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art practice

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

Scripts

This series consists of textual records Lyons used to narrate slide shows, films, and other lectures for the Audubon Society and the CBC television show Klahanie. Lyons also used scripts for other lectures, seminar talks, and speeches. The subject matter typically addresses nature and wildlife conservation and activities, especially in British Columbia, as well as international travel. This series includes drafts, revisions, and final versions of the scripts, as well as the background material and research notes used as sources. This series consists of three subseries: 1) Audubon scripts, 2) Klahanie scripts, and 3) Other scripts.

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.

Photographic materials

This series consists of photographic prints, negatives, and slides that Lyons created throughout his lifetime in his various roles as BC Parks employee, botanist, writer, travel guide, worldwide traveller, and father. Prominent subjects in Lyons' photos include travel, scenery, wildlife, and historic sites in British Columbia. Many photos also depict botanical specimens, undoubtedly used in Lyons' field guides. The largest number photographic images come from Lyons' international travels to India, Asia, Central and South America, and elsewhere. Some of these images were published in Lyons' monographs, newspapers, and magazine articles. This series is arranged by format into two subseries: 1) prints and negatives; and 2) slides.

Audio-visual materials

This series consists of moving images and sound recordings created by Lyons, beginning in his employment with BC Parks and continuing after he left government service. As with Lyons' other material, the subject of the moving images are the BC outdoors and international travel. The sound recordings were accompaniments to Lyons' films and slide shows. They also relate to Lyons' later involvement with B.C. Parks reunions. This series is arranged by format into two subseries: 1) moving images; and 2) sound recordings.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Petitions and consecrations

Series consists of instruments of consecration. Includes petitions and consecrations for Cowichan Cemetery; Nanaimo, St. Paul; North Saanich, Holy Trinity; Quamichan, St. Peter; Saanich Cemetery; Sandwick, St. Andrew; Victoria, Christ Church Cathedral; Victoria, St. James, James Bay; Victoria, St. John the Divine; Victoria, St. Luke, Cedar Hill; Victoria, St. Paul, Esquimalt and naval cemetery.

Records relating to Anglican Chinese Missions

Series consists of correspondence, reports, minutes. Includes correspondence of Bishop and diocesan administrators with the Superintendent of Anglican Chinese Missions in British Columbia who worked for the Provincial Board of Missions to Orientals, reports of the Good Hope Mission in Victoria, and minutes of the Provincial Board. Records are mostly from the 1920's.

Architectural and building records

Series consists of architectural records, correspondence, reports, cemetery records, plans, drawings. Includes architectural plans, drawings, specifications and proposals for projects at Fort Nelson; Fort St. John; Greenville (or Lakalzap); Hazelton; Kincolith (or Gingolx); Kitkatla; Mackenzie; New Masset; Ocean Falls; Old Masset (Haida); St. Andrew's Cathedral, Prince Rupert; Terrace; and proposed foster home at Prince Rupert. Also includes plan of cemetery at Francois Lake. Photocopies in part.

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