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Doug Cox photography and videography

Series consists of original still and moving photography attributed to Doug Cox from the 1970s through to 2008 in support of his career as author and historian Frequently, Cox’s images form a time-lapse continuation of the older photographs he collected for research purposes. There are many reprisals of people, buildings, landscapes, and subjects first treated in his acquired collections. In addition to this, Cox documents many of his interview subjects photographically, and this series in large part complements his corpus of recorded interviews/oral histories and collected manuscripts.

Notable are objects of documentation are locations, specifically Penticton, Blakeburn, and Coalmont, and themes, specifically ranching, mining, and rodeo.

The VHS tapes include recordings of Penticton infrastructure such as the sanitary landfill, water purification plant, recycling depot, as well as the closure of Nickel Plate Mine’s last day of operation in 1996.

The contents of the La Cie hard drive have not yet been reviewed. Physical photographs have been separated, or are in the process of being separated.

Doug Cox manuscripts and publications

The series consists of textual works by Doug Cox, occasionally edited by Joyce Cox. Includes curricular materials developed for the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, short compositions, historical drafts, biographical drafts, proofs for works destined for publication, and materials prepared as a regular column for the Western Producer. Includes 6 scrapbooks of clippings from the Western News Advertiser covering a recurring column contributed by Doug Cox.

Doug Cox research materials

Series consists of Doug Cox’s collecting activity carried out in support of his writing. Points of origin are from various interior regions of British Columbia. Collections acquired are predominantly composed of photographic material, secondarily of textual material, with thematically compiled interviews and associated transcripts also included. Contents depict, describe, and comment upon a variety of scenes and settings, primarily concerning industry and infrastructure, family life, city scenes, and landscapes during the first half of the twentieth century. Many photocopies of images exist with annotations by original donor identifying human subjects, their relationships, and their locations.

The series contains 21 subseries.

S.M. Simpson Ltd.

Series consists of records generated by the business activities Stanley M. Simpson, the corporation he founded (S.M.S. Ltd) and its various subsidiaries between 1906 and 1965, when S.M.S. Ltd. was purchased by Crown Zellerbach Canada Ltd.
Series documents the operations of several sawmills and wood manufacturing plants, forestry harvesting operations, and retail outlets owned by S.M.S. Ltd. operating throughout the Central Okanagan, predominantly during the mid twentieth century.
Series includes an extensive collection of artifacts, robust photographic record, and company records.
Series descriptions within this sous fonds continue at 2.1.2.

S.M. Simpson Ltd.

Crown Zellerbach Canada

Series is comprised of documentary record generated by the business activities of Crown Zellerbach Canada Ltd (Southern Interior Wood Products) which purchased the business holdings of S.M. Simpson Ltd. in 1965. Series also includes older materials from mills acquired at the same time as S.M. Simpson Ltd., but which were not affiliated with S.M. Limited during its active existence, namely Lumby Sawmill.
For several years after the acquisition of S.M.S. Ltd., those holdings taken over from S.M. Simpson Ltd. were referred to the S.M. Simpson Ltd. Division of Crown Zellerbach Canada.
In 1973, the name was changed to Crown Zellerbach Canada, and the corporation embarked on a modernization program, documented in this series. In 1981, it was purchased by Fletcher Challenge Canada Ltd. and the company name was changed to Crown Forest.
Series contains documentation of sawmills located in Kelowna, Lumby, Enderby, Armstrong, Falkland, and Monte Lake, British Columbia.
Series within this sous fonds continue at 2.1.3.

Crown Zellerbach Canada

Fletcher Challenge Canada Ltd. / Crown Forest

Series consists of partial record of operations of Fletcher Challenge Canada Ltd, which purchased Crown Zellerbach in 1981 with coverage of safety programs and vendor relations. This subseries is predominantly photographic.
This corporate entity did business as Crown Forest from 1981 to 1987 following its purchase from Crown Zellerbach. After 1987, the name of the entity was changed to Fletcher Challenge Canada Ltd.

