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Joe Easingwood fonds

  • OBA PR 119
  • Fonds

Personal and professional papers of Joe Easingwood (1938-2013), well-known broadcaster at CJVI 900 and CFAX 1070 radio in VIctoria BC, with related papers of Dawn Shipton Easingwood (1942-2019).

William James Turnbull fonds

  • CA WVAN 068
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1961

The fonds consists of records relating to the personal and professional life of William James Turnbull, owner and operator of the West Vancouver Lumber Company Limited. The material consists of newspaper clippings, legal agreements, correspondence, patent documents, promotional material, photographs, postcards, technical drawings, name tag, and patent number labels.

The fonds is arranged in the following series:
Series 1: Personal life
Series 2: West Vancouver Lumber Company Limited
Series 3: Indoor curling game and company

Turnbull, William James

Andrew Reid fonds

  • CA WVAN 052
  • Fonds
  • 2006

The fonds consists of material relating to the personal life and recreational activities of Andrew Reid and extended family members. The material includes photographs of Alta Lake in Whistler and the Chinese garden in West Vancouver in the 1930s.

Reid, Andrew

Meglaughlin family fonds

  • CA WVAN 038
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1950

Fonds consists of the family photographs of Ted Meglaughlin and his wife, Sophie Zielski.

Meglaughlin (family)

Thompson family fonds

  • CA WVAN 022
  • Fonds
  • [1910-1943]

The fonds consists of material relating to the Thompson family who were one of the original families in West Vancouver. A portion of the material also pertains to the West Vancouver Ferry Company, the West Vancouver Municipal Transportation Department, and the Pacific Great Eastern railway.

The fonds is divided into three series:
Series 1: Photographs
Series 2: W.C. Thompson autobiographies
Series 3: Bert Thompson transportation records

Thompson (family)

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)

Family records

The series consists of records of Jack Burns and the Burns family, including miscellaneous real estate documents, family correspondence, and biographical information.

Burns family fonds

  • CA WVAN 001
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1977

The fonds consists of records of Jack Burns and the Burns family, including photographs, an album containing over 400 photographs, three journals of the the West Vancouver Ratepayers Association from 1913 to 1933, miscellaneous real estate documents, family correspondence, and biographical information.

Fonds is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Family records
Series 2: West Vancouver Ratepayers Association records
Series 3: Photographs

Burns (family)

Myrtle Philip fonds

  • CA WMA 986.1
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1890]-1986

The fonds consists of personal papers of Myrtle Philip, including education documents, journals, diaries, banking records, certificates and passports, legal and property records, and correspondence; photographs depicting the Philip family, people (including guests at Rainbow Lodge), events and scenes of the Whistler area; guest, birthday and recipe books; postcards of the Alta Lake/Whistler area; scrapbooks and reference material. Fonds also includes manuscripts of Alex Philip as well as records relating to his estate. Fonds includes records of Rainbow Lodge including guest registers (1915-1947), cashbook (1928-1952), employee records (1941-1948), and invoices and receipts.

Philip, Myrtle

Jardine family fonds

  • CA WMA 88.4;88.26;89.10;89.17
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1920-1950]

The fonds consists of photographs of the Betts, Jardine and Neiland families depicting family members, other people, events and scenes in the Alta Lake/Whistler area.

Jardine (family)

Tony Archer fonds

  • CA VPL 60001-72265
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1972

The fonds consists of studio portrait photographs for approximately 900 assignments.

Archer, Tony

Van Dyke Studios fonds

  • CA VPL 35877-35942
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1930-1955]

The fonds consists of photographs depicting people, activities, and scenery in Vancouver. Fonds includes portraits taken by the studio.

Van Dyke Studios

Fitzgerald McCleery fonds

  • CA VPL 17188-17348
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1860-1900]

The fonds consists of portraits of the McCleery family and photographs of the McCleery farm on the North Arm of the Fraser River.

McCleery, Fitzgerald

Peck family fonds

  • CA VPL 13584-13619
  • Fonds
  • 1906-1915

The fonds consists of photographs of the Peck family of Cranbrook, B.C.

Peck (family)

Writing Lives Memoir Project collection

  • CA VHEC RA036
  • Collection
  • 2016–2018

Collection is comprised of records accumulated as a result of the participation of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in a project entitled Writing Lives: The Holocaust Survivor Memoir Project. Writing Lives was a partnership between Langara College’s English and History departments, the Azrieli Foundation and the VHEC. For the project, students at Langara College worked closely with Vancouver-based Holocaust survivors to produce their written memoirs over the course of two semesters. In the first semester, students learned the history of the Holocaust. In the second semester, students interviewed survivors, transcribed the interviews and together with the survivors, completed written memoirs. In this fonds are the memoirs, administrative files and digital photographs produced during the two-year run of the project. Seven survivors participated in the first year of the project, from 2016–2017; five survivors participated in the second year of the project, from 2017 to 2018.

