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City of Vancouver Archives pamphlet collection

  • AM1519
  • Fonds

Collection consists of published items collected by the City of Vancouver Archives. The items in this collection document many of the social and cultural events which have taken place in and around the City of Vancouver from 1860 to the present, and include: brochures, programs, advertising broadsheets, political commentaries, calling cards, menus and more.

Arthur Smith fonds

  • AM530
  • Fonds
  • 1873-1954

The fonds consists of business and personal correspondence of Arthur Gordon Smith, his father Marcus Smith and other family members; business records pertaining to Smith's law practice and the Land Registry Office; stock certificates and other records pertaining to Smith's holdings in various companies; and legal documents pertaining to Smith's property and estate. Some of the personal correspondence pertains to Smith's travels to the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush and his participation in action during the Louis Riel rebellion.

Smith, Arthur Gordon

Phyllis Salter fonds

  • AM1058
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900]-1970

The fonds includes photographs, biographical pamphlets, concert programmes and posters, certificates, photographs, and newsclippings relating to Phyllis Salter's career as a concert pianist. The fonds also includes photographs of the Salter family and the family home, as well as documents pertaining to the career of Phyllis Salter's father, Percy John Salter, who worked as the president and general manager of the Vancouver Sun.

Salter, Phyllis

Jane Wolsak fonds

  • AM1681
  • Fonds
  • 1998-2010

The fonds consists of fifteen sketchbooks containing courtroom illustrations done by Jane Wolsak. The sketches depict participants in civil and criminal proceedings in both provincial and federal courts held in the greater Vancouver region between 1998 and 2010. Some of the sketches were licensed to newspapers and television news broadcasters for inclusion in their reporting.
Wolsak covered many high profile trials during this period, including the trials of Kelly Ellard and Warren Glowatski for the murder of Reena Kirk; Ajaib Singh Bagri, Ripudaman Singh Malik and Inderjit Singh Reyat for the Air India bombings; and Robert ‘Willie’ Picton for the murders of twenty-seven women. Complete listings of the covered trials are included in the respective descriptions for the individual sketchbooks.

Wolsak, Jane

Tom Grant fonds

  • AM1659
  • Fonds
  • 1967-1976

Fonds consists of photographs showing primarily views of downtown Vancouver including prominent buildings, aerial views, commercial and residential properties, as well as the Larwill Park area, and the phases of construction for the former Westcoast Transmission building at 1333 West Georgia Street. The fonds also includes a few photographs from over Vancouver locations, including along Broadway and aerial views of different parts of the city.

Robert Kerr fonds

  • AM35
  • Fonds
  • 1884-1885

The fonds consists of the ship's log, which includes entries from Liverpool to Panama, Panama to Victoria, Victoria to Burrard's Inlet, and San Juan Island.

Robert Kerr (Ship)

Gordon Brown fonds

  • AM376
  • Fonds
  • 1887-1984

The fonds consists of biographical information, correspondence, clippings, a minute book of the Greater Vancouver Communities Council, minutes of the Beach Avenue Memorial Association, a scrapbook, cake tops, maps, publications, tapes and photographs. Photographs depict Brown Bros. Bakery, family, friends, and scenery of Vancouver.

Brown, Stephen Gordon

John Leckie fonds

  • AM45
  • Fonds
  • 1869-1955

The fonds consists of diaries, 1894-1895; personal correspondence, 1869-1955, the earliest of which concerns several members of the Leckie family; business correspondence, 1910-1947; photographs of military and other subjects, maps, and mining surveys; printed works, 1881-1951; clippings of military events, mining news and the Cocos Island Venture; and two scrapbooks of clippings, one of the Leckie family's history, the other of World War I.

Leckie, John Edwards

John Davidson fonds

  • AM505
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1978

The fonds consists of typescripts and notes to public addresses delivered by Davidson on a number of topics, 1912-1951; scientific notes on botany; religious notes on Davidson's work with the Baptist Church, 1934-1945; typescript essays; correspondence; scrapbooks of clippings 1897- 1975; and photographs.

Davidson, John

King Edward High School collection

  • AM1010
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1983

The collection consists of King Edward High School yearbooks, publications, news clippings, and photographs. The collection also includes photographs and news clippings related to the Vancouver Community College King Edward Campus.

King Edward High School

City of Vancouver Archives postcard collection

  • AM1052
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1864]-1980

Collection consists of postcards of families, individuals, street scenes, neighbourhoods, buildings, ceremonial occasions, social events, sports, business, transportation, and military subjects pertaining to mainly to Vancouver and other cities in Bristish Columbia and other provinces.

