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Adams, Darryl

  • Person
  • 1947-1999

Darryl Adams was born on September 19, 1947 in Portsmouth, Virginia to parents Harry and Kate Adams. He was the first of five sons. In 1959, the Adams family moved to Poway California, a suburb of San Diego. Adams was a member of the first class to graduate from the newly constructed Poway High School in 1961.

Adams became interested in political activism and social justice at a young age. In particular, Adams became interested in Marxist-Leninist philosophy. While he was still in high school, Adams would attend lectures and meetings at the University of California and other political events around Poway and San Diego. After graduating from high school, Adams was enrolled at the Revelle Campus of the University of California where he studied philosophy. It was there that Adams became more heavily involved in political activism events that were being experienced throughout the United States in the mid 1960s, including the Free Speech Movement and other Anti-Vietnam War demonstrations. In 1966, Adams moved to Santa Cruz with several of his high school friends, where he continued to attend anti war rallies. He would also meet with other philosophers in the area who also believed in Marxist-Leninism philosophy.

In late 1967, Adams received a draft notice from the US Government. In order to avoid being conscripted into the US Army, he and Shelia left California and came to Vancouver in March of 1968. Even in Vancouver, Adams maintained his interest in social justice and other political activism movements. He was a core member of the Vancouver American Exiles Association (VAEA), which campaigned against the America's continuing involvement in the Vietnam War, and for amnesty for Americans who came to Canada to escape the draft. In 1976, Adams received amnesty from the United States Government, although he opted to stay in Vancouver.

In addition to this and other Anti-Vietnam War movements in Canada, Adams was also interested in other movements, such as: labour rights for the working class; women's rights; rights for Indigenous people and minority groups; political movements in Latin and South America; and, communist, socialist, and Marxist-Leninist movements in Vancouver, Canada, and the United States.

Adams interest in social justice is reflect through his career as a researcher and consultant. Upon his arrival in Canada in 1969 to 1971, Adams worked as researcher for SFU Instructor John Legget, researching "blue collar consciousness" in East Vancouver. In 1971 to 1973, Adams worked at the Vancouver Public Library, where he also worked as a researcher specifically in the Historic Photographic Section of the Library. From 1975 to 1977, Adams was hired by the Legal Service Commission of BC, where he worked as a Public School Legal Education Advisor. After working a few years as a freelance writer and researcher, Adams moved into the Health Sector, where he worked as a consultant for the Coast Foundation Society from 1980-1985, and then the Canadian Mental Health Association in 1987. In all of these positions, Adams worked as an advocate for the working class and rights for minority groups. In 1999, Adams passed away in his home in Vancouver.

Ainslie, Patricia

  • Person
  • [ca. 195-?] -

Art historian, curator, and author Patricia Ainslie was born in England and raised in South Africa. She moved to Calgary in 1977 and began work at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary in 1979, where she worked as a curator until 2006. She was instrumental in building the Glenbow's art collection and organized many of its exhibitions over the years, including Images of the Land: Canadian Block Prints 1919-1945 (which was shown internationally). She also planned exhibitions of the works of Margaret Shelton, Laurence Hyde, Cecil Buller, H.G. Glyde, and Jack Shadbolt. For her important work in printmaking, she was elected to the Print Council of America. As Vice President of Collections at Glenbow from 1993 to 2006, she worked on innovative museological projects, including deaccessioning, grading of collections and repatriation. She has published in scholarly journals and presented lectures on these topics in North America, England and Europe.

Since leaving Glenbow, Ainslie has worked as an independent curator and writer. She co-authored Alberta Art and Artists, published in 2007, and Ted Godwin: The Regina Five Years: 1957-1967, published in 2008; and Okanagan Artists and their Studios, published in 2013.

Ainsworth, J.C., 1822-1893

  • Person
  • 1822-

J.C. Ainsworth was born in Springboro, Ohio. He came to Victoria, B.C. as a miner and became an investor and businessman. Ainsworth Hot Springs was named for him.

