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Fonds AM336 - Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association fonds

Intermediate lacrosse club My home [William] Inge -1875 7th [Avenue] West, Van[couver], B.C.) W. Burnell family, Vancouver Vancouver World printing house The Brunswick Hotel Hotel Capilano Court house, Hotel Vancouver, and Vancouver Block from Robson Street [Interior of] Holy Trinity church [2380 Pine Street] Mrs. Webster's family and Galloway family at Second Beach [Bathers at] Second Beach Vancouver Police recruits after drill Vancouver Police [members on horses] Main Street bridge [formerly Westminster Avenue trestle] construction Main Street bridge [formerly Westminster Avenue trestle] construction Main Street bridge [formerly Westminster Avenue trestle] construction Main Street bridge [formerly Westminster Avenue trestle] construction Second Narrows bridge, Vancouver, B.C. Opened November 7th, 1925 Ladies' Vancouver basketball team 1904-1905 Ladies' Vancouver basketball team 1905-1906 Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C. C. P. R. Hotel, Vancouver, B.C. [Exterior of] Orpheum Theatre [Couple standing outside] Majestic Theatre [410 West Hastings Street] Inside Vancouver firehall [Cordova Street] - Inauguration of Vancouver, upon occasion of the terminus of the C. P. Railway ... Dupont [later Pender] and Carrall Streets, looking east [Celebration at West Hastings and Carrall Streets looking west] Forest scene Near Whytecliff, B.C. Old Squamish highway, B.C. Horseshoe Bay, B.C. Whytecliff Park, B.C. Bartlett Brothers pack train, Dawson [Malkin family outdoor tea] [Malkin family with servants on steps of house at 1406 Davie Street] [View of north west area of downtown Vancouver, showing parts of Stanley Park, Burrard Inlet, and... Stone quarry at Hardy Island from which granite came for Georgia Street Court House Lions [Group gathered on top of the Secord Building] B.C. Electric Railway street car at Stanley Park loop B.C. Electric Railway Company observation car, "Teddy" Lyons, conductor B.C. Electric Railway Company shuttle service, between Highland Park and Edmonds on the Central P... [Group of people in] automobile at the Hollow Tree in Stanley Park British Columbia Electric Railway engine [Studio portrait of baby] [Studio portrait of baby] [Studio portrait of unidentified man and woman] [Studio portrait of an unidentified woman] [Portrait of a girl with a doll's buggy] [Portrait of two young girls] [Portrait of girl with a doll's buggy]
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Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association fonds

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Associated materials

  • 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).

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AM549, AM775 and part of AM1102 have been amalgamated with AM336; citations for these records should therefore refer only to AM336

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Photographs in this fonds have been assigned item numbers with the prefix "CVA 677"

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