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Sweeney Cooperage Ltd. fonds
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Business records - legal case

Series consists of court orders, petitions, affadavits, and evidence in the form of plans, leases, and correspondence, all arising from the legal dispute between Sweeney Cooperage and B.C. Place regarding the expropriation of the False Creek site lands.

Christmas cards

The file consists of twenty-four Christmas cards, each containing photographs of the Leo Sweeney family members.

Drop In- CBC [Sweeney Cooperage Ltd. barrel manufacturing]

Item is a film containing a television spot produced by CBC in 1972. Hosted by Pat Rose and Susan Anderson. Bob Oudenaarden takes them on a tour through the Sweeney Cooperage, and demonstrates the barrel making process from log to barrel, with a focus on the construction of the oak barrel and their various uses. Contributors include: "The Entier Ensemble" (music), David Kendall (writer), Victor Miles (designer), Charlotte Trende (costumes), Beverley Takeuchi (makeup), Jim Ellis (lighting), Ralph Parker (audio), Ken Lowe (technical producer), Ray Hazzon (executive producer), and Bill White (producer).

Follow Me - CBC [Sweeney Cooperage Ltd. barrel manufacturing]

Item is a film containing a television spot produced by CBC. Contains footage of Mr. Sweeney showing a child around the Sweeney Cooperage Ltd mill at 810 Taylor Street and manufacturing facility at 49 Smithe Street. Mr. Sweeney narrates the barrel making process from log to barrel, covering each step of the process in detail. Contributors to the film include: Kelly Duncan (photography), Ken Campbell (sound), Gerry O'Connor (lighting), Werner Franz (editor) and Doug Gillingham (producer).

From Log To Barrel - Sweeney Mill - NG

Item is a film that appears to contain outtakes from "From Log to Barrel" (2013-015.5). Most shots are underexposed and unused for the final edit. The film contains well exposed candid shots of the factory workers on break.

History of Sweeneys

File includes clippings, articles, and chronologies on Sweeney Cooperage as well as an essay by Mike Sweeney (ca. 1981) on the dispute between the company and B.C. Place. Photographs show portrait of Leo Sweeney for the "Who's Who" publication and as well as Ed. C. Sweeney touring someone around the Sweeney Mill office.

Large certificates

File consists of certificates honouring M. Leo Sweeney and Sweeney Cooperage, including those issued by the Canadian Centennial Committee, the Kiwanis Club, and the Knights of Columbus. Also included is a certificate commemorating M. Leo's meeting with Pope Pius XII.

Machinery catalogues

File consists of catalogues and information on barrel-making and woodworking equipment, as well as a student paper (1979) on the topic of the barrel industry in Canada.

Newsclippings

File consists of various newsclippings and articles on Sweeney Cooperage and the Sweeney family. Included is a section from the Daily Mail (London), 20 Nov. 1899.

Personal memorabilia

Series consists of: articles, clippings and chronologies covering the history of Sweeney Cooperage and M. Leo's involvement in various associations, the Catholic Church, and activities as an informal advocate for the city of Vancouver; personal correspondence; Christmas cards sent out by the M. Leo Sweeney family; certificates honouring Sweeney Cooperage and family members; 3 scrapbooks containing news clippings about Sweeney Cooperage and the Sweeney family.

Report on the Barrel Industry

File consists of a report written by John G. Sweeney for his English 102, College of Business Administration class at the University of Portland. Report includes the history of barrel making, production and storage methods, and a dictionary of cooperage terms.

Scrapbook 1

File consists of a scrapbook containing newsclippings about Sweeney Cooperage, the Sweeney family, and miscellaneous items relating to barrels. Also includes summary of income tax paid by the company (1921 - 1948) and profit/loss totals (1941 - 1949).

Scrapbook 2

File consists of a scrapbook containing newsclippings about Sweeney Cooperage, the Sweeney family, and miscellaneous items relating to barrels.

Scrapbook 3

File consists of a scrapbook containing newsclippings about Sweeney Cooperage, the Sweeney family, and miscellaneous items relating to barrels.

Subject files - circulars 1940 - 1956

File consists of circulars addressed to employees, customers / potential customers, and suppliers. Subjects include various internal matters, product information, and prices of barrels and barrel-making supplies.

Subject files - labour

File includes notes, clippings, and a flyer on the subject of unionization, as well as general wage rates for woodworkers and wage lists for Sweeney Cooperage (including names of some employees.)

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