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First Narrows Bridge collection
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CA WVAN 064
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105 technical drawings and other material
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In keeping with the Canadian archival tradition of "total archives," the Corporation of the District of West Vancouver's Archives holdings comprise corporate and community records. With the incorporation of the municipality in 1912, the creation and collection of corporate records began. From 1980, the West Vancouver Museum & Historical Society collected community archival material from residents, transferring these records to the District in 1994 with the opening of the West Vancouver Museum and Archives in the Gertrude Lawson House. The Archives continues to accept, preserve and make available both corporate and community records.
The first accession of this collection consisted of records which were transferred from the Department of Public Works of the Corporation of the District of West Vancouver to the custody of Rupert Harrison in October 1990. The records were, along with other material in Rupert Harrison's collections at the Municipal Hall of the Corporation of the District of West Vancouver, transferred to temporary storage and initial processing at the processing centre of the West Vancouver Memorial Library. From there, they were transferred to the West Vancouver Museum and Archives in January of 2001. Series 2-5 are from this first accession.
The second accession occurred when a roll of blueprints was discovered by a UBC sanitation engineer. The blueprints had been thrown out by the Civil Engineering department, who used them for learning aids, during their move from the (now) Computer Science building. The plans were transferred to the West Vancouver Museum & Archives in 2003. Plans not relating to the Lions Gate Bridge were reassigned to the relevant archives. Series 1 is from this second accession.
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The collection contains material relating to the design, building, and operation of the Lions Gate Bridge. The records include technical drawings, including a general index, a construction ledger, and diaries.
The fonds is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Lions Gate Bridge blueprints
Series 2: Construction ledger
Series 3: Diaries of Randolph Pollitt, Superintendent of Bridges
Series 4: Administrative and financial records
Series 5: Artifacts and ephemera
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BCAUL control number: WVAN-3657
Includes: 56 cm of textual records, 3 artifacts, and 1 cm of ephemera.
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Revised January 2010 and March 2010.