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Ian McDonald collection File
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[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.

[Personal correspondence (1 of 2)]

File contains letters related to Les McDonald's personal life, including eulogies written for Bill Stewart and Herb Crabtree, correspondence from and related to his father, and a copy of Charles Boylan's "Learn From the Teacher By Negative Example" with a dedication to Les McDonald. Also contains "Some Recollections of Les McDonald," by David Yorke.

[Personal correspondence (2 of 2)]

File contains letters related to Les McDonald's personal life, including eulogies written for Bill Stewart and Herb Crabtree, correspondence from and related to his father, and a copy of Charles Boylan's "Learn From the Teacher By Negative Example" with a dedication to Les McDonald. Also contains "Some Recollections of Les McDonald," by David Yorke.

Court Cases

File contains full text decisions of B.C. Dist. Telegraph Co. v. IBEW Local 213 (1965); IBEW Local 28 v. IBEW and Gordon Freeman, IBEW President (1961) and IBEW Local 28 v. IBEW Local 24 (1963). Although the file was explicitly grouped with the Art O'Keeffe papers in the received order of the collection (i.e. through the physical arrangement and a file list), O'Keeffe himself could not have collected copies of the court cases in 2016.

[E. Tilford Fenton papers]

File contains Ian McDonald's archival research related to E. Tilford Fenton, member of IBEW 213 and executive board representative from 1912-13. Also contains a copy of an IBEW Pacific District Council Report from April 4, 1913.

[Postcards sent to Bill & Dora Stewart (2 of 3)]

File contains postcards sent by Les McDonald to Bill and Dora Stewart. The written contents of the postcards revolve around McDonald's travel with the International Olympic Committee to establish triathlon as an Olympic sport, though he discusses a wide range of topics and frequently offers sharp political commentary on the places he visits, the IOC, and current events.

[Postcards sent to Bill & Dora Stewart (3 of 3)]

File contains postcards sent by Les McDonald to Bill and Dora Stewart. The written contents of the postcards revolve around McDonald's travel with the International Olympic Committee to establish triathlon as an Olympic sport, though he discusses a wide range of topics and frequently offers sharp political commentary on the places he visits, the IOC, and current events.

[Postcards sent to Bill & Dora Stewart (1 of 3)]

File contains postcards sent by Les McDonald to Bill and Dora Stewart. The written contents of the postcards revolve around McDonald's travel with the International Olympic Committee to establish triathlon as an Olympic sport, though he discusses a wide range of topics and frequently offers sharp political commentary on the places he visits, the IOC, and current events.

Local 213 - Contemporary Clippings

File contains later newspapers clippings related to IBEW Local 213 collected by Ian McDonald after the submission of his Master's thesis. Also contains George Gee's obituary and memorial service program.

Cypress Bowl Issue

File contains newspaper articles and memoranda related to the privatization of Cypress Bowl Park's cross-country ski trails.

[Charles (Charlie) Caron file]

File contains a photocopy of Charlie Caron's autobiography, describing his involvement in labour issues in Canada in the the 1930s primarily. Caron also provides a historical account of the activities of the Communist Party of Canada up to the 1970s.

Union notes [(2 of 3)]

File contains notebooks, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes and pamphlets related to Les McDonald's union activities with IBEW Local 213.

[Lenkurt newspaper articles (2 of 2)]

File contains articles from various Vancouver-area newspapers documenting the events of the Lenkurt strike in 1966. Also contains an obituary for Jim Kinnaird and a retrospective article in the Pacific Tribune written in 1986.

Correspondence re: use of files – IBEW, 213, BC Hydro

File contains correspondence written by and to Ian McDonald regarding the use of materials for his Master's thesis, and documenting his struggles various documents. Correspondence includes legal advice provided to McDonald and interlibrary loan slips from SFU. Also contains a program from the Pacific Northwest Labor History Conference (University of British Columbia, 1984) and a price list for word processing services in 1984.

