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Doug Cox photography and videography

Series consists of original still and moving photography attributed to Doug Cox from the 1970s through to 2008 in support of his career as author and historian Frequently, Cox’s images form a time-lapse continuation of the older photographs he collected for research purposes. There are many reprisals of people, buildings, landscapes, and subjects first treated in his acquired collections. In addition to this, Cox documents many of his interview subjects photographically, and this series in large part complements his corpus of recorded interviews/oral histories and collected manuscripts.

Notable are objects of documentation are locations, specifically Penticton, Blakeburn, and Coalmont, and themes, specifically ranching, mining, and rodeo.

The VHS tapes include recordings of Penticton infrastructure such as the sanitary landfill, water purification plant, recycling depot, as well as the closure of Nickel Plate Mine’s last day of operation in 1996.

The contents of the La Cie hard drive have not yet been reviewed. Physical photographs have been separated, or are in the process of being separated.

The Pocket Desert Production Files

The series consists of recorded interviews and supporting documentation. Sound recordings feature interviews with experts, including Dr. Jeanette Armstrong, and Dr. Geoffrey Scudder. Further contributors are Elder Delphine Derickson of the Westbank First Nation and Herman Edward of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band. Production notes from 1993-2007 are also included. The textual documents contain articles relating to the creation of a documentary, interview notes and correspondence between producers. Also included are newspaper clippings pertaining to the geography and ecology in the Osoyoos and South Okanagan area. Brochures advertising Ideas on CBC Radio include a programming schedule as well as brief description of The Pocket Desert.

Personal works

Series consists of materials related to literary, visual, and research projects and works by Jim Wong-Chu including notebooks with writings and sketches, the Pender Guy Radio program, Break Even Productions, Expo 1986, Yellow Peril: Reconsidered, Gum San Po, conference presentations, cartoon drawings, proposals and correspondence relating to research of youth crime in Vancouver's Chinese Canadian communities and photographs. In addition to these materials are manuscript and type-written records of Jim Wong-Chu's own literary works as well as books and anthologies he edited and contributed to, articles about Jim Wong-Chu and his works and community involvements, publicity materials for public events featuring Jim Wong-Chu, and photographic prints, slides, and negatives of Jim Wong Chu's visual works.

Ana Sokolović

Series consists of musical scores, handwritten notes and sketches, and a manuscript of the printed first version of Il divertimento barocco (“Baroque Fun” in Italian) 1999 with hand-written edits and other unique manuscript material related to the work’s revision in 2019/2020. The piece was commissioned by the Orchestre baroque de Montréal with funding from Canada Council for the Arts and completed by Sokolovic in 1999, when it was performed at the Salle Pierre-Mercure in Montréal on November 4th. It was originally written for violin, harpsichord, and string ensemble, but has also been performed by baroque flute, violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord at the Galerie Montcalm in Gatineau, QC in 2012.

Sokolović, Ana

Research Material

This series contains newspaper clippings and printed material to support the writing of a non-fiction book, The Golden Revolution, about retirement in the 1990’s.

There is background material of a similar nature gathered to aid the writing of the novel, The Statement, about National Socialism, the Carter Presidency, commercial flights, and aircraft schematics.

There is background material of a similar nature gathered to aid the writing of a nonfiction biography of Vladimir Krajina.

Published books and other material

This series contains copies of Drabek’s published books.
It also includes copies of Drabek’s reviews, published letters, columns in The BC Teacher, and articles in Reader’s Digest, one of which is Father’s Return to Auschwitz, which was the basis of a documentary film. There are copies of Drabek’s Reader’s Digest articles in Portuguese, Italian, French Swiss, French, German and Korean, and copies of Drabek’s published books in both English and Czech. There is also a copy of a play, Kafka and Felice by Ivan Klima, that Drabek translated from Czech to English.

Literary Papers

This series consists of the rough and final drafts, replaced pages and in some cases, proofs of Drabek’s literary works both fiction and non-fiction. There are plot lines and outlines of works, manuscript fragments, film scenarios and synopses derived from novel manuscripts and plays. There are proposed television and movie scripts and the text of Drabek’s speeches, correspondence and poetry.


Records in this series were generated through the work of the major committees of the FMCBC including the Smoke Bluffs Committee, the Safety Committee, the Research Committee, the Adopt-A-Park Committee, the Trails Committee, and the Recreation and Conservation Committee. Of these, the latter two are most well represented in the series. Information about the Smoke Bluffs land parcel is also available in the Lands and Parks series. Major record types include meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, and brochures, though other records, such as news clippings, photographs, and maps are present in the series as well.

