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Ann Hansen fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR453
  • Fonds
  • 1970 - 2012

The archival fonds consists of the following series: Direct Action-related clippings, correspondence, ephemera and notes; legal correspondence; pre- and post-parole correspondence, ephemera, notes and writings by others; correspondence received during incarceration; prison records (supplied to Hansen under an Access to Information request); Direct Action chapter drafts and related materials; and RCMP surveillance transcripts (closed until 2072).

Subject matter of the mixed clippings and correspondence series includes: anti-nuclear/anti-cruise missile activism, court proceedings, Elizabeth Fry Society, environmental issues, indigenous peoples issues, international activism, pornography, anti-pornography/anti-snuff films, prison-industrial complex, sexual assault, Red Hot Video, the Vancouver Five trial matters and sentencing, women’s rights.

Correspondence received during incarceration series includes: correspondence from Brent Taylor, Janice Bear Neudorf, and various supporters and publishers; series also includes 1 box of previous sealed letters from other members of the Vancouver Five, primarily Brent Taylor.

Hansen, Ann

Ian Baird fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR008
  • Fonds
  • 1957-1987

The fonds consists of correspondence relating to political and personal matters from John G. Diefenbaker to Alex MacLeod Baird, 1966, and to Ian Baird, 1966-1977, with some letters signed by Diefenbaker's secretary on his behalf; clippings regarding Diefenbaker and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, 1959-1972; correspondence to Ian Baird from Lyle Kahl, MLA for Esquimalt (1978) regarding the Save the E and N Railway Committee; Victor A. Stephens, leader of the B.C. Progressive Conservative Party regarding the provincial election campaign (1978-1979), and from other Progressive Conservative politicians.

Baird, Ian, 1947-

John Climenhaga fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR034
  • Fonds
  • 1950-1983

The fonds consists of records pertaining to the University of Victoria's Faculty of Arts and Science, Joint Faculties, Faculty Association, Faculty of Graduate Studies, and various university committees and department head meetings. Records include minutes, notes, reports, student lists, committee recommendations, curriculum evaluation forms, and student registration statistics. Fonds includes copies of Climenhaga's curriculum vitae and some published articles. Fonds also includes records relating to the Vancouver Island Hockey League and its predecessor, the Esquimalt and District Amateur Hockey League, including correspondence, minutes, financial statements and rule books.

Climenhaga, John, 1916-

Margaret Peterson fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR445
  • Fonds
  • ? - 1997

The fonds reflects Margaret Peterson’s artistic processes and practices, research interests, pedagogy, her relationship with Howard O’Hagan, and her relationships with friends, patrons, fellow artists, galleries and various institutions.
The fonds consists of correspondence, photographs, biographical documents, diaries and notebooks, financial and business-related documents, grant applications, teaching materials, unpublished poetry and manuscripts, exhibition catalogues, clippings and publications, drawings and small artworks, painting materials, objects collected by Peterson, and various ephemera.
Correspondents include Howard O’Hagan, Elza Mayhew, Glenn Wessels, J. Russell Harper, Jean Varda, Dorothy and John B. Grover, Joy Ling, Walter Askin, Robert and Sarah Amos, Helen Anderson, R.W. Peterson, Ellen Charlotte Peterson, and Jane Hanks.
The fonds has been arranged into five series: Biographical, Art Practice, Publications, clippings and collected ephemera, Teaching, and Howard O’Hagan Materials.

Peterson, Margaret

Ted Harrison fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR460
  • Fonds
  • 1947 - 2008

The fonds reflects the development of Harrison's career as a painter following 28 years as a teacher, and consists of the following series: Harrison Family and Personal; Accounting; Teaching; Art Works; Production; Harrison Appearances; Publishing; Projects; Galleries; Photography; and Miscellaneous Objects.

