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L.D. Taylor family fonds

  • AM1477
  • Fonds
  • 1827-1932

Fonds consists of records of the Taylor and Pierce families. The fonds has been divided into three sousfonds according to the three dominant creators: L.D. Taylor sousfonds (1873-1946), Ted Taylor sousfonds (1919-1959), and the O.J. Pierce (1831 -1939) sousfonds. The fonds includes records relating to the professional activities of family members, including L.D. Taylor's mayoral career and newspaper and mining business interests; Ted Taylor's career as a journalist and Hollywood press agent; Ken Taylor's career as a journalist and his service in the Second World War; and O.J. Pierce's career as an architect and his American Civil War service. Records also document the relationships between family members, their financial affairs and property ownership, education, and activities in general. Records documenting the civic administration and development of Vancouver, 1896 to 1946, may be found in the L.D. Taylor sousfonds and in the Correspondence series of the Ted Taylor and Osborne J. Pierce sousfonds. Some records in the Ted Taylor sousfonds pertain to Mary Louise Taylor, and the Pierce, Beaton and Werbel families. The O.J. Pierce sousfonds includes some records created by Annie, Winifred and Caroline Pierce. Document types include correspondence, photographs, newspapers and clippings, notebooks, financial and legal records, business records, publications, reports, ephemera, architectural drawings, paintings and sketches, poetic works, book drafts, drama scripts, political cartoons, date books, note books, stock certificates and artifacts.

Taylor family, Louis Denison

Correspondence and subject files

Series consists of files of records accumulated by L.D. Taylor pertaining to his activities as Mayor, political affairs, issues, and events in Vancouver, his business interests and activities, his property holdings, his family and friends, and his personal activities and interests. The series includes mayoral correspondence files for the years 1910 to 1911, arranged alphabetically. Other correspondence includes letters from Ted and Ken Taylor and other family members pertaining to their careers and activities. Files organized according to subject pertain to issues that Taylor dealt with in his political career, such as the single tax, policing, unions, water supply, False Creek lands, and bridges; his business interests; and his personal and family life. Some files contain notes made by Ted Taylor after L.D.'s death.

Document types include correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, contracts, leases and other legal and financial documents, election material, reports, political cartoons, date books, note books, and ephemera.

[Theodore P. Taylor]

Photograph is a professionally taken full-length portrait showing Theodore Taylor, aged twelve, standing with a bicycle on the sidewalk.


File includes fifteen photographs, personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, a program and a blueprint political cartoon.

[Captain Glover, Major [Tudhope?] M.C, and Mayor L.D. Taylor at Jericho Beach Station before seaplane flight]

Photograph shows (from left to right): Captain Glover of the B.C. Electric Railway Company, Major [Tudhope] and Mayor L.D. Taylor dressed in flight gear standing in front of a seaplane at the Jericho Beach Station. An article in the March 6, 1939 The Daily Province states that this was Taylor's first flight.

[Mayor's secretary George Fitch, Mayor L.D. Taylor, Major [Tudhope?], Captain Glover and unidentified man standing on the beach at the Jericho Beach Station after flight in seaplane]

Photograph shows (from left to right): George Fitch, unidentified man (with back to camera), Mayor L.D. Taylor, Major [Tudhope] and Captain Glover. An article in the March 6, 1939 The Daily Province states that this was Taylor's first flight.


File includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, campaign material, a photograph and ephemera.


File includes newspaper clippings concerning L.D. Taylor's activities as Mayor and his illness, correspondence, campaign material, five photographs, a date book and municipal financial statements. File also includes both original and photographic reproductions of political cartoons by R.L. Halstead and Fitzmaurice.


File includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, an election pamphlet and address relating to Taylor's campaign for the position of alderman, financial receipts, lists and a souvenir program for the "Coronation Torchlight Tattoo and Military Display by 1st Veteran's Battalion, July 1st, 1937." File also includes draft newspaper articles by Taylor and entire issues of The New Deal, Vol. 1, No. 2 (April 2, 1937) and Vol. 1, No. 37 (December 3, 1937), as well as partial issues for April 16, April 30, and May 7.

[19]20 L.D.T.

File consists of a copy of a memorandum of agreement between John William Patterson and Defiance Wharves Limited, January 24, 1920.


File includes financial records for the Vancouver Oil & Mining Record and a certificate of encumberance for Lot 191.


File includes twenty-three photographs, correspondence, a report, newspaper clippings, financial receipts, and a program for "Canada's Diamond Jubilee, 1867-1927: Port banquet dedicated to the opening of C.P.R. piers 'B-C', Monday , the fourth of July." Includes two photographs of children inscribed to L.D. Taylor.

[L.D. Taylor's goddaughter Mildred]

Photograph is a full-length studio portrait of L.D. Taylor's goddaughter Mildred, age 2 years. Inscription on photograph reads: "To her godfather. From Mildred, age 2 years, 1927."

[Mary Louise Taylor]

Inscription on back of photograph reads: "To Grand Daddy Taylor with love from his Mary-Louise, August 1927."

[Opening ceremony for C.P.R. Piers B and C]

Photograph shows the passing of a scroll tied with ribbon between Mayor L.D. Taylor and C.A. Cotterell, General Superintendent for the B.C. District of the C.P.R. E.W. Beatty, C.P.R. President and Chairman watches.

City Council 1933

Group portrait. Men identified (left to right): Standing: A.C. Cowan, W. Deptford, W. Loat, J.J. McRae, A.G. Harvey, J. H. Shinnick, L.D. McDonald, W.W. Smith. Sitting: H.J. DeGraves, R.N. Fraser, Louis D. Taylor, Myor, J.W. Twiss, G.C. Miller.
Inscription by L.D. Taylor on verso of photograph reads: "Will there be 1931 unity of w[estern] Canada to demand Ottawa act on public works for unemployment?"

The retreat, Mashobra

Photograph is one of nine photographs adhered to a card created by Lord and Lady Willingdon in commemoration of Lord Willingdon's retirement as Governor General in 1931. The card is titled "Lest You Forget."

Viceroy's house, New Dehli

Photograph is one of nine photographs adhered to a card created by Lord and Lady Willingdon in commemoration of Lord Willingdon's retirement as Governor General in 1931. The card is titled "Lest You Forget."


File includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, an election campaign pamphlet, muncipal financial statements, notes and three photographs of family and friends.

[Louis D. Taylor reading The New Deal newspaper]

The photograph shows L.D. Taylor smoking a cigar while reading an issue of The New Deal newspaper. A pen has been used to alter the newspaper's title to "A New Era." An inscription below the photograph reads: "British Columbia and Yukon Territory Ambassador at large (self appointed). Editor of this publication and manager of the proposed Information Bureaux , was Mayor of Vancouver B.C. for 11 years."


File includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, post cards, poems and transcribed articles.

Press room, The World, Vancouver, B.C.

Photograph shows several employees of the World Printing and Publishing Co. Ltd. standing in front of and sitting on machinery in the press room of the World Building at 500 Beatty Street.

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