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This series consists of records that were original personal fonds and collections acquired and preserved by the Riverview Hospital Historical Society's during its existence. It contains the personal collections of nurses, doctors, general staff, British Columbia's first Provincial Botanist, and a patient at Riverview Hospital. Each file includes records such as study notes, photographs, ephemera, correspondence, newspaper clippings and pamphlets.

The series consists of 15 files, each corresponding to its original creator or donor: Ken Baker, Loretta Barnet, Ultan Patrick Byrne, Jean Campbell, Edna Colvin, John Davidson, Sheila Dumore, William Headridge, Alyce Hockin, Lois Kaldestad, Catherine Murray, Judy Pendry, Dorothy Pocock, Hazel Shepard, and Georgina Bernice Petty.

Riverview Hospital Historical Society collection

  • CA CCOQ C5
  • Collection
  • 1870 - 2018

The Riverview Hospital Historical Society collection consists of the records collected and maintained by the Riverview Hospital Historical Society (RHHS). Through their museum and library, the RHHS acquired and stewarded records documenting the history of Riverview Hospital, the British Columbia School of Psychiatric Nursing, and the history of psychiatric care in British Columbia.

The collection consists of a range of documentary forms, including: reports, theses, newspaper clippings, newsletters, publications, correspondence, manuals, plans and drawings, directories, inventories, procedures, programmes, annuals, invitations, motion pictures, personal narratives, staff lists, minutes, study notes, scrapbooks, ephemera, and photographs depicting aspects of social and administrative life at the hospital and school.

The collection is arranged into ten series that reflect original collections maintained by the RHHS, and are organized by media type or content. See the Arrangement note below for more information.

British Columbia. School of Psychiatric Nursing

von Baiersdorf, Reif family fonds

  • CA VHEC RA007
  • Fonds
  • 1885–[196-]

Fonds consists of records relating to the ennobling of the von Baiersdorf family in 1884, the family’s personal financial record keeping, marriages, Otto Reif’s assistance to a displaced person, Erna von Engel-Baiersdorf’s work as a museum curator and artist, the deaths of Clara Baiersdorf Erdos and Elise Reif and the family’s religious and liturgical life.

Fonds consists of records relating to the ennobling of the von Baiersdorf family in 1884, the family’s personal financial recordkeeping, marriages, Otto Reif’s assistance to a displaced person, Erna von Engel-Baiersdorf’s work as a museum curator and sculptor, the deaths of Clara Baiersdorf Erdős and Elise Reif and other personal items.

Records include photographs, correspondence, an illuminated document conferring a noble title on the von Baiersdorf family, books and ephemeral items including postcards and newspaper clippings. Fonds is arranged into the following series: 1884 title (1884); Correspondence (1884–[196-?]); Photographs (1884–[196-?]) and Books, writings and ephemera ([189-]–1954).

von Baiersdorf, Reif family

Survivors Today project fonds

  • CA VHEC RA055
  • Fonds
  • [1977]–1987

Fonds consists of multimedia materials created by Brauer as a result of her Survivors Today project, which documented the lives of Holocaust and Hiroshima survivors after the war and documented attendees at the Canadian Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and their Children held in Ottawa from April 28–30, 1985. Materials in fonds include audio cassette tape recordings of one-on-one interviews with survivors and one tape of four survivors speaking at a symposium on the Holocaust. Assorted textual materials include manuscripts, correspondence, biographies, transcripts of interviews, book proposals, publications, financial records and a matted display panel. Lastly, photographic materials in the fonds consist of negatives, contact sheets and prints produced by Brauer.

The Survivors Today project aimed to honour survivors’ recollections of sorrow while also expressing their hopes and triumphs in their new lives. Interviews focus on how survivors came to Canada, their adjustments and contributions to life in Canada, and their perceptions of Canadian society. Other topics covered include Judaism and faith, Israel, Europe, nuclear weapons and global peace.

Brauer, Celia

Michel Mielnicki fonds

  • CA VHEC RA056
  • Fonds
  • [1939–2005]

Fonds consists of records created by, accumulated by, or about Michel Mielnicki related to his experience as a survivor of the Holocaust, the publication of Bialystok to Birkenau: The Holocaust Journey of Michel Mielnicki and Mielnicki’s reunion with his brother after nearly fifty years of separation. Records include photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, ephemera, video and audio cassette tapes, identity documents, notes and research materials.

