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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.

John Cooper Robinson collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1757
  • Collection
  • [1870] – [1955]

Fonds consists of over 4,600 photographic prints, negatives, glass lantern slides, and postcards, the majority of which were either taken or collected by Robinson. Many of the photographs relate to Robinson’s work as an Anglican missionary in Japan in the 1890’s through the 1920’s. These photographs document a unique time in the Japan’s history: the Meiji-Taisho period when the country was transitioning away from being a feudal society and beginning to open up to the West. This collection is one of the few comprehensive records of this time period. Subject matter of the photographs includes everyday life, work, and scenery in Japan, as well as the lives and works of missionaries.

Also included in the collection are photographs from Canada and the Robinson family’s travels around the world, as well as reproductions of missionary and religious texts or graphics.

While many of the photographs were taken by Robinson, others were taken by his children, professional photographers, or unidentified individuals.

Robinson, John Cooper

British Columbia Executive Council collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1055
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1967

The collection consists of photocopied briefs from groups or individuals desiring to appear before the Provincial Cabinet (1952-1967). They are arranged chronologically by "delegates heard" and "delegates not heard".

British Columbia. Executive Council

British Columbia Railway Commission research collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1069
  • Fonds
  • 1977-1978

The collection consists of subject files including photocopied and manuscript notes and sources, correspondence, research data, computer printout and input material, reports, financial records, and photographs relalting to the Royal Commission on B.C. Railway (1977).

Centre for Transportation Studies

Derek Lukin Johnston autograph collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1292
  • Fonds
  • [1759-1980]

The collection consists of letters signed by prominent historical figures including Napoleon I, Winston Churchill, Benjamin Disraeli, John Jellicoe, Robert Peel, William Pitt, August-Norbert Morin, and the Duke of Wellington.

Delgamuukw v. British Columbia Exhibit Archive

  • RBSC-ARC-1749
  • Fonds
  • 1984-1997

The Exhibit Archive consists of the evidence submitted by 51 Plaintiffs regarding the land claim area, and materials submitted by the Defense relating to the underlying title of the Crown to these lands. Textual records include correspondence, by-laws, land titles and drafts, research documents, affidavits, cross-examination transcripts, legal documents and reports, published material, genealogy charts, collections of sacred oral traditions, copies of records from the Hudson’s Bay Company and early settlers, written accounts of oral histories, trap-line data, expert testimonies of anthropologists, historians, linguists, biologists, and archaeologists, including all the background materials used by lawyers in the case. Other non-textual materials include maps and overlays, photographs, sound recordings of oral histories and songs, and audio-visual materials.

Delgamuukw Trial

New Democratic Party of British Columbia fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1394
  • Fonds
  • 1930 - 2006

The fonds consists of records pertaining to the NDP and CCF in B.C. Included are notices and agendas, minutes, correspondence, membership lists, financial records, policy, policy committees, maps, photographs, convention proceedings, geographical materials and constituency records. Also included are films and sound recordings.

New Democratic Party of British Columbia

Ken Crassweller fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1146
  • Fonds
  • 1967-2015

The fonds consists of records relating to Crassweller's involvement in the development of Inuit arts and crafts programmes. It has four components: the Project index, manuscript for Crassweller's Handbook of Eskimo Artifacts, working papers filed by subject and printed material.

Crassweller, Ken

Greater Vancouver Regional District Planning Department fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1218
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1982

The fonds consists of records generated by the Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board (1949-1969) and its successor, the Greater Vancouver Regional District Planning Department. It includes correspondence, minutes of meetings, studies, surveys, briefs, discussion papers, reports, plans, maps, graphs and clippings.

Greater Vancouver Regional District. Planning Dept.

Leon Ladner fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1316
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1969

The fonds consists of correspondence, speeches, clippings, briefs and submissions, pamphlets, maps, addresses, copies of legislation, personal notes, receipts, memorabilia and subject files (1915-1969). The majority of the fonds focuses on Ladner's involvement with the federal Progressive Conservative party, Columbia River Power and the Royal Commission on Energy (1950-1969).