Fletcher Challenge Canada Limited

Bea Millar Photographs

Series consists of images depicting Beatrice Millar working on a television set, staff at B.C. Hydro, publication photographs, electrical products and facilities discussed in the company's slide programs on home economics topics, and images of Beatrice Millar

Scrapbooks

Series consists of three scrapbooks of newspaper clippings of articles concerning Nicol, reviews of his work, and his columns.

Editorial and production

Series consists of manuscripts, proofs, photographs, artwork, author contracts, and correspondence relating to books published by Arsenal Pulp Press, mainly between 2001 to 2011.

Committee records

This series reflects the activities and functions of various of the standing and ad hoc committees of the BC New Democratic Party. Committees were a regular part of NDP organizational structure, most often mimicking the structure of the Party Executive, with elected Chairs, Secretaries, Table Officers, representatives and liaisons from other committees and organizations, Members-at-large, and in some cases, a paid Organizer who could devote all of their energy to accomplishing the objectives of the committee. Committees regularly prepared reports on their activities for convention (and sometimes to Provincial Council, just as each committee's Organizer would prepare reports on their activities between meetings. Most standing committees would articulate a mandate, mission statement, or constitution, and would prepare resolutions to be voted on at Convention.

This series contains the records of various committees of the New Democratic Party of British Columbia, including: the Computer Committee, the Constitution & Party Affairs Commitee, Labour Liaison Committee, the Democrat Committee, the Young New Democrats (YND), the Revenue Generation Task Force, the Standing Committee on the Environment, and more. Further subseries contain records relating to the Women's Rights Committee, the Policy Review Committee, and the Multicultural Committee are also included. Items include: meeting minutes and agenda, memos and correspondence, financial documents, clippings, strategy and constitutional documents, resolutions, notes, and other related material.

Records of complaints

Records in this series reflect the activities of the Provincial Secretary, Party president, and other members in response to formal complaints submitted to the Party.

While informal complaints submitted by Party members are regularly received and replied to by the Provincial Secretary or by another relevant Party member, the NDP additionally has a formal complaints process in place, as outlined in the Party Constitution. Article 16.02 of the "Constitution of the New Democratic Party of British Columbia" (as amended, June 1999) states that a complaint "may be lodged with the Provincial President by any member or constituted body of the Party alleging a violation of the constitution or a statement or action resulting in severe and evident injustice to a member or constituted body of the Party." Complaints were to be submitted in writing with any pertinent evidence included, details of the events that gave rise to the complaint, and the remedy sought (article 16.04). Should the President be unable to resolve the matter equitably, a special panel could be appointed to mediate the dispute, and/or it could be referred to the Provincial Executive for consideration within 30 days (16.05). It was also "a breach of the principles and policies of the New Democratic Party for any member to seek redress for any complaint against another member or body of the Party through public notice or solicitation," (16.08), an act that items in this series suggest happened occasionally, leading to further complaints and mediation.

Complaints contained in this series are varied in the nature of the issue and in the amount of documentation accorded to each, but several cases revolve around allegations of irregular member sign-up practices during nomination periods, or other nomination irregularities. Items in this series include correspondence (predominant), notes, membership cards, memos and public communications, some clippings, and other related materials.

Provincial Secretary correspondence

Records in this series reflect the functions and activities of the Provincial Secretary, in maintaining communication with Party members and members of the public, coordinating election campaigns and strategies, and administering the provincial office. A central coordinating figure in the Party, the Provincial Secretary acts as a communications hub and spokesperson, ensuring coordination between different groups, committees, and members of the party. A 1989 description of the role of the Provincial Secretary, found in file 449-14, described the position's responsibilities as such:

  • Administers the policies, plans and strategies of the provincial party as adopted by the Executive, Council, and Convention
  • Administers the provincial office of the party
  • Liaises with all sections and components of the party
  • Provincial campaign manager
    To fulfill these duties, the Provincial Secretary is often a member of numerous committees, and usually sits as a member of all executive levels of the party (Table Officers, Provincial Executive, and Provincial Council).