Fonds is arranged into the following eight series: —Identity documents (1945–1966) —Photographs ([ca. 1939–1996]) —Memorabilia ([194–198-?]) —Mielnicki correspondence (1954–2005) —Clippings and publications (1947–2000) —Notes, research and speech ([198-]–[6 Oct. 1992]) —Leon Mendelewicz documents ([198-]–5 Mar. 1989) —Audio records (1995)

Mielnicki, Michel

Louise Poole fonds

  • CA MRM 00370
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1932-ca. 1972

The fonds consists of many records created during Louise Poole's time at Maple Ridge Senior High School. These records include her teacher evaluations, several photographs, grad programs, and some ephemera. There is a file of personal papers and there are several plays written by Poole. Fonds also contains family photographs and her 1934 M.A. thesis "L'orientalisme dans la poesie francasie due XIXe siecle."

Poole, Louise

Bordessa family fonds

  • CA SAM MS 7
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1936

The fonds is divided into five series containing family photographs, correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles related to Bernard Bordessa's career and life, and a qualification certificate.

Bordessa (family)

Vilcsek family fonds

  • CA VHEC RA033
  • Fonds
  • [after 1881]–1971

Collection consists primarily of records generated or used during the period of the Second World War by the Vilcsek family in Budapest, Hungary. These include vital statistics and personal records of the Vilcsek family, photographs, and postcards mailed to the family from Ernő Vilcsek while he was in a labour camp in Hungary. Collection also consists of artworks, several on the theme of the Holocaust, created by Eva Kero after her immigration to Vancouver, BC.

Collection has been arranged into three series: Correspondence (1942), Family records ([after 1881]–1949) and Artworks (1969–1971).

Vilcsek family

Charles A. Rowles fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1939-1980, predominant 1954-1979

Fonds consists of records generated by the Department of Soil Science in the course of its administrative and academic activities, and by Dr. Rowles relating to his academic, professional, and personal activities. They contain information regarding the administration of the Department; courses offered by the Department; committees with which Dr. Rowles was involved, in particular those which he chaired; his extension courses, workshops, lectures, and other outside activities; and some personal correspondence.

Rowles, Charles A.

Samuel Rothstein fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1949-2003

The fonds consists of records that Rothstein created and received as student, teacher, librarian, researcher and administrator. It includes correspondence, reports, handwritten notes and drafts, talks and articles, both published and unpublished ones, minutes of various meetings, photographs, research projects, talks and articles and biographical information. The fonds is arranged into 12 series: UBC School of Librarianship, Accreditation, Course Materials, UBC Library, UBC Committees, External Committees, Correspondence, Personal, Talks and Articles, Publications, and Photographs.

Rothstein, Samuel, 1921-

Ridington family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1889-1945

The fonds consists of material generated by John Ridington and other members of the Ridington family and includes correspondence (1904-1987), diaries (1917-1980), Ridington family history, and photographs. Also included is a collection of bound copies of John Ridington’s articles and speeches (1911-1944).

Ridington (family)

Hari Sharma fonds

  • CA SFU F-251
  • Fonds
  • 1949 - 2010

Fonds consists of records relating to the personal, political, and academic life of Hari P. Sharma. Activities, topics, and events documented include community activism for human rights and social justice of minorities and underrepresented groups; academic conference attendance and presentations; Sharma's research, writing, photography, and publications; his social life and relationships; and his death and memorial.

Sharma, Hari

Peter Buitenhuis fonds

  • CA SFU F-242
  • Fonds
  • 1955 - 2005

Fonds consists of records relating to the personal and academic life of Peter M. Buitenhuis. Activities, topics, and events documented include course planning and instruction; academic conference attendance and presentations; Buitenhuis's research, writing, and publications; his social life and relationships; and his death and memorial.

Records include correspondence; research notes; class and lecture notes; lesson plans, course syllabi, reading lists, and course work; photographs; manuscripts, publications, literary reviews, articles, and newspaper clippings.

Buitenhuis, Peter

Simon Fraser University Childcare Society collection (Mary Wilson collector)

  • CA SFU F-229
  • Collection
  • 1972 - 2006

The collection consists of material kept by Mary Wilson to document the evolution of child care at SFU. Collection includes letters, minutes, reports and other documents as well as a short history of early child care at the University in which Wilson explains the importance of each document in the collection.

Wilson, Mary

Simon Fraser University Childcare Society fonds

  • CA SFU F-149
  • Fonds
  • 1966 - 1999

The fonds of the SFU Childcare Society consists of records made or received in the course of administering the Society and its predecessor bodies and providing facilities, personnel and funding for childcare programs. The bulk of the material ranges from 1968 to the early 1990s. Activities documented include meetings of the various societies and centres established to provide childcare services; obtaining license agreements with the University; securing collective agreements with staff; planning for child care services; construction of buildings; correspondence and liaison with government officials and university administrators; and providing information to parents and staff.

