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Francis J. McKenzie fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1776
  • Fonds
  • 1931-1960

Fonds consists of records that reflect McKenzie's law and political career. Records include correspondence, speeches and articles, ephemera collected by him, scrapbooks documenting various campaigns and printed materials related to C.C.F. and labour movements.

A small portion of records were created by McKenzie's brother, Arthur McKenzie. These include correspondences and articles written by Arthur in the form of clippings.

McKenzie, Francis James

William Bennett Memorial Collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1648
  • Collection
  • 1931-1955

Collection contains documents and leaflets relating to communist movements in British Columbia, Canada, and internationally, from the collection of William Bennett, as well as others - Bert Padham, Bill Shaw, Ken Gibson, and Alf Padgham.

Bennett, William

Rodney Young fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1641
  • Fonds
  • 1939-1978

The fonds consists of correspondence, speeches (including Young's parliamentary addresses), clippings and scrapbooks pertaining to Young's career and political views, as well as publications, constitutions and bylaws, newsletters, notices, and minutes pertaining to the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. Also included are university essays on socialism, economics, and international affairs collected, but not written, by Young.

Young, Rodney

Eugene S. Woodward fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1632
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1969

The fonds consists of correspondence, articles, speeches, radio scripts, briefs to government commissions, as well as clippings and printed material, and drafts of Woodward's book "Adventures in Free Enterprise: The Shape of Things to Come" (1965).

Woodward, Eugene Sidney

Arnold Alexander Webster fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1603
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1966

The fonds consists of biographical material, incoming (1926-1964) and outgoing (1945-1965) correspondence, a typescript and published edition of Webster's textbook Living Together in Canada and subject files. The fonds also includes pamphlets and clippings relating to various subjects.

Webster, Arnold Alexander

Arthur Turner fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1564
  • Fonds
  • 1929-1972

The fonds consists of records pertaining to Turner's activities in the CCF and the NDP in British Columbia. Included are manuscripts of Vancouver Workers' Theatre dramas and poetry, subject files on Israel, clippings, pamphlets on cooperative farming, and records from the CCF Agricultural Committee and the Trade Union Committee.

Turner, Arthur J., 1888-

Charles H. Tupper fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1562
  • Fonds
  • 1870-1926

The fonds consists of correspondence (1876-1926), subject files (1889-1925) and scrapbooks (1870-1923). The fonds reflects Tupper's interest in politics and public affairs.

Tupper, Charles Hibbert, Sir

Tom McGrath fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1365
  • Fonds
  • 1948-1996

The fonds consists of textual material (subject files, correspondence, minutes, financial statements, and printed material) relating to Tom McGrath's activities with the following unions: International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers, Vancouver Local 97, 1955-1964; Canadian Ironworkers Local No. 1, 1960-1968; Wood, Wine and Metal Lather's International Union, 1960-1973; Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers, Seamen's Section, Local 400, 1968-1982; and the Canadian Merchant Navy Association, 1990-1995. The fonds also includes interviews with various individuals including Frank Kennedy, Art Kube, Cliff Anstein, and Jess Succamore, involved in solidarity and union issues, his political campaign on behalf of the New Democratic Party in the Vancouver-Little Mountain provincial riding, and photographs of the Second Narrows Bridge.

McGrath, Tom

Simon Fraser Tolmie fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1555
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1937

The fonds consists of correspondence, speeches, newspaper clippings, personal files and other material relating to the political career of S.F. Tolmie. The bulk of the material was generated during his years as premier (1928-1933) with some files (1918-1920) from his term as MP for Victoria.

Tolmie, Simon Fraser

Harold Thayer fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1553
  • Fonds
  • 1944-1984

The fonds consists of correspondence and subject files pertaining to various locals of the International Association of Machinists. Also included is material from the B.C. Federation of Labour, Canadian Congress of Labour (1970-1984), Ontario Federation of Labour (1972- 1977), the provincial and federal CCF and NDP, as well as other material pertaining to labour and politics. There are also tapes of radio broadcasts and material relating to Thayer's personal interests.

Thayer, Harold, 1918-

Carol Swayze fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1541
  • Fonds
  • 1965-1987

The fonds consists of correspondence, research papers, printed material, sound recordings, and drafts of manuscripts collected or created by her in writing a biography of Thomas R. Berger entitled, Hard Choices.

Swayze, Carol, 1945-

Dorothy Gretchen Steeves fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1531
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1970

The fonds consists of records chronicling the growth of socialism in Canada and the formation and history of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and the New Democratic Party, as well as with various aspects of the issues of human rights and of peace and disarmament. There is also autobiographical material and records pertaining to Unitarianism.

