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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 as well as 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).

Yorkshire Trust Company fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1639
  • Fonds
  • 1889-1970

The fonds consists of business records of the Yorkshire Guarantee & Securities, Limited, The Yorkshire and Canadian Trust, Limited and The Yorkshire & Pacific Securities, Limited, Huddersfield, England concerning its B.C. operations. The records consist of those created at Head Office, Huddersfield, in its dealings with its Vancouver and Victoria offices. There are also books of account which appear to have been created in its Vancouver office. The records consist of legal documents (1889-1950) minutes (1906-1950) correspondence (1890-1964) and financial records (1889-1970), including registers, journals and ledgers (1889-1954). There are also records of the Canadian Mining Syndicate and the Vancouver Land & Securities Corporation. The fonds also includes photographs of the exterior of the Thos. Dunn and Company store, depicting goods ready for shipment from Vancouver to the Klondike and interiors and exteriors of the Yorkshire Building in the 1950s.

Yorkshire Trust Company

W.R. Menchions fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1372
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1935

The fonds consists of plans of fishing vessels built by W.R. Menchions for various companies and individuals including a seine patrol and towboat (1914-1915), cannery tender (1924-1926), seine boat (1925), and specifications and contracts for gasoline boats, seine boats and fishing boats (1914-1935). The fonds also includes one photograph of the vessel Frieda of the Kakiak Fishing Co.

Menchions, W.R.

Wood and English Ltd. fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1629
  • Fonds
  • 1940

Fonds consists of one financial ledger book which details an appraisal conducted of Wood and Englishs physical assets in 1940. The appraisal was conducted by the General Appraisal Company and lists the value of assets in Wood and Englishs various operations. These operations include: saw mill, power house, planning mill, sorting transfer shed and hog house.

Wood and English

Willson Knowlton collection

  • VF-230
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1884

The collection consists of photocopies of legal and financial documents including receipts, promissory notes, orders, agreements which relate to the business transactions of Kwong Lee and Company, Sansum Copper Mining and the Grouse Creek Flume Company.

Knowlton, Willson Edmond, d. 1982

William Lane fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1321
  • Fonds
  • 1843-1875

The fonds consists of correspondence, business documents, and miscellany (1843-1875) from the Fort Garry Hudson's Bay Post, which focuses primarily on the business conducted at the fort , such as trading and organizing supply trips to other posts.

Lane, William Douglas

Wil Hudson fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1260
  • Fonds
  • 1964-1991

The fonds consists largely of print samples of commercial work produced by Hudson throughout his career as a fine printer. Print samples include commerical notices, leaflets, stationary, greeting cards, invitations, memorial notices, broadsides, cover proofs,etc. The samples include work for Gallelry Tantalus (Powell River), Alcuin Society, and the University of British Columbia.

Hudson, Wil

Wigwam Inn fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1617
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1926

The fonds consists of unbound pages from the guest register of the Wigwam Inn, North Vancouver as well as several pages of accounts.

Wigwam Inn

Western Forest Products collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1754
  • Collection
  • 1937 - 2015

The collection reflects the forestry operations and projects undertaken by Western Forest Products and their predecessors. The majority of the material dates to the 1980s, with some material dating to as early as the 1950s and as late as the early 2000s. Much of the contents relates to MacMillan Bloedel Limited, in particular their tree farm licenses (TFLs), silvicultural practices, and some corporate information.

Tree farm license records include: project reports, working and management plans, and maps. Silviculture records include: growth and yield reports, environmental reports, literature, and summaries of silvicultural projects. Corporate records include meeting agendas and minutes, publications, and microfiche.

There are three main types of material in the collection: textual records, maps, and microfiche. The initial acquisition also included aerial photographs which have subsequently been transferred to the UBC Geographic Information Centre.