Simon Fraser University Childcare Society

British Columbia women's history audio collection

  • CA SFU F-148
  • Collection
  • 1989

The collection consists of audio cassette recordings of the interviews and associated paper documentation (biographical forms and interview summaries) for each of the women who participated. Twelve women were interviewed. The names of the interviewers and interviewees are:

  • Beverly Ann Carlson interviewed by Anda Jones.

  • Bertha Cochrane interviewed by Linda Henderson.

  • Suzanne Crawford interviewed by Pat Newton.

  • Kathleen Dawson interviewed by Linda Cluelett.

  • Ann St. Clair Ecclestone inteviewed by Jane Ecclestone.

  • Jean Ferguson interviewed by Marsha Ferguson.

  • Melitha Rose Kraus interviewed by Laurie Doig.

  • Patricia Mazzarella Larson interviewed by Angela M. Larson.

  • Violet Piersma interviewed by Peter van Drongelen.

  • Florence Vilma Shannon; interviewer not recorded.

  • Miyako Shinkawa interviewed by Debbie Shinkawa.

  • Ilo Urquart; interviewer not recorded.

Note that there is no paper documentation for one of the interviewees (Ilo Urquart).

McPherson, Kathryn

Collection about Rudolf Vrba

  • CA VHEC RA028
  • Collection
  • 1987-2014

Collection consists of articles, lectures, correspondence, newspaper clippings and other textual material produced and collected by John Conway relating to the life, activity and legacy of Dr. Rudolf Vrba, a Slovak Jewish Holocaust survivor escaped from Auschwitz and associate professor of pharmacology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Collection includes audiovisual records related to Vrba from the VHEC’s institutional holdings.

Collection has been arranged into the following series: Vierteljahrshefre für Zeitgelchichte documents series (1997–2010); Vrba memorial lecture series (2006–2014); Biographical material series (1987–2010); Correspondence and research records series (2004–2007); and Articles and lectures series (1992–2013).

Pichos Zozulya collection

  • CA VHEC RA004
  • Collection
  • [1944?]; 1964

The collection consists of correspondence from Pichos Zozulya to his descendants, describing the family’s experience of the Holocaust and its aftermath. Also includes a photograph of Pichos Zozulya dated 1964.

Zozulya, Pichos

Ida Josephine Meachem Collection

  • Collection
  • 1912-1929

Collection consists of a Certificate of Baptism for Cecil Josephine Mobley dated January 1, 1912 and a Marriage Certificate for Ida Josephine Mobley and Arthur Meachem dated October 16, 1929 in the Holy Trinity Parish, Cumberland, B.C.

Ruth Adair Peterson Fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1921

The title based on the contents of the fonds. The collection is divided into five series containing 7 books of watercolour paintings of family scenes, landscapes, two autograph books and two photographic prints.

Ruth Adair Peterson

John and Elizabeth Jackson Family Fonds

  • CA SAM MS 141
  • Fonds
  • 1914

Title based on the contents of the fonds. The collection is arranged into five series and consists of certificates, correspondence, and photographs.

John and Elizabeth Jackson

Herald Family Fonds

  • CA SAM MS 140
  • Fonds
  • 1870

The title is based on the contents of the fonds. It is divided into 6 series and consists of correspondence, a school book, two pieces of original art, and receipts for running the farm.

Herald, Dr. Dundas

Frank F. Wesbrook fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1881-1918, 1980

The fonds consists of diaries, photographs, articles, speeches and reports, and miscellaneous material, all of which document Frank F. Wesbrook’s personal and professional activities. Also included are a collection of off-prints of scholarly articles relating to a variety of medical topics that Wesbrook collected or in some cases wrote.

Wesbrook, F.F. (Frank Fairchild)

M.Y. Williams fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1875 - 1973

Fonds consists of biographical notes, clippings, articles, early educational records, research notes, draft manuscripts, field notebooks, reports, publications, correspondence, lecture and course notes, maps, photographic prints, and slides pertaining to M.Y. Williams' professional and personal activities.

Williams, M.Y. (Merton Yarwood)

Warren family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1977-1998

The fonds consists of family papers, genealogical material, manuscripts and correspondence documenting the history of the Warren family in England. Some of the family members represented in the fonds are Reverend Dawson Warren, Falkland G.E. Warren, and Charlotte Jackson. The fonds also includes biographical information about Harry Warren and copies of his publications to 1978.

Warren (family)

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