Fonds AM281 - Pacific National Exhibition fonds

Aerial view looking northeast over Hastings Park Aerial view of Hastings Park and Playland Aerial view of P.N.E. Playland B.C. Electric parade float Ferris wheels and crowd in P.N.E. Gayway Kwakiutl carver Ellen Neel and boys working on a totem pole Nabob display Vancouver General Hospital display of occupational therapy handicrafts War veterans marching in 1948 P.N.E. Opening Day Parade Victor David Neon Signs parade float View of floats and bands along 100 block East Hastings Street during 1949 P.N.E. Opening Day Parade Illuminated amusement rides in P.N.E. Playland at night View of slide, amusement rides, and Space Tower in P.N.E. Playland Group photograph in Vancouver Exhibition refreshment room Steffens-Colmer Photographs display Group photograph of Jersey cattle breeders David Spencer Co. display of prize honey Horse race at Hastings Park racetrack Skid Road attractions and Hastings Park racetrack in background Motor car race at Hastings Park racetrack Cattle lined up for showing in livestock competition Cattle lined up for showing in livestock competition R.P. McLennan trophy awarded for livestock competition Hudson's Bay Co. display of furs United Brass Founders and Engineers and Henry Rossell and Co. displays Canadian Simplex Auto Wheel Co. display of wheels Hassler display of automobile shock absorbers Hercules Rubber Co. display of tires Pyrene Manufacturing Co. display of fire extinguishers Vancouver Pickle Co. display of Jake Brand pickle and condiment products Standard Furniture display of home furniture Standard Furniture display of home furniture Standard Furniture display of home furniture D.C. Timewell Co. display of home furniture John and Edward Wright display of wire rope Liquid Air Co. display of welding and cutting products D.C. Timewell Co. display of home furniture New Fountain automobile brushes display Canadian Sumner Iron Works saw mill and shingle mill machinery display Canadian Sumner Iron Works display of machinery B.C. Impermealite Co. display of waterproofing products Success Business College display Burroughs display of office equipment Men standing beside bull Men with a line of cattle Evans, Coleman and Evans display of Nanaimo Coal David Hall sign painting display Hot water heater with Spicer's asbestos metal insulator Cascade Beer display P. Burns and Co. display of Shamrock brand food products
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Pacific National Exhibition fonds

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21.81 m of textual records and other material

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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.

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Includes 7,992 photographs (prints, negatives and 1 slide), 15 plans and 24 architectural drawings

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The fonds has been permanently loaned to the Archives. Records were received by the Archives in 1974, 1986, and 1988.


Arranged into the following eleven series: 1) Minutes with accompanying reports, financial statements, and other records; 2) Correspondence; 3) Budget files and other financial records; 4) Legal services records; 5) Public Relations and Information and Advertising records; 6) Gates and Parking and Exhibit space records; 7) Administration and Attractions Department records; 8) Subject files; 9) Reports, bulletins, programmes, prize lists, and related records; 10) Guest books; and 11) Photographs (CVA 180).

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For related records, see: the published history of the PNE called "Vancouver's Fair . . . " by David Breen & Kenneth Coates (S 557 C22 V353 1982); the Justice, Webb and Vincent Landscape Architects Ltd. fonds (Add. MSS. 1194), the Pearl Steen fonds (Add. MSS. 272), the Charles Van Norman fonds (Add. MSS. 755), and the topical files within the Major Matthews fonds (Add. MSS. 54)

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Add. MSS. 561 and 939 have been amalgamated into Add. MSS. 281. Therefore, all citations for these records should refer to Add. MSS. 281.


Original letter (1) with J.R. Smallwood signature removed to vault - see spreadsheet

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