Fonds AM69 - Henry Herbert Stevens fonds

Komagata Maru incident in Vancouver Harbour Officials in Launch heading towards the anchored Komagata Maru Passengers and crew at the rails of the Komagata Maru Official on rope ladder of Komagata Maru Wharf at Port Clements Graham Island, spruce and cedar company's mill Aeroplane Spruce Company's mill Sewall Mill Aeroplane Spruce Company's piling ground Inspectors working on mill cut Inspecting salvage at Sewall Mill Logging, Aeroplane Spruce Logging, Aeroplane Spruce Logging, Aeroplane Spruce Logging, Aeroplane Spruce Logging, Aeroplane Spruce Legging, Aeroplane Spruce Logging, Aeroplane Spruce Logging, Aeroplane Spruce Logging, Aeroplane Spruce Logging, Aeroplane Spruce Spruce felled and bucked, showing selective logging Spruce tree-2 #1 logs 34' long, 1 #2 logs 32' long Log chute Spruce logs on beach at low tide Spruce logs on beach at low tide. Placing a log in position on Davis Raft Davis Raft Eight men on spruce log - 10 feet in diameter Launching tug "Moresby" Launching tug "Masset"

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Henry Herbert Stevens fonds

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  • 1.36 m of textual records
  • 48 photographs

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Henry Herbert Stevens was born in England in 1878 and went to Peterborough, Ontario, with his family in 1887. He moved to Vernon, B.C. in 1894, where he worked as a grocer, a miner and a prospector. During the Depression, Stevens served in the American Army in the Philippines and in China during the Boxer Rebellion. He then went into the real estate and insurance business in Vancouver, becoming president of Vancouver Holdings Limited. He served as an alderman (1910-1911), Conservative MP for Vancouver ridings (1911-1930), and MP for East Kootenay (1930-1940). In 1921 and from 1930-34 he was Minister of Trade and Commerce, and in 1926 was Minister of Customs and Excise. In 1935 he formed the Reconstruction Party, rejoining the Conservative Party in 1938. From 1952-53 he served as the president of the Vancouver Board of Trade, running unsuccessfully in the federal election of 1953. He died on June 14, 1973, in Vancouver.

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The fonds consists of correspondence and other materials on East Indian immigration, 1912-1916; the Komagata Maru incident, 1914 and 1916; immigration matters other than East Indian, 1912-1925; Vancouver port facilities, 1913-1916; the drug problem in Vancouver, 1921-1922; provincial politics in B.C., 1921-1923; the Grain Inquiry, 1918 and 1923-1924; and the Salmon Fisheries Treaty with the U.S.A., 1929. The fonds also includes clippings, scrapbooks, photographs (showing logging by the Aeroplane Spruce Company and various mills on the B.C. coast), and published items.

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Presented in part by H.H. Stevens in 1946.


Photographs in this fonds have been assigned item numbers with the prefix "CVA 141" and "CVA 461"

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Access to originals in 509-D-7 is restricted for conservation reasons; available on microfilm only (see M-3).

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Library and Archives Canada: Henry Herbert Stevens fonds, R4681-0-8-E

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Selected items from AM69 are available through the SFU digital collection, "Komagata Maru - Continuing the Journey":

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