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Chinese Freemasons (Cheekungtong)

Subseries consists of business records related to the Chinese Freemasons (also known by the names Cheekungtong and Dart Coon Club). With its first branches established in Quesnel and Victoria in 1876, the Chinese Freemasons were one of many benevolent associations dedicated to providing social welfare to immigrants in need and Chinese labourers out of work after the completion of the railway and to protecting the Chinese against racism.

These records include correspondence, account books, donation records and solicitations for funds to assist the Chinese in Canada, receipts for club expenses, club election records, business cards, invitations, certificates, and photographs, as well as books on topics such as Chinese games and Chinese traditional medicine.

Early British Columbia History

Subseries consists of records related to the early history of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. These records pertain to a great many areas of British Columbia history and highlight the development of the province, including voyages of discovery and exploration in the Pacific Northwest, the fur trade (including records from the Hudson's Bay Company), British Columbia geography such as the mapping and navigation of rivers and mountains, British Columbia flora and fauna, and the development of communities and regions around British Columbia including the social, cultural, and economic history of major centres such as Victoria and Vancouver.

These records include published monographs, manuscripts, pamphlets, cards, serials, correspondence, maps and maritime charts, technical drawings, journals and diaries, newspaper clippings, broadsides, scrapbooks, photographs, engraving plates, certificates, stamps, and ephemera such as calendars, menus, invitations, and receipts.

This subseries includes a number of rare items, such as "Order in council constituting the Supreme Court of Civil Justice of Vancouver Island" (1858) which is thought to be the first book published in B.C. or "The Frazer River Thermometer: Great Gold Discoveries of 1858” which provides a very rare example of a San Francisco broadside advertising the Fraser River gold rush.

Canadian Pacific Railway Company steamships

Subseries consists of records related to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company's steamship division, which was first introduced in 1887 following the completion of the transcontinental railway. The Canadian Pacific Steamship Company (later the Canadian Pacific Steamships Ocean Services Ltd.), built a fleet of opulent ocean liners built to C.P.R. specifications, including several which operated as Royal Mail Ships for the British Empire. Canadian Pacific steamships became known for the luxury they offered passengers in addition to functioning as a major cargo carrier. Records in this subseries pertain to the Canadian Pacific steamships themselves, such as shipbuilding specifications, as well as to the ships' operations. There is a particular emphasis on the Empress line of ocean lines, although records about ships from other lines, such as the Princess and Duchess lines, are also found in this subseries.

These records include photographs and photograph albums, scrapbooks, ships histories, pamphlets, postcards, broadsides, newspaper clippings, diaries, menus and programmes, passenger lists, sailings schedules and fares, boarding cards, ship plans and technical drawings, reports, invoices, inventories, account books, log books, service records, maps, baggage labels, stationery, correspondence, ephemera, and artefacts.

Travel and Tourism with the Canadian Pacific Railway Company

Subseries consists of records related to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company's travel and tourism services, advertised as "The World's Greatest Travel System." The C.P.R. operated fleets of trains and steamships as well as luxury hotels and resorts, such as the Empress Hotel in Victoria and the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The records in this subseries reflect the extensive promotion of travel opportunities across Canada and the world. Many of the records in this subseries relate to travel on the company's luxurious ocean liners, which were very popular in the 1920s and 1930s; the C.P.R. offered cruises not only to destinations such as the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, but also four-month-long around-the-world tours that called at 81 ports in 23 countries. The subseries also contains a small number of records related to travel on the Canadian Pacific Air Lines, which by the 1970s had overtaken ocean liners for international travel.

These records include pamphlets, photographs and photo albums, scrapbooks, travel diaries, postcards, newspaper clippings, newsletters, posters and broadsides, maps, steamship track charts, deck plans, menus, programmes, cards listing services and fares, baggage tags, C.P.R. stationery, correspondence, staff reports, rail and ship timetables, itineraries, passenger lists, and memorabilia.

Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Company

Subseries contains records related to the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Company, which operated rail lines on Vancouver Island. The Canadian Pacific Railway Company extended the line to additional cities after acquiring the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in 1905. Records in this subseries pertain to the railway's business and operations, and include records highlighting employee duties and activities.

These records include papers related to the construction and incorporation of the railway, financial statements, reports, correspondence, blueprints, train timetables, tickets and train passes, advertisements, newspaper clippings, employee handbooks, staff circulars, employee diaries and logs, shipping receipts, and photographs.

Annual general meeting minutes.

Sub-series contains records relating to the British Columbia Lumber Manufacturers Association’s Annual General Meetings. Material consists of meeting minutes which include the history of the association, list of committees including the lumber, shingle, Sash and Door branches; legislation, railway rates, labour, logs and press committee, minutes of shareholders meeting for the organization, elections of offices and Board of Directors, amendments to acts such as the Bush Fires Act, discussion of arbitration for disputes in the industry, reports on new grading rule, shareholder certificate books which provides the number of shares owned by an individual, and information about the individual’s profession, location and company as shareholder.
Series also includes pictures of prominent members of lumber associations including J.A. Humbird, Gordon Gibson, A.D. Anderson, L.L.G. Bentley, L.R. Andrews, Tom Wilkinson, J.M. Edwards, W.J. van Dusen, Tom Burgess, H.V. Simpsons and Bill McMahon.

