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Edward Bulwer-Lytton fonds

  • AM508
  • Fonds
  • 1858

The fonds consists of letters written in 1858 to Sir Bulwer-Lytton from individuals seeking commissions on government appointments in British Columbia.

Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Lytton, Baron

Joe Quan fonds

  • AM1563
  • Fonds
  • 1946-2006

Fonds consists of photographs, audiovisual material and some textual material created or accumulated by Joe Quan. The fonds contains three 16 mm films of the 1958 Chinatown Dragon Parade, the 1960 Chinatown Parade, and Miss Chinatown pageant 1960. Also included in the fonds are photographs relating to the Republic of China (Taiwan)'s participation in the 1959 Pacific National Exhibition (PNE); the 18th Convention of the Canadian Food Processors Association and Parade of Oriental Fashions, 1965; the Year of the Serpent Chinese New Year Festival Banquet, 1965; and the C. Itoh & Co. reception at the Bayshore Inn on December 21, 1966, all arranged into albums. The fonds also includes slides of construction in the 800 block Thurlow Street, circa 1957; the Middle Arm Bridge (Moray Bridge), May 31, 1957; the Royal Visit and the opening of the Deas Island Tunnel, July 1959; a Chow Mein Tea at the Pender YMCA, September 25, 1959; Fashion Parades, February 1960; and a staff Christmas party at Trader Vic’s in 1969. Additional photographs document an event at the Chinese Consulate, circa 1960; UBC student parties in 1953 and 1954; as well as Royal Bank staff parties 1981 to 1997 and Chinese New Year celebrations in 1991. The fonds also includes King Edward High School annuals 1946 to 1949, as well as photographs and a videocassette of the 50th reunion of the class of 1949, and a file of newspaper clippings and photographs pertaining to Sylvia Ablowitz, after whom the Sylvia Hotel was named.

Quan, Joe

Vancouver Festival Society fonds

  • AM328
  • Fonds
  • 1955-1967

The fonds consists of four volumes of minute books, 1955-1964, two with indexes; programs from 1958 to 1963; a script by Lister Sinclair; and nine scrapbooks of newsclippings covering the activities from 1955-1967.

Vancouver Festival Society

A. Bryan Williams collection

  • AM551
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1940

The collection consists of a Bank of British Columbia passbook belonging to A. Bryan Williams, 1891-1902, a map of the Yale District, B.C., 1906, six photographs, including three re hunting and fishing, 1910-1940, and three re hydraulic mining, ca. 1900.

Williams, Arthur Bryan

Austin Harris collection

  • AM550
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1954

The collection consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings re obituaries ca. 1954.

William R. McKay collection

  • AM555
  • Item
  • 1918

The collection consists of Sgt. Instr. William R. McKay's lecture notes re training infantry in musketry and rifle shooting, 1918. No further information is available on Sgt. Instr. McKay.

Donald Gutstein collection

  • AM562
  • Fonds
  • 1977

The collection consists of a letter and photocopied manuscript entitled "Notes Towards a History of the Ward System in Vancouver".

Gutstein, Donald

Sherwood and Evelyn Lett family fonds

  • AM361
  • Fonds
  • 1845, [ca. 1900]-1999

Fonds consists of records of Sherwood Lett including personal papers, 1908-1964, including diaries and correspondence, military papers, 1845, 1914-1965, covering service in World Wars I and II as well as peace-time associations; diplomatic papers, 1947-1955, covering the 1947 Canadian Mission to Japan and the 1954-1955 Canadian participation in the International Commission in Vietnam; judicial papers, 1955-1964, concerning the appointment as Chief Justice to the Supreme Court of B.C. 1955, and as Chief Justice to the B.C. Court of Appeal, 1963; university papers, 1951-1964, including Lett’s election as Chancellor in 1951. In addition, there are scrapbooks, clippings, and a collection of publications, 1916-1965. The fonds also includes photographs depicting the personal, professional, military and academic life of Sherwood Lett.

