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Andrew family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1008
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1980

The fonds consists of 33 original letters free Ethel Wilson to Margaret Andrew, undated, ca 1950 - 1970, 2 original letters from Ethel Wilson to [Margaret Ae_lrew] n .d . and 3 original letters from Ethel Wilson to Geoffrey Andrew, n.d. Also included is one photocopied letter from Ethel Wilson to Mary [McAlpine Dobbs], and an obituary for Lilias Torrance Newton.

Andrew (family)

Angeli-Dennis collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1009
  • Fonds
  • ca.1803-1964

The Angeli-Dennis collection consists of the diaries (1855-1913), manuscripts, financial records and correspondence of William Michael Rossetti. Also included are the manuscripts, correspondence and financial records of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1842-1882), Christina Georgina Rossetti (1853-1894), Ford Madox Brown (1852-1993), Gabriele Rossetti and other members of the Rossetti family. In addition, the collection includes materials of Robert Browning, Thomas Landseer, William North, Algernon Swinburne and James Thomson.

George Bowering fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1044
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1970

The fonds consists of material pertaining to Bowering's private and professional life. Included are thirteen pages of draft typed and handwritten poetry, as well as 44 incoming letters and sixteen postcards (1962-1970) from Earle Birney.

Bowering, George, 1935-

M. C. Bradbrook fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1046
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1976

The fonds consists of sixty-six letters (1962-1975) between Bradbrook and several individuals pertaining to the life of Malcolm Lowry. Also included are Bradbrook's notes on conversations with Wilfred Lowry and Russel Lowry, information on Lowry from a number of sources, and a list of Lowry's contributions to The Fortnightly.

Bradbrook, M. C. (Muriel Clara), 1909-

James Barclay fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1024
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1904]-1956

The fonds consists of photographs, mainly pertaining to Barclay's activities in China (1900s-1920s), Oregon (1920s), and B.C. (1930s-1950s) as well as related correspondence, memorabilia and clippings.

Barclay, James Bow, 1903-1964

British Columbia Home Economics Association fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1060
  • Fonds
  • 1958-1972, 1975-1992

The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, and printed material relating to the activities of the British Columbia Home Economics Association and its predecessor, the Vancouver and District Home Economics Association (1958-1972).

British Columbia Home Economics Association

George F. Cameron fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1095
  • Fonds
  • [1870]-1885

The fonds consists of manuscript notebooks as well as handwritten and typewritten copies of his poetry.

Cameron, George Frederick

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-

Olea Davis fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1161
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1978

The fonds consists of records pertaining to her life and pottery work in the form of correspondence (1931-1977), clippings, printed material, photographs, and diaries. The fonds also includes information on the Allied Officers Club of Vancouver. Correspondence with her husband, Dr. H.R.L. Davis, includes over 500 letters (1940-1944) and includes information about the Canadian armed forces in Britain.

Davis, Olea

Gilean Douglas Fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1168
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1880 - 1993

The fonds consists of the personal records of Gilean Douglas which were produced and received during her personal and literary activities . It includes manuscripts of poems, articles, short fiction and books ; material generated and collected by Douglas during her involvement with various organizations ; notes and drafts of various writings ; research materials ; an extensive professional, fan and personal correspondence; financial records ; legal records ; lists and inventories ; records of publication ; clippings. There are journals and engagement books dating from 1911, notebooks and address books, and scrapbooks containing clippings of Douglas' published articles and poems . There are also scrapbooks and correspondence generated by her parents dating back to the 1880s. There is a notable gap in records dating from 1929 to 1932.

Photographic records date from the 1890s to the I990sand include prints, framed portraits, slides, negatives and film strips. A large assortment of photos documents her family and childhood. Douglas started taking photographs as a child. By her early twenties she was an accomplished photographer, using her own pictures to illustrate her writings. Photographs taken by her during the 1920s through the early 1940s are for the most part found in the albums. Pictures taken in the 1950s and 1960s fall into 3 main categories : black & white photos of the B .C. coast taken during her trips on the boats of the Columbia Coast Mission, color and black & white photos of communities in B .C. and eastern Canada taken during her trips for the W.I ., and pictures of Channel Rock . Unfortunately the slides and pictures taken on WI trips are unlabelled and for the most part can only be identified as to general location and date. During the 1970s and 1980s the photographs are almost exclusively of Channel Rock. A representative sample of these is included in this series ; others may be found at the Cortes Museum and Archives.

Aside from Douglas' own photographs, there are several interesting groups of other people's pictures in this collection: an album with pictures of overseas service during World War I, a group of labelled photographs of Baffin Island, Pangirtung, etc. taken in 1926/27 by an RCMP officer, and photographs from a trip around the world on a freighter in 1919.

