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Sub-series consists of correspondence primarily between Wise and galleries, art dealers, museums, arts organizations and other artists; some correspondence to galleries and dealers written on behalf of Jack Wise by his spouses Else Wise (Hubbard) and Mary Wise (Ross)


This subseries consists of records related to Lyons' book-length publications. It includes Lyons' books on local and natural history in British Columbia, comprised of Milestones on the Mighty Fraser: Travel Guide to the Historic Fraser Canyon Vancouver-Kamloops (J.M. Dent & Sons: 1950, rev. ed. 1956); Milestones in Ogopogo Land: In Which the Many Wonders of the Land of Ogopogo and Sunshine are Revealed (1957) ; Milestones on Vancouver Island: The Story of This "Island to the West", Its Past and Its Present (Evergreen Press: 1958). This subseries also contains Lyons' popular field guides to the plants of British Columbia and Washington state, including Trees, Shrubs and Flowers to Know in British Columbia (J.M. Dent & Sons: 1952, 2nd rev. ed. 1965); Trees, Shrubs and Flowers to Know in British Columbia and Washington (Lone Pine: 1995); and Wildflowers of Washington (Lone Pine: 1997). According to the "About the Author" section in Wildflowers of Washington, "Chess' first book, Trees, Shrubs and Flowers to Know in British Columbia, published in 1954, was the first non-technical field guide in the province. Two years later in 1956, he wrote a similar book for Washington State. They served for many decades, through many reprints and revisions, and were finally combined into one volume in 1995" (192). The 7 monographs in this subseries are mostly labelled "Work Copy" or "Office Copy" indicating that they are early proofs or otherwise being revised, as the handwritten ink comments throughout attest. The records consist of monographs, manuscripts, research and research notes, correspondence, dust jackets, miscellaneous brochures and maps used for research, one notebook, and electronic records on three computer disks. The three computer disks contain electronic version of the revised manuscript for Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers in BC and Washington from 1994.

Field guide illustrations

This subseries consists of approximately 425 drawings that Lyons used as the basis for his field guide illustrations. As such, they mainly feature botanical subjects like trees, shrubs, and flowers from British Columbia and Washington. Drawings are arranged numerically, which roughly correlates to their appearance in the publications. Due to the numerous revisions that Lyons' field guides went through, the page correlations cannot be determined precisely.

Newspapers and magazines

This subseries contains records from Lyons' activities as a writer of newspaper and magazine articles, largely in the 1950s and 1960s during the time that he was still employed in BC Parks. The subject of the articles typically concern the BC outdoors and activities and include titles like "BC's Great Cliffs," "Native Shrubs," and "Enjoy Outdoors with Home on Wheels." While Lyons wrote articles for a variety of newspaper and magazines, most records in this subseries appear to be from Lyons' "This Amazing Province" series which ran in the Victoria Times in the early 1950s, as well as several articles that appeared in the magazine Forest and Mill, published by the Forest Industries of B.C. until 1966. This subseries consists of manuscripts, drafts, clippings (some glued into a scrapbook), photographs and negatives, research notes, reference material, correspondence, and other textual records pertaining to newspaper and magazine articles by Lyons.

Anne Frank in the World, 1929-1945

Sub-series consists of promotional materials, correspondence, grant applications, financial records, meeting minutes, photographs, newspaper clippings, contracts, inventories and other records to do with the inaugural Anne Frank in the World, 1929-1945 exhibition, which was produced by the Anne Frank Center USA and ran from November 7 to December 11, 1994.

Building Bridges: Student Art Exhibit

Sub-series consists of grant applications, faxes, announcements, correspondence and colour slides depicting student artwork featured in the Building Bridges: Student Art Exhibit exhibition, as well as photographs of the exhibition and mural creation. Building Bridges was on display in summer 1996.

Open Hearts - Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project

Sub-series consists of oral history project texts, scrapbooks, promotional materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, financial records, guest book, permission forms, and other records to do with the Open Hearts - Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project exhibition, which ran from November 17, 1997, to March 30, 1998. Sub-series also consists of materials to do with online Open Hearts - Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project exhibition.

Maus: A Memoir of the Holocaust

Sub-series consists of promotional materials, photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, research materials, and other records to do with the Maus: A Memoir of the Holocaust exhibition, which ran from October 15 to December 15, 1998.

The Gesher Project

Sub-series consists of slides depicting artwork, correspondence, promotional materials, newspaper clippings, financial records, guest book, and other records to do with The Gesher Project exhibition, which ran from June 20 to September 17, 1999.

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