Fonds AM54 - Major Matthews collection

[A large tree in front of an unidentified house] [An unidentified family and dog on the lawn in front of a house] [An unidentified group picnicking] [Head and shoulders portrait of] Mr. Robinson [Statue of an angel and a cross] [View of Phoenix Square, Fredericton] [Unidentified American city] [Unidentified building with mansard roof] [Unidentified building] [Unidentified church tower] [Unidentified house behind trees] [Unidentified lake and lock] [Unidentified man with a horse] [Unidentified man with horses] [View of Oxford College and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin from High Street] [View of] Church and Bridge [View of] Streatley Aubrey Palgrave Powys Beatrice and Edward Morres Berry Pomeroy Castle Bow River and mountains west of Banff Bunlin Scanlon C.P.R. Hotel, Banff Captain Backhouse, 22nd Regiment Castle Mountain and Silver City Cheops Mountain from Hotel Devils Canyon Devil's Gap [and] Beaver Canyon View No. 2 Drydock [at] Esquimalt (Vancouver Island - 450 feet long, 27 feet deep, 55 feet wide entrance) Eleanor Glacier Hotel and Cheops Peak Hart Street and Market Place Henley Regatta - Eton and Leander Race Hermit Range from Glacier Hotel [in the Selkirk Mountains] Hesketh Crescent Illecillewaet River and Sir Donald Peak, view at loop Lichfield Cathedral Londonderry Looking Up Bow River, Kananaskis Mount Carrall On the Mountain Percy Powys [near] Henley Bridge Pilot Mountain 13 miles west of Banff Rev[erend] and J.M. Ross Peak and Glacier Sailor Bar Bluff [in the Fraser Canyon] Stoney Creek [and falls in the Selkirk Mountains] Streatley Streatley from above bridge Terrace Mountain 9 miles west of Banff
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Major Matthews collection

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  • 114 m of textual records
  • ca. 20,300 photographs
  • ca. 90 prints
  • 0.3 m of cartographic materials and other material

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Major J.S. Matthews was a native of North Wales who arrived in Vancouver in 1898 from New Zealand. He was with Imperial Oil for most of the period 1898-1920 and held various executive positions during the twenties. In 1933 he became City Archivist for Vancouver, a position he held until his death.

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The collection consists of Major Matthews' private papers and records gathered by Matthews relating to the history of Vancouver when he was City Archivist. It includes numerous military records; collected photographs, [186-?]-1968; correspondence and pamphlets relating to Vancouver's water supply; examples of letter-heads, business stationery, tickets, notices and so on used in Vancouver in the 1880s; records of the planning and building of the First Narrows Bridge, Vancouver; an obituary book of clippings from newspapers; correspondence and clippings relating to unemployment and relief in Vancouver, 1931-1939; clippings relating to mayors of Vancouver, 1932-1971; clippings, photographs and menus relating to the visit of H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, 1951; clippings relating to distinguished visitors to Vancouver 1928-1953; a scrapbook of clippings relating to pioneer Vancouver aviator, William Stark, 1912; genealogical records relating to the family of J.S. Matthews; numerous topical and categorical files relating to a wide variety of subjects; and a series of index cards describing the history of street and place names in Greater Vancouver.

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