Fonds MS-0015;MS-2500;T3135-T3147;T4245;T4350;F1988:17 - Cominco Limited fonds

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Cominco Limited fonds

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CA BCA MS-0015;MS-2500;T3135-T3147;T4245;T4350;F1988:17

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  • 1884-1984 (Creation)
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    Cominco

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52.5 m of textual records and other material

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The Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada (Cominco) was formed in 1906 by the amalgamation of the St. Eugene, Centre Star and War Eagle Mines, the Rossland Power Company, and the Canadian Smelting Works. The Canadian Pacific Railway Company held the controlling interest. In 1909, the company purchased the Sullivan lead-ore mine in Kimberley to supply its smelting operation. It completed its pioneer electrolytic zinc plant in Trail in 1916 and used crude Sullivan zinc ore. In 1916, Cominco acquired control of the West Kootenay Power and Light Company. The company expanded into other fields, including the production of mineral byproducts and other commercial and industrial activities through its subsidiaries. The company changed its name to Cominco Ltd. in 1966.

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The Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada (Cominco) was formed in 1906 by the amalgamation of the St. Eugene, Centre Star, and War Eagle Mines, the Rossland Power Company, and the Canadian Smelting Works. The Canadian Pacific Railway Company held the controlling interest. In 1909, the company purchased the Sullivan lead-ore mine in Kimberley to supply its smelting operation. It completed its pioneer electrolytic zinc plant in Trail in 1916 and used crude Sullivan zinc ore. In 1916, the company acquired control of the West Kootenay Power and Light Company and later diversified into a number of other fields. The company changed its name to Cominco Ltd. in 1966.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, lab reports, journals and ledgers, scrapbooks, photographs, financial and legal records, development department records, personnel records, case files, sound recordings of interviews and reminiscences, film of mining operations, and maps. Fonds includes records of the British Columbia Smelting and Refining Company and the Portland Canal Short Line Railway.

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Finding aid available. Online Finding Aid

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BCAUL control number: BCA-1419

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