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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

Kay Meek fonds

  • CA WVAN 075
  • 1940-1990, predominant 1946-1959

The fond consists of material relating to the personal life of West Vancouver arts philanthropist Kay Meek. The material includes two scrapbooks compiled by Kay Meek that contain photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and brochures. The fonds also includes one drawing of the Gertrude Lawson House.

Meek, Kay

Rupert Harrison fonds

  • CA WVAN 061
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1960-1998
 The fonds consists of historical material created and accumulated by Rupert Harrison in the course of his work as a historian and archivist, and his activities with various professional organizations. The material includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, documents, notes, reports, oral interviews, essays, minutes, booklets, pamphlets, maps, technical drawings, photographs, and objects. 

Harrison, Rupert, 1914-2007

Jacqueline Hugo fonds

  • CA WVAN 058
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1991

The fonds consists of material relating to the career of British Columbia pastel artist Jacqueline Hugo. The material includes 9 paintings of Hollyburn Ridge, newspaper articles, and correspondence.

The fonds is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Pastel paintings
Series 2: Art exhibitions

Hugo, Jacqueline

Brealey family fonds

  • CA WVAN 057
  • Fonds
  • [1920-1970]

The fonds consists of photographs relating to Hazel Brealey's school days, and personal correspondence relating to the West Vancouver Symphony Society by George Brealey.

Brealey (family)

Len Norris fonds

  • CA WVAN 040
  • Fonds
  • 1953-1987

Fonds consists of original cartoons drawn by Len Norris while he was employed as the Vancouver Sun's political cartoonist. The cartoons depict various topics from local, provincial, and national politics.

Norris, Len

West Vancouver Historical Society fonds

  • CA WVAN 028
  • Fonds
  • 1979-
 The fonds consists of material generated and collected by the West Vancouver Historical Society, who play a significant role in the preservation and promotion of local history in West Vancouver. The fonds includes records relating to the administration of the society, including policies, procedures, agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, reports, newsletters, publications, as well as photographs, audio cassettes, video reels, and technical drawings. The fonds also consists of archival material donated by their members including historical essays, documents, photographs, and slides.

The fonds is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Executive records
Series 2: General and annual meetings
Series 3: Executive correspondence
Series 4: Policies and procedures
Series 5: Financial records
Series 6: Correspondence with other historical associations
Series 7: Membership
Series 8: West Vancouver Community Arts Council
Series 9: Society newsletter
Series 10: Public relations
Series 11: Gertrude Lawson house
Series 12: Ferry building
Series 13: Social events
Series 14: Publications about heritage planning and legislation
Series 15: Member donations of archival material

West Vancouver Historical Society

West Vancouver Little Theatre Guild fonds

  • CA WVAN 016
  • Fonds
  • [1928-1986]

The fonds consists of administrative and publicity records such as financial records, minutes, programs and posters relating to the activities of the West Vancouver Little Theatre Guild. The fonds also includes photographs of stage productions.

West Vancouver Little Theatre Guild

Lawson family fonds

  • CA WVAN 006
  • Fonds
  • [1880-1990]

The fonds consists of material generated and collected by the Lawson family and extended family members. Records include personal correspondence, photographs, journals, school records, and art work, as well as financial and business records pertaining to family businesses, investments and community involvement.

The fonds is arranged into the following sous-fonds and series:
Series 1: Photographs and postcards
Sous-fonds 1: John Lawson sous-fonds
Sous-fonds 2: Gertrude Lawson sous-fonds
Sous-fonds 3: Christina Lawson sous-fonds
Sous-fonds 4: Duncan Lawson sous-fonds
Sous-fonds 5: Harte family sous-fonds
Sous-fonds 6: Elizabeth Lawson sous-fonds

Lawson (family)

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

Fred A. Deuel fonds

  • CA WVAN 002
  • Fonds
  • 1948-1996

The fonds consists of teaching records, photographs of classes at Hillside Secondary School, ephemera, and student art work related to Mr. Deuel's position at Hillside School.

Fonds is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Teaching files
Series 2: Ephemera
Series 3: Photographs
Series 4: Student art work

Deuel, Fred A.

Phillip Timms photograph collection

  • CA VPL 66583-67850;78294-78435
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900-1949]

The collection consists of Timms' lantern slides and glass negatives depicting scenes of Vancouver, New Westminster, Bowen Island, Garibaldi, and the Cariboo. Includes photographs of the Timms family and of outings by the Vancouver Natural History Society. Collection also includes slides of previously published material on subjects of personal interest to Timms.

