, arbitration details, correspondence, press clippings, constitutions, agreements, and financial reports relating to the Telecommunications Workers Union of B.C.

Susan Mayse fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1359
  • Fonds
  • Photocopied 198-

The fonds consists of her photocopies of archival and printed material that she gathered in writing her book about Ginger Goodwin, British Columbia's legendary labour leader who was shot on Vancouver Island during World War I while evading the draft.

Mayse, Susan

Stephen C. Lunsford collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1788
  • Collection
  • 1858- 1870

This collection consists of materials related to early British Columbia history in the years when BC was still a British colony, prior to joining Canada in 1871. The collection consists of colonial government documents (proclamations, messages, acts, and rules and regulations) effecting the daily life of British Columbians. These include real estate titles, road works, railways, local, legal and financial matters, labour, and infrastructure. The collection includes proclamations by James Douglas, who was the first governor of BC and served from 1858-1864.

Stanley Park N.D.P. Club fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1523
  • Fonds
  • 1939-1969

The fonds consists of club ledger books (1957-1969), minutes of the CCF Vancouver Centre District Council (1945-1946), membership file (ca. 1966), an undated historical sketch of the club and other collected materials.

Stanley Park N.D.P. Club

[Spontaneity Went Out With Spartacus]

File contains an essay written by Ian McDonald on the Lenkurt strike and his father's role within the strike; the full title is "Spontaneity Went Out With Spartacus: IBEW Local 213, Les McDonald, and the Lenkurt Strike of 1966." Ian McDonald considers the essay to be a continuation of his work on his 1986 Master's thesis, which discussed the IBEW before the Lenkurt strike.

Solidarity Coalition fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1513
  • Fonds
  • 1983-1985

The fonds consists of biographical information, minutes and records of the meetings of the Coalition and its steering committee, and copies of the reports, briefs, submissions and letters received by the People's Commission of Solidarity in its travels around British Columbia. The fonds also includes printed material on various subjects (eg., economics, education, housing, health care, labour, etc.), photographs, copies of petitions and taped hearings of the Commission.

Solidarity Coalition

Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada, Locals 2 and 4 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1491
  • Fonds
  • 1972 - 1986

The fonds consists of records related to the Service, Office, and Retail Workers Union of Canada’s (SORWUC’s) local chapters 2 and 4 administrative activities, organizing endeavours and legal proceedings. Although the records are primarily related to the United Bank Works (UBW), local 2, and Bank and Finance Workers Union, local 4, many records are related to SORWUC’s national activities as a trade union. These activities include organization and certification of new bargaining units, filing unfair labour practices on behalf of union members, pamphleting and raising funds for the union as a whole, organizing strikes, and fighting court battles for the right to organize in new sectors, such as the banks. Additionally, SORWUC kept various reference materials on topics related to feminism and the rights of laborers. The fonds reflect these different organizational activities in three series: Legal, Organizing, and Administration.

The Legal series consists of records related to the union’s legal activities. These records include Unfair Labour Practice (ULP) charges filed against banks and heard by the Canadian Labour Relations Board (CLRB), applications for certification in the CLRB, notes, correspondence, news clippings, and legal briefs.

The Organizing series consists of material relating to the organizing activities of SORWUC, including correspondence, research, membership forms, sign-up sheets and information relating to bank branches seeking certification. Also included are contract proposals, organizing committee papers by branch, and minutes of negotiation meetings, press clippings and press releases.

The Administration series relates to the various administrative activities of SORWUC locals 2 and 4; including financial activities, research for court cases, as well as related issues to the union such as unemployment and racism; public relations documents including press releases; and minutes of meetings.

Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada (SORWUC)

Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada (SORWUC) fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1490
  • Fonds
  • 1969 - 1986

This fonds contains records of the Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada (SORWUC) from their active life between 1972 and 1986. The records pertain to the functioning of the National Headquarters, Local sections and the union as a whole within its communities. The content of the records is primarily focused in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, but the union's influence reaches a national level including activity in the prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. While the central concern of SORWUC was directly related to unionization, the records also concern feminist activity and the pursuance of equal rights for women in society. The material is in the form of correspondence, financial records and statements, various publications, and photographs.

Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada (SORWUC)

S.A. Mowatt collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1386
  • Fonds
  • 1924-1983

The collection consists of records relating to logging and the forest industry including health and safety and long-term disability information for the International Woodworkers of America (IWA), Forest Industrial Relations correspondence (1981-1983), information on scaling, wage scales, one map, and six photographs (1933-34) of Caterpiller Diesel Seventy-Five.

Rolf Knight fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1306
  • Fonds
  • 1961-2017

The fonds consists of manuscripts, research files and printed material relating to Knight's activities as a student and university professor in the field of anthropology. Included are manuscript copies of A Very Ordinary Life, Indians at Work, Along the No. 20 Line and transcripts of interviews with Bob Chestnut, Harvey Murphy, and John Smith. Fonds also includes a typescript copy of Knight's and a manuscript copy of an autobiography of Homer Stevens.

Knight, Rolf

Rodney Young fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1641
  • Fonds
  • 1939-1978

The fonds consists of correspondence, speeches (including Young's parliamentary addresses), clippings and scrapbooks pertaining to Young's career and political views, as well as publications, constitutions and bylaws, newsletters, notices, and minutes pertaining to the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. Also included are university essays on socialism, economics, and international affairs collected, but not written, by Young.

Young, Rodney

Renate Shearer fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1495
  • Fonds
  • 1975-1988

The fonds consists of correspondence, reports, notes, speeches, minutes, press releases, clippings and printed material arising from Shearer's career as social activist, planner, and teacher (1975-1988). Records include much material relating to the Solidarity Coalition, human rights, and the Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of British Columbia.

Shearer, Renate Elizabeth, d. 1988

Prince Rupert Trades and Labour Council fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1447
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1947

The fonds consists of minutes of Council (1937-1947) and correspondence (1916-1930, 1942-1943) related to its activities. Also included are minutes and correspondence of the Prince Rupert Civic Employees Union No. 20 (1922-1923) and a scrapbook of clippings.

Prince Rupert Trades and Labour Council

Pioneer Strike collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1437
  • Fonds
  • 1939

The collection consists of records relating to the Pioneer Strike of 1939.

Peter Stursberg fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1538
  • Fonds
  • 1979-1981, 1985

The fonds consists of records generated in the course of research for the biographies of John Diefenbaker and Lester B. Pearson. Interviewees include Donald Cameron, Jack Davis, Grace MacInnis, Stuart Keate, Norman McKenzie and Harold Winch. Fonds includes recorded interviews and their transcripts and video tapes of an interview with Grace MacInnis.

Stursberg, Peter, 1913-

Peter Moogk collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1759
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1867-2004, predominant 1870-1960]

The collection comprises records acquired by Peter Moogk about aspects of British Columbia’s history, including the British Columbia Electric Railway Company’s interurban train lines (predominantly from 1909-1958), and photographic representations of persons (especially white settlers, from 1870-1960), places, events and activities in the province.

The collection includes five series: British Columbia Electric Railway Company Records, Portraits of Persons in British Columbia, Photos of places, streets, and architecture in British Columbia, Photos of events and activities in British Columbia, and British Columbia ephemera.

Records relating to the first series, British Columbia Electric Railway Company Records, include: photographs; postcards; original BCER documents, such as union agreements and timetables; BCER employee publications; transit tokens; signs and posters from within Vancouver streetcars; and a copy of a CJOR radio script.

Records relating to the second series, Portraits of Persons in British Columbia, include: photographs and handwritten notes by Moogk about Vancouver photographers operating from 1858-1920.

The focus of the third series, Photos of places, streets, and architecture in British Columbia, is photographs of structures and places of British Columbia, notably building exteriors and interiors, and street views from 1880-1959.

The fourth series, Photos of events and activities in British Columbia, includes photos of notable events and public activities(predominantly dating 1911-1941), as well as everyday life, and also includes handwritten and photocopied information on the provenance of the photos and activities depicted.

