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Fonds AM1264 - Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) fonds

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) fonds

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AM1264

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  • 1951-1994 (Creation)
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    Coalition of Progressive Electors

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  • 2.9 m of textual records
  • ca. 631 photographs

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The Committee of Progressive Electors was formed in 1968 as a left-wing challenge to the civic policy and the Non-Partisan Association regarding development and social issues. The two key players in the formation of COPE were Alderman Harry Rankin and Frank Kennedy, chairman of the Metropolitan Advisory Committee of the Vancouver and District Labour Council. COPE was intended to encompass labour, small business, community groups, and reform organizations. Their first campaign, complete with a party platform, was held in the fall of 1968. Alderman Harry Rankin was re-elected under the COPE banner, but it was not until 1980 that a breakthrough occurred, with Harry Rankin, Bruce Yorke, and Bruce Eriksen on City Council; Libby Davies and Pat Wilson on Park Board, and a COPE majority on School Board. In 1993, a new name, Coalition of Progressive Electors, was adopted, to reflect the expansion of a broader base of activists. The acronym of COPE was preserved.

Custodial history

The fonds were stored by members of the COPE executive. Before delivery to the Archives, the records were organized by Donna Vogel, a UBC Ph.D student, on behalf of COPE through support by the Boag Foundation.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of the records of the Coalition of Progressive Electors. The records cover the period 1951-1993, predominantly 1968-1993. The majority of the records are textual and consist of correspondence, minutes, election and campaign materials, brochures, financial records, and photographs.

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Donated in 1996 by Ruth Herman and 2002 by Donna Vogel on behalf of the COPE executive.

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There was no original order and a file list based on chronology has been created. File titles were transcribed from the original documents.

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Restrictions on access


  • Restrictions apply to some files; please consult the archivist.

Restriction details: Under the original (1996) agreement, "internal" files containing documents relating to finances, minutes of meetings, correspondence and membership were to be restricted for 10 years. With regard to elections records, all campaign documents, excluding public campaign materials, were to be restricted for 10 years. All documents concerning COPE's relationship with the Civic New Democrats were to be restricted for 15 years. As the most recent records in the fonds date from 1994, the restrictions on the "internal" and elections files are no longer valid and have been removed. A small number of files continue to be under the fifteen year restriction, but will be unrestricted by 2010. These files have been entered individually into the restrictions database.

  • In order to gain access to the restricted records, researchers must obtain the written permission of the COPE executive.

Access form required: Yes

Permission contact:
COPE
209 - 175 East Broadway,
Vancouver BC V5T 1W2
604-255-4000
cope@cope.bc.ca

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File list available.

Associated materials

See published book "1968-1993 COPE Working for Vancouver" by John Church, Elaine Decker, Gary Onstad, and Ben Swankey, and Add.MSS 666, records of The Electors Action Movement (TEAM).

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