Collection is divided into three series: Memoirs (2017–2018), Administrative files (2016–2018) and Photographs (2017–2018).

Dr. Serge Vanry fonds

  • CA VHEC RA035
  • Fonds
  • 1940–1946; 2018

Fonds is comprised of photographs, certificates, identity and repatriation cards, correspondence and photocopies of administrative records. Records pertain to the experiences of the Vanry family during the Holocaust in France. Fonds also includes photographs and a speech created as a result of Serge Vanry’s participation in a ceremony honouring his rescuers, René and Marguerite Poignard of Neuvy-en-Sullias, held in France in 2018.

Fonds is arranged into the following two series: Family records ([1942 or 1943]–1945, 2018) and Photographs (1940–[circa 1945]; 2018).

Vanry, Serge

Pollák, Deneberger, Kiss family fonds

  • CA VHEC RA034
  • Fonds
  • 1900–[after 1990]

Fonds is comprised of correspondence, family records and photographs created and/or kept by members of the Pollák, Deneberger and Kiss family, a Jewish family living in Tápiószele, Hungary during the Second World War. Records document the family's separation, internment, hiding and well as pre- and post-war activities.

Pollák, Deneberger, Kiss family

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).

Correspondence

Series consists of records generated by the correspondence between Sorensen and family members, as well as emails between Sorensen and individuals from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. Records include handwritten and typed letters, postcards, and emails. The letters and postcards were primarily typewritten on a typewriter, with two postcards being handwritten. The series includes an envelope addressed to Loesje Stein.

Louise Stein Sorensen

Photographs

Series consists of graphic materials concerning Sorensen and her family members and their experiences before, during and after the Second World War. Records include original and copied photographs and negatives. Many of the original materials remain in the custody of Sorensen or her sister, Elenore. Although some of the exact dates are unknown, the known dates of items in this series range from ca. 1921 to 2006.

Louise Stein Sorensen

Family records

Series consists of records pertaining to several family members of Sorensen. Included is a photocopy of a copy of an original document announcing the death of Sorensen’s great-grandfather, Mozes van Dam; an original notice of registration from the American Consulate in Rotterdam, Netherlands; an official identity card for Marianne Stein (née van Dam); forged identity cards used by Sorensen’s mother, Marianne Stein, and great aunt, Jansje van Dam; and original ration cards used to receive textiles and to buy food staples like potatoes, butter, bread, milk and meat.

Louise Stein Sorensen

Louise Stein Sorensen fonds

  • CA VHEC RA024
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1921]-2019

Fonds consists of textual records, graphic materials, and artefacts relating to Louise Sorensen’s life in the Netherlands, some of which was spent in hiding. Many of the items are wartime records, including photographs and negatives, correspondence, paper currency, drawings, notice of registration, official and forged identity cards, and ration cards. Additionally, the fonds contains copies of Sorensen’s great-uncle’s daughter’s, Ans’, testimonies; several English translations of items provided by Sorensen; and a 1947 second edition of Anne Frank’s Het Achterhuis, or The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as the Diary of Anne Frank. The fonds has been arranged by the archivist into the following six series: Personal records, Family records, Photographs, Correspondence, Currency and Publications and writings.

Louise Stein Sorensen

Teitelbaum, Buckman family fonds

  • CA VHEC RA023
  • Fonds
  • [194-]-1974

Fonds consists of records relating to the pre- and post-war experience of Rebecca (née Buckman) Teitelbaum, Herman Teitelbaum and their family. Fonds is arranged into five series: Notebooks (1944-1945), Correspondence (1944-1945), Identification and related records (1938-1974), Photographs ([1941]-1947) and Objects [1944].

Teitelbaum, Rebecca

Dr. Leon Komar collection

  • CA VHEC RA022
  • Fonds
  • 1938-1942

Collection consists of materials relating to Warsaw, Poland, in the Second World War era. Records include correspondence from Komar's family living in the Warsaw ghetto, documents showing a German leaflet dropped on Warsaw in 1938 and accompanying translations and commentary by the donor. Collection has been arranged into two series: German leaflet dropped from planes ([1939?], 1990) and Letters from the Warsaw ghetto (1938-1942; 1996).

Komar, Leon

Alexander and Gina Dimant fonds

  • CA VHEC RA016
  • Fonds
  • [1920?]–2019

Fonds is comprised of correspondence, photographs, identity and personal documents, society registration documents, minutes, clippings, memorabilia and ephemera created or collected by Alexander and Gina Dimant in Poland, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Italy and Canada. Records pertain to their family history, work, school, and social and volunteer activities prior to and after the Second World War.

Records have been arranged into the following series: Correspondence (1941–2019), Photographs ([1920?]–[2016], Personal records (1938–2013), Artefacts (1940–[before 1948], 1997), Clippings and ephemera ([after 1942]–2016) and Janusz Korczak Association of Canada records (2001–2008).

Dimant family

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