Alcuin Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1965-

The Alcuin Society is a non-profit organization devoted to the art of the book and fine book publishing. The society's aims are to further the interests of book collecting and promote the interest of fine books and reading. To achieve this end, the society is involved in the production of limited edition books, memorabilia and a society periodical, the Amphora. The society was established in 1965 in Vancouver in response to the initiative of one of the original society members, Geoff Spencer. Since its creation, the Alcuin Society has continued as a limited editions venture while actively promoting other book related interests including "authorship, book design and production, bookselling, book buying and collecting, printing, binding, papermaking, calligraphy and illustration." (Alcuin Society Website)

The Alcuin Society is actively engaged in a wide variety of cultural activities, including book design competitions, educational events, awards and prizes. The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada and the Antiquarian Book Roadshow are the most prominent of these activities.

The Alcuin Society is a volunteer association, with members throughout Canada and the world. The Alcuin Society is governed by a Board, which is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting.

Alexander, Ben

  • Person

Ben Alexander was probably band leader of the Nesconlith Indian Reserve, Shuswap, B.C.

Allen, Olive, 1879-1957

  • Person
  • 1879-1957

Olive Allen Biller (1879-1957) wrote and illustrated at least ten books for children's annual and magazines such as Blackie's and Girl's Realm prior to immigrating to Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan in 1912. In 1915 she returned to England while her husband, Jack Biller, was in World War I. He was killed in 1916 and she moved with her two children to James Island, near Victoria, BC, to be near her brother George. Subsequently she lived in Victoria (1927-1934) and Vancouver (1934-1957). A lack of opportunities for illustrating turned her toward landscape painting. While in Victoria she showed with the Vancouver Island Arts and Crafts Society, and between 1935 and 1947 her work was shown several times at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists

  • Corporate body

In the 1940s the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada chartered groups of writers and performers in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver called the Association of Canadian Radio Artists. Local 24498 of the Association was located in Vancouver. In 1963 the organization's name was changed to the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). All records were centralized, and a national office was established in Toronto. The B.C. Branch of ACTRA was founded in 1963. The organization assumed its present name in 1983.

Alvey, A. Alexis, 1904-1996

  • Person
  • 1904-1996

A. Alexis Alvey was born in Seattle, Washington. She attended McMaster University in Hamilton (1932-33). Following University, she was employed as a special technician in charge of photography at the University of Toronto's School of Medicine. Alvey also helped organize the business women's company of the Toronto Red Cross Transport Corps and commanded it for two years, and served as lecturer to the entire Transport Corps for Military Law, Map Reading, and Military and Naval insignia.

In 1942, the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (W.R.C.N.S., Wrens) selected Alvey for its first class for training in Ottawa. Having passed a selection board to become one of the first commissioned officers, Dorothy Isherwood, W.R.C.N.S., appointed Alvey acting Chief Petty Officer Master-at-Arms. Her other assignments included duty as Deputy Unit Officer H.M.C.S. Bytown (Ottawa), duty with the Commanding Officer Pacific Coast H.M.C.S. Burrard (Vancouver), assignment as Unit Officer, Lieutenant H.M.C.S. Bytown, and Unit Officer to H.M.C.S. Stadacona (Halifax). Following her career with the W.R.C.N.S., Alvey rejoined University of Toronto in 1945. Eventually, Alvey returned to Seattle to work for the University of Washington Libraries as an acquisitions technician, but retired in 1969. Alvey died on June 5, 1996.

Throughout her life, Alvey took special care to collect and preserve memorabilia related to the activities of the W.R.C.N.S. She regularly accepted donations from former W.R.C.N.S. to aid her documentary activities.

Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union

  • Corporate body
  • 1898-1977

Local 178 of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union received its original charter from the Journeymen Tailors’ Union in 1876. In 1936, Local 178 became part of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers’ Union and formed the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union.

Amalgamated Transit Union. Division 101-134 (Vancouver, B.C.)

  • Corporate body
  • 1968-

The Amalgamated Association of Street, Electrical Railway and Motor Coach Employees of America was established in 1893. Division 101 received its charter for related workers in the Vancouver area in 1899. In 1901 Division 134 was established in New Westminster and given its charter. Divisions 101 and 134 were amalgamated in 1968 and from this date, correspondence and other records have been maintained in the files of Division 101. The Independent Canadian Transit Union successfully raided this division of ATU and currently represents city bus drivers in Vancouver and Victoria. The ATU continues to represent the Motor Coach drivers of Vancouver and Victoria.

