Fonds Add. MSS. 1313 - H.R. MacMillan Planetarium and Southam Observatory fonds

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H.R. MacMillan Planetarium and Southam Observatory fonds

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CA CVAN Add. MSS. 1313

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  • 1978-1987 (Creation)
    H.R. MacMillan Planetarium and Southam Observatory

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18 cm of textual records

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H.R. MacMillan Planetarium and Southam Observatory is a centre conducting research, public education programmes, and exhibitions in the field of astronomy. Construction began on the centre in 1967, as part of celebrations for Canada's Centennial. The building was completed in 1968, and the centre shares this space with the Vancouver Museum (previously named the City Museum and later, the Centennial Museum). The management of the centre first fell under the Civic Museums and Planetarium Board of the City of Vancouver, which also managed the Centennial Museum and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. In 1972, the City relinquished its control over these institutions, and their management was taken on by the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association (previously known as the Vancouver Art, Historical, and Scientific Association). This Association had created and managed the Vancouver Museum from 1894 to 1959. In 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, and by 1988, the Planetarium functioned independently of the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association. In 1997, the name of the institution was changed from the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium and Southam Observatory to the Pacific Space Centre.

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Fonds consists of records produced by the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium and Southam Observatory. Fonds includes meeting minutes, agendas, financial statements, reports, correspondence, memoranda, agreements, publications, and other records. Fonds contains two series: 1) Board of Directors records; and 2) Observatory records.

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