Fonds AM571 - Sam Kee Company fonds

[An unidentified man with his two sons] [An unidentified woman and boy] [Bow Man Clark playing cards] [Chang Toy's three sons] [Chang Toy?] [Chang Yat Leong and family at Brockton Point] [Chang Yat Leong and family] [Chang Yat Leong and family] [Chang Yat Leong and family] [Chang Yat Leong and family] [Chang Yat Leong and family] [Chang Yat Leong and family] [Chang Yat Leong beside a flower-covered grave] [Chang Yat Leong's children] [Chang Yat Leong's children] [Chang Yat Leong's children] [Chang Yat Leong's family] [Chang Yat Leong's son] [Chang Yat Leong's son] [Chang Yat Leong's sons] [Chang Yat Leong's sons] [Chu Kum Too playing cards] [Elementary school students on school steps] [Fong Pon Chew] [Group of unidentified young men in a garden] [Mei-xin] [Mei-zhen] [Miss Verna Smith and unidentified man] [Mrs. Chang Yat Leong beside a flower-covered grave] [Mrs. Zheng] [Portrait of a young Chinese man] [Portrait of an unidentified family] [Portrait of an unidentified family] [Portrait of an unidentified woman] [Portrait of man and woman wearing traditional Chinese clothing] [Portrait of two men and a boy] [Portrait of two unidentified men] [Portrait of unidentified family] [Seven children] [Strathcona Elementary School boys' soccer team] [Studio portrait (possibly) of Chang Toy] [Tao Guo] [Three unidentified boys] [Three unidentified children] [Two unidentified women in traditional Chinese clothing] [Unidentified baby] [Unidentified baby] [Unidentified boys and young men] [Unidentified group in carriage in front of Hollow Tree] [Unidentified group]
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Sam Kee Company fonds

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  • 4.2 m of textual records
  • 110 photographs

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The Sam Kee Company, established in 1888, was one of the largest Chinese merchant firms in Vancouver. The company manufactured charcoal, contracted Chinese labour to shingle mills, canneries, and sugar beet farms, and operated a herring saltery in Nanaimo. It imported and exported food products to and from China, and served as agents for the Blue Funnel Steamship Line. The company also possessed sizable real estate holdings. Chang Yat Leong later managed the Sam Kee Company as an export firm until 1976.

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The fonds consists of the correspondence and financial records of the Sam Kee Company and of related firms and operations. Fonds includes photographic portraits of Chinese families and individuals, school groups, and the Chang family. The records are organised into six series and organized by title: Account books; Correspondence; Miscellaneous papers and notebooks; Records and account books for related firmes; Wo Fung Company records and Photographs.

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Records are dirty and in need of cleaning.

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Photographs in this fonds have been catalogued under CVA 287 in the range CVA 287-1 to CVA 287-110.

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