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Sam Kee Company fonds
General material designation
- Textual record
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the fonds.
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- Sam Kee Company
Physical description area
- 4.2 m of textual records
- 110 photographs
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Name of creator
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.
Scope and content
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.
Records are dirty and in need of cleaning.
Immediate source of acquisition
Photographs in this fonds have been catalogued under CVA 287 in the range CVA 287-1 to CVA 287-110.
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