Ladner, Leon Johnson

Thomas McDonald fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1362
  • Fonds
  • 1950-1973

The fonds consists of records reflecting McDonald's career with the Greater Vancouver Regional Planning Board. It includes subject files, press clippings, and printed material. The fonds also includes records relating to planning the development of Kitimat, B.C. and in the province, in general.

McDonald, Thomas

Angus MacInnis memorial collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1011
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1970

The collection consists of records of the provincial office of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and general research material pertaining to socialism and the labour movement. It consists of minutes, scrapbooks, office correspondence and files relating to party organization and records of committees, CCF clubs, constituencies, federal ridings and election. The collection also includes records generated by Arthur Turner as CCF Whip and Arnold Webster as a provincial party leader. Subject files pertaining to early socialists and clippings about international affairs were created by Dorothy Steeves. Subsequent accessions added to the collection have included the records of Angus MacInnis, Francis McKenzie and former provincial leader Ernest Winch.

MacInnis, Angus

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

William Walkem fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1597
  • Fonds
  • 1894-1915

The fonds consists of a number of typewritten manuscripts for short articles by Dr. Walkem as well as clippings of published articles. The fonds also includes Walkem's incomplete autobiography, a scrapbook of clippings relating to his experiences as a MLA and photographs.

Walkem, William Wymond

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

Charles H. Tupper fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1562
  • Fonds
  • 1870-1926

The fonds consists of correspondence (1876-1926), subject files (1889-1925) and scrapbooks (1870-1923). The fonds reflects Tupper's interest in politics and public affairs.

Tupper, Charles Hibbert, Sir

Carol Swayze fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1541
  • Fonds
  • 1965-1987

The fonds consists of correspondence, research papers, printed material, sound recordings, and drafts of manuscripts collected or created by her in writing a biography of Thomas R. Berger entitled, Hard Choices.

Swayze, Carol, 1945-

Charles Semlin fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1489
  • Fonds
  • 1870-1918

The fonds consists of a letterpress copybook containing his outgoing letters as Premier of British Columbia (1898-1900), as well as financial records, correspondence and other material relating to the Dominion Ranch, Semlin and Stuart and the Interior Stock Raisers' Association (1870-1918).

Semlin, C.A. (Charles Augustus)

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

Roger Bowen fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1043
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1987

The fonds consists of material accumulated by Roger Bowen in order to write his biography of E. Herbert Norman. It includes various files, including F.B.I. files.

Bowen, Roger W., 1947-

S.M. Scott fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1486
  • Fonds
  • 1774-1963

The fonds consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, drafts, speeches, memos, photographs and subject files relating to S.M. Scott's academic and diplomatic careers, as well as military service during World War I. Documents on the Scott family history are also included.

Scott, Seamon Morley

Toni Onley fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1419
  • Fonds
  • 1962-2001

The fonds consists of correspondence, diaries, log books, manuscripts, photographs, records books, gallery files, subject files, and printed material relating to Onleys career as an artist, including a record of work, sales, donations, and disputes with Revenue Canada about the taxation of visual artists. A sketchbook entitled "LEternite Cest De Trouver De Que Tu As Deja" combines the poetry of Claude Peloquin with 51 watercolours by Onley relating to his Arctic voyages.

Onley, Toni, 1928-2004

John A. Munro fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1387
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1997

The fonds consists of records created and collected by John A. Munro in the course of his research and writing on the careers of Gordon Churchill, John George Diefenbaker, Jack Horner, Carl Nickle, Lester B. Pearson, H.H. Stevens, David J. Walker, W.A.C. Bennett, Derrick Humphreys, Gordon Wilson, a holocaust survivor, Michel Mielnicki, and the Edelweiss Credit Union. It also includes Munro's works on Canadian External Relations, 1936-1939, the Atherton railway accident case, the Alaska Boundary Dispute, "Tai Tai", the China experiences of Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Outerbridge (includes diaries, 1938-1950 and manuscripts), material relating to the publication of "Beyond the Moongate", research on British Columbia and Confederation, and a biography on Senator David A. Croll. Fonds includes a notebook of Lester B. Pearson and a letter to Pearson from Norman Hiller regarding the Riddell incident and material relating to screenplays, including "Blue Ribbon".

