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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

Ewen MacLeod collection

  • Collection
  • Digitized 2011 (originally created June 1927)

The collection consists of three photographs of St. George’s Residential School in Lytton, BC.

MacLeod, Ewen

Pacific Mountain Regional Council Archives Reference collection

  • Collection
  • 1938

Collection was developed by the Rev. John Goodfellow, an amateur church historian who also served on the BC Conference Archives and Historical Committee from 1925 to 1950. He collected information from various sources about the early history of the United Church and its founding partners (Congregational, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches) in British Columbia. Collection consists of the following series: Biographical files; Congregational files; Subject files; and Photographs.

United Church of Canada. Pacific Mountain Region. Archives

Simon Fraser University aerial and construction photograph collection

  • CA SFU F-30
  • Collection
  • 1963 - 1978

The collection was compiled by the University Archives staff to illustrate the construction of Simon Fraser University.

The history of Simon Fraser University is reflected in its world-renowned architecture. Located atop Burnaby Mountain, SFU's design was the result of a competition held in 1963 by Dr. Gordon Shrum, the newly-appointed Chancellor of the University. The goal of the competition was to produce five winners. One architect would be awarded first prize for the overall design of SFU, while four other architects would each be invited to build a section of the University under the supervision of the winner. All entries were limited to applicants from British Columbia.

The informal guidelines for SFU's design consisted of a directive from Dr. Shrum entitled, "Notes from the Chancellor," which was distributed to the applicants. In this directive, Dr. Shrum noted many of the features that he felt were essential to the new university based upon his previous experience at the University of British Columbia. Among his recommendations were that students should be able to move from one part of the university to another without going outside, and that the large lecture theaters should be grouped together rather than scattered over the whole campus. Perhaps the most important of his criteria was that SFU should appear in 1965 essentially as it would look in 1995. In other words, it should look like a finished university, but also be designed for expansion. The design chosen was that of a young UBC architecture professor, Arthur Erickson, and his colleague Geoffrey Massey. The four other winners were William R. Rhone and Randle Iredale; Zoltan Kiss; Duncan McNab, Harry Lee, and David Logan; and Robert F. Harrison. The Erickson and Massey design had been the unanimous choice of the judges, and had met all the requirements that Shrum had outlined in his memo.

The collection consists of photographic prints and contact sheets that illustrate the physical development of SFU including site clearance, excavation, the construction of individual buildings, and completed buildings and interiors. There are a number of aerial photographs. The collection also includes photographs of the University's opening ceremonies and the installation of Dr. Shrum as Chancellor and Patrick McTaggart-Cowan as President.

Archives and Records Management Department

Northwest Community College collection

  • Collection
  • 1986-1988

The collection consists of 39 colour photographs (1986-1988). It includes one photograph of the campus on 3rd Avenue West and 38 showing the different stages of construction on 1st Avenue West and surrounding buildings including Safeway, Mackenzie Furniture, the Crest Hotel, and Chatham House before it was demolished.

Northwest Community College

Gene Waddell SFU architecture collection

  • CA SFU F-262
  • Collection
  • [1998]

Collection consists of an unpublished manuscript created by Gene Waddell for the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The manuscript exists in two different formats -- as a photocopied, physical copy and as digitized files. The physical copy is an unabridged version that can be accessed in the reading room, and the digitized files are text-searchable, PDF files that are accessible here in SFU AtoM.

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

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.