Fonds also includes records of Evelyn Lett, consisting of a small amount of letters of support for her nomination of the Order of Canada, 1997, a service award, 1998, news clippings and articles, 1975-1976, and a file related to family member Charles Plant.

Lett, Sherwood

Henry Mole fonds

  • AM1676
  • Fonds
  • 1872, 1875-1896, 1898-1908, 1914

The fonds consist of 35 diaries written by Henry Mole from 1872 to 1914. These diaries chronicle the activities of Henry Mole as a pioneer, farmer and alderman. The diaries mainly document the descriptions of weather, family life, work was done on the farm, farm expenses, visitors, church involvement, and interaction with other pioneers. Many of the First Nations people were mentioned in the diaries as they were hired by Henry as farm workers. Additional documentation of Henry’s involvement in the Municipality of South Vancouver as an alderman is included in the diaries from 1894 to 1899. Some diaries include Henry’s cash account and balances. The fonds is arranged into files, with each diary comprising one file. The fonds is missing the diaries of 1873-1874, 1897, and 1909-1913.

Mole, Henry

Gastown Merchants' Association fonds

  • AM565
  • Fonds
  • 1973-1975

The fonds consists of minutes, newsletters, notices of meetings, posters and other promotional brochures for the Gastown Merchants' Association; correspondence, mostly between the city government, the United Fruit Growers and Al Bowen; and plans.

Gastown Merchants' Association

Robert Beaven collection

  • AM566
  • Fonds
  • 1878-1886

The collection consists of two scrapbooks entitled "Mark Twain's Adhesive Scrap Book" patented 1873. Both volumes consist of newspaper cuttings from the Victoria newspapers. They are mainly concerned with political disputes and actions relating to land, finance, railways and labour. Many "Letters to the Editor" are included, also long passages quoting speeches from meetings in the House (B.C.) and other places. It is as if Robert Beaven, the collector of these clippings, were keeping a close watch on what the politicians of his day were thinking and doing, also the public as revealed by Letters to the Editor. Some of the matters discussed include The Chinese (in U.S.A., B.C. and Australia), School Costs (not Vancouver), Burrard Inlet and Queen of Vancouver Island.

Beaven, Robert

Charles Busteed Fowler fonds

  • AM214
  • Fonds
  • 1825, 1874-1940

Fonds consists of records created and received by Fowler in his personal and professional life. Records include invitations, correspondence, notes by Fowler on his various experiences, biographical and genealogical notes, Fowler's will and parting letters to his wife, sketches, and other materials.

Fowler, Major Charles Busteed

Lillian Greig fonds

  • AM577
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1945]

The fonds consists of a manuscript documenting the history of various organizations, buildings and other landmarks in Kitsilano. Some photographs, maps and poetry augment the manuscript.

Greig, Lillian Cope

Edward Lee fonds

  • AM584
  • Fonds
  • microfilmed ca. 1977 (originally created 1928-1937)

The fonds consists of Lee's timebooks.

Lee, Edward

John Blair collection

  • AM585
  • Item
  • 1880

The collection consists of a photocopy of a four-page letter written by John Blair to a friend shortly after his arrival in B.C. in 1880. The letter, dated July 25, describes the journey of his brother and himself and their life after their arrival, including brief comments on working in a fish cannery, countryside and prices encountered.

Marjorie C. Moore collection

  • AM587
  • Item
  • 1977

The manuscript is a study of prostitution in Vancouver using primarily the Police Court calendars and Board of Health minutes.

Emily Pauline Johnson collection (I)

  • AM598
  • Item
  • 1908

The collection consists of a four-page letter written to Ellen M. Webber of Ottawa. It describes Johnson's ill-health after a sea voyage and her recent visit with the recipient of the letter. The letter contains an additional note suggesting that the letter was written in April 1908. However, Johnson was in London, England, when she wrote the letter and she was not in London in April 1908.

