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Major Matthews collection Subseries
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Subseries consists of 10 diaries that contain daily entries of Major Matthews' activities and thoughts. The bulk of the diaries were written between 1946 and 1969; one diary was written in 1931 and records the genesis of the archives in City ...

Financial records

Subseries consists of financial records of Major Matthews, his projects, the City Archives, and those closest to him--including Mrs. Mabel Agnes Willis and Hazel Valentia Abbott. Includes Major Matthews' income tax files, insurance papers, st...

Personal files

Subseries consists of records of Major Matthews' personal life. These comprise correspondence with friends and family, estate records of family members, private property records, wills, Matthews' wartime records, and family photographs. ...

Subject files

Subseries consists of records of Major Matthews' public life. Subjects comprise Matthews' business and public endeavors, such as the Lord Stanley Statue, portraits and memorials of family members and historical figures, property donated ...


Subseries consists of a collection of documents relating to a variety of activities and topics. Includes financial records, a scrapbook, record of correspondence, copy of a diary, and publications.

Invoices, early Vancouver

Subseries consists of records relating to the financial aspect of materiel and personnel management for the City of Vancouver. Includes invoices for supplies and services, some of which relate to the city's first election.

Perpetual calendar

Subseries consists of a perpetual calendar compiled by J.S. Matthews documenting events of note in the hisory of Vancouver. The calendar includes notes for the years 1792 to 1968, with several gaps beyond 1949.

Categorical files

Subseries consists of records relating to various categories of subjects associated with Vancouver and with British Columbia in general. Arrangement is alphabetical first by subject category, then by subcategory, then by file title.

Topical files

Subseries consists of records relating to individuals, places, and subjects. Arrangement is alphabetical by name or subject.


Subseries consists of albums of photographs collected or created by Major James Skitt Matthews. The albums cover a variety of subjects including scenes of early Vancouver, street arches of Vancouver, the construction of the Birks Building, public...

Incoming correspondence photographs

Subseries consists of photographs removed from J.S. Matthews' incoming correspondence file and previously uncatalogued lantern slides and oversized prints included in Add. MSS. 54. The subjects of the images are wide ranging and include earl...

W.J. Moore Cirkut negatives

Subseries consists of negatives created by W.J. Moore during his career as a commercial photographer specializing in panoramic photography. He worked under his own name and Canadian Photo Company. Photograph subjects include: industries (lumber...

Incoming correspondence (additional)

Subseries consists of correspondence which was found subsequent to the processing of the incoming correspondence subseries. Arranged chronologically (alphabetically by author for all undated correspondence).