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Robert Smithson collection

  • Collection
  • 1951-1977, 2001-2007

The material in the Robert Smithson Collection consists of items collected by the late Vancouver writer and filmmaker Dennis Wheeler. All the material is related to Wheeler’s association with the noted American artist Robert Smithson. Materials in the collection include: articles, correspondence, journals, magazines, catalogues, newspaper clippings, photographs, posters, notes, slides, and negatives.

Smithson, Robert

Elsie Allan theatre collection

  • CA UVICARCH AR001
  • Collection
  • 1925-1980

The collection consists of material compiled by Elsie Allan concerning theatre in Victoria and other locations in B.C. and in England. The collection includes notebooks of annotated scripts, scripts of plays, announcements and notices of meetings of the Victoria Theatre Guild, programmes of amateur and professional performances in Victoria, New York, and England, and programmes of the British Columbia, Dominion, Kelowna, and Vancouver Island Drama Festivals.

Healey Willan collection

  • CA UVICARCH AR194
  • Collection
  • 1937-1981

The collection primarily consists of memorabilia and newspaper clippings, collected by Willan's son, Patrick Willan. Files include correspondence and minutes of the Healey Willan Centennial Celebration Committee, 1978-1980; programmes, 1936-1980; clippings, 1936?-1965; programmes and clippings of Willan's opera, Deirdre; obituaries and memorials, 1968; Church of St. Mary Magdalene, 1979-1980; Willan Centenary, 1980; articles on Willan, 1980-1981; memorabilia, 1968-1979; and photographs of Willan with family and musicians.

Gordon Head Special W/T Station collection : 1942-2001, predominant 1942-1949

  • CA UVICARCH AR118
  • Collection
  • Photocopied in 2001

The collection consists of the following files: Smiths research essay, Big sky, big mystery, 2001; Gordon Head Special W/T Station reunion planning, 2001; Research correspondence, 2001; National Archives copies of Department of National Defense documents, 1942-45; National Archives copy of Notes on the history of the Operational Intelligence Centre in Canada, n.d.; National Archives copies of photographs of Gordon Head Special W/T Station, the D/F Hut, and the Y Station.

Helen Christie Riel Rebellion collection

  • CA UVICARCH AR339
  • Collection
  • 1857-1954, predominant 1885

The collection consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings on the Riel Rebellion, including several maps and political cartoons. Also included are three loose clippings regarding Helen's father,1857; Fish Creek casualties, 1935; and an obituary of her youngest brother, 1954. Most clippings are undated, and the source not noted. The clippings are pasted into a copy of Canada Under the National Policy. The volume is inscribed, "Helen Christie, April 4th 1875."

Marine Environmental Science collection

  • CA UVICARCH AR151
  • Collection
  • 1928-2000, predominant 1962-1996

The collection consists of rare and difficult to obtain limited distribution documents relating to specific case studies, most of which have been printed and distributed by governments and industrial agencies. They generally contain environmental data, and may have interpretive sections. Some documents contain copies of government permits and associated correspondence. The collection is arranged in five primary research subjects: Pulp and Paper Mills, Toxicolocy, Victoria Sewage, Coast and Island Mines, and Regional Collections. Each subject is divided into case studies. Within each case study, documents are arranged in alphabetical order by author.

Columbia River Treaty briefing books collection : 1961-1964

  • CA UVICARCH AR091
  • Collection
  • [Photocopied 1995]

The collection consists of Treaty and protocol documents, and correspondence for the Minister's use. The correspondence Martin selected for inclusion in these volumes was limited to letters containing significant argument for and against the Columbia River Treaty.

Inkameep Day School Art collection

  • CA OSOY MS 21
  • Collection
  • 1931-1942, 1948, 1992, 2002-2008

Collection consists of the textual records and other material collected by the Osoyoos Museum regarding the art produced by the Inkameep Day School. Includes correspondence, legal records, grants, sound recordings, graphic material, website, list, publication, lecture, plan, photographs, scrapbook, and clippings.