George Small fonds

  • AM373
  • Fonds
  • 1906-1948

Fonds consists of family photographs depicting numerous locations in the Lower Mainland. New Westminster features prominently with photographs of Queens Park, The Woodlands Asylum, and the Small residence. Also present are photographs of Vancouver and Crescent Beach, Surrey. Also includes Christmas cards and memorials of Arthur Small's funeral in 1933 and George's in 1936.

Small, George

Amy Leigh fonds

  • AM1400
  • Fonds
  • 1921, 1938, 1941-1945, [2000 or 2001]

Fonds contains records pertaining to the Women's Ambulance Corps, including photographs, issues of the Corps' newsletter, newsclippings and a WAC broach. Fonds also includes an album of photographs taken on a trail ride to Tweedsmuir Park in 1938, two photographs of Stanley Park (1921), biographical information on Amy Leigh, and other materials.

Leigh, Amy

George Maxwell fonds

  • AM81
  • Fonds
  • 1861-[ca. 1900]

The fonds consists of Maxwell's essays and sermons along with photographs of the Synod of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, taken in 1861, and a photograph of Maxwell taken at a church picnic in the 1890s.

Maxwell, George Ritchie

Bloomfield family fonds

  • AM973
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1880]-1986

The fonds consists of the papers and artworks of James Blomfield, as well as extensive research notes and other papers relating to him; the papers and artworks of Edgar Bloomfield, which include some information relating to the Interior Land Syndicate and the Canada Power Generating Machine Co. Ltd.; records of Joan Bloomfield, including her recollections of her childhood and family life, as well as extensive papers on her work during World War II, and files relating to her postwar search for employment and career, including work on the Kemano project. The fonds also contains extensive research records on James Blomfield compiled by Doris Munroe. The fonds also contains lantern slides depicting family events, Bloomfield at work, and examples of stained glass. The fonds is arranged in 6 series: James Blomfield papers; Emily Caroline "Cara" Tompson collection; Books; Doris Munroe research files; Joan Bloomfield collection and Artworks.

Bloomfield family

Western Art Circle fonds

  • AM1635
  • Fonds
  • 1951-2013

The fonds consists of administrative records, exhibition files, correspondence, minutes and reports documenting the operation of the Western Art Circle. The fonds also contains photographs, history files, and scrapbooks which were collected by the Association to preserve historical information of the Western Art Circle.

The fonds is arranged into the following series: Administrative files (1951-2012), Financial records (1994-2011), History records (1952-2013), Exhibition files (1961-2010) and Photograph albums (1962-2011).

Western Art Circle

Kerrisdale Community Centre Society fonds

  • AM1678
  • Fonds
  • 1943-2000

Fonds consists of records relating to the operation of the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society. Record types include incorporation certificates, newspaper clippings, annual reports, financial statements, board meeting minutes and standing committee minutes.

The fonds has been organized into the following series: Point Grey Community Centre Society meeting minutes, Kerrisdale Community Centre Society meeting minutes, Publications and scrapbooks, and annual reports and financial statements.

Kerrisdale Community Centre Society

Jean F. Tener collection

  • AM477
  • File
  • 1863-1945

The scrapbook contains chiefly newspaper clippings on poetry, Chester B. Macneill, a prominent Vancouver lawyer, and on Vancouver's social circle in the 1940s. There are miscellaneous letters and notes relating to poetry and C.B. Macneill.

C.B.K. Van Norman fonds

  • AM755
  • Fonds
  • 1930-1955

The fonds consists of over 500 sets of architectural drawings executed between the years 1930 and 1955. The majority of the plans are for buildings in the Greater Vancouver area. The fonds is arranged by job.

C.B.K. Van Norman, Architect

E.C. Horwood Collection

  • AM787
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1913

The collection consists of architectural drawings by the architectural firms Burke, Horwood and White, and Horwood and White for the Hudson's Bay Company store building located at on West Georgia Street. The records principally document additions to the building, designed in 1925 and constructed in 1925 and 1926, which brought the building up to its modern footprint.

The collection includes preliminary, construction and as-built drawings pertaining to the 1925 addition and 1926 replacement of original 1893 building on the site. The drawings are primarily mechanical, HVAC, plumbing and electrical drawings, though the collection does contain some drawings of architectural designs. The drawings are depicted as floor plans, elevations, sections, details and schematic diagrams.