Records included in this series span several Provincial Secretaries, including:

  • 1985 - 1987: Gerry Scott
  • 1987 - 1992: Hans Brown
  • 1992 - 1993: Ray Whitehead
  • 1993 - 1994: Keith Reynolds
  • 1994 - 1999: Brian Gardiner
  • 1999 - 2000: Ron Stipp (Acting Provincial Secretary)
  • 2000 - 2002: Ed Lavalle

The files contain correspondence predominantly sent and received by Gerry Scott, Hans Brown, Brian Gardiner, and Ed Lavalle. Items in this series are predominantly correspondence, though often with related materials attached, including public memos, news clippings, policy and strategy documents, poll results, and other related materials.

Records of the Director of Administration

Records in this series represent the functions and activities of the Director of Administration for the British Columbia New Democratic Party.

File 449-14, in the "Women's Rights Committee (WRC) records" series of this fonds, includes a document entitled "Provincial Office Staffing," that defines the Director of Administration's duties as pertaining to "Election finances, tax receipts and paper flow, Party finances, cash flow, accounting, budgeting, back-up to Provincial Secretary," as well as implying supervision of specific staff and projects. The Director of Administration would often join the Provincial Secretary as a member of the B.C. Council of Federal Ridings, and would manage records related to the Federal NDP, local constituency associations, clubs, and holding societies. The Director would also manage much of the correspondence sent to the Provincial Office.

The majority of records in this series have been created by two Directors; Lin Rubin, and Sherry Hyde, who took over the Director position ca. 1991. Records in this series include correspondence, memos, budget and finance documents, meeting agenda and minutes, notes, speech transcripts, clippings, and other related materials.

Convention records

The records in this series relate to the planning, organization, and execution of the provincial NDP conventions held to elect party executive and determine party policy and direction.

The provincial convention is perhaps the most important activity of the provincial NDP, alongside its election activities. Originally held annually (except in rare occasions) until 2001 when it became a bi-annual event, convention is where party policy is adopted and amended, discussion papers are circulated, reports from party executive and caucus members are heard, and elections for internal party positions are held. In addition, each year long-standing and active party members are selected by a committee to be inducted as Honourary Life Members (HLMs). Often during election years, the Federal NDP Leader would also attend the convention and address the BC provincial party members.

During the conventions, each electoral constituency would elect delegates to represent them at the convention, and submit any resolutions passed by their constituencies for consideration as Party policy. Constituency delegates at the convention would debate and vote upon policy (based on the submitted resolutions), as well as elect the party’s executive, made up of Table Officers (Party president, vice presidents, membership secretary, treasurer) and members-at-large. When necessary, the convention would also elect the party’s new leader. Each delegate would receive a convention kit upon arrival containing the minutes of the previous convention, reports from the party executives and standing committees, party financial reports, all policy to be considered that year, and other related materials. Conventions are traditionally presided over by the provincial party president, or by one of the vice-presidents, and tend to span several days. Important policy not able to be addressed or decided upon at convention may be referred to the Provincial Council for further discussion, and/or added to the resolutions under review at convention the following year. Over the years, many of the kits contained an explanation of Convention to new members (such as file 428-06, “1984 convention kit), which can be consulted for further information.

Convention organization was usually coordinated out of the provincial office, with one person tasked as the convention coordinator, supported by several committees, most notably the Convention Arrangements Committee (CAC) and the Resolutions Committee. In many cases, members of the provincial executive and internal party staff members (such as the Provincial Secretary, the Director of Organization, and/or the Director of Communications) would be members of the Convention Arrangements Committee, and would handle the coordination and planning of the event. The Resolutions Committee would receive resolutions sent in by constituencies (or submitted from regional conferences, as began occurring as of 1988), organize these into categories (such as Health, Economics, or Constitution and Party Affairs), and then determine an order of priority so the most pressing issues in each category would be given priority floor time. Constituencies could also submit Emergency Resolutions which were time-sensitive and generally related to recent provincial, national, or global events. Other convention organizing committees over time have included the Leadership Rules Committee, The Balloting Committee, the Credentials Committee, and the Harassment Committee.

