Fonds AM316 - Vancouver Merchants' Exchange fonds

Members of Vancouver Grain Exchange gathered on floor of Exchange Members of Vancouver Grain Exchange gathered on floor of Exchange

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Vancouver Merchants' Exchange fonds

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7.5 m of textual records. - 2 architectural drawings. - ca. 130 photographs

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The Vancouver Merchants' Exchange was incorporated in 1921. The Exchange united firms involved in shipping, import-export, marine insurance and related port activities. For the first ten years, the exchange acted as the single focal point of the industry, although various divisions were established according to specialized lines of business. Later, these divisions expanded and, in seeking greater autonomy to manage their own affairs, established separate associations which remained affiliated with the Exchange. These affiliate associations have included: Vancouver Grain Exchange, Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia, B.C. Towboat Owners' Association, Vancouver Grain Exports' Association, B.C. Terminal Operators' Association, and the Coastwise Operators' Association. The Vancouver Merchants' Exchange continued until 1975 when it was disbanded.

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Fonds consists of the incorporation papers, minutes, constitution and by-laws, application for membership, correspondence, arbitration files, circulars, agreements, publications, statistical data, miscellaneous files, and blueprints. Fonds includes photographs of the presidents of the Exchange, various meetings, and marine vessels.

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The material was received by the archives in two separate accessions in 1975.


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