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Ian McDonald collection File
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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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[Collected IBEW Local 213 materials, 1949-1959]

File contains affidavits, telegrams, letters and other correspondence related to political matters within IBEW Local 213 during the 1950s, including the gathering of testimony against George Gee and Alex Dorland, and IBEW representative Jack Ross reporting back to IBEW International secretary J. Scott Milne about "a good Local going bad."

[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.

[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 (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.

[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.

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.

[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.

[Correspondence related to IBEW charges]

File contains copies of official correspondence related to charges brought against Art O'Keeffe by IBEW president Angus McDonald in November 1962, as well as charges against other IBEW members in 1965 and 1966 that O'Keeffe supported. Also contains a and an incomplete copy of O'Keeffe's appeal of his suspension.

[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 (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 (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.

[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.

[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.

Cypress Bowl Issue

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

[North Shore Transportation committee materials]

File contains typed statements from the North Shore Transportation committee related to rapid transit and responses to freeway proposals, and a newspaper editorial written by Les McDonald in response to journalist David Butler's characterization of "crossing opponents" critical of building a third freeway crossing in the Pemberton Heights area.

[IBEW Photographs]

File contains photographs documenting an IBEW labour struggle in Squamish, BC over July and August of 1965. Also contains photographs of the 1966 IBEW Canadian progress meeting attendees.

[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.

[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.

[1966 injunction documents]

File contains a court order initiated by Les McDonald against IBEW Local 213 restraining actions in response to the results of the August 15, 1966 election and a copy of a sworn affidavit by Les McDonald.

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.

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.

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.

[Labour conference materials (3 of 3)]

File contains conference packages and resolutions from labour conferences in the mid-1960s; materials relate to the Labour-Management Conference of Economic and Technological Changes in the Sixties (May 19 & 20, 1965); 10th Annual Convention of the BC Federation of Labour (November 1-5, 1965); and the Sixth Constitutional Convention Canadian Labour Congress (April 25-29, 1966).

[Labour conference materials (2 of 3)]

File contains conference packages and resolutions from labour conferences in the mid-1960s; materials relate to the Labour-Management Conference of Economic and Technological Changes in the Sixties (May 19 & 20, 1965); 10th Annual Convention of the BC Federation of Labour (November 1-5, 1965); and the Sixth Constitutional Convention Canadian Labour Congress (April 25-29, 1966).

[Labour conference materials (1 of 3)]

File contains conference packages and resolutions from labour conferences in the mid-1960s; materials relate to the Labour-Management Conference of Economic and Technological Changes in the Sixties (May 19 & 20, 1965); 10th Annual Convention of the BC Federation of Labour (November 1-5, 1965); and the Sixth Constitutional Convention Canadian Labour Congress (April 25-29, 1966).

[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.

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.

[Lenkurt file (4 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 and the Vancouver Sun.

[Lenkurt file (3 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 archival documents related to the Lenkurt Strike, handwritten research notes by Ian McDonald and James L. Turk's "Surviving the Cold War: A Study of the United Electrical Workers in Canada."

[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."

[Lenkurt file (1 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 footnotes, "The Lenkurt Dispute" by Patricia Atherton, and Lenkurt Strike 1966 by Joyce Cameron, Virginia Reimer and Cathy Walker.

[Local 213 Minute Books , 1965]

File contains photocopies of minutes taken at IBEW 213 meetings in summer 1965; also contains a page of handwritten research notes by Ian McDonald about minute books from 1957 to 1960.

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