Western Forest Products

Westcoast Energy Inc. fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1608
  • Fonds
  • 1897-2002, predominant 1949-2002

The fonds consists of records created or accumulated by Wescoast Energy Inc. its predecessor company Westcoast Transmission Company, Limited, and their subsidy companies. Records relate to the activities of these companies and the gas and energy industry in British Columbia and North America, and have been arranged into the following eleven series: legal and financial records (1950-1996); record books and minute books (1949-1980); subject files (1949-2000); corporate publications (1950-2002); publications relating to Westcoast Energy Inc. and its subsidiary companies (1957-2002); books, articles and other publications relating to the energy industry in British Columbia and North America (1897-1996); executive speeches and addresses (1957-1997); photographs and slides (1950s-1994); video recordings (1978-1995); scrapbook (1957); and maps and plans (1945-1994).

Westcoast Energy Inc.

Weekly Gazette and Home News fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1604
  • Fonds
  • 1918

The fonds consists of correspondence of the Weekly Gazette with its clientele for 1918.

Weekly Gazette and Home News

W.B. Farris fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1186
  • Fonds
  • 1917-1944

The fonds consists of incoming letters (1920-1944), outgoing letters (1917-1942), and business correspondence (1920-1942). Also included are stocks, receipts, tax returns, addresses, printed matter on Canadian and world politics, economics and industry, photographs, memorabilia, maps and plans.

Farris, Wendell Burpee, b. 1886

Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1679
  • Collection
  • ca.1860-2008

The collection consists of documents, archival records, photographs, ephemera and artifacts related to three broad themes: British Columbia history, immigration and settlement and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. Included are the archival fonds of the Yip family and Yip Sang Company, the Dart Coon Club and Chinese Freemasons of Victoria, Hugh G. Robinson (regarding the S.S. Greenhill Park Explosion), Rev. MacDonnell (regarding the Clandonald colony of Scottish immigrants in Alberta) and the British Columbia Coast Steamship Service. Includes documents, ephemera and artifacts of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, including records of travelers on CPR rail and steamships.

Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung

Wah Shun Company fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1596
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1938

The fonds consists of records created or received by the Wah Shun Company of Vancouver. Fonds includes contracts, correspondence, cheque books, invoices, and photographs.

Wah Shun Company

Victoria Lumber and Manufacturing Company fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1594
  • Fonds
  • 1906-1950

The fonds consists of an incomplete run of annual reports (1906-1950) for the Victoria Lumbering and Manufacturing Company in Chemainus, B.C.

Victoria Lumber and Manufacturing Company

Valentine Quinn fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1454
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1910

The fonds consists of correspondence, financial records and related material (1897-1910).

Quinn, Valentine G.

Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs

  • RBSC-ARC-1804
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1850-1950]

The Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs, donated by Uno and Dianne Langmann and Uno Langmann Limited, consists of more than 18,000 rare and unique early photographs from the 1850s to the 1970s. It is considered the premiere private collection of early provincial photos, and an important illustrated history of early photographic methods. The photographs were taken by a wide range of photographers. Some well-known photographers represented in the collection include William Notman, Charles MacMunn, Frederick Dally, Charles Horetzky, Charles Gentile, Philip Timms, Yucho Chow, R. Maynard, and Leonard Frank.

This finding aid will provide access to the collection in the interim period while UBC Library digitizes the collection. For updates on the collection and its digitization, please visit http://langmann.library.ubc.ca

Langmann, Uno

Thomas Ladner fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1317
  • Fonds
  • 1892-1896

The fonds consists of a letter book (outgoing) pertaining to Ladner's activities as a manager of the Wellington Packing Company at Canoe Pass near Ladner on the Fraser River (1892-1896).

Ladner, Thomas Ellis

Thomas K. Fleming research collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1808
  • Fonds
  • 1861-2009

The Thomas K. Fleming research collection consists of materials related to the settler colonial history of British Columbia, and more broadly, the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Record types include correspondence, newsletters, press clippings, printed materials, notes, maps, legal documents, as well as Fleming`s stamp collection and associated records. Historical records in the collection include content primarily from the nineteenth to early twentieth century on such subjects as forestry, travel, commerce, and postal history. The collection has been arranged into two series: Historical Records and Research Subject Files series, and Stamp Collection and Related Materials series.

Tallheo Cannery fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1546
  • Fonds
  • 1938-1942

The fonds consists of records pertaining to the administration of the cannery. It includes financial statements, correspondence, invoices, registers, vouchers and facilities reports. Several files contain items created by the Wales Island Cannery but incorporated into the fonds.