The records offer insight into Douglas' personal history and literary development . They document, in words and pictures, an unusual and interesting life which began at the turn of the twentieth century.

Douglas, Gilean

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)

Frank Hann fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1231
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1940

The fonds consists of photocopies of Hann's autobiography, reminiscences of Alberta and B.C., newspaper and magazine clippings (1910-1940), three unidentified letters (one dated 1930), and maps of Southeast England, Ontario (1912), Spain and Portugal. Scrapbooks in the collection contain clippings, printed material and correspondence on various topics. The fonds also includes photographs of classical art and architecture, buildings and monuments.

Hann, Frank, b. 1893

Frederick Howay fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1258
  • Fonds
  • 1786-1943

The fonds consists of correspondence, subject files, financial records, speeches, photographs, notes, and a journal, pertaining to Howay, as well as manuscripts and essays on B.C. history and exploration and marine trade off its coastal waters. In addition, Howay created subject files on historical sites and monuments throughout Western Canada, including Barkerville, the Cariboo, Fort Langley, Cut Knife Hill, Nootka Sound, Fort Steele, and Fort Walsh.

Howay, Frederick William

William Holman Hunt fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1266
  • Fonds
  • 1850-1907

The fonds consists of incoming letters from W. Bell Scott and F.G. Stephens to Mr. and Mrs. Hunt (Edith Holman Hunt), as well as subject files containing information concerning the relationship between Hunt and Stephens.
The letters here included from William Bell Scott were found in the Penkill Papers and those from Frederic George Stephens were extracted from the Angeli-Dennis Papers.

Hunt, William Holman

Mabel E. Jordon fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1294
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1883]-1972

The collection consists of typescripts, handwritten notes, clippings, correspondence, maps, receipts, postcards, pamphlets, and photographs created or accumulated by Mabel E. Jordon between 1955 and 1972 during the research and publication of her article, "Kootenay Reclamation and Colonization Scheme and William Adolph Baillie-Grohman" (ca. 1883-1972); photocopies of the typescript "Old Days on the Pacific Coast," by W.A. Baillie-Grohman and correspondence regarding its publication (1910-1971); correspondence and photographs regarding Sir Sandford Fleming (1959); typescript of the Presidential Address to the British Columbia Historical Society and photocopies of the typescript "British Columbia," written by Florence Baillie-Grohman (1968); typescript of the article, "What Might Have Been Our Fate," written by Vice Admiral H.T. Baillie-Grohman and correspondence regarding its publication (1967); correspondence and newspaper clippings pertaining to the article, "First Steamboat on Kootenay Waters" (1954-1968); photographs of the Baillie-Grohman family and the East Kootenay area (ca. 1904-1968); photograph and typescripts of articles pertaining to commemorative plaques in the Kootenay area (1957-1958); photocopy of the introduction, "The End of Old Man Fowler," written by W.A. Baillie-Grohman.

Mabel E. Jordon

Langley family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1322
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1951

The fonds consists of personal and family records including letters (1891-1907), postcards (1905-1951), sixty photographs, household accounts (1920-1924), diaries (1915-1916) and documents relating to various activities of the Langley family.

Langley (family)

Mick Lowe fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1334
  • Fonds
  • 1990-1993

The fonds consists of research material gathered by Lowe for his biography of Claire Culhane. In addition to the textual material, there are also sound recordings and photographs.

Lowe, Mick, 1947-

Lowry family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1336
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1993

The fonds consists of family papers relevant to the life and work of Malcolm Lowry, collected by Russell Lowry and including early autograph letters of Malcolm, other relevant correspondence with his parents, Arthur and Evelyn Lowry, records relevant to the family and Malcolm's estate, personal memoire of family relationship by Russell Lowry, extensive correspondence of Russell with most scholars, including Gordon Bowker, Muriel Bradbrook, Ann Smith, and Sherrill Grace, who have studied Malcolm's life and work since the early 1970s.

Lowry (family)

Gay Alliance Toward Equality fonds : 1971-1980

  • RBSC-ARC-1209
  • Fonds
  • [Photocopied 1980]

The fonds consists of photocopies of minute books of the Gay Alliance Toward Equality (1971-1980), photocopies of selected items in the files of the organization and a list of files created by G.A.T.E. The fonds consists of two series: Administrative Files and Subject Files. The Administrative Files series consists of meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, and the constitution and policies and principles guidelines for the organization. The Subject Files series contains files of a variety of subjects with which the Gay Alliance Toward Equality dealt.

