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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 Hall.


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.

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.


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 works activities, lumbering and lumber mills, shipbuilding, bridges, First Nations of British Columbia, and the Canadian Pacific Railway.

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 early scenes within and outside Vancouver, pioneers, community leaders and activities, business and industry, government, social and family activities, celebrations, military and any topic the correspondent wished to convey to Matthews.

Topical files

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

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).

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, stocks and bonds, pension records, property documents, bank account records and correspondence relating to financial matters. Also includes the financial records of some of Major Matthews' public endeavors, such as the Lord Stanley Statue Trust, the Larsen Statue account, the Archives of Vancouver Society bank account, and the City Archives Endowment Fund.

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.

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. Includes the vital records of Major Matthews and family, such as birth, death, and marriage certificates.

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.

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, sawmills, shipping, ship building, pulp and paper, fishing, canneries, mining and agriculture), transportation (railways, ships and automobiles), landscapes and ocean views, waterfronts, harbours and docks, views, houses, buildings, group portraits (military, police, associations, conventions, employees, and social groups), sports and recreation. Geographic areas represented include: Vancouver, Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley, British Columbia and Alberta.

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 to the public, and the City Archives of Vancouver. Includes correspondence to public or private figures associated with Matthews' business matters and photographs of public subjects.