Alfred Birch collection

  • AM590
  • Fonds
  • 1914

The material consists of photocopies of a certificate of payment, specifications of work and materials to be used, and a plan of the housing showing seven views.

Birch, Alfred

British Columbia Loggers' Association, Inc. collection

  • AM591
  • Fonds
  • 1943

The material is the declaration of the two associations announcing the presentation of a canoe to the City in March 1943. Jericho Charlie, a Squamish Native Indian, freighted camp supplies to Jerry Rogers, a logger on the Point Grey peninsula in the late 1800s. The supplies were brought from Vancouver across English Bay in a canoe called "Houmiltichesen". This canoe was purchased by the British Columbia Loggers' Association and the Consolidated Red Cedar Shingle Association of British Columbia from August Jack, a stepson of Jericho Charlie, about 1943.

Robert McNair Shingle Company fonds

  • AM593
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1955

The fonds consists of legal documents such as indentures, memoranda of law and statements of fact relating to the operations of the company and a subsequent income tax appeal. There is also a short history of the company.

Robert McNair Shingle Company

Gerald Harris collection

  • AM594
  • Fonds
  • 1977

The collection consists of these three bulletins and the related notes and references. A photograph of salmon gaffed in 1911 from China Creek is located in the photograph collection under CVA 588.

Harris, Gerald

Elizabeth Walsh collection

  • AM597
  • Fonds
  • 1975

The collection consists of the two manuscripts titled "Board of Parks and Public Recreation" and "Shaughnessy".

Walsh, Elizabeth

Manley family collection

  • AM601
  • Fonds
  • 1867-1923

This collection consists of the marriage certificate of C.M. Douglas and Elizabeth Manley, 1909; letter to mother from J.F. Manley, 72nd Battalion re conditions in trenches, France, 1916; notification of J.F. Manley's death, 1917; location of grave, 1923; and Charles S. Douglas' bible dated 1867. Also included in the collection is a legal agreement showing the condition of affairs between the owners of the Vancouver Cremation Society's Crematorium - owners: C.S. Douglas and J.A. McKinney.

William Olsen fonds

  • AM615
  • Fonds
  • 1895-1937

The fonds consists of personal papers, including letters of recommendation; prospectus of Cherry Creek Gold Mining Company, 1901; miniature edition of the Vancouver Sun 1937; correspondence; and photographs of the Olson family, including family portraits and scenes at the Cherry Creek Gold Mining Company.

Olsen, William James

Sidney C. Ells collection

  • AM616
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1967

The collection consists of seven Christmas cards which contain poetry and prose about Canadian history written by Ells.

Thomas D. Kilpatrick collection

  • AM610
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1978

The collection consists of three scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, 1909-1910, relating to the railroads, ships, agriculture and the development in B.C. communities. There are also photocopies of a seniority list of C.P.R. engineers, 1908; pages from "The Geographical Directory of the Railway Officials of America" 1906; a photograph of the C.P.R. Western Lines officers 1906; a 1972 manuscript by William Sharp on the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers; extracts from the minutes of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Div. 320, 1888-1898; and other C.P.R. staff information.

John Emerson fonds

  • AM623
  • Fonds
  • 1948-1968

The fonds contains subject files which consist primarily of incoming correspondence, both personal and business, typescripts of outgoing correspondence to Vera Thompson, receipts, two notebooks with various writings and newspaper clippings.

Emerson, John

Karl Koenig fonds

  • AM626
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 192-]-1979

The fonds consists of poetry, written in German, dealing with personal matters, nature and relief camps, and photographs of Koenig's career as a boat builder and views of Snug Cove, Bowen Island, Brooksmere, Kamloops, Penticton, and Lytton.

Koenig, Karl

Gisela Behm fonds

  • AM630
  • Fonds
  • 1947-1976

The fonds consists of newspaper and magazine articles on Garibaldi Park and the Diamond Head chalet, and correspondence with various government agencies about preserving the chalet and activities in the area.