Gay Alliance Toward Equality

Alf Padgham fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1425
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1930

The fonds consists of Padgham's photographs of family and friends, Stanley Park views, lacrosse and picnics.

Padgham, Alf

Payne family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1430
  • Fonds
  • 1762-1805

The fonds consists of family correspondence, financial records and miscellaneous documents (1762-1805).

Payne (family)

Henry Ralston fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1456
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1919

The fonds consists predominantly of correspondence between Henry Ralston and his future wife, Gertrude M. Walker during his military service in World War One. Some correspondence of Gertrude Walker herself is also included, as well other miscellaneous letters. In addition to correspondence, the fonds contains newspaper clippings and broadsheets, cards, and Military and Defence receipts.

Ralston, Henry Wellington

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

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

Jack Stickney fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1535
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1915

The fonds consists of letters written by Stickney to his family and friends during his service as a soldier in World War I. The fonds also includes his diary, clippings, post cards and photographs. Many of Stickney's letters were retyped by his family and these copies are also included.

Stickney, John Moses (Jack)

Humphrey Toms fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1556
  • Fonds
  • 1555-1980

The fonds consists of correspondence, copies of vital statistics records and parish registers, maps, family trees, wills and his personal notes on families in Devon and Cornwall collected as part of his genealogical research which centred principally on the towns of Stratton and Bude in Cornwall.

Toms, Humphrey

United States Civil War collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1570
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1873

The collection consists of five letters (1863-1871); a diary belonging to Charles O. Eaton of Boston; a list of clothing and other garrison camp equipment of Lt. William McKinley, Jr.; two broadsides; a printed report of a meeting of the citizens of Bobb County, Georgia (1860); a publication of the Manchester Union and Emancipation Society; a lock of Mrs. Robert E. Lee's hair and an engraving of General Ulysses S. Grant and family.

Thomas Whaun fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1612
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1984

The fonds consists primarily of correspondence with accompanying newspaper clippings, diaries and photographs. Fonds includes school notes and correspondence of his daughter, lieutenant colonel June Whaun.

Whaun, Thomas Moore

Delgamuukw v. British Columbia Exhibit Archive

  • RBSC-ARC-1749
  • Fonds
  • 1984-1997

The Exhibit Archive consists of the evidence submitted by 51 Plaintiffs regarding the land claim area, and materials submitted by the Defense relating to the underlying title of the Crown to these lands. Textual records include correspondence, by-laws, land titles and drafts, research documents, affidavits, cross-examination transcripts, legal documents and reports, published material, genealogy charts, collections of sacred oral traditions, copies of records from the Hudson’s Bay Company and early settlers, written accounts of oral histories, trap-line data, expert testimonies of anthropologists, historians, linguists, biologists, and archaeologists, including all the background materials used by lawyers in the case. Other non-textual materials include maps and overlays, photographs, sound recordings of oral histories and songs, and audio-visual materials.

Delgamuukw Trial

Association in Canada Serving Organizations for Human Settlements fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1018
  • Fonds
  • 1960-2006, predominant 1974-1977

The fonds contains records of the ACSOH, Habitat I and Vision Habitat, as well as Oberlander’s records related to Habitat II, World Urban Forums 2 and 3, and other UN Habitat associated activities and research. Contents mainly consist of correspondence, reports, publications, governance and planning documentation and research.

Association in Canada Serving Organizations for Human Settlements

Olive Allen Biller collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1033
  • Collection
  • 1890 – [ca. 1950]

Collection reflects Allen’s early life in England, including artistic pursuits and hobbies such as photography, poetry and writing, as well as her later artistic works from her time in Canada. The records also document her day-to-day and family life, in both England and Canada. Textual records include journals and clippings, and graphic material includes drawings, paintings, and photographs. The collection is divided into two series: Journals and Artwork.

Biller, Olive Allen

Thomas Brayshaw fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1048
  • Fonds
  • 1762-1990, predominant 1907-1967

The fonds consists primarily of Thomas Brayshaw’s fishing diaries (1932-1964) and correspondence, manuscripts, and subject files (1907-1967). This is largely reflective of Brayshaw’s work and related interests. The fonds also contains a collection of documents and research related to the Brayshaw family, containing genealogical research, and family photographs, personal records and artefacts. This includes some personal records of Thomas Brayshaw, notably war service records, and some photographs and fishing flies related to his work and interests.

Brayshaw, Thomas

Bulwer family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1084
  • Fonds
  • 1263-1941

The fonds consists of correspondence, memorabilia, maps, addresses, photographs, legal documents, sketches, seals and clippings generated or collected by the Bulwer family between 1263 and 1941, including Baron Henry Lytton Bulwer.