Education and Communication

Records in this series document the FMCBC's efforts to educate and communicate with members, as well as the public at large. Many records relate to the FMCBC's operation of the Canada West Mountain School (CWMS), as well as educational materials about conservation, and wilderness activities. Past issues of the FMCBC's newsletter to members, 'Cloudburst', form a large part of the series. Correspondence, brochures, newsletters and reports are major record types throughout the series, though maps, ephemera, and photographs are also present.

Lands and Parks

By far the most robust series in the fonds, the Lands and Parks series contains records related to the FMCBC's efforts to advocate for the creation and maintenance of wilderness areas for public recreational use. Much of this work took place through larger provincial efforts, and records related to the FMCBC's representation on the Public Advisory Committee (PAC), and the Protected Areas Strategy (PAS), as it relates to the province and specific geographic areas and parks. The series also contains external publications related to various parks and wilderness areas. Many records and files are organized geographically, by park or region name. Record types consist primarily of published reports, correspondence, informational materials and cartographic materials.

Administrative and Executive

Records in this series document the administrative and executive activities of the FMCBC. Major record types include agendas and minutes, handbooks and training materials, annual reports, financial documents, newspaper clippings, and brochures and pamphlets. Executive and administrative activities included training new directors for service on the board, holding annual general meetings and forums, planning, correspondence, policy creation, and fundraising.

Research and reference resources

The series contains the resources that Vancouver Status of Women (VSW) collected to support its own research projects and the needs of its visitors. Additionally, it includes VSW briefs, press releases, and reports that were inter-filed with research and reference resources. Reference resources were gathered from a wide variety of local, provincial, national, and international sources from the 1970s to 2008. Sources from which resources originate include the National Action Committee for the Status of Women, the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, local women centers, and other organizations committed to anti-oppression work. Subjects that are addressed frequently in these resources include the following: childcare, gender discrimination in the public education system, community services for women, pensions for women, inadequate unemployment and welfare rates, pornography, prison, sex work, the anti-choice movement, pay equity, violence against women, corporate globalization, and anti-racism.

Subject files in the series were originally arranged in distinct, alphabetized sets spanning two accruals. This order has been maintained physically and intellectually. The physical order in which all other records were received has been maintained as well; original order has been re-constituted intellectually. Record types represented in the series include the following: subject files containing newspaper and magazine clippings, correspondence, and press releases and briefs from other organizations; VSW briefs, press releases, and reports; print copies of academic journals; books; magazines; reports, publications, and grey literature from other organizations; a “Women’s Kit” featuring educational aids that counter sexist stereotypes; and cassette tapes bearing audio recordings in honour of International Women’s Day.

Projects and lobbying activities

The series contains records related to the projects and lobbying activities undertaken by Vancouver Status of Women (VSW) in BC from the early 1970s to 2008. Significant projects completed during this period include the publication of Kinesis, which was released ten times a year from 1974-2001, the Single Mother’s Resource Guide, which was released every two years beginning in 1991, reports on a range of topics, and the production of anti-sex role stereotyping kits for daycare and preschool workers. In addition, VSW offered a range of services to women, including research assistance, information gathering and dissemination, a library, a lawyer referral service, counselling referrals, community information and women’s movement referrals, endorsements and support letters, and advocacy on behalf of individuals. The organization put on a number of events: training on public speaking, assertiveness, and advocacy/organizing; panels and lectures; picnics; and annual parties. VSW also lobbied its municipal, provincial, and federal governments and other organizations about issues affecting women in Canada, encompassing such diverse topics as welfare, family law, sexual assault, and housing.

The physical order in which all records were received has been maintained; original order has been re-constituted intellectually. Record types in the series include the following: VSW briefs, press releases, submissions to governments, and research reports; correspondence with members of the public, members of governments, and other women centers; songs, stories, and photographs for anti-sex role stereotyping kits; copies of the Single Mother’s Resource Guide; Kinesis back issue indexes, editorial board correspondence, reader surveys, volunteer training kits, and volunteer applications.

Administrative and executive

The series contains records pertaining to Vancouver Status of Women’s (VSW’s) administrative activities. Administrative activities fall into several categories: financial administration, which included grant applications to governments and other organizations, budgeting, tax payments, bill payments, and resource distribution amongst staff; committee administration; volunteer administration; employment offers and employee management; correspondence with other organizations, particularly women centers in Vancouver; and strategic planning for the organization as a whole. Records in the series range in date from the early 1970s to 2008.