The fifth series, British Columbia ephemera, is mostly paper ephemera representing the variety of business and activity in the province from 1890 to 1990, and includes menus, theatre programs, business correspondence, and Chinese textbooks as well as some photographic materials.

Peter Dent fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1166
  • Fonds
  • 1978-1980

The fonds consists of a typescript of Dent's article on B.C.'s first nurses' strike in 1980, two articles on nurses' collective bargaining, and a staff representative manual for the Registered Nurses' Association of B.C. (1978). Also included is a typescript entitled "The Beginning", which details the history of the collective bargaining of nurses.

Dent, Peter

Peggy Imredy fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1268
  • Fonds
  • [196-?]-1981

The fonds consists of materials gathered in the course of conducting research on municipal employees. Fonds includes correspondence and newsletters.

Imredy, Peggy

Paul Robeson Memorial Concert collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1470
  • Fonds
  • 2001-2002

Fonds consists of records related to the organization of the Paul Robeson Memorial Concert and the accompanying oral history project. Textual series in this fonds include financial records, oral history project plans and concert planning. There is also a series which contains the audio recordings of the interviews conducted by the committee.

Paul Fox fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1200
  • Fonds
  • 1961

The fonds consists of transcripts of interviews with pioneers of the socialist and Cooperative Commonwealth Federation movements in Canada (1961) by Paul Fox.

Fox, Paul

Patrick O'Neal fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1418
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1965-1975]

The fonds consists of correspondence, reports, scrapbooks and printed material relating to O'Neal's activities, mainly in the field of union organization (ca. 1965-1975).

O'Neal, Patrick

Oral history and audio history material re: British Columbia Labour History

The file contains audio recordings relevant to British Columbia labour history, including oral narratives and tapings of radio broadcasts. Interviewees include numerous IBEW Local 213 figures, such as Ernie Fulton, Dusty Greenwell, Terry Simpson, George Gee, Jack Ross, Art O'Keeffe and Angus McDonald.

The interviewer on most of the cassettes is Ian McDonald; some interviews were conducted by Simon Fraser University History professor, Allan Seager, who was also McDonald's supervisor for his Master's thesis.

On-to-Ottawa Trek collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1420
  • Fonds
  • 1934-1987

The collection consists of records relating to the 1935 On-to-Ottawa Trek and its 50th Anniversary. Included are copied posters, newsletters, proclamations, legal documents, and photographs relating to the original Trek as well as audio tapes, clippings and itineraries from the 1985 anniversary events.

One Big Union fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1417
  • Fonds
  • 1920

The fonds consists of reports of the proceedings of the first semi-annual convention of the OBU at Winnipeg in January (1920) and the second held at Port Arthur in September (1920). Also included are the results of voting in the OBU locals throughout Canada and brochures on the goals of the organization.

One Big Union

Olga Reithaug fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1463
  • Fonds
  • 1933-1985

The fonds consists of photographs depicting conventions or groups (CCF or CCYM), press releases, correspondence, newspaper clippings, publications and a brief historical outline of the Cooperative Commonwealth Youth Movement written by Olga Reithaug. The fonds shows the workings of the CCYM, the issues with which it involved itself, and its relationship with the CCF.

Reithaug, Olga

Office and Technical Employees' Union, Local 378 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1415
  • Fonds
  • 1921-1982

The fonds consists of B.C. Electric Office Employees' Association minutes (1921-1955) and office files (1929-1962); OEIU, Local 378 minutes (1955-1964); OTEU, Local 378 minutes (1964 -1980) and office files (1952-1978); office files for the various B.C. Electric and B.C. Hydro affiliates (1962-1978) and miscellaneous subject files. The latest accession consists of records relating to labour arbitrations between the Labour Relations Board of B.C. and Union employees.

Office and Technical Employees' Union. Local 378

Northwest District Council of Carpenters fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1410
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1982

The fonds consists of minute books for Carpenters' Locals 1735 (1922-1977) and 1081 (1953-1972) and the Piledrivers' Local 1549 (1944-1954). The fonds also includes correspondence, subject files, collective agreements and financial records from the union offices in Prince Rupert and Kitimat/Terrace.

Northwest District Council of Carpenters

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