Behm, Gisela

John James Lennie collection

  • AM625
  • Fonds
  • 1912

The collection consists of two letters of reference, one written by Wilfrid Laurier and the other by Michael Clark, Member of Parliament for Red Deer.

Lennie, John James

Canadian Pacific Air Lines Ltd. fonds : 1936-1972

  • AM416
  • Fonds
  • Microfilmed 1976

The fonds consists of two scrapbooks containing legal agreements, financial statements and corporate data concerning the pre amalgamation firms; typescripts, reports, and speeches on the history and operation of the firm 1944-1968; organizational charts; and correspondence for 1945. Printed items include company newsletters 1942-1944; advertising brochures; clippings; magazine articles, and photographs.

Canadian Pacific Air Lines

Western Sports Centre fonds

  • AM914
  • Fonds
  • 1938-1985

The fonds consists of membership registration forms, which give the name, address, occupation, name of seconder, date of application, and subsequent renewal; account books for purchases and sales of soft drinks, cigarettes, and similar items; and house rules posters.

Western Sports Centre

Flora M. Thompson fonds

  • AM1603
  • Fonds
  • 1970-2003

Fonds consists of photographs primarily showing the decorative wrought iron hand rails at the entrances of houses in the Marpole neighbourhood. Taken at different periods from 1995-2003, Thompson took these photographs specifically to document the wrought iron detailing and many of these buildings have now been demolished. Other photographs included in this fonds show houses on Beach Avenue downtown boarded up for demolition, Kitsilano Showboat performances, and scenes at Vanier Park in winter.

Thompson, Flora M.

Bell-Irving family collection

  • AM1
  • Fonds
  • 1861-1980, 1861-1968 predominant

The fonds consists of primarily of the records of Henry Ogle Bell-Irving, including his diaries (1889-1930), a deed book (1887-1894), address books, scrapbooks (1903-1931), a file of loose clippings which includes a copy of schedule of sundry personal assets and property of H. Bell-Irving (1930), letter-books (1861-1930), and business records of various Bell-Irving firms, including audited accounts and annual reports, A.B.C. Packing Co. Ltd. Vancouver and London (1891-1911), minute books and annual financial reports of the Bell-Irving Insurance Agencies Ltd., (1920-1973), clippings (1920-1931), and the Pacific Fisherman Yearbook (1935).

Also included are three scrapbooks of salmon can labels, summary statistics on company canneries and on the B.C. salmon canning industry, and an H. Bell-Irving and Co. Private Cipher Code (1912) and annual financial reports. There is also material relating to the management of the estate of Henry Bell Irving in Scotland. This includes document copy books, financial reports, a journal, a ledger and a cash book. Also included is a family tree compiled in ca. 1980 and a logbook dated 1907-1909 from the "Beatrice". Photographs depict workers and a group portrait of industry businessmen. Other photographs pertain primarily to Duncan Bell-Irving's aviation career during World War 1 and to the wartime experiences of his brothers Malcolm (Mick), Roderick and Richard who were also officers, and sister Isabel, a volunteer nurse in a London military hospital.

Bell-Irving family

John E. Walker collection

  • AM346
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1966

The collection consists of photocopies of a memoir written by Dr. John E. Walker about J.A.R. Homer and a scrapbook.

Walker, John E.

Vancouver Poetry Writers' Group collection

  • AM344
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1925

The collection consists of two scrapbook anthologies, one anthology of "Verses from a Surgeon's Diary" by Lacklan Macmillan and five booklets containing poetry by members of the group.

Vancouver Poetry Writers' Group

Simon Mackenzie fonds

  • AM345
  • Fonds
  • 1915

The fonds consists of correspondence, 1915, relating to designs for portable housing and an anti-submarine boom utilizing B.C. cedar, which S.F. Mackenzie was offering to the Imperial forces.

Mackenzie, Simon F.