Munro, John A., 1938-

Chinese Consul of Vancouver fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1123
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1915

The fonds consists of a photocopied letterpress copybook used in consul business between 1914 and 1915. The correspondence was generated under the direction of Chinese consul Lin Shih Yuan.

China. Consul (Vancouver, B.C.)

Japanese Canadian research collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1288
  • Fonds

The collection consists of approximately fifty small collections or fonds donated by individuals and organizations. It includes material (including photographs) from the following individuals or organizations: Yoshimitsu Akagawa, Rintaro Hayashi, Japanese Fishermen's Benevolent Association, Kishizo Kimura, Masajiro Miyazaki, Japanese Canadian Citizens' Association, Hideichi Nosaka, Yoshio Ono, Yukio Shimoda, Rinkichi Tagashira, Shingeichi Uchibori, Chiyo Umezuki, Tokikazu Tanaka, Yasutaro Yamaga, Tameo Kanabara, Richmond Berry Growers Association, Shogo Kobayashi, Skeena Fishermen's Association, Jisaburo Wakabayashi, J. Uno, Camp and Mill Workers Federal Labour Union, and Mitsuru Shimpo. The collection encompasses a wide range of topics including relocation to internment camps during World War II, farming, lumbering, religious activities, and personal reminiscences, as well as various organizational records. Individual collections have been arranged and described separately and filed in alphabetical order. Most of the manuscript material has been photocopied from original documents.

Simon Fraser Tolmie fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1555
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1937

The fonds consists of correspondence, speeches, newspaper clippings, personal files and other material relating to the political career of S.F. Tolmie. The bulk of the material was generated during his years as premier (1928-1933) with some files (1918-1920) from his term as MP for Victoria.

Tolmie, Simon Fraser

Doreen Braverman fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1047
  • Fonds
  • 1966-1991

The fonds consists of correspondence, subject files, reports, memoranda, documents, newsletters, newspaper articles, pamphlets, letters and photographs relating to the activities of the British Columbia Liberal Party at both the provincial and federal levels and concerning the provincial riding of Vancouver-Point Grey and the federal riding of Vancouver-Quadra.
Although her papers document both B.C . and Federal Liberal Parties, the
majority of files deal with the B .C. Liberal Party.

Braverman, Doreen, 1932-

British Columbia Liberal Party fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1062
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1972

The fonds consists of an incomplete set of convention minutes and proceedings (1927-1959), scrapbooks of clippings from 1963, campaign literature, files from Cam Avery including material relating to the development of various Liberal policies, files from Pat McGeer pertaining to his tenure as party leader, papers reflecting election coverage in each riding for certain years and press clippings relating to the political careers of several Liberal MP's from 1969 to 1972.

British Columbia Liberal Party

James Sinclair fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1505
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1981

The fonds consists of diaries, scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs, speeches, printed material, and memoirs pertaining to the university, military, business and political careers of James Sinclair. Also included are sous-fonds relating to the teaching career of his father James G. Sinclair and his wife Kathleen Sinclair.

Sinclair, James

Wilderness Advisory Committee fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1618
  • Fonds
  • 1985-1986

The fonds consists of copies of correspondence, briefs, and submissions regarding selected wilderness areas throughout the province sent by interested parties such as MacMillan Bloedal Ltd. and Comino as well as municipalities and concerned private citizens to the Committee. Most of the submissions were dated in December, 1985.

Wilderness Advisory Committee

Snowdon Dunn Scott fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1487
  • Fonds
  • 1837-1923

The fonds consists of material pertaining to Scott's career as a newspaper editor, including with newspapers such as the Sackville Post and Vancouver News-Advertiser, as well as material relating to his political, educational and literary endeavours and interests. Included are biographical materials, incoming and outgoing letters (1838-1923), subject files, articles and essays by Scott (1875-1922), ephemera, photographs, maps and printed material.

