Collection RBSC-ARC-1820 - Phil Lind Klondike Gold Rush collection

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Phil Lind Klondike Gold Rush collection

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1.47 m of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

Philip Bridgman Lind was born August 20th, 1943, in Toronto, Canada to parents Susan Bridgman and Walter (Jed) Lind. He attended McGill University and later transferred to the University of British Columbia. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Economics, and then attended the University of Rochester to complete a Master’s in Political Sociology. In 1969, he began working for Rogers Communications Inc. alongside founder Ted Rogers. He continued work with Rogers for more than 50 years in various capacities, rising in the organization to become vice-chairman of the company, a position he held for over 30 years.

In 2002, Mr. Lind was awarded the Order of Canada for his career and input into Canadian culture and broadcasting. That same year, he received an LL.D, honoris causa, from the University of British Columbia. In 2012, he was inducted into the U.S. Cable Hall of Fame, only the third Canadian to be so honoured. In 1992, Mr. Lind was a founder of CPAC, the Cable Public Affairs Channel, Canada’s only privately owned, commercial-free, not-for-profit bilingual licensed television service. He has served on the CPAC board for almost 30 years. He is also a director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, Vancouver Art Gallery and Art Gallery of Ontario. He funds The Phil Lind Initiative at UBC, an annual dialogue series and course hosted by the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, as well as other cultural endeavours such as the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize, the Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence and the Phil Lind Scholarship Fund.

Phil Lind’s paternal grandfather, John Grieve (Johnny) Lind, traveled to the Yukon in 1894, two years before the gold strike and three years before the international gold rush. While there, he successfully mined for placer gold in Fortymile River, and then, in late 1896 with news of the gold-strike, travelled to Dawson City and Bonanza Creek. Together with his partners, Johnny Lind bought and sold claims and successfully mined a significant amount of gold. He returned with his fortune to St. Mary’s, Ontario, where he used the money to begin St. Mary’s Cement, which grew to become the largest independent cement company in Canada. Inspired by his grandfather’s Yukon adventure, Mr. Phil Lind began collecting materials related to the Klondike Gold Rush. He compiled the collection over 50 years, and soon became known by Canadian booksellers and dealers as a collector of Klondike items. Mr. Lind donated the comprehensive collection to the University of British Columbia Library in 2020. He passed away on August 20, 2023.

Custodial history

Materials in the Phil Lind Klondike Gold Rush Collection were donated to UBC Library by Phil Lind in 2020.

Scope and content

The collection consists of archival records, printed materials, photographs, maps, posters, artefacts and paintings all related to the Klondike Gold Rush. Records span the activities of individuals, organizations, companies, and government bodies related to the Klondike Gold Rush, the Yukon, Alaska, and the Northwest Territories from ca. 1860 to 2003. The collection documents the journeys of, and commerce created by individuals and groups of people from around the world who left their homes to join the Gold Rush; it also contains materials documenting the presence of Indigenous peoples throughout the Yukon.

The collection reflects the development of regional infrastructure and transportation in the Yukon and Alaska, including the creation of the White Pass and Yukon Route railway line. Many materials in the fonds originated from the construction and development of specific town sites and communities located in the Yukon, including Dawson City, Carcross, Forty Mile, and White Horse.

Other materials document the creative works of individuals seeking to record and share stories about the Klondike in various forms, including photographs, journals, poetry, music and theatre.

The collection is comprised of the following series: Textual Records, Photographic Materials, Cartographic Materials, Graphic Materials, and Objects. Each series is majorly comprised of the record type described in the title, and materials within each series are described at the item level.

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Materials are in generally very good condition. Some textual records are permanently folded but still legible. Some photographs which had been previously damaged should be handled with care.

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All records have been acquired directly from the donor.


Materials in the collection have been arranged according to material type.

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  • English
  • French

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Permission to reproduce copyrighted materials must be obtained from the copyright holder(s).

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The Phil Lind Klondike Gold Rush Collection was donated along with a collection of over 500 books, and 70 maps. These are available through the UBC Library catalogue.



The archivist has stored many previously folded items in flat storage, so that any creases or tears will not worsen with time.


Some records in the fonds are still protected under copyright.

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Includes ca. 1800 photographs, 299 postcards, 19 prints, 16 coins, 13 maps, 7 postage stamps, 2 technical drawings, 2 sets of playing cards, 1 puzzle, 1 microcassette, 1 ribbon, 1 banner, and 1 map tube.

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The collection was arranged and described by Claire Williams and Jacky Lai in August 2020.

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