Records in this series include correspondence, budget documents, drafts, convention kit materials and other public communications, memoranda and bulletins, meeting agendas and minutes, and other related materials.

Conferences series

Series consists of correspondence and literature pertaining to the numerous conferences that Rosemary attended and had given speeches and has been subdivided by year beginning with 1975 up to 2000. Those conferences that have numbers in the brackets pertain to the corresponding speech that Rosemary gave, which can be found in the speeches series.

Printed Material series

Series consist of articles written about Rosemary Brown and articles that Rosemary had published in the Vancouver Sun, the Globe and Mail, numerous other publications including radio spots on CKWX; as well as, publisher correspondence and agreements. The series also consists of correspondence, publicity and other material pertaining to the National Film Board documentary, “No Way! Not Me” that featured Rosemary; and in addition the script and shooting schedule for the film documentary, “Women in Politics”. This series contains two sub-series: Being Brown: Autobiography and African Canadians.

Speeches series

Series consist of speeches, drafts and notes that Rosemary gave throughout her public career. Many of the speeches were originally organized in a numeric chronological sequence, which has been maintained. Within this sequence, some numbers have multiple speeches and some speeches have multiple numbers. Speeches that had no number associated with it have been arranged chronologically and grouped by year.

Biographical Information

Series consists of Curriculum Vitae, biographical sketches, awards, certificates, a family tree, guest album, vacation information, as well as, her separation agreement from Dr. William Brown. This series contains one sub-series: day planners. See printed material for information pertaining to Rosemary’s autobiography, Being Brown (boxes 29-31).

Video cassettes

Two VHS copies of the documentary film, "The Spirit Wrestlers," and other video cassettes relating mainly to the life of the Doukhobors in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia.

Slides

35mm slides and digital copies on CD's taken from numerous sources as well
as on location for possible use in the documentary film, "The Spirit Wrestlers."
A slide index was also created.

Photographs

Photographs relating to Doukhobor activities in the West Kootenay region o f
British Columbia and including Sons of Freedom demonstrations in Krestova.,
1960's, n.d. Photocopies of photographs from an RCMP detachment in Nelson
and the Simma Holt Collection at the University of Manitoba Archives as well as an annoted user guide to the Tarasoff Photo Collection on Doukhobor history at the National Archives of Canada.

Women's Institute.

Douglas joined the Whaletown Women's Institute in 1950, shortly afterwards becoming president of the local branch. She served on district, provincial and national boards as B .C. publicity director and F.W.I .C. director
of public relations and as president of the North Vancouver Island district. She edited the brief which won the Tory Award for the FWIC and was editor of "Modern Pioneers", a history of the W .I. published in 1960. Series consists of typescripts of articles and news releases, notes and research for articles, and correspondence.

Correspondence : Personal

From an early age, Douglas was an avid letter writer, and maintained many correspondences throughout her life. This series includes both incoming and outgoing personal correspondence, filed separately except where Douglas had kept both together.

Books

Series consists of typescripts of books. Some files contain reference materials, notebooks of handwritten drafts, correspondence and other related materials. The Vancouver file and Dickens of the Mounted file include photographs. The series is arranged alphabetically by title.

Poetry series

Series consists of correspondence, manuscripts, legal agreements, royalty statements, financial statements, and book reviews relating to his poetry.

Anthology

Series consists of correspondence, manuscripts, book reviews, and book sales relating to anthologies edited by Tom Wayman.

Writing

Series consists of correspondence, documents, and research material arising out of his writing career including material relating to his public readings of poetry and Canada Council funding. Correspondence with George Woodcock relates to one of Wayman's essays.

Income Tax Files

Series consists of the income tax return records from 1965-1996 for Keith and Mollie Ralston and related documentation.

Correspondence

Correspondence was kept in file folders, arranged alphabetically within a range of years. Unfiled correspondence also contains a marked up copy of Nicol’s play A Scar is Born. Series contains 2 col. photographs at 37 – 25, 2 slides at 38 – 10, and 2 col. photographs at 38 – 22.