Union notes [(1 of 3)]

File contains notebooks, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes and pamphlets related to Les McDonald's union activities with IBEW Local 213.

Union notes [(3 of 3)]

File contains notebooks, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes and pamphlets related to Les McDonald's union activities with IBEW Local 213.

[Lenkurt newspaper articles (1 of 2)]

File contains articles from various Vancouver-area newspapers documenting the events of the Lenkurt strike in 1966. Also contains an obituary for Jim Kinnaird and a retrospective article in the Pacific Tribune written in 1986.

Alex Dorland

File contains remarks made by Frank G. Hanson at Alex Dorland's funeral service, a photocopied letter of condolence from Sid McArton and handwritten notes by Ian McDonald from an interview about Dorland.

Transcripted interviews

File contains handwritten transcripts from interviews Ian McDonald conducted with Malcolm "Cal" Morrison, Larry Jack, John Carson, Mr. & Mrs. Howard Hume, Edmund Morrison, Fred Hoppe and Roland Gerwin.

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.

BC Electric Histories

File contains an annual report from BC Hydro (1984-1985), a brochure showing the BC Hydro Electric Transmission System in March 1983 and BC Hydro "pocket facts" (1985). Also contains photocopies of "The Stave Falls Power Development" (1925), "Ruskin Power Development" (1930), and "The Power System of the British Columbia Power Corporation, Limited" by E. E. Carpenter (1932).

[Published articles]

File contains published articles written by Les McDonald on labour issues and sport. Also contains handwritten notes by Les McDonald which may have been used for a LiveWire article.

[Collected newspaper clippings]

File contains newspaper clippings from the Province, the Sun, Pacific Tribune and the Barker, mostly related to Art O'Keeffe or the use of injunctions in labor disputes.

Collins Overland Telegraph - Kathleen Fitzgerald

File contains a photocopy of a "booklength feature" in The Canada West Magazine on the Collins Overland Telegraph, a telegraph system planned to stretch from San Francisco to London. The BC-Yukon section of the telegraph line is discussed at lenght.

West Kootenay Power & Light

File contains a West Kootenay Power 85th Anniversary Edition of the Hi-Lines newsletter, a shareholder report from Cominco, a timeline of agreements between West Kootenay Power and IBEW Local B-287 from 1946-1947, and the business card of Jack Fisher, public relations for West Kootenay Power.

[IBEW suspension appeals (2 of 2)]

File contains correspondence and legal documents related to Les McDonald's appeal of his suspension from IBEW Local 213 following his involvement in the Lenkurt Strike.

[IBEW suspension appeals (1 of 2)]

File contains correspondence and legal documents related to Les McDonald's appeal of his suspension from IBEW Local 213 following his involvement in the Lenkurt Strike.

W. F. Dunne file

File contains material photocopied by Ian McDonald related to William F. Dunne, union leader and state legislator in Montana during the early 20th century as well as a former business agent of IBEW Local 213; of particular interest for McDonald are speeches given by Dunne.

[Labour During the Cold War - James L. Turk paper]

File contains a copy of a paper presented by James L. Turk of the University of Toronto at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Oral History Association in June 1980. The full title of the paper is "Labour During the Cold War: Oral History in the Study of the Survival of the United Electrical Workers in Canada."

[Issues of 213 Live Wire (2 of 3)]

File contains various issues of "213 Live Wire," the newspaper of IBEW Local 213. A few copies of "Live Wire," the newspaper of the Canadian Union for Electrical Workers are also within the file, as well as some IBEW Local 213 business manager newsletters. Also contains a copy of the December 1964 issue of the Electrical Worker's Journal with handwritten annotations by Les McDonald.

[Issues of 213 Live Wire (1 of 3)]

File contains various issues of "213 Live Wire," the newspaper of IBEW Local 213. A few copies of "Live Wire," the newspaper of the Canadian Union for Electrical Workers are also within the file, as well as some IBEW Local 213 business manager newsletters. Also contains a copy of the December 1964 issue of the Electrical Worker's Journal with handwritten annotations by Les McDonald.