Johan Helders fonds

  • CA VPL 54743-54774
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1925]-1937

The fonds consists of Helders' photographs taken in Vancouver, Ottawa, Friendly Cove, Williams Lake, Tofino, and Alert Bay depicting scenes, events, and native Indian life.

Helders, Johan

Henry Whittaker fonds

  • CA VPL 35967-36252
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1940-1960]

The fonds consists of photographs depicting Vancouver panoramas, Victoria Harbour, animals, children, ferries, farming, and various B.C. towns.

Whittaker, Henry, b. 1886

Ida Madeline Gunterman fonds

  • CA VPL 16762-16773
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1890-1910]

The fonds consists of photographs of the Lardeau area of B.C. including portraits and images depicting scenery and pioneer life.

Gunterman, Ida Madeline

B.W. Leeson fonds

  • CA VPL 13901-14221
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900-1920]

The fonds consists of photographs of Quatsino, B.C., depicting panoramas, fishing, ships, native Indians, and logging.

Leeson, B.W.

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

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

  • CA VHEC RA000
  • Fonds
  • 1981-2019

Fonds consists of records generated by staff and volunteers of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in the planning and administration of exhibitions, school programs, commemorative events, symposia, communications as well as a resource centre. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Exhibition records, Newsletters, Event programming records.

Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance

Letia Richardson's Charles H. Scott research fonds

  • CA VAG LR
  • Fonds
  • 1906-1990

The records within the Letia Richardson’s Charles H. Scott research fonds are comprised of Charles H. Scott’s primary and secondary source records she acquired in order to complete a book. The fonds is comprised of sketchbooks, notebooks, short stories, correspondence, newspaper clippings, exhibition and art gallery catalogues, and graphic records related to Charles H. Scott’s work. The fonds also consists of research and notes from Letia Richardson related to the writing of the book about Charles H. Scott. Moreover, the fonds is comprised of textual and photographic records from the Glasgow School of Art and the Vancouver School of Art; two institutions where Charles H. Scott either attended or helped found throughout his lifetime.

Richardson, Letia

Gary Lee-Nova Untitled Notebook(9)

The notebook is comprised of a leaflet that contains journal entries by Gary Lee-Nova and sketches of a wire frame sculpture. The notebook itself contains many drawings in pastel. The remainder of the notebook is comprised of rough sketches in ink and pencil and also contains two glued fragments of film negatives – the visual representation of which can no longer be seen due to damage.

Gary Lee-Nova Untitled Notebook(8)

This notebook is comprised of information relating to Gary Lee-Nova’s various sketches and considerations for projects. This notebook primarily focuses on the creation of a triptych; contains notes on the considerations of primary colours; and provides a detailed commentary on painting in terms of the diagonal striped spectral field of colour. The latter also studies the context of relationships of colours and how they would apply to the triptych.

Gary Lee-Nova Untitled Notebook(7)

The notebook is comprised of journal entries and drawings of Gary Lee-Nova. One sketch that predominates throughout this notebook is a sculpture titled Chain Letter. This sculpture is drawn from multiple angles and has notes about its creation and dimensions. The remainder of the notebook consists of notes, poems, sketches and a wide variety of Lee-Nova’s film, art and installation ideas.

Gary Lee-Nova Untitled Notebook(6)

This notebook outlines numerous sketches by Gary Lee-Nova that have been completed for the purpose of outlining new art projects. The notebook provides a view of the progression and thought processes of Lee-Nova in that the art projects are created and developed over multiple pages within the notebook. Lee-Nova also provides notes and commentary on the various themes that relate to the works Rainbow Falls; Psychology and Alchemy; and Earth, Air, Fire and Water are predominantly discussed in this notebook. The majority of images within this notebook were drawn in ink.

Gary Lee-Nova Untitled Notebook(5)

The notebook consists of notes and ideas for a number of Gary Lee-Nova’s sculptural projects. Within the sketches there is an example of a project where Lee-Nova was interested in creating a sculpture in the shape of a thick slice of bread; a heart shaped mirror on a lawn; and other various mirrored sculptures. This notebook also contains a story called Adventures of Box. The end of the notebook also contains references to an 8mm strip of film; this includes notes and comments.

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