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Writing Lives Memoir Project collection

  • CA VHEC RA036
  • Collection
  • 2016–2018

Collection is comprised of records accumulated as a result of the participation of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in a project entitled Writing Lives: The Holocaust Survivor Memoir Project. Writing Lives was a partnership between Langara College’s English and History departments, the Azrieli Foundation and the VHEC. For the project, students at Langara College worked closely with Vancouver-based Holocaust survivors to produce their written memoirs over the course of two semesters. In the first semester, students learned the history of the Holocaust. In the second semester, students interviewed survivors, transcribed the interviews and together with the survivors, completed written memoirs. In this fonds are the memoirs, administrative files and digital photographs produced during the two-year run of the project. Seven survivors participated in the first year of the project, from 2016–2017; five survivors participated in the second year of the project, from 2017 to 2018.

Collection is divided into three series: Memoirs (2017–2018), Administrative files (2016–2018) and Photographs (2017–2018).

Louise Stein Sorensen fonds

  • CA VHEC RA024
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1921]-2019

Fonds consists of textual records, graphic materials, and artefacts relating to Louise Sorensen’s life in the Netherlands, some of which was spent in hiding. Many of the items are wartime records, including photographs and negatives, correspondence, paper currency, drawings, notice of registration, official and forged identity cards, and ration cards. Additionally, the fonds contains copies of Sorensen’s great-uncle’s daughter’s, Ans’, testimonies; several English translations of items provided by Sorensen; and a 1947 second edition of Anne Frank’s Het Achterhuis, or The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as the Diary of Anne Frank. The fonds has been arranged by the archivist into the following six series: Personal records, Family records, Photographs, Correspondence, Currency and Publications and writings.

Louise Stein Sorensen

EAL Learning Material Collection

  • VCCL C-01
  • Collection
  • 1985 - 2019

This collection consists of learning materials published by Vancouver Community College for use in multiple departments of the English as an Additional Language Area (EAL/ESL). These materials were authored by VCC instructors.

Vancouver Community College

Hakka Mountain songs and laments collection

  • CA UBCMOA 137
  • Collection
  • 1976

Collection consists of six compact discs with recordings of Hakka Mountain songs and laments, sung by Mrs. Yau Chan Shek-ying in 1976, along with accompanying documentation. Documentation includes lists of recordings with song descriptions, song translations/transcriptions, a photograph and bio of the singer, and articles collected by Elizabeth Lominska Johnson. The songs were sung in an older dialect of Hakka. Song types include marriage laments, mountain songs, and funeral laments.

Hakka mountain, or Hakka hill songs, are rural songs sung in the Hakka language by the Hakka people of Southern China. The songs vary in theme/subject, and exist as a kind of oral literature and/or communication at a distance.

Yau Chan Shek-ying

Iris and Jack Lieber collection

  • CA UBCMOA 143
  • Collection
  • 1961 - 1972

The collection consists of research reports collected by Iris and Jack Lieber during their time in Africa and 5 Super 8 video reel tapes were collected during their time in Papua New Guinea. The research reports were written by students at the University of Ibadan, where Jack Lieber worked as a professor in the Department of Education. Reels include footage from schools and the community in Papua New Guinea. Collection also includes two books published by Jack Lieber, and a piece of correspondence sent to him.

Jack Lieber

Nuu-chah-nulth Photograph Collection

  • CA UBCMOA 146
  • Collection
  • [192-?]

The collection consists of eight photographs likely taken in the Nuu-chah-nulth community in the 1920's. Some of the photographs may have been taken by Catherine, the daughter of an early Indian Agent named Augustus Cox. They include a number of images that appear to be a Samiilth or Saatlsaach ceremony, with K'aanaatla mimicking wolves. Some of these images are taken near a seaside village, which shows various types of structures and canoes. Other images taken on a beach show canoe runs, as well as two images of individuals in robes and headdresses. Another image shows a detailed view of two headdresses. There are also images of what seem to be preparations for a parade, with individuals dressed in costumes and decorated motorcars nearby.

