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Major Matthews collection
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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.


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.

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...

Unemployment and relief, City of Vancouver

Series consists of documentary material relating to unemployment and relief in Vancouver during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Comprised primarily of news clippings. Also includes photographs, correspondence, and historical accounts compiled...

Street and place names, Vancouver and area

Series consists of index cards containing descriptions which relate to the history of street names, place names, and subject categories pertaining to the City of Vancouver, Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and the B.C. coast. Many of the car...

Miscellaneous copies of documents

Series consists of reproduced copies of documents and includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, advertisements, telegrams, maps, drawings, poetry, various legal documents such as birth, baptismal, and death certificates, etc. The subject rang...


Series consists of documents collected by J.S. Matthews from various sources. The documents relate generally to Matthews' activities and to the history of the City of Vancouver but they share no particular activity- or subject-based relation...

Mayors of Vancouver

Series consists of news clippings relating to 11 different mayors of the City of Vancouver during their respective terms in office. Also includes some correspondence and photographs. Arrangement is chronological.

Major Matthews private papers

Series consists of records created and collected by Matthews in both the private and public spheres of his life. It includes records created early on in Matthews' life in Wales and New Zealand, records created later in Vancouver, during his w...

Maps - convenience copies

Series consists of reproduced copies of maps, plans, charts, and surveys, mainly pertaining to the exploration, history, and development of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, but also including geographic locations outside of this area. Also in...


Series consists of reproduced copies of such items as certificates of merrit, scrolls, telegrams, letters, advertisements, speeches, addresses, voters lists, etc. Also included are photographs and photocopies of photographs featuring civic gifts ...

B.C. Rifle Association

Series consists of records relating to the general administrative, legal, and fiscal matters of the B.C.R.A. Records also relate to the planning of matches, selection of teams, purchase and disposition of awards, and communication with the Domini...

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