Directors meetings.

Sub-series contain minutes related to director meetings of the British Columbia Lumber Manufacturers Association. Material consists of meeting minutes describing committee reports, applications for membership, highlights important correspondence between individuals and the BCLMA, and discusses subjects such as the U.K. Timber Development Association, timber control, and trade extension.

Forestry Committee.

Sub-series contains records of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association’s Forestry Committee, consisting of meeting minutes that reference the discussion of a drafting of a brief concerning the expenditures, election results and nominations, expense reports, and reports from various CPPA committees.

Queen Elizabeth Arboretum.

Sub-series contains records relating to the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association’s Safety Committee. Material consists of meeting minutes that outline the relevant safety conferences, reports, correspondence, and the discussion of projects relating to safety in the industry.

Traffic Committee.

Sub-series contains records relating to the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association’s Traffic Committee meetings. Material consists of meeting minutes that outline elections, correspondence, shipping rates and tariffs, and relevant conference concerning shipping in the Canadian Pulp and Paper industry.

Directors meetings.

Sub-series contains meeting minutes from the British Columbia Loggers Association Directors committee. Materials consists of ledger books with meeting minutes pasted inside, which document the core functions and forestry, more specifically logging, related issues, their follow-up and consultation with other interested organizations. Also included are meeting minutes that discuss the Association’s finances, reports from various organizations including the Council of Forest Industries, and a discussion of topics including Timber Land Assessment procedures, stumpages, publicity, and forest fire protection.

General meetings.

Material consists of meeting minutes, details concerning the grading of cedar logs, the incorporation of the association, new rules and procedures for committees, committee reports, the approval of meeting minutes, and reports on the auditing of the B.C. Loggers Association’s accounts.

Gold dust publication records

Subseries consists of records pertaining to the publishing of Howard's book, <i>Gold Dust on His Shirt</i>. Records include correspondence between Howard and Between the Lines Publishing House, chapter drafts and revisions, manuscripts, contracts, submission letters and rejections, book reviews, and promotional materials. The photographs in this subseries are images used in the book.

Ad Hoc Meeting on Packaging and Labelling Act.

Sub-series contains records relating to the Council of Forest Industries’ Ad Hoc Committee on Packaging and Labelling Act. Material consists of correspondence and meeting minutes that outline the topics discussed at the meeting concerning the interpretation of the Act.Sub-series contains records relating to the Council of Forest Industries’ Ad Hoc Committee on Packaging and Labelling Act. Material consists of correspondence and meeting minutes that outline the topics discussed at the meeting concerning the interpretation of the Act.

COFI president photographs.

Series contains photographs of Mike Apsey in his role as President of the Council of Forest Industries. Photographs include: Mike Apsey signing the National Forest Accord, a photograph of Mike Apsey with Fire Chief Gerry Zimmerman of Kelowna, B.C. at the 6th Canadian Urban Forest Conference, a photograph of Apsey taken at a lumber yard on Vancouver’s North Shore, (the photo was then used in a forestry related journal), and Mike Aspey with Carla Hill and John Turner at a NAFTA ceremony.

Dignitary photographs.

Series contains photographs of Mike Apsey with various dignitaries, including Presidents, Senators, and Prime Ministers. Photographs include: Mike Apsey and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, B.C., photos of Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George P. Shultz (American Economist), Max Baucus (Montana Senator), Clayton Yeutter (US Secretary of State for George H.W. Bush, Lloyd Bentsen (Senator for Texas), David Durenberger (senator Minnesota), Bill Frenzel (Representative Minnesota), Rudy Boschwitz (Senator Minnesota), Bob Packwood (Senator), and photos of Mike Aspey with former Prime Ministers Kim Campbell, Brian Mulroney, Jean Chretien, and Joe Clark.

Minutes, newsletters and reports.

Sub-series documents the administrative activities of TRAS. Files contain minutes of meetings, newsletters, reports on visits to India, and other general material such as clippings, correspondence, and newsletters from other organizations.

Indo-Chinese refugees.

Sub-series documents various projects having to do with Indo-Chinese refugees. Project files contain correspondence, requests for assistance, reports, statements regarding finances, and photographs.

Records of electoral redistribution and the Fisher Commission

For many years, British Columbia made use of two or three-member ridings in its electoral representations; these distributions did not keep pace with the rapid population growth of some areas however, and consequently many areas were soon found to be grossly under-represented. In 1985, John Dixon of the BC Civil Liberties Union petitioned the British Columbia Supreme Court to apply the Charter of Rights to the Constitution Act, and review the current allocation of seats. The case took over three years, resulted in three decisions (most notably, the conclusion that the disparity of voters to members in some regions was in fact unconstitutional), and prompted a variety of efforts to redistribute the electoral boundaries, including the Fisher Commission of Inquiry.