I.O.D.E. scrapbooks

  • Collection
  • 1947-1973

The fonds consists of scrapbooks compiled by the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, Richmond Chapter, covering the years 1947-1967 and 1967-1973. The scrapbooks chronicle the chapter's activities and interests, and provide information on the executive and members for the given years. The scrapbooks contain photographs, newspaper clippings, historical notes, event programs and memorabilia. The photographs depict IODE members, social events, parade floats, and various places in the community such as the Town Hall, cenotaph, and Lansdowne Park Racetrack.

Lubzinski brothers and Marine Products Company collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1890]-2003

Collection consists of a selection of of correspondence, financial records, promotional materials and other business records which document Marine Products Company's manufacturing of steering wheels, as well as the importing of raw materials, and the exporting of finished goods. Also included in the collection is a selection of Jack Lubzinski's personal records that demonstrate his interest in physics and mechanics, and his early achievements, as well as several family photographs. The records have been arranged into two series: 1. Marine Products Company business records (1951-2003); 2. Jack Lubzinski personal records (ca. 1890-2000).

Whispers From The Shedrows collection

  • Collection
  • 1931-[ca.1976]

Collection consists mostly of copies of photographs collected by Jack Lowe, Gerry Gilker and Dody Wray, although some original images are also included. The images document the history of Richmond’s race tracks and horse racing industry. Two cassette tapes containing recordings of Jack Short calling races are also included. Collection is arranged in two series: 1. Photographs; 2. Sound recordings.

British Columbia Packers Limited photograph collection

  • Collection
  • 1898-1983

The collection consists of photographs that document the British Columbia Packers Limited's widespread fishing and business operations. A local company with global interests, British Columbia Packers Limited's fish camps, canneries and plants dominated British Columbia's expansive coastline, in addition to those located on the east coast of Canada and beyond national boundaries. Taken by amateur and professional photographers, this collection of over 2000 images provided British Columbia Packers Limited with the means to communicate to its employees what was happening throughout the company. They also served a dual purpose by marketing the company and its various fish products locally, nationally and globally. The collection includes photographs of fishing boats, fish camps, canneries and plants, fishing technology, fish processing techniques, whaling and salmon in their natural habitat. It also includes a series of photographs documenting the construction of the new Imperial Plant in Steveston. Although the majority of the photographs document the fishing industry in Steveston and other areas along the B.C. coast such as Quadra Island, Skeena River, Queen Charlotte Islands, Alert Bay, Campbell Island, Bella Bella and Prince Rupert, canneries on the east coast are also represented. Taken as a whole, these photographs document the changes in fishing and canning technology within the British Columbia Packers Limited over a span of eight decades. The collection also includes photographs that reflect the property damage caused by the British Columbia earthquake of 1946 and photographs from a Klondike gold rush souvenir album from 1898.

Richmond United Church collection

  • Collection
  • 1886-1991

Collection consists of minutes, financial and administrative records, records relating to Minoru Chapel, correspondence and pamphlets, and records of celebrations and events.

Journals and Scrapbooks collection

  • Collection
  • 1895-1973

Collection consists of the journals and scrapbooks of various individuals. Topics include, but are not limited to, the Canadian Pacific Railway, McDonald farm financial transactions, the Girl Guides, the Richmond Junior Soccer League, and the Richmond Parent-Teacher Council.

Richmond Archives photograph collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1900-1989]

The collection consists of photographs of Richmond subjects acquired by the City of Richmond Archives as discrete items. The collection is maintained to accommodate acquisitions that are not part of an identifable fonds or collection but which are worthy of retention.

Richmond Archives map collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1895-1986]

The collection consists of cartographic records acquired as discrete items by the City of Richmond Archives from sources other than Richmond municipal government agencies. The collection is maintained to accommodate acquisitions that are not part of an identifiable fonds or collection, but which are worthy of retention.

Grauer expropriation litigation case collection

  • Collection
  • 1948-[200?]

