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P.S. Bonney fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1040
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1974, predominant 1931-1974

The fonds consists of a B.C. Forest Branch report (1913) and photographs and maps relating to the development of Kitimat as part of the Alcan, B.C. Project.

Bonney, P.S.

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.

Garth Brown fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1076
  • Fonds
  • 1966-1987

The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, subject files and printed materials related to the NDP Executive Committee, the Labour Policy Committee, Vancouver civic politics, labour education, Canadian Labour Congress, International Woodworkers of America and Brown's work at the Eburne Sawmill.

Brown, Donald Garth

Clair Dunham fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1174
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1958

The fonds consists of two addresses on forestry (1956, 1958), eight reports on tracts of forest and water resources (1914, 1915, 1919, 1942, 1944), timber licence records (1911, 1932, 1950), maps and printed material (1917-1955).

Dunham, Clair G.

W.B. Farris fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1186
  • Fonds
  • 1917-1944

The fonds consists of incoming letters (1920-1944), outgoing letters (1917-1942), and business correspondence (1920-1942). Also included are stocks, receipts, tax returns, addresses, printed matter on Canadian and world politics, economics and industry, photographs, memorabilia, maps and plans.

Farris, Wendell Burpee, b. 1886

Harbour Publishing Company fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1232
  • Fonds
  • 1970-2009

The fonds consists primarily of manuscripts and proposals (published and unpublished) submitted to the Harbour, as well as correspondence, financial records, subject files, and sales, marketing, and promotional files for the company as well as specific authors and publications.

Harbour Publishing Company

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

Humbird family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1263
  • Fonds
  • 1889-1943

The fonds consists of records of several companies, including the Victoria Lumber and Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Humbird Lumber Company, Jacob Humbird Holding Company, Seaboard Shipping Company, the Jacob Humbird Trust Fund, as well as estate records of John A. Humbird and photographs. Records from the Victoria Lumber and Manufacturing Company include minutes (1889-1950), journals (1889-1943), stock certificates (1898-1946) and ledgers (1889-1946).

Humbird (family)

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge 692 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1277
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1980

The fonds consists of regular minutes (1919-1970), conciliation reports from various unions (1943-1974), correspondence (1953-1975) and office files from Southern Interior shops (1957-1980). The fonds also includes IAM Grand Lodge correspondence (1953-1973, incomplete), receipts (1919-1961) and records for Lodges 131 (1943-1961), 109 (1949- 1966) and 867 (1951-1964). Major correspondents include companies such as the Schlage Lock Company, Brunette Machine Works, and Bitco Sales and Service as well as the Metal Industries Association. The fonds also includes agreements, negotiations, and correspondence with many companies whose major customers are part of the mining, forestry and fishing sectors of the British Columbia economy.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Lodge 692

International Woodworkers of America. District Council No.1 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1282
  • Fonds
  • 1931 - 1979

The fonds consists of minutes, photographs, printed material, and correspondence relating mainly to union organization in the forest products industry (1931-1952), including the Lumber Workers' Industrial Union, Lumber and Saw Mill Workers Union, International Woodworkers of America, and Woodworkers Industrial Union of Canada, as well as to the activities of Harold Pritchett, whose correspondence up to 1979 is also included. There are, in addition, reports of convention, materials concerning wages and conditions in logging camps, a poster, and subject files on various strikes including those at Fraser Mills and Blubber Bay (1933-1944).

International Woodworkers of America. Western Canadian Regional Council No. 1

International Woodworkers of America, Western Canadian Regional Council No. 1 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1283
  • Fonds
  • 1943-1982

The fonds consists of financial records, minutes, correspondence, legal documents, departmental files, broadcast transcripts, proceedings, convention reports, agreements, printed material and copies of the newspaper, British Columbia Lumber Worker. Also included in the fonds is the B. C. Lumber Worker Photograph Collection (1940-1982) which consists of images used in various publications to reflect the activities of the union.

International Woodworkers of America. Western Canadian Regional Council No. 1

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.

Lumber Inspectors' Union, I.W.A. Local 1-288 fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1337
  • Fonds
  • 1943 - 1981

The Lumber Inspectors' Union fonds' consists of records necessary for the union to carry out its everyday operations, such as office files, minutes, financial records, correspondence etc. It also includes papers directly relating to the position of the financial secretary. Record types include correspondence, minutes of meetings, agreements, booklets, policies, reports, constitutions, information on other unions , booklets, financial and operating statements, ledgers, particulars on union members, manuals, arbitration cases, and reference material. The bulk of the records fall in the active period of the Union, which was between 1945 and 1980 ; a few records dealing with winding up the Union were also created in 1981 . The fonds has nine series: Operational files ; Minute books ; Financial records ; Financial ledgers ; Application, dues payment, and transfer records ; Arbitration cases reference files ; Register of attendance at meetings ; General information binder; and General reference material . The fonds also contains the Financial Secretary's sous-fonds, which has five series.

