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Fonds AM336 - Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association fonds

[A beach] [A view of the surf] [A wooded area] [Boat in Coal Harbour] [Forest path by gazebo] [Horse drawn buggy crossing wooden bridge] [Pedestrian bridge] [People resting on bench and at side of path] [Picnic area in trees] [Stanley Park  entrance bridge] [Walking path] Hallelujah Point Moss grove, Stanley Park Road to reservoir, Stanley Park Stanley Park seal pond [Group portrait] [Group portrait] [Group portrait] [Group portrait] [Interior construction of  St. Andrew's Wesley United Church] [Organ and organist, St. Andrew's Wesley United Church] [St. Andrew's Wesley United Church] [St. Andrew's Wesley United Church] [St. Andrew's Wesley United church] A glimpse of the chancel from the echo organ loft [St. Andrew's Wesley United Church] Looking north-east, arcade aisle and echo organ loft [St. Andrew's Wesley United Church] Looking south-west arcade aisle and echo organ loft [St. Andrew's Wesley United Church] Looking west, from seats in the echo organ loft The communion table The nave, showing open timber truss roof The nave, showing the open timber truss roof The pulpit [St. Andrew's Wesley United Church], first morning service, May 28, 1933 Wesley choir picnic supper, June 22nd 1929 Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C. Wesley choir picnic, Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C. June 22nd, 1929 Wesley Methodist Church, conference week, 1928 Where visiting guests may register [St. Andrew's Wesley United Church] Corner Richards Street and Hastings Street - go slow or mix it up! Granville St. looking south from Pender St. Hastings St. between Homer and Richards. Summer is Coming! Hastings west of Homer, the traffic gets heavier Late for work, opp. Spencers spring opening show New spring merchandise in Spencers windows Pender St. just where you are standing now. Here's to you! City Museum and Art Gallery, Great Fraser River Shell Mound exhibit, Vancouver, B.C. City Museum and Art Gallery, main floor, looking east, Vancouver, B.C. City Museum and Art Gallery, natural history corner, Vancouver, B.C. City Museum and Art Gallery, part of west wall, Vancouver, B.C. City Museum and Art Gallery, West Coast Indian, and Pauline Johnson exhibit, Vancouver, B.C. City Museum and Art Gallery, west from curator's desk, Vancouver, B.C. City Museum and Art Gallery, west of main section, Vancouver, B.C.
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Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association fonds

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AM336

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  • 1610-1988; predominant 1920-1970 (Creation)
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    Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association

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  • 7.48 m of textual records
  • ca, 1517 photographs
  • 2 audio discs
  • 2 maps

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In 1958, as part of celebrations for British Columbia's Centennial, construction began on the Vancouver Maritime Museum, which formally opened in 1960. In 1959, the City of Vancouver created the Civic Museums Board to oversee the operations of the Vancouver Maritime Museum and the City Museum. The Art, Historical, and Scientific Association was represented on this Board, and otherwise served as the City's official museum membership organization.
In 1967, as part of celebrations for Canada's Centennial, construction began on a new museum building in Vanier Park. At this time, the name of the City Museum was changed to the Centennial Museum. The new building was completed in October of 1968, and housed the Centennial Museum, as well as the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium (now the Pacific Space Centre).
In 1972, the City relinquished its direct management over the Museums. At this time, the Art, Historical, and Scientific Association changed its name to the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association, and took over the management of the Centennial Museum, the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium, and the Maritime Museum. By 1979, the Association began experimenting with having some degree of autonomy for the institutions it administered on behalf of the City. In 1987, a resolution was passed to have all the operations of the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association evolve into three separate legal entities. Later that year, the Vancouver Museum Board of Trustees chose to retain the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association as its operating society, with a change in name and constitution. The Vancouver Museum also undertook to be responsible for transacting all matters relating to the timely and orderly conclusion of the affairs of the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association in 1988.

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Simon Fraser University V-P Academic and VMPA President and Chairman of its Board of Trustees, Dr. Brian G. Wilson, maintained files (located at 565-E-4) which were transferred from the University Archives in 1987.

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Fonds consists of records arising from the activities of the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association.
Fonds includes constitutions and bylaws; minutes of meetings; financial records such as financial statements, budgets, and membership fee receipts; annual reports; correspondence and memoranda; guest books; records of the President and of the Director, including reports, policy statements, contracts, budgets, correspondence; and items collected by the Association, such as newspapers and clippings, pamphlets, photographs, manuscripts and books, and other materials.
As a result of the close relationship between the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association and the Vancouver Museum, some records relating to the Vancouver Museum are contained within this fonds. This is the case especially for records created before 1958, during which time the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association was responsible for the everyday management of the Vancouver Museum.
Fonds consists of nine series: 1) Constitutions, agreements, and other legal establishment records; 2) Minutes; 3) Financial records; 4) Annual reports; 5) Correspondence; 6) Guest and scrap books; 7) President's and Director's records; 8) Collected items; and 9) Collected photographs.

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Records were transferred to the Archives by the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association in 1973, 1977, 1982, and 1986; by Simon Fraser University Archives in 1987 and by the Vancouver Museum in 1991.

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Access to the file entitled "Security" is restricted. Please consult the Archivist.

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  • See also the records of the Civic Museums and Planetarium Board, Series 46 of the City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds.
  • See also the Vancouver Museum fonds (Add. MSS. 1102).
  • See also the Vancouver Maritime Museum fonds (Add. MSS. 335).
  • See also the H.R. Macmillan and Southam Observatory fonds (Add. MSS. 1313).

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Add. MSS. 549, 775 and part of 1102 have been amalgamated with Add. MSS. 336; citations for these records should therefore refer only to Add. MSS. 336

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Photographs in this fonds have been assigned item numbers with the prefix "CVA 677"

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