Membership records of Lodge No. 76

The series consists of six books of membership. These books cover the Lodge No. 76’s existence. Attendance records were generated at Lodge meetings. The membership and attendance records are arranged chronologically. The roll book and constitution contains a pre-printed set of bylaws that were used by the IOGT Lodge No. 76 to govern the Lodge’s activities.

Photographic Records (Preliminary inventory)

The photographs date from the 1890s (pictures of or taken by Douglas' parents and family portraits) . There is a large assortment of childhood pictures of Gilean, her schoolmates etc. Douglas started taking photographs as a child and by her early twenties was an avid and accomplished photographer. 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 of these in 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.

Series consists of photographs taken by Douglas (both personal and those used to illustrate magazine and newspaper articles) ; family photographs, both portraits and snapshots ; photographs given to Douglas by friends and correspondents; photographs acquired from archival and commercial sources for use as illustrations ; slides and negatives; film strips.

By the Sea: An Alphabet Book - Production, Publication

This series consists of materials related to the production and publication of By the Sea: An Alphabet Book, including correspondence, draft illustrations, and information regarding the sale of the original materials. In 1986 Blades received the Elizabeth Mrazik Cleaver Canadian picture book award for By the Sea for the "best illustrated Canadian picture book in 1985." The manuscript and illustrations were sold to the National Library (now Library and Archives Canada) in Ottawa in 1987, but photocopies of these materials are included.

Research Material

This series contains newspaper clippings and printed material to support the writing of a non-fiction book, The Golden Revolution, about retirement in the 1990’s.

There is background material of a similar nature gathered to aid the writing of the novel, The Statement, about National Socialism, the Carter Presidency, commercial flights, and aircraft schematics.

Federation of BC Writers/BC Caucus of Writers Union of Canada.

This series consists of the correspondence, minutes of meeting and newsletters of both the Writers’ Union and the BC Federation of Writers. Drabek was a floating representative to the National Council of the Writers’ Union of Canada and president and chairman of the Federation of BC Writers in the late 1980s. Material includes the Federation’s application for a license to form a new radio station, cultural plans for Vancouver, plans for a permanent workspace in Vancouver for writers, workshop information, grant applications and correspondence regarding a proposed schools program in which writers planned to visit school children to talk about writing. Annual general meeting material, liaison activity with other writers’ groups, as well as budget information is included.

Series B: Other Activity 1926-1944

Series consists material related to other left-wing and labour activity in Evans’ life, including the Princeton mine workers strike, his work in support of the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War and the Canadian Labour Defence League and the Communist Party of Canada.

Subject Files

Series consists of correspondence, clippings, postcards, photographs, newsletters,
and other printed material on a variety of subjects primarily related to the
W.R.C.N.S. These subjects include administration, women and women's services,
files on persons, ships, uniforms, reports, the Royal Canadian Navy, publishers,
poems, prayers, various cities in Canada, and music.

Scrapbooks

Series consists of scrapbooks created by W.R.C.N.S. troops. The scrapbooks include photographs and clippings documenting the activities of the W.R.C.N.S.

Photographs and posters

Series consists of an album, and loose photographs depicting various ships, a recruiting display, W.R.C.N.S in the first Vancouver unit, W.R.C.N.S. reunions in Toronto and Vancouver, the H.M.C.S. Chippewa unit, and a W.R.C.N.S Anniversary banquet. Series also contains a W.R.C.N.S’ poster.

Material regarding NASA

Series contains records pertaining to Jeanne Robinson's involvement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Material relates to her pursuit to enter space as a civilian astronaut and includes correspondence, application material and publicity.

Other writings

Series consists of drafts of book reviews, proposals, drafts, radio scripts, interviews, and other writings of Spider and Jeanne Robinson other than books and short stories.

Interviews & Presentations

This series consists of interviews done by Kilian with Colin Gabelmann, an MLA from the Vancouver area. Issues discussed include women’s rights, social services and a day in the life of an MLA. The presentations are related to education, science fiction and technology.

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