Harrison, Ted

Herbert Siebner fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR402
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1943-2003

The fonds reflects Siebner’s intellectual and philosophical interests and ideas on art and life; his interactions with galleries, friends, family and patrons; travels; involvement in the Limners; pre-publication work for his monographs and other books; promotion and sale of art; and public art commissions.
The fonds consists of personal writing and poetry, correspondence, sales lists, inventories, exhibition announcements, sketches, clippings, photographs, film and video, prints and drawings.
Fonds has been arranged in six series: Art Practice, Photographs, Audio video, Works on paper, Biographical, Limners

Siebner, Herbert

Rikki Swin Institute transgender collection

  • CA UVICARCH AR421
  • Fonds
  • 1943 - 2003

The Rikki Swin Institute transgender collection consists of the following fonds: Rikki Swin Institute fonds, Ari Kane fonds, International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) fonds, and the Virginia Prince fonds. The IFGE fonds includes material from Betty Ann Lind and Merissa Sherrill Lynn.

Kane, Ari

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR030
  • Fonds
  • 1884-1979

The fonds consists of lists of death and burial records of Chinese persons in Victoria, BC, 1902-1923; Chinese deceased in Canada, 1937; leave permits issued to the Chinese Hospital in Vancouver, Victoria, and other areas of B.C., 1908-1909; donation and fundraising records, subscription booklets, records of income and expenditures, receipts, Free Miners Certificates, national bonds, 1884-1912; population data; correspondence from the Commander in Shanghai, 1932; minutes of the Chinese Public School; correspondence regarding donations for victims of famines, droughts, and floods in China, and booklets recording donations; records of the Chinese Hospital, including report books on patients, doctor order books and consultation forms, 1956-1976.

The death and burial records series, 1902-1923 consists of: medical certificates of death for Chinese persons in Victoria, BC; and burial permits for Chinese persons in Victoria, BC, including permits issued by the Chinese Benevolent Cemetery Company.

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (Victoria, B.C.)

Charles Sedgwick fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR113
  • Fonds
  • 1970-1973

The fonds consists of 6 files of research material used in the production of Sedgwick's master of arts thesis concerning the Chinese community in Victoria, B.C.: The Context of Economic Change and Continuity in an Urban Overseas Chinese Community. The fonds includes photographs not reproduced in the thesis, and transcriptions of interviews with members of the Chinese community that include recollections of family, neighbours, neighbourhoods, and local businesses.

The files consist of the following:
1.1 Essay, Categories and Techniques of Fund Raising in an Overseas Chinese Community, Sedgwick, Charles P., May 1973
1.2 Photographs – 24 prints – b&w, colour: relating to Victoria Chinatown events, scenes and businesses. Some reproductions from BC Archives, Victoria Colonist, and photographer Don Alan Hall. 1 illustrated page removed from a publication.
1.3 Academic papers, other authors, relating to Chinese settlement in Victoria, in Canada and in North America
1.4 Research material, various sources, photocopies, lists, transcriptions, many with annotations
1.5 Research data, survey responses, historical records transcriptions, research sources
1.6 Field notes and supporting references

Sedgwick, Charles Peter, 1941-

David Barbarash fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR427
  • Fonds
  • 1971 - 2003

The fond reflects Barbarash’s activities relating to anarchism generally and the animal rights movement specifically, and consists of: articles, brochures and pamphlets, clippings, court documents, correspondence, personal notes, and subject files. Subjects include: animal rights, ALF, Earth First!, legal proceedings, logging, marijuana legalization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), pro-gun lobby, trophy hunting, and the Vancouver 5.

Barbarash, David

Stuart Baker fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR009
  • Fonds
  • 1948 - 1988

The fonds consists of five series: Personal Life, Pre-Totem Theatre Involvement, Totem Theatre, Post-Totem Theatre Involvement and the Arngrim Family series. These series document Baker’s involvement in the Canadian theatre scene over a period of time spanning approximately thirty years, as well as certain aspects of his personal life. The fonds consists primarily of photographs and slides, both professional and private; they are largely unidentified. Also included are three scrapbooks of drama clippings of Vancouver productions, 1948-1951, theatre posters, programs, memorabilia and several letters.