Scott, Snowdon Dunn

James Swan fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1539
  • Fonds
  • 1852-1900

The fonds consists of extensive correspondence that reflects Swan's personal life and professional work as collector of Indian artifacts, as well as several cashbooks, estate records and miscellaneous items. The fonds also includes the official records of Swan's work as Notary Public, U.S. Commissioner, Pilot Commissioner, Hawaiian Consul, and Commissioner of Oregon.

Swan, James G. (James Gilchrist)

Joan Sawicki fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1482
  • Fonds
  • 1944-2001, predominant 1986-1999

The fonds consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, handwritten notes, news releases, reports, minutes, government brochures, and maps collected by Sawicki during her years on the Burnaby City Council and as an MLA for the riding of Burnaby-Willingdon. The majority of records relate to issues on the environment and agriculture which reflect Sawickis major interests while serving at both civic and provincial levels. At the civic level the fonds includes records from Sawickis work on several environmental and waste management committees. The fonds also includes a series on the Six Mile Ranch affair which relates not only to Sawickis role as an MLA for the New Democratic Party and her position as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment, but also to her long-term commitment to, and participation with the Agricultural Land Commission. The fonds includes numerous reports and submissions regarding the Six Mile Ranch affair.

Sawicki, Joan, 1945-

John Wallace de Beque Farris fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1185
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1969

The fonds consists of correspondence (1888, 1922-1969), personal and business subject files, legal files and opinions, financial records, addresses, journals, scrapbooks, clippings, memorabilia, photographs, printed materials and subgroups of and relating to Jacob Kierstad, Elias Kierstad, Evelyn Fenwick Farris, John D. Farris and John Lauchlan Farris.

Farris, John Wallace de Beque

British Columbia Government Agent, 150 Mile House fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1058
  • Fonds
  • 1896-[1914]

The fonds consists of records created and received by the B.C. Government Agent at 150 Mile House in the Cariboo region of the province. Fonds includes correspondence, tax assessment book, telegram originals, and postal receipts.

British Columbia. Government Agent (150 Mile House, B.C.)

Elizabeth Lane fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1319
  • Fonds
  • 1979-1982

The fonds consists of materials pertaining to the activities of the Advisory Committee on Cultural Policy and the Federal Cultural Policy Review Committee. Included are briefs, files, press clippings and committee publications.

Lane, Elizabeth

E. Herbert Norman fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1406
  • Fonds
  • 1941-1950

The fonds consists of business and personal correspondence, clippings, ephemera, a black and white film of E. Herbert Norman's Award Presentation, manuscripts, legal documents pertaining to his published works, speeches, conference papers by Japanese scholars and miscellaneous Japanese material.

Norman, E. Herbert

H.R. MacMillan fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1346
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1978, predominant 1930-1965

The fonds consists of correspondence that spans the years 1898 to 1978, with the bulk of the material from 1930 to 1965. Fonds also includes transcripts, press clippings, notebooks, reports, minutes and publications. The fonds reflects the overlap of personal and corporate interests in MacMillan's life. Correspondence regarding UBC, Canadian and foreign business and personal contacts, his relationship with community groups and memberships he held, as well as his family history is included.

MacMillan, Harvey Reginald

Fisheries Association of British Columbia fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1193
  • Fonds
  • 1938-1975

The fonds consists of minutes, financial records, negotiations and agreements, speeches and subject files generated by the Fisheries Association. The subject files include information on the activities of the Association including labour, safety, pollution, resources, waste water and licence limitations. The material was primarily generated during the period 1955 to 1975, except for minutes of the Salmon Canners' Operating Committee (1943-1948), agreements (1946-1956) and one subject file on the Native Brotherhood of B.C. (1947-1958).

Fisheries Association of British Columbia