The collection consists of legal documents such as affidavits, change of solicitor, examinations for discovery, judgements, reasons for judgements, notices of motion, oaths and statements of defence; correspondence and memoranda; case examples; legislation; trial binders; notarized copies of legal agreements; cartographic plans; Vancouver International Airport meeting minutes, annual reports, information kits and publicity pamphlets; property appraisals; and newspaper clippings. These records of the Grauer's expropriation litigation document the procedures required for this complex and lengthy legal case. Collection is arranged in 8 series: 1. Records management, [199?]-[200?]; 2. Exchequer Court trials, 1959-1961; 3. Public hearing, 1972-1973; 4. Federal Court trial T-2892-74, 1974-1986; 5. Correspondence and trial related documents, 1948-1986; 6. Manning Construction, 1971; 7. Sturgeon Banks, 1976-[198?]; 8. Publications and newspaper clippings, 1950-1986.

"Immigration and Identity" Latin American women's oral history project collection

  • Collection
  • 2002

This collection consists of the oral histories of 25 women who were born in Latin American countries and have settled in British Columbia's Lower Mainland since the 1970's. It includes 33 original sound cassettes and one set of copies of the interviews, 25 Spanish transcripts, 25 English transcripts, interviewee consent forms, and a 31-page coil-bound booklet which describes the project and provides brief biographies.

O Zone Photograph Documentation Project collection

  • Collection
  • 2010

The collection consists of digital images of activities and events at Richmond's 2010 Winter Olympic Games celebration site taken by members of the Richmond Photo Club.

Robert Gordon collection

  • Collection
  • 1902-1914

Collection includes correspondence, reports, notices, resolutions, minutes and financial records relating to Gordon's capacity as a School Trustee and Municipal Councillor.

Richmond Lumber Company collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1935]-1942

The collection consists of a fire insurance policy and certificate, one bound insurance appraisal, newspaper clippings related to the fire, and photographs of the mill and Mathiesen family.

Greta (McKenzie) Cheverton collection

  • Collection
  • 1894-1967

The collection consists of certificates, notes and report cards relating to Cheverton's education; correspondence, certificates and a sound recording relating to the Hudson's Bay Company 250th anniversary essay contest; general correspondence relating to memorial services, civil defence training, and other general topics; and a collection of postcards. Photographs of the Richmond area have yet to be arranged or described.

Graham Elliston photograph collection

  • Collection
  • 1960-1984

Collection consists of one series of photograph slides of British Columbia fishing boats taken at small craft harbours throughout the Straits of Georgia and the west coast of Vancouver Island in the decade between 1972 and 1982. Most of the photographs show the vessels at the dock.

Fraser Agricultural Society collection

  • Collection
  • 1966-1967

The collection contains minutes of three Society meetings, a membership list, and records relating to the 1966 and 1967 agricultural fairs.

Collection about Rudolf Vrba

  • CA VHEC RA028
  • Collection
  • 1987-2014

Collection consists of articles, lectures, correspondence, newspaper clippings and other textual material produced and collected by John Conway relating to the life, activity and legacy of Dr. Rudolf Vrba, a Slovak Jewish Holocaust survivor escaped from Auschwitz and associate professor of pharmacology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.

Collection has been arranged into the following series: Vierteljahrshefre für Zeitgelchichte documents series (1997–2010); Vrba memorial lecture series (2006–2014); Biographical material series (1987–2010); Correspondence and research records series (2004–2007); and Articles and lectures series (1992–2013).

Centennial collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1862-1979]

The collection consists of photographs of a wide variety of Richmond subjects acquired and arranged by volunteers in preparation for the Richmond municipal centennial in 1979. Subjects include: agriculture; churches; commercial development; construction; fishing; floods; industry; municipal facilities; municipal officials; pioneer families; schools; sports; and transportation.

Maurice Smith militaria collection

  • CA VHEC RA032
  • Collection
  • [between 1939 and 1945]

Scope and content: Collection is comprised of memorabilia received or collected by Maurice Smith while performing military service in Italy and the Netherlands. Collection is divided into three series: Artefacts [between 1939 and 1945], Correspondence, photograph (1945) and Publications and ephemera (1944–1945).

Smith, Maurice

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