Personal Life series includes photographs, slides and home movies accumulated by Baker that relate to family, friends and trips abroad.

Pre-Totem Theatre Involvement series documents Baker’s involvement in Canadian theatre from the late 1940s until 1951, and is comprised of photographic material.

Totem Theatre series documents extensively Baker’s involvement with the Totem Theatre company between 1951 and 1954. The series encompasses not only the administrative and promotional side of Totem Theatre, but also the production and staging side. The series includes administrative and promotional material as well as photographs and an extensive collection of newspaper clippings.

Post-Totem Theatre Involvement series documents Baker’s involvement with North American theatre between 1954 and the late 1970s, and includes an extensive collection of slides, photographs and newspaper clippings. The Education sub-series documents Baker’s involvement with drama and summer theatre schools.

Arngrim Family series consists of documents accumulated by Baker that relate to the family of his friend, Thor Arngrim and include photographs, slides and sound recordings. Arngrim married Totem Theatre actress Nora MacMillan in 1954 after the demise of the theatre company, and as such, some materials relating to her later work can also be found within this series.

The fonds has one subseries: the Education sub-series found within the Post-Totem Theatre Involvement series.

Baker, Stuart

Lesbian and Bisexual Women in English Canada audio history collection

  • CA UVICARCH AR425
  • Collection
  • 1996 - 1998

The Lesbian and Bisexual Women in English Canada audio history collection consists of audio histories conducted for the 2001 University of Victoria Department of History doctoral dissertation The Spreading Depths: Lesbian and Bisexual Women in English Canada, 1910-1965. The Spreading Depths is the basis for Cameron Duder’s subsequent monograph Awfully Devoted Women: Lesbian Lives in Canada, 1900-65, published in 2010 by UBC Press.

The collection consists of 12 interviews (21 recordings in total as some were in multiple parts) conducted by Duder from 1996 to 1998. 27 women were interviewed for the dissertation research, and Duder also drew on interviews recorded in the 1980s for the Lesbians Making History Project. 12 of the women interviewed by Duder consented to their interviews being housed in the University of Victoria Archives. 10 of the 12 women requested to be identified by pseudonym.

Duder's dissertation, The Spreading Depths, examines lesbian and bisexual women’s formation of subjectivity in pre-1965 English Canada, a time when the terms and identities “lesbian” and “bisexual” were not widely discussed in society. Duder considers the existing historical information about the lives of women in same-sex relationships, in English Canada, before the social, political and sexual liberation movements of the 1960s. The interviews conducted by Duder provide information on what had been a neglected group in previous research on lesbian and bisexual women: the interview subjects are lesbians and bisexual women from lower-middle class and working class families. Duder argues that discourses on 19th and 20th century history of sexuality have reflected the documentation of the politically active and socially privileged, namely activist persons or organizations and women from upper middle class families whose histories were documented in public archives. Duder argues for a class-specific lesbian subjectivity in the decades before 1965, a subjectivity which does not always adhere to the forms of the “romantic friendship” and the “butch-femme relationship” which have dominated the discourse.

Duder adds a Canadian perspective to the large literature on the transition in women’s relationships from the romantic friendship to the modern lesbian. The Spreading Depths reveals that before the Second World War, women in same-sex relationships were influenced by the language of sexology. Their relationships were also much more explicitly sexual than were those of earlier generations of lesbians. Duder suggests, however, that we should not assume great expansion in the discussion of sexuality, because well into the 1950s and 1960s Canadians lacked information about sexual desire and sexual practice. The interview testimonies complicate the picture we have of women in the mid-twentieth century being much more sexually aware than women of previous generations.

