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Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1003
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1985

The fonds consists of minutes (1949-1983), subject files (1952-1984), agreements (1960-1985), constitutions and by-laws (1963-1985), membership cards and applications (1963-1984). Also included are records of the Writers' Guild (B.C. Branch) which consist of correspondence (1977-1985), minutes of the B.C. Branch (1980-1984), minutes of the ACTRA Writers' Guild national meetings (1977-1985), papers and reports (1979/80) and a Writers Directory (1981).

Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists

Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers' Union fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1005
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1977

The fonds consists of a charter for the Journeymen Tailors' Union of America, Local 178 (1898), ephemera and textual records relating to the Clothing and Textile Workers' Union predominantly from the 1960s and 1970s.

Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union

Amalgamated Transit Union fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1006
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1979

The fonds includes minutes of regular meetings (1898-1976), executive committee minutes (1907-1974), membership and dues ledgers (1901-1966), records books [working conditions affecting members of Division 134] (1931-1947), and Sick Benefit Association (1913-1919, 1950-1954). The fonds also contains office subject files such as general correspondence (1908-1970), correspondence with B.C. Hydro and Power Authority (1962), meeting attendance records (1957-1961), political education committee records (1957-1961), and minute books, correspondence and attendance books relating to Pacific Stage Lines (1935-1979).

Amalgamated Transit Union. Division 101-134 (Vancouver, B.C.)

Malcolm Bruce fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1078
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1966

The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, speeches and printed material of the Political Committee of the Labour Progressive Party (1957-1966) with various records relating to the League for Socialist Action, Revolutionary Worker's Party of America, Sparticus League, Socialist Workers Party, Canadian Socialist Educational League and American Committee for the 4th International.

Bruce, Malcolm

Canadian Labour Congress, B.C. Education Office fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1103
  • Fonds
  • 1956-1977

The fonds consists of the correspondence of various Education Directors, 1956-1974; material from Winter School, 1967-1974; and the Labour College of Canada, 1963-1977; education files for British Columbia labour councils, 1956-1974; and Canadian Labour Congress correspondence and printed material, 1970-1977.

Canadian Labour Congress. British Columbia Education Office

Canadian Merchant Service Guild fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1104
  • Fonds
  • 1917-1967

The fonds consists of minute books of the Guild from 1917 to 1967. The first monthly report of the Guild (March 1918) is included in the first minute book. Minutes of the Western Branch for 1966 and 1967 are also included.

Canadian Merchant Service Guild

Western Branch of the Canadian Merchant Service Guild fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1105
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1977

The fonds consists of records reflecting the activities of the Guild as representative of seamen working on the west coast, hiring agency, collective bargaining body, and lobby group. The fonds includes minutes of Guild meetings, an extensive group of subject files, business records, and personal office files of Guild officers reflect the organization's active involvement in marine education, safety regulation development, marine standards, and open representation.

Canadian Merchant Service Guild. Western Branch

Canadian Party of Labour fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1106
  • Fonds
  • 1961-1972

The fonds consists of correspondence and printed material relating to the Party's activities from 1969 to 1972. Correspondence records activities in the Toronto and Vancouver areas. Printed material includes items distributed by the Party and newspaper and periodical clippings relating to Party interests. Much of the material reflects the Party's student interests.

Canadian Party of Labour

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1004 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1109
  • Fonds
  • 1943-1986

The fonds consists of records generated by CUPE Local 1004 and its predecessor bodies. Records include correspondence, minutes, membership lists, memoranda, circulars, newsletters, reports, labour agreements, scrapbooks, and other material.

Canadian Union of Public Employees. Local 1004 (Vancouver, B.C.)

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 881 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1110
  • Fonds
  • 1961-1978

The fonds consists of CUPE Local 881 minutes (1961-1964, 1972-1978), correspondence (1963-1978), financial records (1963-1977), grievance records (1975-1977), and member agency correspondence (1963-1970).

Canadian Union of Public Employees. Local 881 (Vancouver, B.C.)

Harry Charlesworth fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1118
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1935

The fonds consists of records relating to Charlesworth's tenure as secretary of the BCTF and member of the WFEA. His philosophy of education is related in his personal diary, drafts of addresses, and typescripts of two World Federation speeches, "The World Federation of Education Association: Its Past Work and Future Plans" and "Educational Frontiers of the New World."