Tallheo Cannery

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.

Skeena Collieries fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1506
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1912

The fonds consists of records of the company including outgoing letters of B.K. Laird, prospecti, an engineer's report on mining property in the Skeena region of B.C., and clippings.

Skeena Collieries

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)

Seaboard Lumber Sales Company and Seaboard Shipping Company fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1488
  • Fonds
  • 1930-1983

The fonds consists of corporate records, a research collection of Seaboard historical material used in the preparation of a corporate history, John A. Humbird's journals of his overseas trips for Seaboard (1937-1945) and photographs of Seaboard personnel, delegations, ships, ports, logging operations, and sawmills.

Seaboard Lumber Sales Company

Royal Fisk fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1702
  • Fonds
  • 1862-1868

Fonds consists of 947 letters, bills of exchange, and telegrams sent from Victoria-area merchants to Royal Fisk, a forwarding and shipping agent in San Francisco, during the Cariboo Gold Rush. Letters provide insight into the effect of the Cariboo Gold Rush on trade and commerce in Victoria at the time. Topics covered in the letters include ordering goods; remitting cash, gold and drafts; advising of market prices; conditions in the mines of Victoria and Puget Sound; providing news of latest gold discoveries, shipping activity, finances, and mergers or dissolutions; business alliances; establishing express services; arrival of the first telegraph; et al.

Fisk, Royal

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

Robert Reid fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1461
  • Fonds
  • 1883-2010

The fonds consists of material relating to the work and collections of Robert Reid. It includes a collection of fine printwork from a variety of presses, examples of printed material at various stages in the publication process, and research and reference material relating to design and printing.

Also included in the fonds are biographical material, correspondence to and from Reid, financial records, speeches, notes, clippings, and photographs. The content of this material relates to both the personal and professional life of Reid and spans from the the 1930s to the 2000s.

Robert Reid

Robert Dwyer fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1175
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1953

The fonds consists of the financial records of Dwyer's funeral home in Kamloops, B.C. and personal records of R.H. Dwyer (1910-1953). Included in the financial records are income tax returns (1931-1949), journals (1910-1945), ledgers (1917-1943), synoptic ledger sheets (1944- 1952), agreements (1952-1953) and purchase orders (1945-1950). The personal records contain information pertaining to the Kamloops Masonic Temple Association.

Dwyer, Robert Hilmer

Robert Allison Hood fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1253
  • Fonds
  • 1861, 1888-1958

The fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, photographs, printed material, memorabilia, and other documents related to Hood's personal life and interests, his writing, and his career in real estate and financial management. Also included are documents related to Hood's involvement in the Canadian Authors Association, the St. Andrew's and Caledonian Society, the Scottish Dramatic Society, and the Central Presbyterian Church in Vancouver. The fonds also contains a subfonds consisting of Hood Brothers' correspondence and financial records.

Hood, Robert Allison

R.L. Reid fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1462
  • Fonds
  • 1754-1945

The fonds consists of personal materials including biographical information, correspondence (1905-1944), financial records (1892-1930), speeches, clippings and memorabilia relating to Canadiana and mining in British Columbia. Also included are collected historical items, most prominent amongst which are research materials relating to Alfred Waddington (1858-1872). The fonds also includes various collected historical items (1754-1889) and photographs of the E. Moss family, Esquimalt scenery and buildings, scenes of Nelson and Ymir mining, and Cape Breton scenery.

Reid, Robie Lewis

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.

Reliance Motor and Machine Works fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1464
  • Fonds
  • 1924-1963

The fonds consists of company minutes (1924-1963), repair orders (1927-1959), annual reports, working plans and drawings for various pieces of machinery and machine parts.

Reliance Motor and Machine Works

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

Port Albion Cannery fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1442
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1937-1948]

The fonds consists of correspondence and financial records relating to the activities of the Port Albion Cannery (ca. 1937-1948) near Ucluelet, B.C. as well as the Langara Fishing and Packing Company in the Queen Charlotte Islands.

