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Pacific National Exhibition fonds
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Pacific National Exhibition fonds

  • AM281
  • Fonds
  • [1900?], 1907-1985

The fonds consists of records created and received by the Pacific National Exhibition (P.N.E.). Records include: minutes of various committee meetings; correspondence; financial records, contracts, and other legal records; public relations and advertising records; records regarding exhibit spaces and parking; administration records; subject files; reports, studies, and surveys; programmes, prize lists, and brochures from fairs; guest books; photographs; and other records.

Pacific National Exhibition


Series consists of photographs produced for the P.N.E. and a small number collected by its staff. Photographs document both the Pacific National Exhibition and other events that took place at the Hastings Park site.

Photographs of the fair depict the full range of activities, including: displays, competitions and shows, ceremonies, the annual parade in downtown Vancouver, as well as a wide range of photographs of the Hastings Park site and the interiors and exteriors of various buildings. Some photographs were made by PNE staff as a means of making copies of other types of records, such as architectural drawings and graphic materials such as posters and advertisements, and were kept by staff as part of their photograph collection.

Photographs not related to the fair depict: the military occupation of the grounds, and the use of the grounds as a holding centre for Japanese and Japanese-Canadian internees during Work War II; activities at the Exhibition Park racecourse located at Hastings Park; and various conventions, fairs, entertainment shows and other events staged at the site outside of the fair.

The photographers and/or studios responsible for taking the photos in this series include: Dominion Photo, Gordon Photos, Steffens-Colmer, Leonard Frank Photos, Art Jones, Art Ray,, W. Bennett, Patton's Studio, Graphic Industries Limited, Hodges Photo, George Allen Aerial Photos, Jack Lindsey Photos, Bob Tipple, Ice Capades Incorporated, and William Bros. Photographers

Minutes with accompanying reports, financial statements, and other records

The series consists of records arising from the meetings of various committees within the P.N.E., including: administrative committees such as the Executive Committee, the Board of Control, the Finance Committee, and the Publicity Committee; committees surrounding exhibition events, such as the Agriculture, Attractions, Horse Show, Livestock, and Manufacturers' Committees; as well as other committees such as the Golf and Auto Camp Committee, and the Women's Committee. Records include minutes of meetings, reports, financial statements, and other records.

Reports, bulletins, programmes, prize lists, and related records

The series consists of various publications and written reports of the P.N.E. Records include reports, surveys, annual reports, bulletins, programmes, prize lists, brochures, and other records.
Series contains three subseries: 1) Annual reports; 2) General reports, surveys, studies, and related records; and 3) Bulletins, programmes, catalogues, prize lists, brochures, and other records.

Bulletins, programmes, catalogues, prize lists, brochures, and other materials

The subseries consists of promotional materials produced by the P.N.E., mainly regarding its summer fair. Records include bulletins, programmes, catalogues, prize lists, brochures, posters, prize ribbons, and other materials. Included are prize lists and catalogues for the fair as a whole as well as prize lists and catalogues for specific events, such as livestock shows, pet shows, horticultureal shows, and hobby shows.

Legal services records

The series consists of records created and received by the Legal Services Department of the P.N.E. Records include correspondence, contracts, and other materials. Records relate to: contracts for use of the Forum and Empire Stadium, various service contracts, the occupation of the Exhibition lands by the Canadian military, and other issues.

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