Steeves, Dorothy Gretchen, b. 1891

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

Snowdon Dunn Scott fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1487
  • Fonds
  • 1837-1923

The fonds consists of material pertaining to Scott's career as a newspaper editor, including with newspapers such as the Sackville Post and Vancouver News-Advertiser, as well as material relating to his political, educational and literary endeavours and interests. Included are biographical materials, incoming and outgoing letters (1838-1923), subject files, articles and essays by Scott (1875-1922), ephemera, photographs, maps and printed material.

Scott, Snowdon Dunn

Joan Sawicki fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1482
  • Fonds
  • 1944-2001, predominant 1986-1999

The fonds consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, handwritten notes, news releases, reports, minutes, government brochures, and maps collected by Sawicki during her years on the Burnaby City Council and as an MLA for the riding of Burnaby-Willingdon. The majority of records relate to issues on the environment and agriculture which reflect Sawickis major interests while serving at both civic and provincial levels. At the civic level the fonds includes records from Sawickis work on several environmental and waste management committees. The fonds also includes a series on the Six Mile Ranch affair which relates not only to Sawickis role as an MLA for the New Democratic Party and her position as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment, but also to her long-term commitment to, and participation with the Agricultural Land Commission. The fonds includes numerous reports and submissions regarding the Six Mile Ranch affair.

Sawicki, Joan, 1945-

Olga Reithaug fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1463
  • Fonds
  • 1933-1985

The fonds consists of photographs depicting conventions or groups (CCF or CCYM), press releases, correspondence, newspaper clippings, publications and a brief historical outline of the Cooperative Commonwealth Youth Movement written by Olga Reithaug. The fonds shows the workings of the CCYM, the issues with which it involved itself, and its relationship with the CCF.

Reithaug, Olga

Progressive Conservative Party of British Columbia fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1450
  • Fonds
  • 1963-1972

The fonds consists of provincial and federal riding files (1963-1972), correspondence and financial records (1968-1971), four photographs and four posters of Robert L. Stanfield.

Progressive Conservative Party of British Columbia

Thomas Norris fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1407
  • Fonds
  • [1906 - 1976]

The Norris fonds documents the legal and judicial career of the Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas G. Norris. The papers date between 1906 and 1976, with the bulk of records dating between 1930 and 1975 documenting his law practice and his years on the Supreme and Appeal Courts of British Columbia.
Part I of the fonds consists largely of correspondence and printed material, including scrapbooks relating to the Industrial Commission as well as case notes and legal papers relating to other cases, 1947 - 71, (2 meters). Owing to a previous donation of annotated transcripts of the hearings of the "Industrial Commission as to Shipping in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River System" in 1963, other material relating to the investigation of the activities of Harold Banks was donated in December, 1989. The 108 volumes and index to the hearings are catalogued (SP HE 769 A25).
Part II of the fonds consists of professional files, judicial subject files, case files, personal papers, miscellaneous papers and photographs (7 meters).
Part III of the fonds consists of professional correspondence donated by Jerry Vanson of Kelowna in 2011, as well as personal correspondence, scrapbooks, and photographs donated by Norris’ grandson, also named Thomas Norris, in 2014.

The bulk of the records in the fonds are located in Part II in the Professional Files, Judicial Subject Files, Case Files, and Personal Papers series.