The drawings include reference copies of drawings from the construction of the 1913 addition to the 1893 store, the earliest part of the building still standing. The collection also includes a watercolour rendering of the store done at or after the completion of the building.

Burke, Horwood & White

Harold Merilees fonds

  • AM426
  • Fonds
  • 1930-1972

The fonds consists of correspondence, reports, photographs, clippings, and pamphlets relating to Merilees public relations work on various projects and relating to Merilees' position in the Provincial Legislature. Photographs depict Merilees' professional activities with the B.C. Electric Railway Company and the Vancouver Board of Trade as well as views pertaining to victory bond drives and the 1958 B.C. centennial celebrations.

Merilees, Harold James

Native Sons of British Columbia, Vancouver Post No. 2 fonds

  • AM334
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1981

The fonds consists of minutes, general correspondence, constitutions and by-laws, membership, finance, group photographs of members, subject files, publications, and an extensive file of clippings on B.C. history. Also included is a set of blueprint plans entitled "Maritime Museum and Arctic Circle" submitted in 1957 to the Vancouver Centennial Committee for British Columbia's Centennial.

Native Sons of British Columbia. Post No. 2 (Vancouver, B.C.)

Bertram Emery fonds

  • AM303
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1897]-1971

The fonds consists of personal papers, 1897-1971; pharmaceutical items; narcotics registers, 1937-1971; references to community, especially Kitsilano, business, 1935-1969; photographs of interiors and exteriors of drugstores in Vancouver and Victoria, scenery in Stanley Park, and various civic-related events, including Kitsilano Days; texts of C-FUN City Hall reports, 1963-1965; records pertaining to Park Board activities, 1948-1950, 1962 1964; City Council minutes, correspondence, special references, 1960-1965. The records have been arranged into two subseries: Private papers and Civic papers.

Emery, Bertram

Expo 86 collection

  • AM1006
  • Fonds
  • 1985

The collection consists of microfilmed copies of Expo 86 site plans. These include specification books and tender inquiries. Specific EXPO sites include: International Pavilion, Monorail Stations, and the Expo Theatre. An index is provided.

British Columbia Enterprise Corporation

City of Vancouver Archives library collection

  • Fonds

The City of Vancouver Archives library collection is meant to complement our archival holdings. The collection's primary purpose is to support research at the Archives by staff and patrons. It contains books on British Columbia history especially those that focus on the history of the Greater Vancouver area and the people who live and work there. Special topics in the collection include books on forestry and fishing and other books that explore the economic history of the City of Vancouver. The collection also includes current Archival practical and academic resources as well as more than five hundred monographs collected and annotated by the first City Archivist, Major James Skitt Matthews.

McGeer family fonds

  • AM958
  • Fonds
  • 1885-1987

The fonds consists of correspondence, certificates, and photographs relating to Gerald Gratton McGeer and his family.

McGeer family

Murrin family fonds

  • AM1202
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1930-1950]

The fonds consists of photographs of "The Gables", the Murrin family home and gardens in Vancouver. The fonds also includes an etching of the Murrin family garden.

Murrin family

Vancouver Little Theatre Association fonds

  • AM41
  • Fonds
  • [1933] - 1986

The fonds includes the following series: Administrative records (1931-1986), which includes minutes, financial records, general correspondence, and related materials; Bulletins, newsletters, histories and promotional materials (1924-1985); Dominion Drama Festival (1933-1971), which includes correspondence, minutes, reports, programmes and other records pertaining to the Festival; Newspaper clippings; Other theatres and associations (1833-1983), including records pertaining to various British Columbian drama festivals, the Metropolitan Theatre Society, the Vancouver Shakespeare Festival Society and other festivals and organizations; Photographs, including publicity portraits, cast photographs and production photographs; Productions (1966-1974), including administrative and other records arranged by individual productions; Programmes (1921-1977); Scrapbooks (1907-1964); and Scripts.

Vancouver Little Theatre Association

Will Koop fonds

  • AM1586
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1881-2008]

The fonds consists of reports written by Will Koop concerning the protection of forest and public drinking water sources of the Greater Vancouver watersheds. These include Greater Vancouver Regional District - GVRD (currently named Metro Vancouver Regional District) records of Water Committee minutes, Water and Waste Committee minutes, reports, legal records, and results of Freedom of Information requests. In addition to records from GVRD, records collected from various archives institutions including Library and Archives of Canada, BC Archives, UBC Special Collection, and the City of Vancouver Archives, are included. Records from other environmental organizations and activists are also represented in the fonds.