Charlesworth, Harry

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-

Leslie D. Copan fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1139
  • Fonds
  • 1957-1988

The fonds consists of exercise books, cash books, journals, account books, record books and notebooks, all of which were used for essentially the same purpose. These books detailed Copans daily activities (including shifts, positions and remuneration), in addition to which company he was working for. Two series have been created to reflect this information, and include time books and work record books.

Copan, Leslie D., 1926-

Harry Cowan collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1142
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1912

The collection consists of two scrapbooks which record events relating to the Vancouver Trades and Labour Council and the Asiatic Exclusion League, Vancouver.

Cowan, Harry

Peter Dent fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1166
  • Fonds
  • 1978-1980

The fonds consists of a typescript of Dent's article on B.C.'s first nurses' strike in 1980, two articles on nurses' collective bargaining, and a staff representative manual for the Registered Nurses' Association of B.C. (1978). Also included is a typescript entitled "The Beginning", which details the history of the collective bargaining of nurses.

Dent, Peter

Carson Truck Lines fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1115
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1977

The fonds consists of correspondence, notices, minutes, and clippings recording the dispute between the Automotive Transport Labour Relations Association and the Teamster's Union Local 31 Vancouver (1970-1971) which precipitated the passage of Bill 33. The fonds also reflects the history of Carson Truck Lines and motor transport on the Cariboo Road and Fraser Canyon.

Carson Truck Lines

Food and Service Workers of Canada Union fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1197
  • Fonds
  • 1958-1987

The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, case files, convention material and other textual records relating to the activities of the Food and Service Workers of Canada Union and its predecessor unions, the Canadian Food and Associated Services Union and the White Spot Employees Union.

Food and Service Workers of Canada Union

Lily (Steinman) Greene Fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1220
  • Fonds
  • [193-] – 2000

Fonds contains 171 letters from Tom McEwen spanning the decades from 1944 to 1976, and 4 letters from his wife, Rose McEwen; her sister, Anne Belenkaya; and Norman McEwen, Tom and Rose’s son, and his family. Lily Greene remained friends with both Tom and his family for many years, so the letters are mostly of a personal nature but many contain discussions of, or references to, issues important to the Communist Party in Canada and elsewhere, including Tom’s observations of and opinions on events occuring both at home and internationally, like the Vietnam war.

There are 22 photographs of Tom McEwen and various family members, as well as copies of photographs of Lily’s children. A clippings file contains an assortment of newspaper clippings, some columns and opinion pieces written by Tom McEwen, with the majority on issues or events concerning a member of the McEwen family. The clippings cover the period from 1950 through to 2000.

The fonds also contains two essays written by Tom McEwen and an audiocassette of a talk he gave in 1974 to a Grade 11 class taught by his grandson, Harry Ewen. The cassette also contains a recording of a CBC program “This Morning” that aired in 2000 and which incorporated that lecture as part of the program.

The fonds is contained in its entirety in Box #1 (Files 1-33) and Box #2 (Files 1-4).

Greene, Lily (Steinman)

Verle Hemeke fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1243
  • Fonds
  • 1986-1987

The fonds consists of typed manuscript copies of two works written by Hemeke. "The Expulsion of Verle F. Hemeke from Local No. 562, The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, A.F.L., 1954", which forms the eighth chapter of his unpublished book "Some Political and Historical Events in the Life of Verle F. Hemeke, 1935-1955". The second manuscript is a typed address to the Pacific Northwest Labour History Association Meeting in Vancouver (1987).

Hemeke, Verle F.

Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary Employees' and Bartenders' Union, Local 40 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1255
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1981

The fonds consists of the minute books of various locals that are now part of the Local 40 (1910-1966), handbooks (1949-1951), two minute books of locals (1961-1973), minute book of Local Joint Executive Board (1958-1974), meeting roster (1972-1976) and weekly time books for staff, Local 619 (1965-1970). The fonds also includes photographs, clippings, two office files on union activities, copy of a report on the B.C. Hotel Industry (1978) and clippings and leaflets concerning election (1981). Some of the locals were located in Nanaimo, Nelson, New Westminster, Port Alberni, Vancouver and Victoria. Fonds includes a sound cassette of an interview of Jim Morrison on the history of HREU locals 28 and 40.

Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary Employees' and Bartenders' Union. Local 40

Peggy Imredy fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1268
  • Fonds
  • [196-?]-1981

The fonds consists of materials gathered in the course of conducting research on municipal employees. Fonds includes correspondence and newsletters.

Imredy, Peggy

Industrial Workers of the World Vancouver Branch fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1270
  • Fonds
  • 1906-1973, 1985-1987

The fonds consists of a variety of materials, once housed in the Vancouver offices of the IWW, including correspondence, newspapers, convention reports, brochures and cash books, posters, sound recordings of IWW songs, two glass panels from the Vancouver office with IWW insignia, charter and postcards. Fonds includes correspondence, subject files, minutes, photographs, posters and periodicals relating to labour and political issues ca. 1986, such as those relating to Expo '86, and includes correspondence of Bill Culp, Pam Tranfield, and Tom Wayman.

Industrial Workers of the World. Vancouver Branch

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Vancouver Section fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1271
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1963

Fonds consists of records generated in the course of the merger and in the first months of life of the IEEE (1962-1963), as well as of the documentation of the two previous societies which constitute two sub-fonds: IRE (1950-1963) and AIEE (1911-1963). The fonds consists of minutes of meetings, as well as of annual report and publications and is arranged in three series: series one dealing with minutes of meetings (1963), series two consisting of annual report (1062-1963) and series three being a miscellanea of publications and leaflets (1960-1963). The sub-fonds IRE and AIEE are subdivided in numerous series.

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Vancouver Section

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 213 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1278
  • Fonds
  • 1904-1976

The fonds consists of general and executive board minutes (1904-1976), minutes of unit meetings (1948-1976) and various locals including South Slocan, Local 999 Castlegar, Penticton, Trail, and Kelowna. It also includes trial board records pertaining to the Lenkurt Electric Company dispute (1966-1967).

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Local 213 (Vancouver, B.C.)

International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1279
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1979

The fonds consists of correspondence, agreements, subject files, work records, press releases, printed material and minutes pertaining to the activities of the union. Minutes of the Prince Rupert local and Great Northern Railway Section of Dock Employees for locals 501 and 507 are included. Subject files contain information on foremen's disputes and other strikes. The tapes consist of Canadian Area convention proceedings and caucus meetings. The cassette tapes were generated by an oral history project carried out by members of the ILWU Local 500 which led to a publication entitled "Man Along the Shore".

International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (Canada)

Rolf Knight fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1306
  • Fonds
  • 1961-2017

The fonds consists of manuscripts, research files and printed material relating to Knight's activities as a student and university professor in the field of anthropology. Included are manuscript copies of A Very Ordinary Life, Indians at Work, Along the No. 20 Line and transcripts of interviews with Bob Chestnut, Harvey Murphy, and John Smith. Fonds also includes a typescript copy of Knight's and a manuscript copy of an autobiography of Homer Stevens.

Knight, Rolf

Labour research collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1315
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1964, 1967]

The collection consists of typescript interviews relating to British Columbia labour history and labour education conducted by Colleen Toppings and Paul Phillips in 1964. Also includes typescripts of Paul Phillips' "No Power Greater - A Century of Labour in B.C." (1967) and press clippings discussing the interview project.

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-

George Leidy fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1326
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1930

The fonds consists of union membership cards, government documents, union constitutions and rule booklets and a Native Sons of Canada membership card and circulars (1916-1924). Records pertaining to the Native Sons of Canada (Vancouver Assembly) include union newspapers, subscriptions, financial records and personal and labour-related correspondence. The fonds also includes the immigration papers (written in Polish) of a young man and ephemeral material dealing with left-wing politics.

Leidy, George W.

Marine Workers and Boilermakers Industrial Union, Local No. 1 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1352
  • Fonds
  • 1943-1977

The fonds consists of minutes for the Boilermakers' and Iron Shipbuilders' Union of Canada, Local No. 1 (1943-45) and Marine Workers and Boilermakers Industrial Union, Local No. 1 (1945-77), general correspondence (1956-68), membership correspondence (1960-68), Workmen's Compensation records (1956-75), photographs, transcripts of interviews with pioneer members of the Union, printed material, and draft manuscript for "A History of Shipbuilding in British Columbia".