Inkameep Day School

Craig Heritage Park Archives photograph collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1870]-1993

The collection consists of photographs depicting people, events, and the natural and built environment of the School District 69 area, including Parksville, Nanoose Bay, Errington, Coombs, Hilliers, and French Creek.

District 69 Historical Society

Craig Heritage Park Archives map collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1860]-1993

The collection consists of fire insurance maps, railway maps, subdivision plans of the regional district and the City of Parksville, land use maps, Ministry of Highway maps, military and nautical maps, and aerial mosaics of Parksville and other areas within School District 69.

District 69 Historical Society

Beryl Gray collection

  • CA WVAN 086
  • Collection
  • 1938-1943

The collection consists of issues of women's magazines containing stories by Beryl Gray.

Gray, Beryl

Hollyburn Ridge collection

  • CA WVAN 031
  • Collection
  • 1925-1994

The collection consists of material relating to recreational activities at Hollyburn Ridge including ski competitions, ski jumping, the construction and leasing of cabins, and the involvement and organization of local ski clubs and related organizations. These include the Vancouver Ski Club, Westlake and Hollyburn Ski Club, Hollyburn Pacific Ski Club, Canadian Amateur Ski Association, and Hollyburn Ridge Association.

Collection is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Hollyburn Ski Club
Series 2: Hollyburn Ridge Association
Series 3: Vancouver Ski Club
Series 4: Ski competitions
Series 5: Hollyburn Pacific Ski Club
Series 6: Hollyburn Ridge activities
Series 7: Canadian Amateur Ski Association
Series 8: Cabins and lodges on Hollyburn Ridge
Series 9: Hollyburn Ridge photographs

Hollyburn Ridge Association

May Day collection

  • CA WVAN 005
  • Collection
  • 1998-

The collection consists of material relating to May Day celebrations which was a key community event in West Vancouver from 1931 to 1971. The celebrations included installation of a May Day Queen, parades and other ceremonies. After 1971, the celebration was renamed Community Day, and the collection also includes records pertaining to this event.The material includes photographs, registers, scrapbooks, speeches, organizing committee records, and correspondence.

The fonds is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Film and photographs
Series 2: Administrative records
Series 3: Speeches
Series 4: Ephemera
Series 5: Newsclippings
Series 6: May Queens' scrapbooks

West Vancouver School District 45 collection

  • CA WVAN 045
  • Collection
  • 1918-1990

The collection consists of records relating to West Vancouver School District 45 and schools in West Vancouver. The material includes formal class portraits, staff portraits, individual student portraits, school construction photographs, photographs of school activities, documents, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, school publications, and badges.

The collection is arranged into the following series and sub-collections:
Series 1: West Vancouver School District 45
Series 2: General school material

Sub-collection 1: Caulfeild Elementary School
Sub-collection 2: Ecole Cedardale Elementary
Sub-collection 3: Cypress Park Primary School
Sub-collection 4: Dundarave School
Sub-collection 5: Eagle Harbour Primary School
Sub-collection 6: Gleneagles Elementary School
Sub-collection 7: Glenmore Elementary School
Sub-collection 8: Hillside Middle School
Sub-collection 9: Hollyburn Elementary School
Sub-collection 10: Inglewood Junior High School
Sub-collection 11: Irwin Park Elementary School
Sub-collection 12: Ecole Pauline Johnson Elementary
Sub-collection 13: Ridgeview Elementary
Sub-collection 14: Sentinel Secondary School
Sub-collection 15: West Bay Elementary School
Sub-collection 16: Westcot Elementary School
Sub-collection 17: West Vancouver Secondary School

West Vancouver School District 45

First Narrows Bridge collection

  • CA WVAN 064
  • Collection

The collection contains material relating to the design, building, and operation of the Lions Gate Bridge. The records include technical drawings, including a general index, a construction ledger, and diaries.