American Institute of Electrical Engineers. Vancouver Section

  • Corporate body
  • 1911-1963

The American Institute of Electrical Engineers - Vancouver Section, was established in 1911. The Institute, however, was founded in New York City on 13 May 1884 and was incorporated in the State of New York in 1896. The object of the Institute, as stated in the Institute Constitution, Article I, was "the advancement of the theory and practice of Electrical Engineering and of the allied Arts and Sciences and the maintenance of a high professional standing among its members." In the '80s, an international Electrical Exhibition held by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia at the presence of twenty-five of America's most prominent electrical engineers, including Thomas Edison, Elihu Thomson, and Edwin Houston had raised a call for the formation of a society to promote engineering.

For the purpose of the administration, the membership in the United States and Canada was divided into ten districts. In order to make the members meet and discuss technical matters and to advance the engineering profession through closer cooperation with other engineering societies, a number of local Sections were organized in the leading industrial cities of the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Vancouver section is one of these. In particular, the Vancouver Section aims to provide for electrical engineers in British Columbia and all others interested, a meeting place and forum for the exchange of views. At the beginning the Vancouver Section was part of District 10 (Canada); then, in 1948 the Section decided to be part of the District 9, which embraced sections in the Northwest States. The transfer was opposed by District 10 executives on various counts and caused a second vote on the question that finally was resolved for the transfer from District 10 to District 9. The Sections reported to the Board of Directors, through the Secretary of the Institute. All matters pertaining to membership, appropriations, prizes, etc. were handled between the Section and the Institute Headquarters. Section activities were headed by a chairman and a secretary treasurer and were governed by an executive committee elected by the local membership. These officers were assisted in their administrative duties by Standing Committees. The Executive Meeting was the governing body of the Section and directed the management of its affairs. The Committee consisted of the effective officers including the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and any other officers of the Section. Sometimes it included one or more recent Past Chairmen. The Chairman of the Section is the Chairman of the Executive Committee, as well as the Secretary of the Section is the Secretary of the Executive Committee. This committee was responsible for the operations ad progress of the Section and for the expenditure and accounting of all funds. The Chairman was elected for a term of one year as well as the Secretary. It was the Secretary's responsibility to attend all Section meetings and to record the minutes of each meeting. He had then to forward the report of each Section Meeting to the Secretary of the Institute. He was also responsible for securing a copy of the minutes of other meetings from the Secretary of Subsections, Technical Groups, etc. and for forwarding a report of such meetings to the Secretary of the Institute. These reports of meetings were made on special form No. 41, furnished by the Institute. All meetings had to be reported promptly since the money rebated from Headquarters to the Section depended partly on the number of meetings. The Secretary, amongst many other duties, was also responsible for the maintenance of the Section mailing lists and was the custodian of all records of the Section including copies of reports to Headquarters, annual reports of Secretary, Treasurer, etc. The Treasurer was responsible for the payments of all bills and had to prepare an annual report on the finances of the Section. This role was often combined with that of Secretary into Secretary-Treasurer. The Section was responsible for conducting monthly meetings devoted to the presentation and discussion of technical papers, as well as demonstration, inspections or social activities. The Section had also to organise inspection trips occasionally, as well as general social events; basically it coordinated the local activities with the national and international administration. Sections could establish Subsections and Student Branches.

The society merged with the IRE officially in 1 January 1963, to constitute the IEEE.

Anderson, Peter B., b. 1866

  • Person

Peter Anderson was born in Onsjo, Sweden. He emigrated to the United States in 1885, settling in Minnesota. After working as a farmer, he joined Weyerhaeuser Timber Company in Wisconsin as a logger. In 1888 Anderson moved to Tacoma, Washington where he became a partner in a small shingle mill. After the mill closed, Anderson went to the Klondike in 1897. While there he earned enough money to open a saw mill back in Washington State. He then moved north to British Columbia where, after contracting to log for Hastings Mill, he and his sons began a new company at Knox Bay and then Grassy Bay.

Andrew (family)

  • Family

Geoffrey Andrew was Dean and Deputy President of the University of British Columbia from 1947 until leaving to become Executive Director of the A.U.C.C. in Ottawa. Margaret Andrew was a graduate of economics, social work and librarianship. The Andrews were close friends of Ethel Wilson.

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