The Professional Files series, including materials newly processed in 2019, consists mostly of case files generated by Norris during his years as a lawyer in Kelowna and Vancouver. Also included in this series are subject files with additional information about areas of interest. For example, Norris created several files with documentation on the Associated Fruit Growers Ltd. and other marketing boards (1927 - 49). Other interesting subjects include the Kelowna Police Inquiry (1929-30), the Japanese claim Commission (1950), Rex v. Ducharme - murder case (1950), and politics (1932-35). The ''Politics" files provide a great deal of information about Norris' Conservative party interests and the process behind the appointment of a lawyer to Queen's counsel. Additional professional files created while Norris was practicing law in Kelowna (file#663-1109) were discovered and donated in August, 1990. The file list for these materials is now located on pages 34-39 of this finding aid.
The Judicial Subject Files series in Part II documents Norris' career on the Bench and his subject interests. The files include correspondence surrounding his appointment to various levels of the judiciary, files created during his judicial career and other judicial matters. For example, files often contain judgements, cases considered, clippings and other related materials. The case of Regina vs Bob & White documents the various issues considered before a decision was handed down on aboriginal hunting and fishing rights in B.C. Also included in this series are documents relating to the St. Lawrence Seaway Inquiry. Other files include subjects of the law such as divorce, Native Indians and Legal Aid. Files also included records created about the Admiralty Court, the Supreme and Appeal Courts of British Columbia and the Yukon Territorial Courts.
The Case Files series in Part II includes court documents and notes drafted by Norris. These case files were separated from other case files by Norris probably because of personal interests and the volume of materials. Each subseries of records document a case: Buttle Lake, in Strathona Park (1951), the Vancouver Policy Inquiry (1955), B.C. Telephone's Application for rate increases (1950), Royal Commission on Energy (1958) and Gordon Wismer v. MacLean Hunter (1954). The Buttle Lake files include transcripts of hearings conducted in Courtenay and Victoria, notes and some materials related to submissions presented to the Water Comptroller. Norris represented several groups opposed to the construction of the dam at Buttle Lake. The Wismer v. MacLean-Hunter files include examinations for discovery of Blair Fraser and Gordon S. Wismer, briefs and other materials used by Norris as he represented the Attorney General of B.C., Gordon S. Wismer against MacLean-Hunter magazine in a slander and libel suit.
The Personal Papers series in Part II reflects Norris’ personal interests, and also contains business or legal materials. For example, in this series are files and correspondence relating to the Law Society of B.C., the Law Society & Yale Bar Association meeting in 1958 and arrangements for the 1952 Judge Advocate luncheon. Other files reflect upon friendships with individuals such as Hugh Keenlyside and Leon Koerner. Materials newly added to this series in 2019 contain items such as travel souvenirs, birthday messages from Norris’ friends and family, and information related to Norris’ retirement. The Army Papers subseries contains records related to the time Norris spent serving in the Canadian military in World War II. These records range from 1939 to 1959, with the bulk of the records dating between 1941 and 1945.
Further information about each of the series in Parts I, II, and III can be found in the Series Descriptions on pages 8-13 of the PDF finding aid.

Norris, Thomas Grantham

New Democratic Party, Vancouver-Kingsway Constituency Association fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1401
  • Fonds
  • 1956-1975

The fonds consists of minutes, agendas, reports, correspondence, notebooks, financial records, lists, speeches and subject files generated by the Vancouver-Kingsway Constituency Association of the NDP (1972- 1975). Also included are minutes of the Vancouver East Riding Association (1957-1958), records of the CCF Provincial Executive (1955-1959), minutes of the Greater Vancouver Water and Drainage Workers (1964-1966), maps, surveys and photographs.

New Democratic Party of British Columbia. Vancouver-Kingsway Constituency Association

New Democratic Party of British Columbia, Standing Committee on Women's Rights fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1397
  • Fonds
  • 1973-1984

The fonds consists of records pertaining to B.C. Women's Rights committees as well as to the Task Force on Older Women in British Columbia. Included are sound recordings (cassettes) of hearings conducted by the Task Force, steering committee annual files (1975-1983), correspondence, committees, conferences, subject files, newsletters (1973-1984), publications, ephemera and resource files. The Task Force records include administration files (1979-1983), correspondence, briefs, hearings, publications, ephemera and printed material.

New Democratic Party of British Columbia. Standing Committee on Women's Rights

New Democratic Party of British Columbia fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1394
  • Fonds
  • 1930 - 2006

The fonds consists of records pertaining to the NDP and CCF in B.C. Included are notices and agendas, minutes, correspondence, membership lists, financial records, policy, policy committees, maps, photographs, convention proceedings, geographical materials and constituency records. Also included are films and sound recordings.

New Democratic Party of British Columbia

John A. Munro fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1387
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1997

The fonds consists of records created and collected by John A. Munro in the course of his research and writing on the careers of Gordon Churchill, John George Diefenbaker, Jack Horner, Carl Nickle, Lester B. Pearson, H.H. Stevens, David J. Walker, W.A.C. Bennett, Derrick Humphreys, Gordon Wilson, a holocaust survivor, Michel Mielnicki, and the Edelweiss Credit Union. It also includes Munro's works on Canadian External Relations, 1936-1939, the Atherton railway accident case, the Alaska Boundary Dispute, "Tai Tai", the China experiences of Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Outerbridge (includes diaries, 1938-1950 and manuscripts), material relating to the publication of "Beyond the Moongate", research on British Columbia and Confederation, and a biography on Senator David A. Croll. Fonds includes a notebook of Lester B. Pearson and a letter to Pearson from Norman Hiller regarding the Riddell incident and material relating to screenplays, including "Blue Ribbon".

Munro, John A., 1938-

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-

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.

Gerald McGeer fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1364
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1945

The fonds consists of records relating to McGeer's career as a lawyer and politician. It includes correspondence, speeches and subject files (1931-1945). The fonds also includes material pertaining to the Western Freight Rates case.

McGeer, Gerald Grattan

Norman MacLean collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1341
  • Fonds
  • 1935-1972

The collection consists of subject files relating to civic elections (1941-1971) and the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. Also included are approximately 100 brochures and pamphlets pertaining to socialism.

