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Chute family fonds

  • CA LMA MS 14
  • Fonds
  • 1884-1998

The fonds consists of personal correspondence, legal documents, business licences, photographs, sound recordings and ephemera of Mr. and Mrs. Chute. Includes correspondence regarding purchase of museum building (restricted), museum opening (1995), legal documents, photographs including a series of 28 photos of the Royal visit in 1959, ephemera and one SF for Miss Tebbutt's correspondence (Miss Tebbutt became Peggy's mother). Also includes a copy of an Earlscourt apple box logo and sound recordings: including Preservation of Photographs (CBC, Feb. 22, 1989), CBC history program on Thomas Spence, NDP political party meting in Lytton, Indian music of Pacific North West, George clutesi, Indian stories by Mike Brown and Lena Dunstan, and Ordering of the Diaconate-A.W. Harding. Also includes 12 reel-to-reel tapes of recordings of Indian Education classes at Lytton Elementary School, and eleven photographs of the 1998 emergency food lift to Boston Bar. Includes swimming pool being rebuilt, CN swinging bridge across Thompson River, and two photographs of a mud-flood down Lytton's main street. Also group of men at a hospital function. Five slides of Niakia River rafting and one of Jade Springs from the air. Also 4 maps: one is a sketch of the homes on the westside of the Fraser from Lytton to Lillooet, one is a weather map (1954), and one is a 1952 survey map showing all rivers, creeks, mountains, reserves from Pavilion to Kamloops and from Douglas Lake to Keefers.

Chute (family)

Copper Valley School fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1956-1971

The fonds consists of house chronicles, local council minutes, registers for local receipts and expenses; school policy booklet, year books, Newswheel, professional publications, newspaper articles, Order of Truck Rollers information, reference and subject files.

Copper Valley School (Glennallen, Alaska)

Copper Valley School photograph collection

  • Fonds
  • 1956-1971

The collection consists of b&w photos of the ongoing construction of the school, action shots of the workers, student activities: picnics, proms, graduations, travels. Events recorded by Kenneth Stone form a major part of the 4 cm of pages of transparencies. Coloured photographs of some of the Copper Valley School Association annual alumni/ae reunions add to the collection.

Coqualeetza Institute fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1888-1941

Fonds consists of Baptism, marriage and burial records (1887-1941); Subscriptions (1914-1925); School registers (1888-1911); and Extra-curricular group records (1934-1935). The missionary subscription lists include those of the Lower Fraser Circuit for the period 1914-1920, mainly listing subscriptions from the Coqualeetza Institute. Also, there are a few records of marriages in the civil register that took place in Alberni, B.C., most likely at the Alberni Indian Residential School.

Coqualeetza Institute (Residential school : Sardis, B.C.)

Delgamuukw Conferences fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR376
  • Fonds
  • 1997-1999

The fonds consists of three programs, and conference papers for 1998. Conferences include: "Calling people together: beyond the RCAP Report", Feb. 3-5, 1997; "We are all here to stay: the Delgamuukw judgment" Jan. 26, 1998; "Delgamuukw: one year after" Feb. 18-19, 1999. Also included are 10 audio cassettes of the conferences, which are numbered but not identified.

Delgamuukw Conferences (1997-1999 : Victoria, B.C.)

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.

Henry Wentworth Mist fonds

  • CA MMB L61;L62
  • Fonds
  • 1855-1872

The fonds consists of Captain Mist's personal log of the HMS Sparrowhawk, 1868-1872, including correspondence to Admiralty as well as testimonials by native Indians on the Northwest coast. Fonds includes log of the HMS Havannah (1855-1859) in the Pacific Station. Mist was aboard as a Lieutenant.

Mist, Henry Wentworth

Native Affairs Consultant fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1963-1973, predominant 1969-1972

The fonds consists of the following series: Internal matters, 1963-1973; Records pertaining to Darby Lodge, 1967-1973; Records pertaining to the Metropolitan Council in the Lower Mainland, 1969-1973; Lay workers, 1969-1973; Dealings with B.C. Conference, 1965-1973; Dealings with the national Church, 1967-1973; Dealings with presbyteries, 1968-1973; Ecumenical business, 1969-1973; Governments, 1967-1972; Indian councils and organizations, 1967-1973; Conferences and consultations, 1964-1973; Students, 1970-1973; and Other matters, 1968-1973.

