Fonds RBSC-ARC-1071 - Labour History Association fonds

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Labour History Association fonds

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58.5 cm of textual records
17 photographs and other graphic material

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The Labour History Provincial Specialist Association was established under the auspices of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation in 1976. The name of the organization was amended to the Labour History Association, BCTF in order to satisfy legal requirements. The Association produced a film, a manual and slide-sound program and ten issues of a journal, Labour History. The Association was disbanded as a result of reduced funding.

During an annual general meeting of the British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF) in March, 1976, sufficient interest was shown to make possible the formation of a Labour History Provincial Specialist Association (PSA) dedicated to the teaching of labour history in schools. With an individual membership of 106, the first general meeting of the Labour History PSA occurred in May 1976. On June 12, 1976, the BCTF voted official status to the Labour History PSA at its executive meeting. In order to sign legal contracts for some of its projects, the name was changed to Labour History Association, BCTF (LHA). The LHA was disbanded in 1984 by the BCTF, owing to a reduction in the amount of funding the BCTF was able to provide.

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Fonds documents the administrative, financial and publication activities of the LHA, including the production of the film "For Twenty Cents a Day"; the slide-sound programs "These Were the Reasons..."and "Strike", both about the history of union organizing in BC; and ten issues of the journal "Labour History". Records include meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records and related material pertaining to the activities of the LHA.

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Previous version of finding aid available upon request in reading room. "Labour History Association, Provincial Specialists Association, British Columbia Teachers Federation: An Inventory of Their Records in the Library of the University of British Columbia Special Collections Division" / Rare Books and Special Collections, University of British Columbia Libraries. – Vancouver: University of British Columbia Libraries, 1985.

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This finding aid was prepared by students in the Master of Archival studies program based on the original arrangement of the fonds.

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