Lumber Inspectors' Union, I.W.A. Local 1-288

MacMillan Bloedel Limited fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1343
  • Fonds
  • 1861-1992

The records in the MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. fonds span from 1866 to 2002. They represent the records of the three major predecessor companies, - Powell River Company; Bloedel, Stewart & Welch; and H.R. MacMillan Export - as well as records of the amalgamated corporations - MacMillan& Bloedel; MacMillan, Bloedel and Powell River; and MacMillan Bloedel Limited. Each of the original predecessor companies had a distinctive function, Powell River Company was a pulp and paper operation focused on the manufacturing of newsprint paper; Bloedel, Stewart, and Welch was a logging company whose main activities included acquiring timber lands and harvesting timber; H.R. MacMillan Export was a lumber trade and export company. When H.R. MacMillan Export and Bloedel, Stewart, and Welch joined in 1956 to form MacMillan and Bloedel Ltd., and then when Powell River Company joined in 1960, the resultant records of these amalgamations reflected all of the previously separated functions, and evidence the vertical integration of MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.

Records subjects include all aspects of the private Forestry industry, including: acquisition of title, licences, and leases to land, timber, and water rights; mapping, inventorying and cruising forests; building and maintaining access to timber resources via land and water; methods of harvesting timber, disposing of slash, and reforesting previously forested areas; methods of processing timber to make lumber and wood products, including pulp and paper; studies and reports on wood products ,the lumber trade and national and global markets; management of personnel and relations with labour unions; acquisitions of companies in allied industries; marketing of wood products; and responding to shifts in economy, public perception, British Columbian government legislation and industry regulations, and the legal recognition of the land and water rights of First Nations.

The records primarily relate to and originate from British Columbia, though some records are directly related to the creators’ relationships with, forestry operations on, and concerns in other nations and regions including; Florida and Alabama in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and China, Southeast Asia and South America.

Records in the fonds have been divided into six separate sous-fonds to reflect the corporate body they originated from: MacMillan Bloedel Limited sous-fonds, Powell River Company sous-fonds, H.R. MacMillan Export sous-fonds, Bloedel, Stewart, and Welch sous-fonds, MacMillan and Bloedel sous-fonds, and MacMillan, Bloedel, and Powell River sous-fonds.

Within each of these sous-fonds records are further arranged into series, subseries, and in some cases sub-sub series to reflect the creating body and specific record type.

Record types consist of a wide variety of textual records including correspondence, meeting minutes, annual reports, ledgers, studies, tax records and workers’ compensation records, timber cruise reports, marketing materials, manuals, transcripts of narrative histories, financial records, news clippings, daily journals, receipts, contracts, and more. Non-textual records include individual photographs and photograph albums documenting individuals and business processes in the Forestry industry, as well as over 1,000 maps, primarily of British Columbia, and audiotapes, sound-recordings, films, ephemera and artefacts.

MacMillan Bloedel

MacMillan Bloedel Limited, Canadian White Pine Division fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1344
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1998, predominant 1941-1989

The fonds consists of records of the Personnel, Safety, and Physical Plant and Maintenance departments of the Canadian White Pine Division of MacMillan Bloedel Limited, as well as some records of the Division's Manager and other divisions. The fonds includes administrative, personnel, project, and subject files containing correspondence, memoranda, reports, statistics, financial records, statements, organizational charts, brochures, newsletters, and other records. The fonds also includes many plans, photographs and slides and some artifacts. It has been arranged into the following series: Personnel Department records (1923-1997, predominantly 1941-1989); Records of the Manager (1938-1946, 1968-1974); Safety Department records (1938-1978, predominantly 1952-1976); Physical Plant and Maintenance Department records (1920-1998, predominantly 1946-1982); and general photographs (1940-1981).

MacMillan Bloedel. Canadian White Pine Division

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

Angus MacPhee collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1347
  • Fonds
  • 1953-1983

The collection consists of records of the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers Local 708 (Prince Rupert) including correspondence, circular letters, press clippings and publications. Records of the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada include convention material, national executive board minutes, constitutional material and correspondence. In addition, MacPhee collected a series of constitutions of labour organizations and collective agreements, primarily from the forest products industry. The collection also includes correspondence, minutes and constitutions of the Western Canada Council of Pulp and Paper Mill Unions and of the Prince Rupert Labour Council.

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

S.A. Mowatt collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1386
  • Fonds
  • 1924-1983

The collection consists of records relating to logging and the forest industry including health and safety and long-term disability information for the International Woodworkers of America (IWA), Forest Industrial Relations correspondence (1981-1983), information on scaling, wage scales, one map, and six photographs (1933-34) of Caterpiller Diesel Seventy-Five.

C.D. Orchard fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1421
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1963

The fonds consists of subject files, sound recordings, photographs and maps relating to the history of forestry in the province, which Orchard created while under contract to University of British Columbia. Some of the files consist of research material he collected concerning hand-loggers, camp living conditions, and wages and salaries.