In the campaign leading up to the 1986 General Election, the Social Credit candidates committed their government, if re-elected, to eliminating the 17 dual-member electoral districts. After winning the election, in April of 1987 the Vander Zalm government appointed Judge Thomas Fisher to head a Royal Commission on the issue of electoral boundary redistribution. While Fisher’s initial mandate was limited, the contiguous nature of all the boundaries made redistribution within the initial terms both ambiguous and challenging, and by September 1987, his terms of reference were expanded so that his recommendations might consider all the electoral districts. Fisher’s solution was to propose increasing the number of electoral districts (thereby increasing the seats in the Legislature as well) from 69 to 75, due to population increases in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island, and the need for proportional representation within an acceptable margin. As a party, the NDP supported Fisher’s recommendations, and made several submissions to the Commission throughout its review. Ultimately, the Legislative Assembly eventually adopted Fisher’s recommendations to increase the number of electoral districts, in the Electoral Districts Act, SBC 1990, c. 39, Schedule 2, as well as Fisher’s recommendation for new legislation, as enacted in the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act, SBC 1989, c. 65.

The files in this series document the NDP’s participation in this Commission, and its internal strategizing and research. These records appear to have been created by both the Provincial Secretary, and the Chair of the Redistribution Committee, Jeff Hoskins. File 392-16 appears to have been created by Blair Marshall, Redistribution Organizer. The subseries includes correspondence, memos, notes, drafts, reports, research materials, statistics, public communications, and other related materials.

2004 federal election records

Records in this subseries relate to the BC NDP’s activities in support of the 2004 Canadian federal election.

The 38th Canadian federal election was held on June 28, 2004, following the dissolution of the previous House of Commons on May 23rd, 2004 by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, on the advice of Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin. The federal New Democratic Party, now under the leadership of Jack Layton, ran a full slate of 308 candidates, and managed to secure 19 seats, up from the 14 seats held at the time of dissolution, with 5 of these seats secured in British Columbia. The next federal election was not held until 2006.

Records in this subseries have been made by two different individual creators. Files 424-10 to 424-21 have been created by David Bieber, Director of Communications. Files 425-01 to 425-05 have been created by Russ Neely, Director of Organization.

Files include correspondence, polls, reports, strategy and messaging documents, reports, notes, meeting minutes and agendas, public communications, and other related materials.

Artwork

Sub-series consists of drawings and photographs for mockups and cover proofs of Pulp Press publications, oversize photographs for Pulp publications, and oversize mockups of a Press magazine Flush Times.

General administrative files

Sub-series consists of a register of incoming mail, a card file of media addresses, a card file of addresses of subscribers to Three-Cent Pulp and some photographs.

Sales/service fee reports

Sub-series consists of general monthly sales reports as well as sales and/or service fee reports for the Literary Press Group, Marvin Melnyk, the University of Toronto, Inland Book Company and various other distributors.

Correspondence with Carol Shields

The subseries consists of email and traditional correspondence between Blanche Howard and Carol Shields, as well as related correspondence and ephemera from 1974-2006. The correspondence between Howard and Shields deals with subjects such as the respective writing careers of the correspondents, literature, and personal and family goings-on. The subseries also contains correspondence between Howard and other members of the Shields family, including Carol’s husband Don Shields, and daughters Anne Giardini and Sara Cassidy. The subseries also contains correspondence between Carol Shields and Bruce Howard. The subseries also includes some correspondence related to the publication of the book “A Memoir of Friendship.” Ephemera in the subseries consists of newspaper and magazine clippings regarding Shields, including reviews, articles about awards and honours, and obituaries and tributes.

Photographs

File consists of photographs documenting C.D.C. activities in late-1973 and 1974, including marches and rallies taking place under C.D.C. sponsorship, fundraising events, public meetings, and so on.

After 1990 - published short stories and essays

The subseries consists of material related to the writing and publication of short stories by Blanche Howard from 1987 to 2010. Material includes primarily typed drafts of stories, many edited or otherwise annotated by Howard and others, as well as correspondence regarding the stories, newspaper clippings and articles used for research, printing proofs, handwritten notes regarding characters, letters of agreement, and other related records. Correspondence consists primarily of email and traditional correspondence with editors, publishers, and literary agents, including rejection and acceptance letters, correspondence regarding royalties, reprint permissions, and awards, and correspondence containing feedback on the stories.

Unpublished short stories and essays

The subseries consists of material related to the writing and attempted publication of short stories by Blanche Howard from 1969 to 2011. Material includes primarily typed drafts of stories, many edited or otherwise annotated by Howard, as well as correspondence regarding the stories, newspaper clippings and articles used for research, notes, writing contest rules, and other related records. Correspondence consists of email and traditional correspondence with editors and publishers, primarily rejection letters and correspondence containing feedback on the stories.

Material relating to Weston Woods Studio filmstrip.

Series contains sketches, drawings, paintings, correspondence, reviews and other materials related to the Weston Woods Studio production of <i>A Salmon for Simon</i>. Some oversized materials are housed in a separate container; please see the file list for further detail.

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