The physical order in which records were received has been maintained; original order has been re-constituted intellectually. Record types represented in the series include the following: grant applications, correspondence with funding agencies, budgets, cashflow statements, receipts, invoices, committee meeting minutes, volunteer training materials, employment offer letters, staff correspondence about internal issues, correspondence with other organizations, and annual reports.


The series consists of slide transparencies from ca. 1930 through 1992, depicting Princeton and environs, including Allenby, Ashnola, Tulameen, Hedley, and Coquihalla. Some depictions of mines, or the areas of mining activities, including Nickel Plate, Coalmont, and Brenda. Featuring predominant coverage of the outdoors, the series includes photographs of many area mountains, creeks, and lakes. Scenes of recreation, including fairs, parades, and rodeos are also available. These slides are mainly attributed to Roy Thomas.

Prints feature photographs of members of the Allison family, with item-level descriptions under development.

Objects and sound recording

Materials in this series consist of three-dimensional objects from the Klondike gold rush period, the Klondike gold rush centennial, and a sound recording, ranging in date from 1896 to 1997. Some objects in this series originated from businesses and individuals honouring and commemorating the lasting impact of the Klondike gold rush, whereas others were created during the gold rush as tools of trade. Major record types in this series include coins and tokens, but also included are playing cards, textile materials, and a puzzle.

Journals and Writings

The series consists of Journals and personal writings based on practical, historical, and political concerns.


The series consists predominantly of postcards and greeting cards, with one file of letters to the editor by Roy Thomas. Some items are restricted due to the presence of personal information.


The series consists of agreements, mortgage and construction records, some government correspondence including water rights, crown grants, maps and plans, wills, probates, and powers of attorney.

Newspaper issues

The series consists of What’s On, What’s On Magazine, Kootenay Weekly Express, and The Express newspapers starting in November 1988 until its end in February 2011. The newspaper covers events in the city of Nelson, B.C., and was published and owned by Nelson Becker throughout its run.

Publication files

The series consists of records generated during the What’s On, What’s On Magazine, Kootenay Weekly Express, and The Express newspaper production from November 1988 until its end in February 2011.
Series includes an extensive collection of photographic records and textual documents such as collages, pamphlets, letters, business cards, and notes.

Church and Scottish societies organisational documents

Series consists of correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, pamphlets, programmes, clippings, and other documents related to the Scottish Dramatic Society, the St. Andrews and Caledonian Society, and the Central Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, and Hood's involvement therein.

Maps and plans

Records in this series originated as a result of the recording and dissemination of geographical information as the lands, waters, and minerals of the Yukon and surrounding region were increasingly explored and appropriated by non-Indigenous peoples. The series also contains technical drawings, originating from the development of communication and transportation systems, including plans for railways and telephone lines. While the majority of records in this series were created by a corporate or government body, including the Yukon Engineering Services and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, a few items were created by individuals for personal use, such as a hand drawn map of the Klondike gold fields by Tappan Adney. Materials in this series range in date from ca. 1888 to 1995.

Graphic materials

The series consists of posters, advertisements and illustrations ranging in date from 1898 to 1962. Many materials in this series originated as a result of creative works depicting life in the Yukon, and were used to market plays and movies about the Klondike Gold Rush. Other items originated from the tourism industry, and market the natural beauty of the Yukon and surrounding area, as well as the cultural and historical interest of the gold rush. Records in the series include black and white and coloured art prints and posters of varying sizes.

Photographic records

The series contains photographic materials primarily originating during the Klondike Gold Rush at the turn of the 20th century. The photographs were generated as a result of the travels, mining endeavours, rapid development of towns and infrastructure in Alaska and the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and interactions of different cultures, including Indigenous peoples and settlers and stampeders from Canada, America, and around the world. Photographs in the series portray landscapes, mining scenes, portraits, travel scenes, town sites, community activities, and huge groups of stampeders on their way to the Klondike. Major photographic types include silver gelatin prints, cyanotypes, stereographs, panoramas, and prints. Photographs originated from commercial and well known photographers, such as E.A. Hegg and Asahel Curtis; many others were created by anonymous travellers who journeyed north and kept a photographic record of their journeys.