Orchard, Chauncey Donald

Gordon Price fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1446
  • Fonds
  • 1969-1983

The fonds consists of subject files which Price assembled through his freelance writing for the publication, Forestalk. Composed of clippings, reports, articles, speeches, etc., the material pertains to various facets of the forest industry in British Columbia.

Price, Gordon, 1949-

Harold Pritchett fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1449
  • Fonds
  • 1933-1980

The fonds consists of a scrapbook (1936-1939); clippings, printed material; correspondence (1970s); financial statements of B.C. District, IWA (1945-1947); ribbons and buttons for IWA and Labour Progressive Party conventions (1944-1948); subject files pertaining to his legal status while travelling in the United States (1936-1938); 31 prints of loggers' funerals and membership cards. The fonds also includes correspondence (1945-ca.1980), subject files, photographs (1940s), memorabilia (1936-1940) and membership books.

Pritchett, Harold

Reliance Motor and Machine Works fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1464
  • Fonds
  • 1924-1963

The fonds consists of company minutes (1924-1963), repair orders (1927-1959), annual reports, working plans and drawings for various pieces of machinery and machine parts.

Reliance Motor and Machine Works

Hector Richmond fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1467
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1986

The fonds consists of correspondence, reports, photographs and maps documenting Richmond's work as a forest entomologist. The bulk of the materials are from the 1960s and his work on the control of the ambrosia beetle.

Richmond, Hector A.

R.W. Scott fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1485
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1992

The fonds consists of records of the Vancouver Hoo-Hoo Club No. 48 and the International Concatenated Order of the Hoo-Hoo and the records of Scott's participation in these organizations. It includes correspondence, financial records, minutes, photographs, printed material and related material. In addition, Scott compiled notes and lists on lumber retailers, wholesalers, forestry manufacturing units, and lumber exporters as well as a collection of rules for the grading and dressing of lumber, 1922-1970.

Scott, R.W.

Seaboard Lumber Sales Company and Seaboard Shipping Company fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1488
  • Fonds
  • 1930-1983

The fonds consists of corporate records, a research collection of Seaboard historical material used in the preparation of a corporate history, John A. Humbird's journals of his overseas trips for Seaboard (1937-1945) and photographs of Seaboard personnel, delegations, ships, ports, logging operations, and sawmills.

Seaboard Lumber Sales Company

Harvey Southam fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1515
  • Fonds
  • [1910]-1982

The fonds consists of records collected and created in the course of Southam's research into the life and work of H.R. MacMillan. Fonds includes interview notebooks, sound cassettes, press clippings, and correspondence.

Southam, Harvey Stevenson, b. 1948

John Stanton fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1524
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1985

The fonds consists of materials pertaining to Stanton's career as a lawyer representing a broad spectrum of industrial unions such as the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (Canada), International Woodworkers of America and the Marine Workers and Boilermakers Industrial Union as well as individual cases relating to the workplace. There are also articles relating to the foundation and activities of various unions, the ILWU in particular, as well as copies of union constitutions and by-laws. There are case records of the ILWU vs. Nissho and Pacific Coast Hydrocarbons, and correspondence pertaining to Harold Pritchett, in particular dealing with his entry into the United States and documents relating to the "Greenhill Park" disaster of 1945. There are also files created by Stanton in representing his clients that formed the basis for his published autobiography "Never Say Die".

Stanton, John

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

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

Wood and English Ltd. fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1629
  • Fonds
  • 1940

Fonds consists of one financial ledger book which details an appraisal conducted of Wood and Englishs physical assets in 1940. The appraisal was conducted by the General Appraisal Company and lists the value of assets in Wood and Englishs various operations. These operations include: saw mill, power house, planning mill, sorting transfer shed and hog house.

Wood and English

R.C. (Bob) Harris fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1664
  • Fonds
  • 1835-1998

Fonds consists mostly of cartographic materials relating to reconnaissance trips taken by R.C. Harris. The maps are both historic and those drawn up by Harris for his trips, incorporating old trails on current maps. While the inclusive dates of the map collection are from 1835 - 1981, the majority of these maps were created from 1880 -1930. They are organized according to a personal classification system maintained by R.C. Harris. The remainder of the fonds consists of surveys, plans, photos, correspondence, topographical notes, magazine and newspaper clippings, Harris research notes, books, reports, brochures, photocopies, and book reviews.

Harris, Robert

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

Kustaa Ketola fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1780
  • Fonds
  • 1904-1946

Personal and professional records of Kustaa Adolf Ketola, including personal documents, correspondence, International Woodworkers of America pamphlets, newspapers, and magazines. The personal documents include his passport and his military service pass. Correspondence consists of Christmas postcards from his family in Finland and letters from his sisters, friends, and family friends describing their lives in Finland, which provides context about the impact that World War II had upon Finland and Finnish migrants to Canada. I.W.A. pamphlets describe the values, goals, and struggles of union workers in 1940s North America. Fonds also contains small pocket calendars or planners written in Finnish and denoting important holidays, metric conversions, and information about the United States.

Ketola, Kustaa