Collection VMM65 - Canadian National Steamships collection

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Canadian National Steamships collection

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  • 1920-1996, predominant 1930-1976 (Collection)
    Canadian National Steamships Company

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1.76 m of textual records, 5 maps, 3 technical drawings, 14 photographs

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Custodial history

The records donated by the CNSS remained in the company’s custody from the point of creation until they were transferred to the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s archives by their caretaker, Clifford Jones, between 1975 and 1977.

Records donated by Hugh Tennant and Lynda Tennant were transferred in July 1986. Records donated by W. Kaye Lamb and Norman R. Hacking have unknown custodial histories and were transferred to the archives at unknown dates.

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This collection consists primarily of interdepartmental correspondence and other organizational records created by the Pacific Coast branch of the Canadian National Steamships Company (CNSS). Records were created primarily between the 1920s and the 1970s, during the CNSS' years of operation. Some records (see series 23-26) are not CNSS organizational records, and were added to the collection by other interested donors. The series' records pertain to the company's operations in Vancouver, Victoria, and the West Coast of Canada.

Series 1-21 of the collection consist of the CNSS' organizational records; they were donated by the CNSS, and arranged according to the original order indicated by the markings on the company's original file folders. Series 22 consists of miscellaneous organizational records arranged by the archivist. Series 23-26 consist of a collection of ephemera, promotional materials, photographs, and articles that were arranged on the basis of content.

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The original filing scheme of the records in series 1-21 was reconstructed during archival arrangement on the basis of the file markings on the CNSS' original folders. All CNSS organizational records that lacked these markings were included in series 22, a series of miscellaneous organizational records arranged by the archivist.

Series 23-26 consists of ephemera, promotional materials, photographs, and articles that were donated by the CNSS, and by other interested donors. These records were arranged based on content.

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