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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

L.D. Taylor sousfonds

Sousfonds consists of records relating to L.D. Taylor s activities as Mayor of Vancouver; his financial and business activities, including those relating to mining and property interests and his ownership of The Vancouver World, The New Deal, and The Vancouver Oil and Mining Record; his private life; and his family and other personal relationships. The records document the civic administration of the City of Vancouver, and the decisions, events and attitudes that influenced its development, particularly in the first four decades of the twentieth century.
It is arranged into 6 records series: Correspondence and subject files (1893-1946); Newspapers and clippings (1873-1875, 1901-[1944]); Financial records (1913-1941); Reports and publications (1911-1930); Photographs ([189-]-1946); and Artifacts [1910?]-1929
Document types include correspondence, newspapers and clippings, photographs, contracts, leases and other legal and financial documents, election material, reports and publications, account books, receipts, stock certificate books, date books, note books, political cartoons, ephemera, and artifacts.

Taylor, Louis Denison


Series consists of a gavel, a signature stamp and ribbons acquired by L.D. Taylor in the course of his activities as Mayor and between mayoral terms. Ribbons relate to various events attended by Taylor and committees that he was a member of, circa 1926 to 1929.


File consists of ribbons worn by L.D. Taylor at events and conventions and as a member of various committees.

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.


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


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.


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


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


File consists of a photograph, postcard, invitation and newspaper clipping.


File includes an election campaign advertisement for L.D. Taylor and two letters from Kenneth Taylor.


File includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, legal papers, campaign platform notes, two photographs, blank forms, an invitation and other memorabilia.


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


File includes personal and mayoral correspondence, legal papers regarding the McGeer Estate, financial papers, newspaper clippings and nine photographs.


File consists of newspaper clippings, a certificate, a program and a greeting card.


File includes correspondence, newspaper clippings and reports to Council.


File includes a letter from Theodore Taylor, a receipt and a conference program.


File includes records relating to the 1925 mayoral election and personal corrspondence.


File includes a passport, letters of identification and presentation, newspaper clippings, photographs and ephemera relating to L.D. Taylor's world tour. File also includes campaign material, and newspaper clippings and other material relating to family and civic affairs.


File includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, reports, three photographs, a municipal financial statement, a day book and ephemera.


File includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, municipal financial statements, political commentary and financial receipts.

Celona [19]40

File consists of legal correspondence, notes by L.D. Taylor and a newspaper clipping regarding the imprisonment of Joe Celona on charges of white slavery.

Charter amendment

File consists of L.D. Taylor's address to the Chairman and members of the Legislative Private Bills Committee regarding amendment to the Charter of the City of Vancouver.


File consists of records relating to L.D. Taylor's financial interests in mining, as well as a 1945 press release concerning his political ambitions and newspaper clippings relating to his illness in 1946.

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