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British Columbia historical postcard and photograph albums collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1059
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1860-1939], predominant [ca. 1900]-1921

The collection consists of ninety-one albums of postcards and photographs pertaining to views and scenes mainly in British Columbia, but also including Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon as well as Europe. The views of British Columbia include views of the Rocky Mountains, Vancouver, Victoria, Mayne Island, and Buttle Lake (pre-1911) as well as those of logging (Capilano Timber Co., 1917-1920), mining (Granby Consolidated Mining, Smelting and Power Co. and Consolidated Cariboo Hydraulic Mining Co.) railways (Canadian Pacific Railway, Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway, and Great Northern Railway) and shipping. In addition, there are postcards and photographs of the Hudson's Bay Company Kamchatka Venture, 1921, U.S. Civil War portraits and New Zealand shipping.

Charles J. Christopherson fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1125
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1992

The fonds consists of family papers, personal correspondence, diaries, subject files, printed material and photographs reflecting Christopherson's attitudes about education, cooperatives and socialism. Correspondents include Bert Herridge, Alistair McLeod, and Mildred McLeod.

Christopherson, Charles J., 1920-

Stanley Cooperman fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1137
  • Fonds
  • 1948-1976

The fonds consists of correspondence (1952-1976), primarily incoming, as well as published and unpublished manuscripts of poetry, prose, essays and plays. The fonds also includes biographical material, financial records (1967-1976), reviews written by (1948-1973) and about (1963-1973) Cooperman, two photographs of Cooperman, printed materials, course files, tapes of interviews, lectures and poetry readings.

Cooperman, Stanley

Mildred Fahrni fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1183
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1910-1992]

The fonds contains records related to Fahrni’s involvement with
various organizations including the Kerala Balagram School, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Fahrni’s activities as a lecture at various conferences and institutions. The majority of these records are arranged into subject, or research files, and represent Fahrni’s active involvement with a variety of human rights issues and local, National and social justice organizations.
The fonds includes correspondence, subject files, newspaper clippings, sound recordings, lecture notes, speeches, and conference and lecture notes. The fonds also includes photographs, slides, and albums documenting Fahrni’s family, life in British Columbia and trip to various locations overseas.
The fonds consists of 28 broadcasts and talks on the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, relief camps and related political topics of the depression on CJOR, Vancouver. It also includes correspondence and subject files relating to her interests in peace and women's movements.

Fahrni, Mildred, d. 1992

Fuller family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1206
  • Fonds
  • 1937-1985

The fonds consists of correspondence, subject files and photograph albums pertaining to the Fullers' professional careers, labour activities and personal lives. The fonds also contains materials which reflect the activities of the Labour History Provincial Specialist Association of the BCTF and the Sechelt Indian Curriculum Project and a film, "For Twenty Cents a Day".

Fuller (family)

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.

Leon Koerner fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1309
  • Fonds
  • 1924-1972

The fonds consists of two alphabetically-arranged subject files (1940-1965). It also includes records relating to parties and social functions (1942-1971), universities [primarily UBC] (1940-1963), the Faculty Club (1956-1962) and Thea Koerner House at UBC (1960/61) and the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation (1966-1972). Koerner also maintained two personal names series (1939-1972).

Koerner, Leon

Joy Kogawa fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1311
  • Fonds
  • 1931 - 2017

Fonds consists of material related to Kogawa's writing projects, her participation in literary, cultural, and human rights conferences and events, her involvement in community organizations, and her personal life. Fonds also includes some material accumulated by Kogawa's parents, the Rev. Gordon Goichi and Lois Kogawa. The fonds is arranged generally into series regarding Kogawa's written works; correspondence; documents related to conferences, speeches, organizations, and interviews; teaching materials; personal and legal records; family documents, other people's works; sound recordings; videocassette recordings; publications; subject files; and photographs.

Kogawa, Joy

Larry Kuehn fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1312
  • Fonds
  • 1981-1984

The fonds consists of personal files of the president of the BCTF (1981-1984) which chronicle both the Federation's activity as well as Kuehn's involvement with the labour Solidarity Coalition. More broadly, the fonds documents various aspects of provincial government cutbacks in education.

Kuehn, Larry, 1944-

Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1327
  • Fonds
  • 1955-2015

The fonds consists of records chronicling the development of the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation from 1955 to 2015. It includes grant applications, reports and related correspondence pertaining to the Foundation's activities. Box 96 contains personal items related to Koerner that decorated the foundation offices.

Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation

Grace MacInnis fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1339
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1987

The fonds consists of correspondence, printed material, video and audio cassettes, photographs, notebooks, diaries and speech material reflecting the political career and personal life of MacInnis.

MacInnis, Grace, 1905-

Anne Marriott fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1354
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1988

The fonds consists of business and personal correspondence, manuscripts of poems, short stories, essays, and radio plays. The fonds also includes scrapbooks, printed material, and some financial records.

Marriott, Anne, 1913-1997

John Mather fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1356
  • Fonds
  • 1837-1889

The fonds consists of correspondence pertaining to the building of the Lake of the Woods Milling Company in Keewatin, Ontario (1887-1889) and three school exercise books belonging to John Mather (1837 and 1838).

Mather, John

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

George North fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1408
  • Fonds
  • 1910 - 1975

Consists of George North's research material on the fishing industry in British Columbia, and on the organization of the fishermen's labour unions. The research material includes letters inward and outward concerning his commission by the UFAWU ; his early manuscript, later typescripts, and edited typescripts for the book A Ripple, A Wave; original and photocopied records of Inverness Cannery ; extensive notes taken on the above records and local newspapers . Other material relates to his teacher training at the University of British Columbia. There is also a collection of published material .

North, George

Mike Solski collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1409
  • Fonds
  • 1958-1995

The collection consists of photocopied correspondence, class lists and course outlines from the Northern Workers' Education Association and the University of Sudbury Extension Department, and photographs and interviews with Western Canadian leaders of the IUMMSW. The material was used in the preparation of his 1985 history of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (Canada). Fonds includes sound cassettes of interviews regarding union history.

Pitt Meadows Japanese Farmers' Association fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1438
  • Fonds
  • 1937-1942

The fonds consists of correspondence, financial records, receipts, invoices, printed material, and related items pertaining to the activities of the Pitt Meadows Japanese Farmers' Association (1937-1942) and the Canadian Japanese Association in Vancouver. There are references to the Japanese Language School and the town of Mission, as well as printed material pertaining to the Sino-Japanese War.

Pitt Meadows Japanese Farmers' Association

Alan Plaunt fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1440
  • Fonds
  • 1930-1962

The fonds consists of four series: Personal Papers, the Canadian Radio League, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Dorothy Plaunt Dyde. Fonds contains correspondence, financial records, subject files, clippings, reports, submissions, publicity material, and other documentary forms. The Plaunt correspondence contains a detailed record of the events surrounding the history of the Canadian Radio League, the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission (1932), and the Act creating the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Plaunt, Alan Butterworth

Alice Ravenhill fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1457
  • Fonds
  • 1939-1954

The fonds consists of biographical material about Ravenhill, incoming and outgoing correspondence (1939-1951), a draft of "Glimpses of a Long Life" (1951) and two proofs of "Memoirs of an Educational Pioneer" (1951). The fonds also includes printed material (pertaining to health, welfare and education), memos, clippings, memorabilia and nineteen photographs used primarily as illustrations for "Memoirs...".

Ravenhill, Alice

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

James Robertson fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1469
  • Fonds
  • 1869-1930

The fonds consists of correspondence, addresses, lectures and reports. The fonds also contains pamphlets relating to Robertson's activities and some photographs and memorabilia.

Robertson, James Wilson

Anna Scantland fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1483
  • Fonds
  • 1931-1985

The fonds consists of a personal scrapbook, a university degree certificate, the manuscript of her novel Resignation (Shikataganai), correspondence, clippings on the subject of women, Japanese-Canadians and other ethnic groups, and printed material relating to several courses which she took. The fonds also includes two binders of material on guidelines for novel-writing and descriptive cataloguing, a dramatized version of her novel as well as her M.A. projects.

Scantland, Anna Cecile, 1931-

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

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

Jack Shadbolt fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1493
  • Fonds
  • 1934 - 1996

The fonds consists of Shadbolt's private journals, notebooks, lecture notes, sketch books from his work with the Art Students' League of New York, 1948-1949 as well as 6 sketchbooks from the 1960s, a collection of his loose drawings and studies, an extensive collection of photographs of Shadbolt's paintings, including colour transparencies, slides of a photographic work entitled "Year", family photographs, personal and professional incoming correspondence, his picture reference file of postcards and magazine clippings, exhibition catalogues and other printed material. Correspondents include John Macdonald, Wilfred Watson, Max Maynard, Jock Firestone, Molly Bobak, George Swinton, and Ron Thom.