The interviews reveal that lesbians and bisexual women shared heterosexual women’s longing for intimate relationships, their joy at finding a partner, and their pleasure in coming to an awareness of sexuality, but they also reveal that same-sex relationships held the same risks of infidelity, domestic violence, and alcohol abuse as existed for heterosexual women. Relationships with family were also mixed. Duder posits that because of the lack of public discussion around women’s sexual subjectivity, and therefore a lack of terminology that could be used to define and reject women living outside the heterosexual norm, women in same-sex relationships during the period under study may have had somewhat better relationships with their families than lesbians after 1965. Finally, The Spreading Depths discusses the Canadian lesbian community of the 1950s and the 1960s and contrasts the social world of lower-middle-class lesbians with the public bar culture of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The interview testimonies reveal the views held by these women towards the bar scene and the women who regularly socialized in the bars. The interviewees describe alternative ways they found to socialize with one another so as to avoid exposure.

Initially, the project intended to include heterosexual women as a part of its analysis of women in English Canada. Duder sought interviewees through advertisements in regular media and lesbian and feminist media, and consequently the text of these advertisements differed: for regular media, women 55 and older, who lived in British Columbia or Ontario for a minimum of 5 years between 1910 and 1955, were sought to speak about personal relationships and social life, all types of friendships, romantic relationships, courting and marriage; advertisements in lesbian and feminist media sought lesbian/gay and bisexual women 55 and older, who lived in British Columbia or Ontario for a minimum of 5 years between 1910 and 1955, willing to speak about personal relationships and social life, and the lives of lesbian and bisexual women. The dissertation was later narrowed to consider lesbian and bisexual women only.

Interviewees were offered use of pseudonyms, given the option of an audio recording of the interview or written notation only, and for those selecting the audio recording, the choices of destruction, preservation of the recording in an archives, or preservation of a transcript. Regarding access restrictions, participants choosing preservation of the recordings could select: no restriction, access with written consent, access after death of the participant, closure until a specified date, or other specifically stated restrictions.

The interviews were preceded by an informal meeting where Duder and the interviewee discussed the research and interview proposal. The guiding interview questions were organized into the following categories and general subjects (summarized from Appendix B of The Spreading Depths). Not all questions were asked of all interviewees:
Biographical background – of the interviewee and immediate family members, including birthplaces, nationalities, places lived, education and occupations;
Childhood – enjoyed or not enjoyed; feelings towards parents and siblings; family strictures; church attendance; playmates and racial characteristics of neighbourhood; school experiences; adolescence; reading habits; clothing worn; drinking and smoking habits; and special friendships;
Socializing and sexual knowledge – extent and location of socializing; types of socializing; friends and acquaintances; frequenting of clubs or bars; any secretiveness concerning activities and location; extent and source of knowledge of human anatomy, sex, pregnancy, masturbation, and same sex relations; awareness of and interaction with homosexual women or men;
Personal sexuality – sexual preference; words used to describe preference; early physical and emotional attractions; feelings associated with attraction; extent of intimate relationships; perceptions of mixed race relationships.

Additional questions were available to guide further discussion of relationships and sexuality. The following is a sample from these questions (excerpted Appendix B of The Spreading Depths). Questions may not have been required depending on the course of interview:

  • How would you describe the way you felt about sex in those relationships?
  • Were there any occasions where one of you wanted to do something different and the other refused? How did you feel about that?
  • Did you know from the beginning what you would like and dislike or was that something you learned about yourself over time?
  • Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about your sexual relationships?

Stephanie Castle fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR422
  • Fonds
  • 1982 - 2002 (1993-2002 predominant)

Fonds consists of: copies of Zenith Digest and material relating to the administration of the Zenith Foundation; the Foundation’s participation as an intervener in the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal regarding Synthia Kavanagh and the Correctional Service of Canada; and copies of the following publications:
The Partnership, by Stephanie Castle
Shadows in the City, by Stephanie Castle
Tales from Cascadia - Volume One, by Stephanie Castle
A Tale of Two Wives, by Stephanie Castle
Prisoner of Gender, by Katherine Johnson & Stephanie Castle
As Much as Me?, by Margot Roberts

Castle, Stephanie

Sandra Meigs fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR138
  • Fonds
  • 1970 - 2007

The fonds reflects Meigs’ artistic development, relationships with galleries, and teaching career, and consists of articles, brochures, correspondence, essays, lecture notes, notebooks, exhibit posters, photographs, scripts and other writings. Exhibitions and writings include: "The Scab Picker," "The Western Gothic," "Joy Joy Sorrow," "The Newborn," "Swoon," "Scenes for My Affection," "Purgatorio - A Drinkingbout," and "A Dense Fog."