Bulwer (family)

Norman family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1405
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1986

The fonds consists of correspondence between E. Herbert Norman and his family (1922-1957), Norman's will and photographs of him and other family members. There are also articles about his career and other biographical information gathered for tributes after his death. Also included are materials generated by his brother Howard Norman.

Norman (family)

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-

Alister MacLeod fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1342
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1982

The fonds consists of correspondence and printed material related to socialism in B.C. (1949-81), correspondence concerning the IWA, letters written by MacLeod's acquaintances at the time of his death, a eulogy given by Mildred MacLeod and subject files created by H.E. Nelson, Chairman of the West Kootenay District CCF Council.

MacLeod, Alistair

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

Oscar Solibakke fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1512
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1964

The fonds consists of general correspondence (1911-1963) with major correspondents such as William B. Burnett (1927-1963), J.R.V. Dunlop (1927-1955) and Fred M. Wells (1927-1941). It also includes Solibakke's daily diary (1934-1962), and family records, printed and published material relating to the mining industry, clippings files and photographs. Corporate material includes records from Cariboo Quartz Mining Company (1927-1961), Cariboo Amalgamated Gold Mining Company (1933-1939), Pine Grove Placers Ltd. (1935-1940) and Cariboo-Hudson Gold Mines Ltd. (1936-1941). Fonds includes maps of mines and topography, mostly in the Cariboo region of B.C.

Solibakke, Oscar Henry

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.

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

Bertrand Sinclair fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1504
  • Fonds
  • ca.1899-2001, predominate 1905-1950

Fonds consists of correspondence pertaining both to business matters and to Sinclair's writing (1905-1946), as well as personal correspondence with family and friends. Also included are manuscripts of short stories, novelettes and novels. Printed material contained in the fonds includes short stories, poetry, novelettes and novels. Fonds also contains photographs and photographic negatives, as well as log books, notebooks, maps/guidebooks, and ephemera.

Sinclair, Bertrand

Homer Stevens fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1534
  • Fonds
  • 1939-2001, predominant 1960-1979

The fonds consists of textual materials, photographs, slides, negatives, sound recordings and memorabilia created and collected during Homer Stevens career with the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union (UFAWU), as well as in his personal life. The fonds has been arranged into six series according to subject matter: Personal, UFAWU, Mt. Thurston Prison Camp, Printed Materials, Ephemera and Memorabilia, and Newspaper Clippings.

Stevens, Homer

Tatsuo Kurihara fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1313
  • Fonds
  • 1985-1986

The fonds consists of Kurihara's photographs of Japanese-Canadian fishermen, their families, and daily life in the fishing community of Steveston, B.C.

Kurihara, Tatsuo

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

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

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.

Malcolm Lowry collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1348
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1962

The collection consists of material created by Lowry and others, including Margerie Bonner Lowry, Earle Birney, Dorothy Templeton, and Carol Betty Atwater pertaining to his life and work. It includes correspondence, signed autograph letters and postcards, multiple drafts of manuscripts, poems, phonograph records, clippings, reviews, articles, essays, typescripts, unpublished material and photographs. Photographs include snapshots and professional photographs or Malcolm and Marjorie Lowry, their friends, their houses, and their travels in B.C., the United States, Mexico, and Europe (primarily between 1939 and 1957). Collection also includes Malcolm Lowry's personal copy of his first novel, "Ultramarine", with his pencil notes and edits throughout.

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.

The fonds also includes 10 maps of Japan used during Robinson’s missionary work, some with annotations of proposed Canadian jurisdictions in Japan.

Robinson, John Cooper

Lilian Bland fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1792
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1875 - 1935

The fonds consists of 1,398 glass plate negatives, glass lantern slides, celluloid prints and celluloid negatives, the majority of which were taken by Lilian Bland. The photographs reflect the varied and unique life of Lilian Bland and her family. The fonds includes several photographs of the Mayfly, the bi-plane Lilian famously designed, constructed, and flew. Other photographic subjects include horse-riding and horse-racing, Lilian's fathers' artwork, her husbands' travels in China, family photographs, birds and bird-watching, her travels in Europe, California, and British Columbia, and photographs documenting her years spent as a settler living on the Quatsino Sound in Vancouver Island and in California with her family.
Other record types in the fonds include Lilian Bland’s unpublished memoir, and the original enclosures for the photographs including boxes, envelopes, and box lists.
The finding aid for the fonds, attached as a PDF, includes a spreadsheet of images as they were received upon donation to Rare Books and Special Collections. A brief description created by the donor is available for each image in the finding aid.

Bland, Lilian Emily

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