Port Albion Cannery

P.M. Magazine fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1423
  • Fonds
  • 1951-1952

The fonds consists of correspondence, publicity material, circulation files and art materials.

P.M. Magazine

Phil Lind Klondike Gold Rush collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1820
  • Collection
  • ca. 1860-2016

The collection consists of archival records, printed materials, photographs, maps, posters, artefacts and paintings all related to the Klondike Gold Rush. Records span the activities of individuals, organizations, companies, and government bodies related to the Klondike Gold Rush, the Yukon, Alaska, and the Northwest Territories from ca. 1860 to 2003. The collection documents the journeys of, and commerce created by individuals and groups of people from around the world who left their homes to join the Gold Rush; it also contains materials documenting the presence of Indigenous peoples throughout the Yukon.

The collection reflects the development of regional infrastructure and transportation in the Yukon and Alaska, including the creation of the White Pass and Yukon Route railway line. Many materials in the fonds originated from the construction and development of specific town sites and communities located in the Yukon, including Dawson City, Carcross, Forty Mile, and White Horse.

Other materials document the creative works of individuals seeking to record and share stories about the Klondike in various forms, including photographs, journals, poetry, music and theatre.

The collection is comprised of the following series: Textual Records, Photographic Materials, Cartographic Materials, Graphic Materials, and Objects. Each series is majorly comprised of the record type described in the title, and materials within each series are described at the item level.

Lind, Philip Bridgman

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.

Oscar Solibakke fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1512
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1964

The fonds consists of general correspondence (1911-1963) with major correspondents such as William B. Burnett (1927-1963), J.R.V. Dunlop (1927-1955) and Fred M. Wells (1927-1941). It also includes Solibakke's daily diary (1934-1962), and family records, printed and published material relating to the mining industry, clippings files and photographs. Corporate material includes records from Cariboo Quartz Mining Company (1927-1961), Cariboo Amalgamated Gold Mining Company (1933-1939), Pine Grove Placers Ltd. (1935-1940) and Cariboo-Hudson Gold Mines Ltd. (1936-1941). Fonds includes maps of mines and topography, mostly in the Cariboo region of B.C.

Solibakke, Oscar Henry

Oscar Orr collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1761
  • Collection
  • 1698-1992

The collection contains records related to Oscar Orr’s career in law, his professional and political affiliations, and records relating to his role as a prominent resident in the province of British Columbia. There are also historical records that Orr gathered as part of his collection. The collection consists of five series: British Columbia records; American records; Canadian provinces and politics records; Britain and Europe; and Books and miscellaneous records. The series contain correspondence, autographed clippings and notes, invitations and miscellaneous documents of prominent political individuals, businessmen, and royalty.
The series British Columbia records contains Orr’s correspondence with prominent and political members in British Columbia in the early to late 1900s. The series includes the autographs of BC political members as well as prominent BC court officials. Also includes a letter from Dan Cranmer of Alert Bay regarding a possible potlatch. The series American records contains documents and autographs of prominent US political, literary, and war figures. Records in this series date back to the 18th century and were part of the collection Orr gathered as part of his interest in history. The series Canadian provinces and politics records include early 19th century documents relating to the Canadian political landscape as well as Orr’s own correspondence with Canadian politicians and court officials. The series Britain and Europe contains records and autographs of British and European political, literary, and military figures, dating back to 1698. Books and miscellaneous records include books, newspapers, photographs and other records from Orr’s collection that relate to his interest in history.

Orr, Oscar

November House fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1411
  • Fonds
  • 1971-1985

The fonds consists of correspondence, financial records and manuscripts generated through the publishing activity of November House.

November House

Nelson Lougheed fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1332
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1954

The fonds includes business and ministerial correspondence, legal documents, the records of Robert A. Grant, a materials cost price diary (1927) and daily journals (1925, 1926, 1935).

Lougheed, Nelson Seymour, b. 1882

Nanaimo Electric Light, Power and Heating Company fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1718
  • Fonds
  • 1934

The fonds consists of a 24-page dossier that summarizes operations at the Nanaimo Electric Light, Power and Heating Company through text, photographs, and a map. The dossier was put together prior to the merger of Nanaimo Electric Light, Power and Heating Company with Duncan Utilities Power Limited, forming Nanaimo Duncan Utilities Limited in July 1934.