The fonds is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Lions Gate Bridge blueprints
Series 2: Construction ledger
Series 3: Diaries of Randolph Pollitt, Superintendent of Bridges
Series 4: Administrative and financial records
Series 5: Artifacts and ephemera

West Vancouver Archives

Rupert Harrison collection

  • CA WVAN 030
  • Collection
  • 1900-1995

The collection consists of photographs, negatives, slides, and other material relating to West Vancouver that was collected by Rupert Harrison in the course of his work as a historian and archivist for the District of West Vancouver.

The collection is arranged into two series:
Series 1: Photographs
Series 2: Ephemera

Harrison, Rupert, 1914-2007

Hollyburn Heritage Society collection

  • CA WVAN 074
  • Collection
  • 2000-2006

The fonds consists of digital photographs selected and scanned by the Hollyburn Heritage Society. The photographs relate to people, places, and events on Hollyburn Ridge. The images depict Hollyburn Ski Lodge, West Lake Lodge, Hi-View Lodge, First Lake ski jump, West Lake ski jump, Sixth Lake ski jump, private, and ski club cabins on Hollyburn Ridge, Hi Colville's Hollyburn chairlift, the Forks Store, ski competitions, skiers, ski runs, First Lake regatta days, First Lake diving platform, First Lake, Eagle Lake, Third Lake, Fourth Lake, Fifth Lake, Vancouver Ski Club, Hollyburn Pacific Ski Club, Cypress Ski Club, Grouse Mountain, Crown Mountain, Mount Strachan, Black Mountain, Goat Mountain, Cypress Creek, Brothers Creek Canyon, Marr Creek, and the pioneer skiers' reunions.

West Vancouver Archives collection

  • CA WVAN 007
  • Collection
  • 1910-2007

The collection consists of materials pertaining to West Vancouver or collected by West Vancouver organizations and residents. The collection arrangement is based on the form of the materials:

Series 1: Photographs
Series 2: Newspapers
Series 3: Maps
Series 4: Documents and ephemera
Series 5: Reference publications
Series 6: Oral histories
Series 7: Information files
Series 8: Art
Series 9: Sound and moving image recordings

West Vancouver Archives

British Columbia Human Rights Boards of Inquiry collection : 1976-1979

  • CA UVICARCH AR017
  • Collection
  • [Photocopied 1997]

The collection consists of a complete set of decisions, 1976-1979, listed in date order; and a complete set of proceedings, 1976-1979, filed in alphabetical order by name of complainant. Many cases concern discrimination on the basis of sex, age and ethnic origin.

Al Neil collection

  • Collection
  • 1962 - 1994

The collection consists of audio and moving image recordings of performances by Al Neil and various musical ensembles that performed with him (Al Neil Trio, Al Neil Jazz Probe, Al Neil Quartet, and solo efforts). They include performances at the Vancouver School of Art, Simon Fraser University, The Western Front and others. The performances date from 1962 through 1989, although this collection contains CD and DVD copies (not the original recordings).


These copies were produced as part of the Al Neil Project, a 2005 collaborative effort between the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, New Orchestra Workshop, Coastal Jazz and Blues Society and the grunt gallery.

Neil, Al

John Krich and Harvey Miller theatre collection

  • CA UVICARCH AR368
  • Collection
  • 1925-2001 , predominant 1970-2000

The collection consists of theatre programs and UVic theatre production files arranged in the following series: Phoenix Theatre files, 1964-2001; Canadian and International Theatre programs, 1931-2002; Festival programs, 1925-2003; Season programs, 1952-2003; Publications, 1948-1991; Production revue notes, production lists and Curricula Vitae, 1962-2000; Pheonix Theatre production sweatshirts, 1988-1993.

University of Victoria Archives poster and notice collection

  • Collection
  • 1962-1995

This collection consists of posters and notices created primarily by University of Victoria Students' Society (Alma Mater Society) clubs and University of Victoria academic departments for the purposes of advertising meetings, events and courses, and to raise awareness about social, political and university issues.

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

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