A.J. Ingram collection

  • AM347
  • Fonds
  • 1917

The collection consists of photocopies of two newsclippings and a letter relating to the sinking of the British transport "Cameronia" in the Mediterranean in April 1917.

Ingram, A.J.

Dorothy Burnett collection

  • AM348
  • Item
  • 1905

The collection consists of an Agreeement of Sale for the north half of Lot 1 of Block 5 of District Lot 185.

Willson E. Knowlton collection

  • AM350
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1884

The collection consists of miscellaneous papers, primarily agreements and financial papers, relating to the Chinese on the west coast of North America from 1858-1884. The donor also included notes on the collection.

Knowlton, Willson E.

Mrs. C.T. Major collection

  • AM352
  • Item
  • 1909-1955

The collection consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings re Vancouver pioneer families. It includes several articles on individuals connected with the fishing industry - Robert Draney, George Alexander, William Henry Barker, John Rowan and Charles Splan, and a list of B.C. salmon packed, 1897.

Marpole Baptist Church collection

  • AM355
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1973

The collection consists of excerpts from organizational meetings for the establishment of a Baptist Church at Eburne, 1910-1911, history of the church, 1911-1961, general information and photographs.

Marpole Baptist Church

Eric Chown fonds

  • AM422
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1968

The fonds consists of four scrapbooks assembled by Chown. Two of them cover his tenure with the Citizenship Court (1960-1968), another deals with the War Savings Committee (1940-1942), and the last contains certificates of distinction presented to Chown as well as clippings, programs, photographs (of Kiwanis Club activities and Barbara Ann Scott) relating to the Chown family, Samuel Dwight Chown, and the United Church.

Chown, Eric Vickers

Stephen Golder collection

  • AM265
  • Item
  • 1928

The collection consists of a letter written to Stephen Golder by Will Ferris in November 1928 containing information about the S.S. "Beaver".

Ralph Dorland collection

  • AM266
  • Item
  • 1858

The collection consists of a copy of the certificate of marriage issued 26 October 1858 to Stephen Henry Dorland and Mary Jane Greene of Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Placer Development Limited fonds

  • AM575
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1973

The fonds consists of minutes from various inactive mining companies associated with Placer Development Limited including American Placers Inc., 1937-1951; Asnazu Gold Dredging Limited, 1934-1952; Birkett Creek Mine Operations Ltd., 1958-1963; Centennial Mines Ltd., 1956 1962; Nechi Consolidated Dredging Limited, 1936-1955; and insurance analyses of Placer Development Limited, subsidiary and associated companies, 1962, and Canadian Exploration Limited, 1954. Additional records show share allotments and issuance of Bulolo Gold Dredging Ltd. of New Guinea, 1930 1952. Also included are minutes styled W. A. Freeman (predating Placer's incorporation) 1926-1931; and minutes 1931-1973, and 1937-1943.

Placer Development

Badminton Hotel fonds

  • AM395
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1898

The fonds consists of the guest register (1897-1898) of the Badminton Hotel.

Badminton Hotel (Vancouver, B.C.)

British Columbia Telephone Company fonds

  • AM339
  • Fonds
  • 1871-1966

The fonds consists of a company history, 1870-1939; McMicking letterbooks, 1871-1911; financial records of various telephone companies, 1885-1960; engineers' field books, 1912-1966; newspaper clippings, 1891-1907; general records, 1903 -1954; commercial surveys 1929 -1950; and photographs, [ca. 1915] -1954.
The fonds is arranged into 8 series: British Columbia Telephone Company commercial survey, Engineers field books, Financial records of various telephone companies, General records, Historical records, Newspaper clippings, Robert Burns McMicking letterbooks, and photographs.

British Columbia Telephone Company

British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority

  • AM322
  • Fonds
  • 1974

The collection consists of a brief history and also outlines electric rates, gas service, passenger transportation, financing and organization.

British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority

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