Meigs, Sandra

Douglas Franklin fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR428
  • Fonds
  • 1972-2000

The fonds consists primarily of photographic prints, negatives and contact sheets of historic buildings and properties - preparatory material for Franklin’s co-authored publications on Victoria’s architecture. The fonds is arranged in four series: photographs - Victoria: A History in Architecture, 1843-1929; photographs - Exploring Victoria’s Architecture; architectural drawing - East School elevation (Lord Strathcona School), Vancouver, BC, 1897; and publications and printed matter.

Franklin, Douglas

Debby Yaffe interview / Women's Studies collection

  • CA UVICARCH AR430
  • Item
  • 2009

Item consists of sound recordings of Debby Yaffe discussing her childhood, schooling and family life in California, including gendered family roles, expectations of femininity in the 1950s, university, marriage and life in Europe, her feminist consciousness raising experience in London, teaching high school in London, the differences between English and American societies, sex discrimination, radical feminist activities, restructuring of sexual relationships, life in Canada and involvement in the Women’s movement in Victoria, Status of Women Action group, Everywomens Books, disordered eating as feminist issue, work as a fitness instructor, abortion rights, impact on feminist awareness of the December 6, 1989 killings at École Polytechnique in Montréal, radical feminism, women’s lives in Canada and England, life as a lesbian, resisting dominant domestic relationship constructs, teaching Women’s Studies, feminist theory, and the Victoria Women’s Movement Archives.

The Debby Yaffe interview was conducted by Joy Fisher as a research project in the course History 358A, “Women in Canada,” taught by Dr. Lynne Marks, which covered histories of women in Canada from the era of New France to the present. Fisher’s resulting essay is entitled “Riding the Wave/ Watching the Wave: A Second Wave Feminist Talks about Gender Ideologies and her Life.”

Yaffe, Debby

Derek Ellis fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR046
  • Fonds
  • 1946-1997

The fonds consists of monographs, scientific articles, newspaper clippings, letters, slides, photographic prints, moving images, maps and other documents. The records are arranged in 3 series, reflecting Ellis's research and teaching interests: Environmental assessments, 1969-1997; Underwater Photography of salmon, 1957-1963; Arctic Research 1952-1967.

Ellis, Derek

Archie H. Wills fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR394
  • Fonds
  • 1890-2004

The fonds consists of records relating to his career as a journalist and to his family life in Victoria. It has been arranged in two series, Autobiography and Writing. The Autobiography series consists of Archies autobiographical works, which document his service in World War I and his family life and career. It has been arranged into three sub-series: All in A Lifetime, My Life in the Army, and Travel. The Writing series consists of his published and unpublished work, and background material for it. The series shows his interest in making new generations of Victoria residents aware of their citys history and aware of World War I history. It has been arranged into two sub-series: Articles and Stories, and Broadcasts. Records include typed manuscripts, clippings of Archies published articles, photographs including photograph albums, diaries, scrapbooks, war medals, and ephemera.

Wills, Archie

Facilities Management fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR136
  • Fonds
  • 1959-1987

The fonds consists of five series: General office files; Architectural drawings for UVic buildings, arranged alphabetically by name of building; Project files for UVic buildings, arranged alphabetically by name of building; Specifications and contracts for UVic buildings, arranged alphabetically by name of building; and the Gordon Head army camp files.

University of Victoria (B.C.). Facilities Management

McPherson Library fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR161
  • Fonds
  • 1966-1994

The fonds consists of two series: Preservation Services series, and Serials Division series.

