Fonds OSC-ARC-02 - Simpson Family fonds

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Simpson Family fonds

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  • Multiple media

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  • 1906-2009, predominant 1920-1979 (Creation)

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2.5m textual materials
2,642 photographs
28 artifacts
1 drawing
23 audio cassettes
1 VHS cassette

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Custodial history

Custody of materials transferred from SMS Ltd. offices and succeeding agencies to Sharron J. Simpson, who donated these aggregations as well as her own materials to UBC Okanagan Library in 2014.

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The fonds consists of two separate streams of documentation. The first consists of documents, photographs, and artifacts pertaining to the operations of a succession of sawmills and wood manufacturing plants founded by Stanley Merriam Simpson) and assumed by his son, Horace B. Simpson in the Okanagan area.
The second stream consists of the materials generated by Sharron J. Simpson, a Kelowna author, publisher, and activist. Sharron J. Simpson's records within this aggregation are primarily in relation to legal proceedings against the City of Kelowna in pursuit of the maintenance of the Simpson Covenant, which limits use of waterfront land on a former mill site sold by S.M. Simpson to the City under restrictive terms of sale in 1946. In the 2000s, the City sought to dissolve the Covenant; Sharron J. Simpson founded a society to challenge this initiative.
In total fonds consists of approximately 2,642 photographs, in various forms, including some duplicates. Records provide documentation of legal proceedings, finances, substantial mill operations, safety initiatives, administration, civic engagement, publicity, and labour relations relating to mill business, general family research, and writing samples. Artifacts include exemplars of production and souvenir materials.

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Simpson, S.J. (2003). Boards, Boxes, and Bins. Kelowna BC: Manhattan Beach Publications.
Available at UBCO OSC: HD9764.C34 S58 2003

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Created July 29, 2015 by Paige Hohmann
Revised May 6, 2016 by Lara Maestro
Revised February 18, 2020 and December 8, 2020 by Paige Hohmann

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Cutting, K. and Merriam, R.D. (2015). Merriam Family Tree. Retrieved 2015/07/29

Simpson, S.J. (2003) Boards, Boxes and Bins. Kelowna, BC: Manhattan Beach Publishing.

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