Textual records

The series contains textual records pertaining to the Klondike Gold Rush. The records reflect major activities such as commerce, travel, mining, and tourism in the Klondike. Legal records documenting the mining boom, including mining claims, grants, stock certificates, and court documents are present throughout the series. Records of individual miners and mining companies are included in the series as well as those of prevalent government bodies, including the office of the Gold Commissioner and the Department of the Interior. In addition to these activities, the series also reflects various works of individuals who journeyed north to the Klondike during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as promotional and informational material developed by travel and outfitting agencies. The series also contains records related to the Lind family’s personal connection to the Yukon, including the unpublished account of John G. Lind’s trip to the Klondike.

Significant record types include correspondence, receipts and checks, pamphlets and printed volumes, advertisements, postcards, diaries and journals, newspapers and newspaper clippings, sheet music, theatre programs, as well as guidebooks and souvenir books

Minutes of meetings.

Series consists of minutes taken at executive meetings and annual general meetings held in Vancouver. Minutes contain date and location of the meeting, persons present, and a brief descriptions of issues addressed or affairs carried out. Minutes from 1983 to 1985 are part of bound volumes, which also include financial reports, memos, and membership lists.


Series consists of correspondence received and created by the Archaeological Society of British Columbia on various topics. The majority of the correspondence revolves around The Midden newsletter (called the ASBC Newsletter prior to 1970). The files contain correspondence concerning proposed or requested articles, subscriptions, and general inquiries. Additional correspondence relates to site visits, memos to members, site protection, lecture and event planning, requests for artifact materials and other general information about ASBC.

Events & Activities

Series contains textual and graphic material related to various society events, namely the Antiquarian Book Roadshow (ABRS) and the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada (Book Design). Material related to similar events put on by organizations/ groups other than the Alcuin Society is also included. File list is organized first generally by event and then chronologically.

Travel Records

The series contains records created or collected during Simons’ travels, especially from 1967-1968. Simons’ experiences while traveling were deeply influential in her literary works, particularly her dramatic works of the 1970s. Simons took three major trips in her life: a two-year tour of Europe, including England and France, from 1959-1961; a ten-week trip to Japan, Hong Kong, and India from 1967-1968, achieved with funding from a Canada Council travel grant; and several weeks in Hong Kong, Burma, India, and Japan in 1986. While abroad, Simons attended many plays, as well as several conferences and art shows. Simons collected programs from these events and generated some correspondence and notes during this period.

Records related to Simons’ travels have been grouped physically and in this finding aid. Files are ordered chronologically, and each contains programs and correspondence from a specific trip or country (e.g. Europe in 1960; Japan in 1967). Record types include programs, photographs, and personal and professional correspondence.

Administrative records

The series consists of records relating to the Icelandic Archives of British Columbia’s (IABC) administration, mainly records related to its day to day business operation. Records include correspondence; financial records; and policies and procedures kept by the archives.


Typescripts were fastened together into folders. Although they have been unfastened, the original order has been kept. Any item that is not a manuscript will be described in the order in which it was fastened. All manuscripts are typescripts with the exception of the item in box 1, folder 7. Plays in dramatic form have been listed as poetry.

Chronological papers

This series consist of papers which were condensed into a new chronological system before their donation to UBC. The materials are roughly chronological, and cover a wide range of topics, including papers with topics relevant to all the other series in Brown's fonds.

Personal and Professional Slides

This series consists of a photograph and many slides which were not in interfiled with Brown's other papers. The images consist predominantly of scenes from various parts of BC and the Yukon, as well as Brown's trips to Europe in the 1950s. A vast majority of the slides are stereoscopic, designed to produce a three-dimensional image when viewed through a special holder. Of these slides, the majority were processed by the View-Master company and are housed in the circular reels designed for View-Master viewers.

National Revenue (Taxation) - Personal corrrespondence and other papers

This series consists of materials related to Brown's ten months as Deputy Minister for National Revenue for Taxation. All official records related to his position remain with the government of Canada, so the papers here are personal in nature, including invitations to events, letters upon his appointment and resignation, and large prints of two comics based on his time in office.

Personal Papers and Scrapbook

This series consists of materials related to Brown's married life and childhood, materials with little to no relevance to his work, and the contents of Brown's scrapbook. A great majority of the series contains documents and correspondence related to functions the Browns hosted. Smaller, though notable, items include the script of a play, school papers, and song lyrics all written by Brown.

Subject Files

This series consists of files related to Brown's various interests. Major topics include companies similar to those for which Brown was a director, interests in Hawaii, materials related to the Yukon, and various groups in which Brown was involved, including several cancer research societies, the Metropolitan Opera (New York), and social clubs in Canada.

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