United Church of Canada. British Columbia Conference. Native Affairs Consultant

Sadie Thompson collection

  • CA ABL 983-349
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1927-1984]

The collection consists of scrapbooks containing records and clippings related primarily to native people and events in Alert Bay (including records relating to St. Michael's Indian Residential School) and on Vancouver Island and to missionary activities throughout B.C.

Shuswap River Heritage Sites fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1990

The fonds consists of information correlated by the Archeology Branch of B.C. concerning sites along the Shuswap River from Mabel Lake to Ashton Creek. Includes one letter, photocopies of 5 maps, 8 pages describing individual archaeological sites, and 2 pages describing the Borden system of site identification.

Shuswap River Heritage Sites

Minn Sjolseth fonds

  • CA UBCMOA 144
  • Fonds
  • 1966-1999

The fonds reflects Minn Sjolseth's artistic career and travels to First Nations communities throughout British Columbia and Alaska with her husband Anthony Carter. Contents of the fonds depict First Nations cultures in British Columbia between 1960 and 1980, including Haida, Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw, Gitsegukla, Kispiox, and Nisga'a. Several of the contents depict notable figures, including Chief Dan George and August Jacks.

The fonds includes textual records including correspondence, ephemera, newspaper clippings; graphic materials such as photographs, slides, negatives, and transparencies that depict Sjolseth’s travels and artworks; and artworks produced by Sjolseth including paintings, drawings, and prints.

The fonds is organized into the following series:

  1. Personal records
  2. Artwork an Exhibition records
  3. Artworks

Minn Sjolseth

Leadership-related records

Series consists of records relating to Searcy’s leadership as Chair of the Land Claims Campaign, BC Conference, and in the matter of the partnership between University Hill Congregation and the Vancouver School of Theology. Records include correspondence, statistical analyses, meeting notes, copy of an agreement, and promotional materials.

Joan Goodall collection

  • Collection
  • 1926 - 1978

This collection consists of postcards and photographs collected by Joan Goodall. Areas depicted include Old Massett, Hazelton, Kitwangar, Port Simpson and other areas. Most images have totem poles or other massive carvings depicted.

ITEMS IN COLLECTION:
“The Museum of Northern British Columbia with the wolf totem and two Haida poles”
– 1960 – 1 postcard : colour ; 8.5 x 14 cm.

“From Joan Goodall Aug/78 – Fertility symbol used on island of [Tan] during yearly festival on island of [Tanna]” – 1978 - 1 photograph : colour ; 12 x 9 cm.

“623” [people in front of cemetery] – [19-] –1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm.

“623” [totem pole and dead tree] – [19-] – 1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm.

“713” [wooden sidewalk with totem poles] – [19-] - 1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm.

“713” [view of a wooden fence with a tree flanked by matching totem poles] – [19-] – 1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm.

“The Lion Totem of Kitwangar, BC” – [19-] – 1 postcard : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm.

“Port Simpson, Totems” – [19-] – 1 postcard : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm.

“Alaska Indian Carvings” – [19-] – 1 postcard: b&w ; 9 x 14 cm.

“Indian Totem, Hazleton, BC” – [19-] – 1 postcard : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm.

“Indian Totems, Old Massett, BC” – [19-] – 1 postcard : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm.

“1926” [two totem poles in front of a wooden house] - 1926- 1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 7 cm.

Gordon and Louanne Houston fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1985 - 1987

During their time living in Bella Bella, the Houstons took many photographs of the lives of the Heiltsuk First Nation community documenting the day-to-day lives of the Heiltsuk First Nation as well as ceremonial activities. The color slides document the construction, painting, and launching of the Gi’wa, a Heiltsuk canoe which sailed with the Lootaas, the Haida canoe built by Bill Reid for Expo 86. Some of the slides document the welcome feast at Bella Bella in honor of the Haida crew of the Lootaas. The color slides also document several potlatches and wedding feasts held in the community hall, and the local Sports Day parade. Slides also depict the role of the fishing in the community, such as smoking salmon and processing roe. Other photos document gravestones on a nearby cemetery island, derelict canneries, petroglyphs and pictographs, totem poles and house posts, all in or near Bella Bella.