Angus MacInnis fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1338
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1965

The fonds consists of correspondence, speeches, newspaper clippings, subject files and other material relating to the political career and personal life of Angus MacInnis.

MacInnis, Angus

Leon Ladner fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1316
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1969

The fonds consists of correspondence, speeches, clippings, briefs and submissions, pamphlets, maps, addresses, copies of legislation, personal notes, receipts, memorabilia and subject files (1915-1969). The majority of the fonds focuses on Ladner's involvement with the federal Progressive Conservative party, Columbia River Power and the Royal Commission on Energy (1950-1969).

Ladner, Leon Johnson

Georgia Straight fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1211
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1960]-1979

The fonds consists of photographs and negatives from the Georgia Straight newspaper photograph files, depicting demonstrations, conflicts, picnics, concerts, musicians, celebrities and other events and individuals.

Georgia Straight

Art Finley fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1191
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1990, predominant 1969-1985

The fonds consists of audio cassettes of interviews (100) with a variety of personalities (79) from the fields of entertainment, politics, and the professions relating to their careers and issues of the day recorded on radio talk show programmes at KSFO San Francisco (1), CKNW Vancouver (57), KGO San Francisco (10), CJOR Vancouver (23), WNIS Norfolk (3), XRA San Diego (5), and KCBS San Francisco (1) from 1960 to 1990. Some of the tapes include questions from listeners to the talk show guests. The people interviewed by Art Finley included some of the prominent personalities and newsmakers of the 1970s and early 1980s: Mohammed Ali, Joan Baez, Bill Graham, Germaine Greer, Henry Heimlich, Yousuf Karsh, John Lennon, Henry Morgentaler, Huey Newton, Pierre Trudeau, and Gore Vidal.

Finley, Art, 1926-

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

John Wallace de Beque Farris fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1185
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1969

The fonds consists of correspondence (1888, 1922-1969), personal and business subject files, legal files and opinions, financial records, addresses, journals, scrapbooks, clippings, memorabilia, photographs, printed materials and subgroups of and relating to Jacob Kierstad, Elias Kierstad, Evelyn Fenwick Farris, John D. Farris and John Lauchlan Farris.

Farris, John Wallace de Beque

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

Bullock family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1082
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1994

The fonds consists of the subject files, posters, photographs and pamphlets relating to the activities of the Revolutionary Workers League and its predecessors the League for Social Action, Socialist Educational League and the Revolutionary Workers Party. Research and subject files contain information on unions and the labour movement. Fonds includes correspondence and meeting programs.

Bullock (family)

British Columbia Liberal Party fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1062
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1972

The fonds consists of an incomplete set of convention minutes and proceedings (1927-1959), scrapbooks of clippings from 1963, campaign literature, files from Cam Avery including material relating to the development of various Liberal policies, files from Pat McGeer pertaining to his tenure as party leader, papers reflecting election coverage in each riding for certain years and press clippings relating to the political careers of several Liberal MP's from 1969 to 1972.

British Columbia Liberal Party

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

B.C. Young New Democrats fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1073
  • Fonds
  • 1966-1974

The fonds consists of materials created out of activities of the British Columbia Young New Democrats and records collected relating to political interests. Correspondence, minutes, agendas, financial records, constitutions, subject files and printed materials reflect the varied pursuits of the organization.

British Columbia Young New Democrats

Doreen Braverman fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1047
  • Fonds
  • 1966-1991

The fonds consists of correspondence, subject files, reports, memoranda, documents, newsletters, newspaper articles, pamphlets, letters and photographs relating to the activities of the British Columbia Liberal Party at both the provincial and federal levels and concerning the provincial riding of Vancouver-Point Grey and the federal riding of Vancouver-Quadra.
Although her papers document both B.C . and Federal Liberal Parties, the
majority of files deal with the B .C. Liberal Party.

Braverman, Doreen, 1932-

Roger Bowen fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1043
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1987

The fonds consists of material accumulated by Roger Bowen in order to write his biography of E. Herbert Norman. It includes various files, including F.B.I. files.

Bowen, Roger W., 1947-

Angus MacInnis memorial collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1011
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1970

The collection consists of records of the provincial office of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and general research material pertaining to socialism and the labour movement. It consists of minutes, scrapbooks, office correspondence and files relating to party organization and records of committees, CCF clubs, constituencies, federal ridings and election. The collection also includes records generated by Arthur Turner as CCF Whip and Arnold Webster as a provincial party leader. Subject files pertaining to early socialists and clippings about international affairs were created by Dorothy Steeves. Subsequent accessions added to the collection have included the records of Angus MacInnis, Francis McKenzie and former provincial leader Ernest Winch.

MacInnis, Angus