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Series S622 - Mechanics Institute Library minutes

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Mechanics Institute Library minutes

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  • 1868-1884 (Creation)
    Mechanics Institute Library (Moodyville, B.C.)

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0.01 m of textual records

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The Mechanics Institute Burrard Inlet was established on January 13, 1869 to build a building, establish a collection, and support a Reading Room Library and Museum at Moodyville. The building was formally opened on January 23rd. Some 40 individuals had contributed $5 each to erect a suitable building "at Moody's Mills for a reading room and library and for furnishing the same with Books and Papers"; donors had included S. P. Moody, Geo. Dietz, Josiah C. Hughes (the first president), P. W. Swett (the first vice president), among many others. The organization was referred to as The Library of the Mechanics Institute by 1874 (ref. Add.MSS 54 vol. 13, microfiche 06618).

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The custodial history is not known; the minute book was likely collected by the Vancouver Public Library for its historical interest as the first or second library within the early communities of Burrard Inlet (the New London Institute at Hastings, B.C., may have preceded it).

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Series consists of minute book dated 17 Sept. 1868 to 12 Apr. 1884.

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Researchers use bound typescript at 547-C-2 file 7

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  • Box: 066-F-01 fld 01