The fonds is arranged into the following series: Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) meeting minutes
(1968-2004), Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and Will Koop reports [ca. 1931-2004], Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve files (1983-2003), Correspondence (1991-2004), Logging and water quality files (1915-2000), Mark Wareing files (1984-1996), General files on Greater Vancouver Watersheds and forest of British Columbia (1908-1995), Coquitlam watershed files (1893-2002), Forest Hydrology research files (1955-1998), SPEC Campaign and public input files (1988-2002).

Koop, Will

Vancouver County Loyal Orange Lodge No.1 fonds

  • AM1485
  • Fonds
  • 1889-1996

The fonds consists of administrative records, reports, correspondence, minutes, membership registers and publications documenting the operation of the Vancouver County Loyal Orange Lodge No.1. The fonds also contains records created by the affiliated primary lodges and organizations, as well as records of the Grand Orange Lodge of British Columbia.

The fonds is arranged into the following series: Vancouver County Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1 records (1921-1995), Primary lodges of Vancouver County records (1905-1996), Vancouver Royal Black Preceptory No. 802 records (1902-1996), Non-affiliated lodges records (1899-1986), Grand Orange Lodge of British Columbia records (1903-1993), Reports and publications (1928-1996), Certificates and Photographs (1889-1990).

Vancouver County Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1

Vancouver Civic New Democrats fonds

  • AM1561
  • Fonds
  • 1985-2003, predominant 1986 - 1992

The fonds consists of meeting minutes, constitutions, election planning files, candidate files, correspondence, member kits and financial records documenting the operation of the organization. The fonds has been organized into the following series: Administrative records, and election campaign files.

Vancouver Civic New Democrats

William Turner fonds

  • AM583
  • Fonds
  • 1907, 1923-1956

The fonds consists primarily of photographs. There is also an account book, 1923-1935; a certificate of inspection for the ship Lorna Doone, 1907; and clippings.

Turner, William Harold

Grassie Jewellers fonds

  • AM971
  • Fonds
  • 1886-1909

The fonds consists of Grassie's store ledger for the period 1891-1892 and 1902-1904, as well as photographs of W.H. Grassie and his wife and views of the store.

Grassie, W.H.

Queen Mary's Coronation Hostel fonds

  • AM55
  • Fonds
  • 1903-1954

The fonds consists of early organizational letters, Hostel correspondence, letters of introduction, and monthly reports, 1910-1939; financial statements, 1921-1954; published items, 1913-1932; a registration book, 1912-1936; a voucher journal which records the running expenses of the Hostel, 1912-1928; and 7 photographs, 1903-ca.1947.

Queen Mary's Coronation Hostel

Fraser Valley Milk Producers' Association fonds

  • AM310
  • Fonds
  • 1901-1978, 1981

The fonds contains minutes, milk agreements, membership records, financial papers, published records, ledgers, a membership index, manuals of operation, pamphlets, historical manuscripts and ephemera, speeches by Dan Nicholson (President of the Association), papers relating to the British Columbia Royal Commission on Milk (1954-1955), and transcripts of interviews with pioneers. Also included are scrapbooks, audio tapes of annual meetings, and photographs. The fonds also includes records of Royal Dairies Limited (originally Young Hoy Limited). Photographs in the fonds depict the construction of the Burnaby plant (1962-1963) and various photographs pertaining to the Association and the Fraser Valley in general. The fonds is arranged into 23 series.

Fraser Valley Milk Producers' Association

Hamber family fonds

  • AM1036
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1850-1987]

The fonds consists of records of the Hamber and Hendry families and of Eric Hamber including photographs, films, manuscripts and fine art. The photographs, 1880-1985, consist primarily of professional studio portraiture and the manuscript material consists primarily of souvenirs or memorabilia. Photographs depict the Hamber and Hendry families and Eric Hamber's life as an international financier, B.C. Lieutenant Governor, industrialist, athlete, and rancher. The films are primarily home movies that depict a range of social activities in which the Hamber family was involved. Two films are newsreel items documenting a polo game for BC Challenge Trophy and the visit of Governor General his excellency the Right Honourable the Earl of Bessborough, PC, GCMC, and her excellency the Countess of Bessborough to the Britannia Mines on board of Eric Hamber's yacht.