Shadbolt, Jack

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

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

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

Vancouver Council of Women fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1577
  • Fonds
  • 1901-1996

The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, scrapbooks, subject files, reports, briefs, lists, printed material (including annual reports) and photographs pertaining to the activities of the Vancouver Council and of the Provincial and National Councils of Women. Fonds includes photograph album of Sylka Okovick, Man Media Chairman, 1982-1985.

Vancouver Council of Women

Vancouver Status of Women fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1582
  • Fonds
  • 1940-2012

The fonds consists of records related to Vancouver Status of Women’s (VSW’s) administrative activities, projects and lobbying endeavours, and research and reference resources. Although the nature of VSW’s activities has changed over time, the organization has consistently maintained a commitment to addressing social issues related to women, including gender discrimination, pay equity, familial violence, and many more topics. VSW has addressed these issues through a variety of avenues, including publications, press releases, lobbying of governments, a television program, workshops, and services for individuals in Vancouver. The fonds reflects these diverse organizational interests and activities in three series: Administration, Research and Reference Resources, and Projects and Lobbying Activities. Additionally, the fonds contains alphabetized subject files dating from 1971-1978. These files are grouped into sets and described in the attached PDF finding aid.

The Administration series contains records related to VSW’s administrative activities, including finance, committee and volunteer administration, employee management, correspondence, and strategic planning for the organization. Record types include grant applications, correspondence, invoices and receipts, meeting minutes, training materials, and correspondence.

The Research and Reference Resources series comprises materials from third parties that VSW collected to support its research projects and the needs of its visitors. The series also contains VSW briefs, press releases, and reports that were inter-filed with research materials. Record types include briefs and reports from other organizations, newspaper and magazine clippings, VSW correspondence, grey literature, copies of academic journals, and cassette tapes in honour of International Women’s Day. Subject files are arranged alphabetically.

The Projects and Lobbying Activities series features the records of VSW’s numerous and diverse projects and lobbying activities. Record types include VSW briefs, press releases, submissions to government, research reports, publications, correspondence, indexes for back issues of Kinesis, and volunteer applications.

Finally, the fonds consists of alphabetized VSW subject files from the earliest years of VSW’s operation. These subject files are grouped into three categories in the attached PDF finding aid: Office Files, Periodicals, and Reports and Miscellaneous Files.

Vancouver Status of Women

Vancouver YWCA fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1588
  • Fonds
  • 1903-1977

The fonds consists of minutes, reports, correspondence, lists, clippings, scrapbooks and printed material relating to the works of the YWCA in Vancouver. Included are minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Annual Meetings, various committees of the Vancouver YWCA and National Conventions. Reports include annual reports and those pertaining to camps and buildings. The printed material pertains to YWCA work in Vancouver and beyond.

Vancouver Young Women's Christian Association

David Watmough fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1600
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1930s - 2009

The fonds consists of records generated and assembled by David Watmough related to his life and career as a novelist, short story writer, playwright, monodramatist and performer, poet, critic, broadcaster, journalist, and teacher. The fonds includes series of records arranged in twenty divisions, with the greatest portion related to writing and literary production: novels, short stories, plays and dramas, monodramas, poetry and songs, nonfiction books, diaries and journals, essays, collections and anthologies, recordings, reading scripts and performance files, radio and television broadcast scripts and project files, film scripts, lectures, addresses, and orations, journal articles, interviews, and reviews of books, exhibitions and theatre performances, as well as correspondence, finance and business files, subject files including published material about Watmough and copies of published material by him, and ephemera and miscellanea. The arrangement of records in files by the creator has been respected where such order exists. The fonds contains textual records, both manuscript and typewritten as well as computer generated, some printed, published material, an occasional sketch or drawing, several sound recordings of Watmough performing, a small number of electronic records, and a number of photoprints and slides kept with the original files where possible. Some monodramas have been retained in the original bindings provided for performance by the creator.

Watmough, David

Arnold Alexander Webster fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1603
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1966

The fonds consists of biographical material, incoming (1926-1964) and outgoing (1945-1965) correspondence, a typescript and published edition of Webster's textbook Living Together in Canada and subject files. The fonds also includes pamphlets and clippings relating to various subjects.

Webster, Arnold Alexander

Yasutaro Yamaga fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1638
  • Fonds
  • 1906-1969

The fonds consists of biographical information, diaries (1962-1966), manuscripts, correspondence and collected historical material pertaining to the Haney Agricultural Association (1906-1962), Fraser Valley Japanese Language School (1920-1953), Nipponia Home (1941-1969) and the Japanese Canadian United Church (1919-1966).

Yamaga, Yasutaro

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