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Fonds AM54 - Major Matthews collection

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Major Matthews collection

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  • [ca. 1860]-1974 (Creation)
    Matthews, James Skitt, Major

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  • 114 m of textual records
  • ca. 20,300 photographs
  • ca. 90 prints
  • 0.3 m of cartographic materials and other material

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Major J.S. Matthews was a native of North Wales who arrived in Vancouver in 1898 from New Zealand. He was with Imperial Oil for most of the period 1898-1920 and held various executive positions during the twenties. In 1933 he became City Archivist for Vancouver, a position he held until his death.

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The collection consists of Major Matthews' private papers and records gathered by Matthews relating to the history of Vancouver when he was City Archivist. It includes numerous military records; collected photographs, [186-?]-1968; correspondence and pamphlets relating to Vancouver's water supply; examples of letter-heads, business stationery, tickets, notices and so on used in Vancouver in the 1880s; records of the planning and building of the First Narrows Bridge, Vancouver; an obituary book of clippings from newspapers; correspondence and clippings relating to unemployment and relief in Vancouver, 1931-1939; clippings relating to mayors of Vancouver, 1932-1971; clippings, photographs and menus relating to the visit of H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, 1951; clippings relating to distinguished visitors to Vancouver 1928-1953; a scrapbook of clippings relating to pioneer Vancouver aviator, William Stark, 1912; genealogical records relating to the family of J.S. Matthews; numerous topical and categorical files relating to a wide variety of subjects; and a series of index cards describing the history of street and place names in Greater Vancouver.

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