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Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association fonds
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- Textual record
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1610-1988, 1995-1997; predominant 1920-1970 (Creation)
- Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association
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- 7.73 m of textual records
- ca, 1517 photographs
- 2 audio discs
- 2 maps
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In 1958, as part of celebrations for British Columbia's Centennial, construction began on the Vancouver Maritime Museum, which formally opened in 1960. In 1959, the City of Vancouver created the Civic Museums Board to oversee the operations of the Vancouver Maritime Museum and the City Museum. The Art, Historical, and Scientific Association was represented on this Board, and otherwise served as the City's official museum membership organization.
In 1967, as part of celebrations for Canada's Centennial, construction began on a new museum building in Vanier Park. At this time, the name of the City Museum was changed to the Centennial Museum. The new building was completed in October of 1968, and housed the Centennial Museum, as well as the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium (now the Pacific Space Centre).
In 1972, the City relinquished its direct management over the Museums. At this time, the Art, Historical, and Scientific Association changed its name to the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association, and took over the management of the Centennial Museum, the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium, and the Maritime Museum. Previously, the short form name also used was the Vancouver Museums Association. By 1979, the Association began experimenting with having some degree of autonomy for the institutions it administered on behalf of the City. In 1987, a resolution was passed to have all the operations of the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association evolve into three separate legal entities. Later that year, the Vancouver Museum Board of Trustees chose to retain the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association as its operating society, with a change in name and constitution. The Vancouver Museum also undertook to be responsible for transacting all matters relating to the timely and orderly conclusion of the affairs of the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association in 1988.
Simon Fraser University V-P Academic and VMPA President and Chairman of its Board of Trustees, Dr. Brian G. Wilson, maintained files (located at 565-E-4) which were transferred from the University Archives in 1987.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of records arising from the activities of the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association.
Fonds includes constitutions and bylaws; minutes of meetings; financial records such as financial statements, budgets, and membership fee receipts; annual reports; correspondence and memoranda; guest books; records of the President and of the Director, including reports, policy statements, contracts, budgets, correspondence; and items collected by the Association, such as newspapers and clippings, pamphlets, photographs, manuscripts and books, and other materials.
As a result of the close relationship between the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association and the Vancouver Museum, some records relating to the Vancouver Museum are contained within this fonds. This is the case especially for records created before 1958, during which time the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association was responsible for the everyday management of the Vancouver Museum.
Fonds consists of nine series: 1) Constitutions, agreements, and other legal establishment records; 2) Minutes; 3) Financial records; 4) Annual reports; 5) Correspondence; 6) Guest and scrap books; 7) President's and Director's records; 8) Collected items; and 9) Collected photographs.
Immediate source of acquisition
Records were transferred to the Archives by the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association in 1973, 1977, 1982, and 1986; by Simon Fraser University Archives in 1987; by the Vancouver Museum in 1991; and by Elizabeth Lane in 2006.
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Access to the file entitled "Security" is restricted. Please consult the Archivist.
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Series descriptions, subseries description, file lists, and some item lists are available.
- See also the records of the Civic Museums and Planetarium Board, Series 46 of the City of Vancouver fonds.
- See also the records of the Interim Museum Advisory Board working files, Series 521 of the City of Vancouver fonds
- See also the Vancouver Museum fonds (Add. MSS. 1102).
- See also the Vancouver Maritime Museum fonds (Add. MSS. 335).
- See also the H.R. Macmillan and Southam Observatory fonds (Add. MSS. 1313).
AM549, AM775 and part of AM1102 have been amalgamated with AM336; citations for these records should therefore refer only to AM336
Photographs in this fonds have been assigned item numbers with the prefix "CVA 677"