Marine Workers and Boilermakers Industrial Union. Local No. 1

James McKenzie fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1367
  • Fonds
  • 1977-1985

The fonds consists primarily of records arising from a Boag Foundation-sponsored conference in 1983 based on the theme "Meeting the Challenge of the Eighties and Beyond." Many of the participants were prominent members of the New Democratic Party. Other materials in the fonds include correspondence of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee of the Provincial NDP (1977), political educational material from the Canadian Labour Congress, notes and press clippings.

McKenzie, James W.C.

Tom McEwen fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1363
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1977

The fonds consists of documents made and received in the course of pursuing activities and interests in labour and communist issues. Fonds includes books, correspondence, magazines, manuscripts, newsletters, pamphlets, press clippings, and reports.

McEwen, Tom

John Morgan fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1383
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1950

The fonds consists of a typed manuscript of Morgan's University of British Columbia graduating essay (1931), notes, speeches, press clippings and printed material related to socialism in Canada. It also includes a series of press clippings written by Morgan under the pseudonym "Geordie" ca. 1940.

Morgan, John G.

National Association of Marine Engineers fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1393
  • Fonds
  • 1902-1966

The fonds consists of minutes of Council No. 7 (1902-1921, 1938-1951), minutes of Council No. 4 (n.d.), financial records, agreements, membership and attendance records, towboat grievances, printed material, credit union material, all relating to the NAME. Also included are Ladies' Auxiliary records and L.H. Charlton's correspondence.

National Association of Marine Engineers

Leland Morley fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1385
  • Fonds
  • 1955-1978, 1983-1986

The fonds consists of labour agreements, correspondence, and printed material relating to Leland's work with the General Truck Drivers and Helpers Union, Local 31, and the Teamsters.

Morley, Leland S.

Northwest District Council of Carpenters fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1410
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1982

The fonds consists of minute books for Carpenters' Locals 1735 (1922-1977) and 1081 (1953-1972) and the Piledrivers' Local 1549 (1944-1954). The fonds also includes correspondence, subject files, collective agreements and financial records from the union offices in Prince Rupert and Kitimat/Terrace.

Northwest District Council of Carpenters

One Big Union fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1417
  • Fonds
  • 1920

The fonds consists of reports of the proceedings of the first semi-annual convention of the OBU at Winnipeg in January (1920) and the second held at Port Arthur in September (1920). Also included are the results of voting in the OBU locals throughout Canada and brochures on the goals of the organization.

One Big Union

On-to-Ottawa Trek collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1420
  • Fonds
  • 1934-1987

The collection consists of records relating to the 1935 On-to-Ottawa Trek and its 50th Anniversary. Included are copied posters, newsletters, proclamations, legal documents, and photographs relating to the original Trek as well as audio tapes, clippings and itineraries from the 1985 anniversary events.

Office and Technical Employees' Union, Local 378 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1415
  • Fonds
  • 1921-1982

The fonds consists of B.C. Electric Office Employees' Association minutes (1921-1955) and office files (1929-1962); OEIU, Local 378 minutes (1955-1964); OTEU, Local 378 minutes (1964 -1980) and office files (1952-1978); office files for the various B.C. Electric and B.C. Hydro affiliates (1962-1978) and miscellaneous subject files. The latest accession consists of records relating to labour arbitrations between the Labour Relations Board of B.C. and Union employees.

Office and Technical Employees' Union. Local 378

Jack Petley collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1435
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1972

The collection consists of correspondence, financial records and ephemera. There is correspondence from employees (managers) of the Kettle Valley Railway Co. (K.V.R.) and the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. (C.P.R.) relating to derailment, Chinese labour and housing and the building of railway lines. C.P.R. Superintendent Thomas Daly's letter press book includes outgoing letters from Daly to various C.P.R. employees pertaining to operations in the Nicomin area, east of Lytton in the Fraser Canyon, ca. 1881-1882. In addition, there are journals which describe railway employment and travel in 1910 and 1911. The activity and pay logs, coupon ticket books, pilot house log books and time books relate to certain aspects of the railway industry in Penticton, York, Okanagan Landing, Vancouver, and Victoria.

Prince Rupert Trades and Labour Council fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1447
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1947

The fonds consists of minutes of Council (1937-1947) and correspondence (1916-1930, 1942-1943) related to its activities. Also included are minutes and correspondence of the Prince Rupert Civic Employees Union No. 20 (1922-1923) and a scrapbook of clippings.