[Issues of 213 Live Wire (3 of 3)]

File contains various issues of "213 Live Wire," the newspaper of IBEW Local 213. A few copies of "Live Wire," the newspaper of the Canadian Union for Electrical Workers are also within the file, as well as some IBEW Local 213 business manager newsletters. Also contains a copy of the December 1964 issue of the Electrical Worker's Journal with handwritten annotations by Les McDonald.

Patricia Roy articles

File contains three photocopied articles written by University of Victoria History professor Patricia Roy: "Direct Management from Abroad: The Formative Years of the British Columbia Electric Railway," "The Illumination of Victoria: Late Nineteenth-Century Technology and Municipal Enterprise" and "The British Columbia Electric Railway and Its Street Railway Employees: Paternalism in Labour Relations." Also contains a page of handwritten notes from Ian McDonald.

[Collective agreements: Coal, IBEW, telephone workers, 1944-1971]

File contains collective agreements for the IBEW Locals 213 & 230 (1944-1947, 1955, 1962 and 1963-1965) and British Columbia Electric Company Limited, Local 480 & 651 of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter workers and the Consolidated Mining & Smelting Company of Canada (1964-1966), and the Federation of Telephone Workers of British Columbia and Okanagan Telephone Company (1971-1973).

[Lenkurt suspension appeal documents]

File contains documents related to Art O'Keeffe's appeal of his suspension from the IBEW on the grounds of his involvement in the 'Lenkurt dispute' of 1966. Also contains "Injunctions have no place in labor disputes," the statement of Jeffrey James Power to the appeal court of British Columbia in support of Local 213 workers suspended after the Lenkurt Strike (published by the Marine Workers' & Boilermakers' Industrial Union Local #1), and some personal correspondence addressed to Art O'Keeffe supporting his position.

[Materials related to the Canadian Union of Electrical Workers breakaway movement (1 of 3)]

File contains pamphlets, letters, newspaper clippings and other ephemera collected from Barry Sharbo, an electrician belonging to IBEW Local 213 who was charged for his involvement in the Lenkurt Strike and went on to join and become a board member of the Canadian Electrical Workers Union Local 1. The contents of the file relate primarily to the Lenkurt Strike and the formation of the Canadian Electrical Workers Union.

[Materials related to the Canadian Union of Electrical Workers breakaway movement (2 of 3)]

File contains pamphlets, letters, newspaper clippings and other ephemera collected from Barry Sharbo, an electrician belonging to IBEW Local 213 who was charged for his involvement in the Lenkurt Strike and went on to join and become a board member of the Canadian Electrical Workers Union Local 1. The contents of the file relate primarily to the Lenkurt Strike and the formation of the Canadian Electrical Workers Union.

[Materials related to the Canadian Union of Electrical Workers breakaway movement (3 of 3)]

File contains pamphlets, letters, newspaper clippings and other ephemera collected from Barry Sharbo, an electrician belonging to IBEW Local 213 who was charged for his involvement in the Lenkurt Strike and went on to join and become a board member of the Canadian Electrical Workers Union Local 1. The contents of the file relate primarily to the Lenkurt Strike and the formation of the Canadian Electrical Workers Union.

Business Manager Reports (1964-1966)

File contains five Business Manager's newsletters for Local IBEW 213, while Art O'Keeffe was business manager and financial secretary. Issues include June 1964, June 1965, September 1965, December 1965 & March 1966.

[Lenkurt file (2 of 4)]

File contains papers related to Ian McDonald's research on the Lenkurt strike, which he eventually omitted from the scope of his Master's thesis but took up later in "Spontaneity Went Out with Spartacus," including photocopied newspaper articles from the Province from May 1966 and a notebook containing Les McDonald's "Lenkurt Trial Board Notes."

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