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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 ...

[Archives of Vancouver Society]

File consists of records of the Archives of Vancouver Society, including its constitution, meeting minutes, correspondence, newspaper clipping, and membership mailing lists. Includes a copyright certificate for the British Columbia Historical Quar...

J.S. Matthews - Good Citizen, 1957

File consists of records relating to Major Matthews being awarded the Native Sons of British Columbia's Good Citizen Medal in 1957. Includes congratulatory correspondence, Matthews' pamphlet "The Good Citizen Medal, Vancouver, Canad...

Lord Stanley statue and statuette - 1954-1956

File consists of materials relating to the Lord Stanley Statue. Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, the April 1954 issue of The Buzzer, the Board of Parks resolution regarding the statue, 7 photographs of memorials, and a map of the loca...

Newspaper clippings

File consists of newspaper clippings from the Morning Star, the Province, the Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver News-Herald, and the Kitsilano Times between the period 1918 to 1957.

St. Albans School - Christ Church, NZ

File consists of records relating to the anniversary of St. Albans School that J.S. Matthews attended. Includes correspondence, a souvenir booklet for St. Albans School's 80th Anniversary, and the St. Albans School News.

The rape of the archives

File consists of materials relating to what Major Matthews terms "The Rape of the Archives"--that is, the City of Vancouver's resolutions to take control of the Archives. Includes correspondence and an account of the event written b...

[Captain George Vancouver's grave - repairs]

File consists of correspondence relating to repairs on Captain George Vancouver's grave. Includes the June 1962 issue of the British Columbia News Letter, a receipt for Major Matthews' check for the perpetual care and maintenance of Capt...

Freeman of Vancouver - scroll and casket

File consists of records relating to J.S. Matthews being granted the freedom of the city or documents created around that time. Includes catalogues of Shaw and Son's seals and caskets, correspondence, and pioneer pamphlets.

J.S. Matthews vault - 402 West Pender

File consists of receipts and correspondence relating to the rental of a safety deposit vault at 402 West Pender. A letter from Matthews states that he arranged a fake robbery from the vault in 1959 in order to make a point to the rental firm abou...

Lord Stanley statue - important letters - 1949-1960

File consists of correspondence relating to the Lord Stanley statue, including preparations for its erection, a list of subscribng donors, 7 photographs of memorials, a catalogue of Lithichrome materials, an advertisement for donor subscriptions, ...

West Vancouver - historical records

File consists of correspondence from J.S. Matthews to West Vancouver, requesting an address list for West Vancouver Municipal Council Members. Includes the municipal clerk's reply and the requested list.

"Narvaez, Discoverer of Rio Blancho, 1791"

File consists of correspondence and newspaper clippings relating to Matthews' manuscript "Narvaez, Discoverer of Rio Blancho, 1791". Includes the July 1951 issue of the British Columbia News Letter, in which Matthews' ideas abo...

[Allison piano - early B.C. piano - 1860]

File consists of records relating to Matthews obtaining the piano of an early British Columbia pioneer family, the Allisons, in 1860. Includes an article about pianos of the pioneers from the 1954 issue of The Beaver, and correspondence relating t...

Lord Stanley statue - the threat - All Fools Day, 1960

File consists of records relating to the issue of the placement of the Lord Stanley Statue, particularly its location and its base. Includes incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence discussing the issue, the shipping order for the statue, an...

Stanley statue - after unveiling

File consists of records created after the unveiling of the Lord Stanley Statue, incluing the dedication pamphlet, incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence, and magazine clippings.

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