Nanaimo Electric Light, Power and Heating Company

Murray-Latta Machine Company Ltd. fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1390
  • Fonds
  • 1904-1928

The fonds consists of blueprints, line drawings and sketches and includes a sketch of the "iron chink" dated 1904.

Murray-Latta Machine Company

McLennan family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1717
  • Fonds
  • 1710-2000, predominant 1850-1940

The fonds consists of photographs and textual records spanning the period 1710-1984, predominantly 1850-1940, related to business and personal lives of five generations of the McLennan family (immediate and extended), as well as to the work of Montreal lawyer, Frederick Griffin. McLennan family materials consist of photographs; incoming and outgoing correspondence; genealogical information and family histories; diaries and remembrances; newspaper clippings and ephemera; official documents; obituaries and tributes; drafts of writings, research notes, and sketches; and other documents.

The McLennan family materials includes a series reflecting William McLennan’s writing career, personal interests, and family life. William McLennan’s materials include full and partial drafts of published and unpublished works; research and reference materials; incoming and outgoing correspondence; legal and official documents; collected historical materials and documents; notes; sketches; journals; newspaper clippings and ephemera; photographs; and other materials.

The fonds also consists of a series reflecting Frederick Griffin’s occupation as a lawyer and his role as founder of the Canadian Loan Company. Frederick Griffin’s materials include incoming correspondence and draft responses; various financial and legal documents; legal research notes and drafts of legal documents; memoranda; meeting minutes; land and property documents and surveyors reports; newspaper clippings and ephemera; and other documents.

Finally, the fonds contains a series consisting of William Durie McLennan’s records, which were primarily created between 1914 and 1915 and pertain to his military service during the First World War. Record types in this series include the following: a handwritten, personal notebook; a typescript of this notebook; correspondence; service records from the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Forces; news clippings; black and white photographs; collected signatures from Canadian dignitaries; and materials from the 5th Battery Association of 1914.

McLennan (family)

Macmillan Company of Canada fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1684
  • Fonds
  • 1944-1972

The fonds consists of subject files pertaining to the publication of some of Ethel Wilson's novels, including Hetty Dorval, The Innocent Traveller, The Equations of Love, Love and Salt Water and Mrs. Golightly and Other Stories. The fonds also includes manuscripts of other short works as well as articles, newsclippings, and correspondence regarding Ethel Wilson.

Macmillan Company of Canada

MacMillan Bloedel Limited, Canadian White Pine Division fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1344
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1998, predominant 1941-1989

The fonds consists of records of the Personnel, Safety, and Physical Plant and Maintenance departments of the Canadian White Pine Division of MacMillan Bloedel Limited, as well as some records of the Division's Manager and other divisions. The fonds includes administrative, personnel, project, and subject files containing correspondence, memoranda, reports, statistics, financial records, statements, organizational charts, brochures, newsletters, and other records. The fonds also includes many plans, photographs and slides and some artifacts. It has been arranged into the following series: Personnel Department records (1923-1997, predominantly 1941-1989); Records of the Manager (1938-1946, 1968-1974); Safety Department records (1938-1978, predominantly 1952-1976); Physical Plant and Maintenance Department records (1920-1998, predominantly 1946-1982); and general photographs (1940-1981).

MacMillan Bloedel. Canadian White Pine Division

MacMillan Bloedel Limited fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1343
  • Fonds
  • 1861-1992

The records in the MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. fonds span from 1866 to 2002. They represent the records of the three major predecessor companies, - Powell River Company; Bloedel, Stewart & Welch; and H.R. MacMillan Export - as well as records of the amalgamated corporations - MacMillan& Bloedel; MacMillan, Bloedel and Powell River; and MacMillan Bloedel Limited. Each of the original predecessor companies had a distinctive function, Powell River Company was a pulp and paper operation focused on the manufacturing of newsprint paper; Bloedel, Stewart, and Welch was a logging company whose main activities included acquiring timber lands and harvesting timber; H.R. MacMillan Export was a lumber trade and export company. When H.R. MacMillan Export and Bloedel, Stewart, and Welch joined in 1956 to form MacMillan and Bloedel Ltd., and then when Powell River Company joined in 1960, the resultant records of these amalgamations reflected all of the previously separated functions, and evidence the vertical integration of MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.