University of Victoria (B.C.). McPherson Library

Early Music Society of the Islands fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1973 - 2006

The fonds consists of records documenting the Society’s planning and presentation of its annual concert series and of its workshops, the latter presented from 1985 to 1994. It has been arranged into three series: Administration; Concerts, Events and Artistic files; and Fundraising and
Development.

Early Music Society of the Islands

Limners fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR440
  • Fonds
  • 1972 - 2008

This fonds documents the activities of the Victoria Limners Society from 1972-2008 and includes correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records and society filings. It also contains records related to various group exhibits, including the Limners’ 25th anniversary exhibition in 1996, as well as records related to a book and video produced about the group. A small number of newspaper clippings, exhibition pamphlets, various editions of a booklet on the Limners Society artists and black and white photographs showing Limner members at exhibitions and meetings can be found in this fonds. This fonds has been arranged into into six series: 1) letters; 2) minutes; 3) financial records; 4) society filings; 5) 25th anniversary exhibition; and 6) publications and graphic materials.

Limners (Group of artists)

Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia / EKOS Communications video history collection

  • CA UVICARCH AR447
  • Collection
  • 2000 - 2008

Collection consists of video history interviews with park pioneers, as well as some events, created by EKOS Communications in partnership with the Elders Council for Parks of British Columbia commemorate the 100th anniversary of BC Parks in 2011.

The Elders Council is an independent society, whose members are retired parks system employees and conservation advocates who have dedicated a significant portion of their lives to parks and protected areas in BC. These interviews served as source material for the documentary BC Parks: Celebrating 100 Years of Recreation and Protection.

EKOS Communications first launched in 2005 as ekostv.com with the goal of creating Canada's first independent new media channel. ekostv was re-envisioned in 2007 as EKOS Communications, Inc. which providing environmental education and communication services. Clients included Parks Canada, BC Parks, Natural Resources Canada, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Metro Vancouver, and Union of BC Municipalities. EKOS Communications’ services included project management, video production, audio production, web design and development, community animation, group process and facilitation, research and writing, communications strategy, communications consultation, environmental education, curriculum design, development and evaluation.

In December 2010, EKOS Communications Inc. dissolved and was re-formed as EKOS Communications under the sole proprietorship of creator, president and executive producer Rick Searle. As of April 2011, other chief officers of EKOS Communications included Creative Director/Writer Starr Munro, Editor/Shooter Richard Fulop, and Webmaster Prarie Blake. EKOS Communications’ stated mission is “to assist with the rapid advancement of ecological literacy and sustainability through environmental education and communication;” “Combining video, audio, animation, and print with new media innovations, EKOS Communications connects people more deeply with each other to work together for the betterment of the planet.”

Standard questions were used in most of the interviews and included dates of employment/association with BC Parks, parks worked in, greatest challenges, accomplishments and regrets, lessons learned, hopes for provincial park system today and mentors.

Interviewers included Rick Searle. Interviewees: Bob Ahrens, Victor Bopp, Bert Brink, Luc Campeau, Ric Careless, Jim Delikatny, Yorke Edwards, Ken Farquharson, Milt Goddard, Don Gough, Herb Green, Gordon MacDonald, Ed Mankelow, Ian McTaggart-Cowan, Tom Moore, Denis O’Gorman, David Stirling, Bob Williams and John Woodworth.

Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia

Peggy Abkhazi fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR325
  • Fonds
  • 1899-1981

The fonds consists of manuscripts, correspondence, family documents, photographs, memorabilia about Georgia and Abkhazi family, and miscellaneous pamphlets. The manuscripts include a typescript of "Manuscript of (Mrs.) Peggy Pemberton-Carter written during internment in Lunghua Prison Camp, Shanghai", accompanying watercolours by Deirdre Fee and Lilian Schlee; typescript of "Dragon Aunt Remembers, 1900-1980", unpublished; photocopy of typescript "The Curious Cage", and an extensive photograph collection of the development of the Abkhazi garden.

Abkhazi, Peggy

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