Hamber family

Grippo family fonds

  • AM1269
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1959

Fonds consists mainly of official documents relating to the immigration and citizenship status of Giovanni Grippo and his son Theodore. Document types include immigration and naturalization documents, citizenship papers, one Italian passport, marriage certificates, and correspondence relating to company service and retirement benefits. Fonds also include photographs and two religious prints.

Grippo family

Kitsilano Information Centre Society fonds

  • AM642
  • Fonds
  • 1969-1976

The fonds consists of administrative and information records for various groups associated with the Centre. These include correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, newsletters, agendas, and photographs.

Kitsilano Information Centre Society

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation fonds

  • AM1556
  • Fonds
  • 1959-2005; predominant 1969-2005

Fonds consists of annual reports, budgets, meeting minutes, policies, correspondence, court records, proposals, research reports, publications, and subject files generated by SPEC in the course of carrying out its functions and activities. Arranged into the following series: administrative and financial records; board minutes and committee records; correspondence; court proceedings; directors files; projects, programs and events; reports, publications and newspapers; research and inquiry files; subject files.

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation

Kerrisdale Historical Society fonds

  • AM980
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1862-2005]

The fonds consists of administrative records, project files, correspondence, minutes and reports documenting the operation of the Society. The fonds also contains historical photographs, topical reference files, films and oral history tapes which were collected by the Society to preserve historical information of Kerrisdale community.

The fonds is arranged into the following series: Herbert Elwyn Addington Photographs (1949-1981), Administrative files (ca. 1983-2005), and Topical files (ca. 1900-1995).

Kerrisdale Historical Society

City of Vancouver Archives documentary art collection

  • AM1562
  • Fonds
  • 1822 - 2010

The City of Vancouver Archives documentary art collection consists of visual art works relating to the social, political, cultural and artistic history of Vancouver. Items in the collection include original works of art (acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings; drawings; cartoons; and illuminations), original prints, and sculptures.

The works in the City of Vancouver Archives documentary art collection are differentiated from other categories of art by their emphasis on factual, objective representation rather than conceptual or interpretive representation. Each item in the collection represents a notable person, site, or event.

Vancouver (B.C.). Archives

William May Fraser collection

  • AM830
  • Fonds
  • 1911

The collection consists of steward, reception committee and judge ribbons for the Annual Scottish Games, 1911.

Municipal History Society fonds

  • AM715
  • Fonds
  • 1955-1976

The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, notes and published items. There are papers from J.T. Cork relating to Cassiar and Hastings-Sunrise area issues; records from the Lower Mainland Metro Council of Ratepayers; notes and correspondence of Mrs. Alice Mackenzie documenting her protests over property assessment practices; records of the Vancouver Central Council of Ratepayers; and cassette tape recordings of interviews.

Municipal History Society (Vancouver, B.C.)

Co-op Radio fonds

  • AM1549
  • Fonds
  • 1967-2008

Fonds consists primarily of recordings of Vancouver Co-op Radio spoken word programs including The Lesbian Show, Woman Vision, Brown Bagger, Redeye, Soundwalking and various other shows covering diverse content such as local and international news; politics; activism; war and peace; environmental work; grassroots and Indigenous organizing; arts and culture; and literary readings.
Also included in the fonds are published program guides and four video recordings showing news segments about Co-op Radio and Co-op Radio events and happenings.

Vancouver Co-operative Radio

Harry Patten Archibald fonds

  • AM256
  • Fonds
  • 1853-1972; predominant 1904-1972

The fonds consists of records created and received by Harry Patten Archibald in the course of: his work with Bayfield and Archibald consulting engineers; his involvement in the production of weapons for the First World War; and from his personal activities. Records include correspondence, business files, subject files, financial records, diaries, notebooks, newspaper clippings, publications, drawings, photographs, and other records. Fonds contains four series: 1) Bayfield and Archibald consulting records; 2) Weapons manufacturing records; 3) Harry Patten Archibal personal records; and 4) Photographs containing three subseries.

Archibald, Harry Patten

Margaret Bulman fonds

  • AM910
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1927

The fonds consists of Bulman's account books and correspondence.

Bulman, Margaret

Eva Matsuzaki collection

  • AM833
  • Fonds
  • 1972-1974

Collection consists of records documenting the early study phase of the project to re-purpose the old provincial court house which eventually resulted in creation of the present home of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Records consist of a photographic survey of the interior and exterior prior to renovations, a two-part feasibility report prepared for the City in 1974, and architectural drawings of the courthouse from original construction through a number of additions and renovations to the early 1970s.

Matsuzaki, Eva

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