Records subjects include all aspects of the private Forestry industry, including: acquisition of title, licences, and leases to land, timber, and water rights; mapping, inventorying and cruising forests; building and maintaining access to timber resources via land and water; methods of harvesting timber, disposing of slash, and reforesting previously forested areas; methods of processing timber to make lumber and wood products, including pulp and paper; studies and reports on wood products ,the lumber trade and national and global markets; management of personnel and relations with labour unions; acquisitions of companies in allied industries; marketing of wood products; and responding to shifts in economy, public perception, British Columbian government legislation and industry regulations, and the legal recognition of the land and water rights of First Nations.

The records primarily relate to and originate from British Columbia, though some records are directly related to the creators’ relationships with, forestry operations on, and concerns in other nations and regions including; Florida and Alabama in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and China, Southeast Asia and South America.

Records in the fonds have been divided into six separate sous-fonds to reflect the corporate body they originated from: MacMillan Bloedel Limited sous-fonds, Powell River Company sous-fonds, H.R. MacMillan Export sous-fonds, Bloedel, Stewart, and Welch sous-fonds, MacMillan and Bloedel sous-fonds, and MacMillan, Bloedel, and Powell River sous-fonds.

Within each of these sous-fonds records are further arranged into series, subseries, and in some cases sub-sub series to reflect the creating body and specific record type.

Record types consist of a wide variety of textual records including correspondence, meeting minutes, annual reports, ledgers, studies, tax records and workers’ compensation records, timber cruise reports, marketing materials, manuals, transcripts of narrative histories, financial records, news clippings, daily journals, receipts, contracts, and more. Non-textual records include individual photographs and photograph albums documenting individuals and business processes in the Forestry industry, as well as over 1,000 maps, primarily of British Columbia, and audiotapes, sound-recordings, films, ephemera and artefacts.

MacMillan Bloedel

Letson and Burpee Limited fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1328
  • Fonds
  • 1893, 1915-1921, 1955

The fonds consists of material relating to the business activities of Letson & Burpee, Ltd., machinery manufacturers and founders. It includes blueprint plans of machinery used in the cannery industry, ten printed catalogues, correspondence (1893), and photographs and clippings pertaining to the machinery industry including detailed descriptions of fish canning machinery.

Letson and Burpee Ltd.

Lee family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1325
  • Fonds
  • 1895-1933

The fonds consists of correspondence (1895-1933) and financial records (1913/1914, 1921) which document the business activities of the Lee family, most notably Lee Thung and his son Lee Kepment.

Lee (family)

Lazara Press fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1700
  • Fonds
  • 1976 - 2012, predominate 1980 - 1997

The fonds consists of the business records created and/or collected by Lazara Press and its founder Penny Goldsmith, predominately from the early 1980s to the late 1990s. The records are loosely divided into two main categories: administrative and publication records. The administrative records contain material documenting the different functions of Lazara Press, including promotional/distribution information, financial records, memberships information, and correspondence Lazara Press had with other printing presses and booksellers in Canada and in Europe. Other administrative records include materials pertaining to projects Goldsmith was involved in, either as a representative of Lazara Press or of her own initiative.

The publication records contain material relating to the publication process of the various broadsheets, chapbooks, volumes of poetry, plays, short stories, and essays printed by Lazara Press. These records include drafts and manuscripts, layouts and prototypes, as well as the published editions of many of these works. Other records include correspondence between Lazara Press and various authors, contracts, promotional information, reviews, and distribution lists.

The fonds is divided into eleven series: Promotion and distribution; Lazara Press business records; Literary associations and publishing groups; Literary festivals and book fairs; Publishers; Editing + consulting; Penny Goldsmith articles; Other projects; Lazara published books; Broadsides and chapbooks; and Discussion series. The last three series are further divided into subseries, typically by author name but occasionally by the title of a publication.

Lazara Press

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