Prince Rupert Trades and Labour Council

Paul Robeson Memorial Concert collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1470
  • Fonds
  • 2001-2002

Fonds consists of records related to the organization of the Paul Robeson Memorial Concert and the accompanying oral history project. Textual series in this fonds include financial records, oral history project plans and concert planning. There is also a series which contains the audio recordings of the interviews conducted by the committee.

Maurice Rush fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1478
  • Fonds
  • 1935 - 1998

Fonds consists primarily of material related to Rush's activities as a leader of the CCP, political activist and writer in Vancouver from 1935 to 1996. There is also a personal/biographical series of records which detail the events of Rush's life. Other textual series in this fonds contain drafts of Rush's writings and public speeches, his correspondence, his reports and speeches to party conventions, and his published materials. There is a photographs series which details Rush's various editorial political trips to socialist countries during the Cold War. The memorabilia series also contains material related to Rush's trips abroad. There are pins, medals and commemorative coins from China, Vietnam and the Soviet Union. Finally, an audiocassette series contains recordings of some of Rush's speeches during the 1970s and 1980s.

Rush, Maurice, 1915-

Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada (SORWUC) fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1490
  • Fonds
  • 1969 - 1986

This fonds contains records of the Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada (SORWUC) from their active life between 1972 and 1986. The records pertain to the functioning of the National Headquarters, Local sections and the union as a whole within its communities. The content of the records is primarily focused in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, but the union's influence reaches a national level including activity in the prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. While the central concern of SORWUC was directly related to unionization, the records also concern feminist activity and the pursuance of equal rights for women in society. The material is in the form of correspondence, financial records and statements, various publications, and photographs.

Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada (SORWUC)

Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada, Locals 2 and 4 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1491
  • Fonds
  • 1972 - 1986

The fonds consists of records related to the Service, Office, and Retail Workers Union of Canada’s (SORWUC’s) local chapters 2 and 4 administrative activities, organizing endeavours and legal proceedings. Although the records are primarily related to the United Bank Works (UBW), local 2, and Bank and Finance Workers Union, local 4, many records are related to SORWUC’s national activities as a trade union. These activities include organization and certification of new bargaining units, filing unfair labour practices on behalf of union members, pamphleting and raising funds for the union as a whole, organizing strikes, and fighting court battles for the right to organize in new sectors, such as the banks. Additionally, SORWUC kept various reference materials on topics related to feminism and the rights of laborers. The fonds reflect these different organizational activities in three series: Legal, Organizing, and Administration.

The Legal series consists of records related to the union’s legal activities. These records include Unfair Labour Practice (ULP) charges filed against banks and heard by the Canadian Labour Relations Board (CLRB), applications for certification in the CLRB, notes, correspondence, news clippings, and legal briefs.

The Organizing series consists of material relating to the organizing activities of SORWUC, including correspondence, research, membership forms, sign-up sheets and information relating to bank branches seeking certification. Also included are contract proposals, organizing committee papers by branch, and minutes of negotiation meetings, press clippings and press releases.

The Administration series relates to the various administrative activities of SORWUC locals 2 and 4; including financial activities, research for court cases, as well as related issues to the union such as unemployment and racism; public relations documents including press releases; and minutes of meetings.

Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada (SORWUC)

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

Jean Sheils Research Collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1499
  • Fonds
  • 1886-1995

The research collection consists of textual records, newspaper clippings, documents, photographs, printed material, photographs, audio cassettes, and a VHS video cassette relating to the life of Arthur Evans, the On-to-Ottawa Trek Committee, the On-to-Ottawa Historical Society, and the publication, Work and Wages! . Rough drafts, research notes and material, correspondence, interviews, and Regina Riot Inquiry transcripts are part of Jean Sheils' work in co-writing Work and Wages.The On-to-Ottawa Historical Society material covers the records generated by the 1992 production of the On-to-Ottawa video, which was directed by Sara Diamond and co-produced with the Women's Labour History Project. In addition, there are files and photographs created by Jean Sheils to document the lives of Arthur "Slim" Evans and his wife, Ethel Evans between 1920 and 1944.

Sheils, Jean Evans

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