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Clergy records

Series consists of clergy records, correspondence, reports, clippings, printed material, photographs. Consists of registers and files of deceased and transferred clergy, including student files, biographical information, oaths, declarations and other clergy documents.

Parish files

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, petitions, constitutions, instruments of consecration, legal records, property records, financial records, cemetery records, parish profiles, statistics, notes, journals, newsletters, histories, clippings, printed material, photographs, postcards, slides, drawings, architectural records, plans, cartographic records. Alphabetically arranged including Prince Rupert Coast Mission. Includes some baptism, confirmation, marriage and burial records from various parishes.

Published materials

This series consists of records related to Lyons' activities as an author, including book-length publications, newspapers and magazine articles, and covers the period of the early 1950s until his death. Lyons typically addressed British Columbia history, botany, wildlife, parks, and other related topics in his writings. This series includes manuscripts and monographs by Lyons with extensive handwritten revisions. It also contains botanical drawings used to illustrate Lyons' field guides, as well as research notes, newspaper and magazine clippings, correspondence, dust jackets, brochures, pamphlets, reports, photographs, slides, and other textual records pertaining to Lyons' publications. This series consists of three subseries: 1) monographs; 2) field guide illustrations; and 3) newspapers and magazines.

Miscellaneous records

This series consists of correspondence and other records pertaining to aspects of Lyons life and work that are not covered in the other series of the fonds. It includes material related to Lyons professional work in the BC Forest Service, BC Parks, and BC Fish and Game, as well as Lyons' work with Toastmasters. There are also some records from Lyons' involvement with the B.C. Museum Association. This series also includes other miscellaneous personal records and some painting and drawings by Lyons. There is no discernible order to these records, but they have been loosely grouped into this series. Records include Lyons' expired passports, maps, brochures, research notes, correspondence, reports, postcards, booklets and pamphlets.

Cemetery records

Series consists of cemetery records, legal records, property records, financial records, instrument of consecration, correspondence, notes, plans, clippings, printed material, architectural record. Consists primarily of records relating to Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, but also includes some items relating to Royal Oak Cemetery.

art practice

The art practice series consists of five sub-series: photographs; posters; exhibitions catalogues; correspondence; poetry and small works; and notebooks

Field notebooks

This series consists of approximately 66 coil-bound notebooks with Lyons' handwritten notes detailing his travels in British Columbia, Mexico, England, Asia, and elsewhere. Many of these notebooks appear to be related to Lyons' activities as an international tour guide for his travel company, Golden Eye Travel, especially those that mention tour members. The information recorded in these notebooks include travel notes, such as expenses, names and addresses, accomodation, food, foreign words and phrases. Lyons also used these note books to record notes on botany and wildlife, such as names and sketches of flora and fauna, especially birds. There are also some sketches of maps. Film notes, sound notes, and photograph notes also figure strongly here. Some notes are extremely detailed diary-like entries that may be the beginnings of the film scripts inspired by these trips. These notebooks have been arranged chronologically.

General administration files

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, instruments of consecration, notes, printed material, clippings, legal records, property records, financial records, histories, manuscripts, cemetery records, photographs, cartographic records, architectural records. Includes subseries of parish files.

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