Fonds RBSC-ARC-1284 - Inverness Cannery fonds

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Inverness Cannery fonds

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Inverness Cannery

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7.5 metres of textual records and other material.

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Situated on the River Skeena, Inverness Cannery was built in 1876 by North Western Commercial Company. It was purchased from Turner, Berton Company by J. H. Todd and Sons of Victoria in 1902 who owned and managed the cannery until it's closure in 1950. The cannery was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1920, and entirely destroyed by fire in 1973.

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The records were acquired by the UBC special collections archivist in 1972. They were inventoried at that time but never fully processed. In 2016 the records underwent conservation treatment and some materials were removed permanently. The remaining fonds were then processed fully. No further accruals are expected.

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The fonds consists of records related to the operation of Inverness Cannery. Records span from the early 1900s all the way through to the 1950s when the cannery was closed and turned into a fish camp. The cannery was owned by J.H. Todd and Sons Ltd. from 1902-1950. The fonds is comprised of seven different series: Correspondence series, Financial series, Fish Canning series, Fish Catching series, Inverness Cannery School series, Legal series, and Publications, Pamphlets and News Clippings series.

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Many records in the fonds contained rusting inorganic materies (e.g. staples and paperclips). The archivist has attempted to remove them all, but some most likely remain and should be removed in the future for long-term preservation.

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The original physical order of some files has been maintained, especially where files were arranged chronologically, as in the Correspondence, Fish Catching, and Canning series. However, the remainder of the records have been physically re-arranged to reflect the order represented in this description.

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For documents providing information on the founding of the Inverness Cannery on the Skeena River in 1873, see VF-579 in the UBC library catalogue:
[Two lease agreements dated 1877 & 1878 between Chief Paul Sebassah & C.S. Windsor and the North Western Commercial Company],

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7 stamps : rubber and wood

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Description created by Claire Williams in June 2017.

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Fitzgerald, Mickey. "The Rise and Demise of J.H. Todd and Sons, British Columbia's Enduring Independent Salmon Canners." 2015. (Accessed May 10 2017)

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