Houston (family)

Lyle Wilson fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1991

Fonds consists of a copy of Wilson’s “Kitlope Report: Various Haisla Artifacts.”

Wilson, Lyle

John Webber fonds

  • Fonds
  • [17-]

Fonds consists of matted prints of engravings made from sketches created by John Webber as official artist on Captain James Cook’s third voyage. Prints depict landscapes, animals, people, clothing styles, architecture, and events that were encountered on the voyage in places such as New Zealand, the Friendly Islands (Tonga), the Sandwich Islands (the Hawaiian Islands), Nootka Sound (Vancouver Island, BC), and Van Dieman’s Land (Tasmania).

Webber, John

Jean Telfer fonds

  • Fonds
  • [between 1931 and 1940]

The fonds consists of records Telfer created or received during the time that she spent as a teacher at residential schools. It include correspondence, essays, schedules, programs, ephemera notes and a significant number of photographs. These records are primarily related to the Morely School, the Coqueeletza School and the Port Alberni Residential School, as well as the Nakoda (Stoney) Nation.

Telfer, Jean

Helen Moore fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1964 - 1974

The fonds consists of printed ephemera relating to First Nations art, correspondence, and photographs of Gitksan totem poles.

Moore, Helen

Thomas and Mildred Laurie collection

  • Collection
  • 1940-2003 [predominantly 1940-1972]

The collection includes material relating to Alert Bay that was created or collected by Thomas and Mildred Laurie, as well as photographs and textual records created or received by James Barclay Williams, who bequeathed the records to Mildred Laurie. The collection includes a photo album, photographs, postcards, correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and a calendar. Photographs document Alert Bay and the surrounding area, including the B.C. Packers store, Christ Church, the native cemetery, St. Michael’s Residential School and Preventorium, Canada Packers, Hardy Bay, totem poles, a long house, and the Nimpkish Hotel. Photographs also document local events, including potlatches, weddings, an outdoor salmon barbeque, BC centenary celebrations in 1958, native ceremonies, and a visit by the Governor General.

The material is arranged in the following files:

1.1 - James Barclay Williams – Correspondence and press clippings, 1968-1972
1.2 - James Barclay Williams – Photographs, [1908?]-1967
1.3 - Mildred Laurie - Photo album photographs, [194-]-1974
1.4 - Mildred Laurie – Photographs and postcards, [194-]-[199-]
1.5 - Slides and negatives, 1952-1972
1.6 - Pamphlets, ephemera, and press clippings, 1947-2003
2.1 - James Barclay Williams – Photo album, 1940-1941

Selig and Gloria Kaplan fonds

  • Fonds
  • Digitized 1998-2011 (originally created 1977-2011)

The fonds consists of photographs of Gloria Kaplan with various indigenous artists, whose names have been recorded in the image titles and IPTC metadata. The photographs were taken by Selig Kaplan with the intention of documenting the artists from whom the Kaplans acquired artwork or anticipated acquiring artwork from.

Kaplan family

Douglas & McIntyre fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1954 - 1985

The fonds consists of 83 images associated with two books published by Douglas & McIntyre: Bill Reid by Doris Shadbolt and The Raven Steals the Light by Bill Reid. The photographers responsible for these images are R. Dereth, R. Keziere, R. Lum and B. McLemore.

Douglas & McIntyre

Edward F. Meade fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1955 - 1994

The fonds consists predominantly of slides of various petroglyphs and pictographs, primarily from locations on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The fonds also contains location charts of petroglyphs and the creator’s typed notes about various sites.

Meade, Edward

A.A. Kingscote Collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1921]

The collection consists of postcards depicting First Nations from Western Canada.

Harry B. Hawthorn fonds

  • Fonds
  • [189-]–[200-], predominant [193-]–[197-]

The fonds consists of records created and collected by Harry B. Hawthorn in a number of different capacities: as researcher, professor, Dean of Anthropology and Director of the Museum of Anthropology. Textual records in the fonds include correspondence, transcripts, research notes and clippings from publications. Much of the graphic materials relate to Harry Hawthorn’s interactions with aboriginal communities as an anthropologist, a professor, and as the Director of MOA. Other images relate to his personal life, documenting his youth in New Zealand, his life as a father and anthropologist, and his later established professional roles.

Hawthorn, Harry Bertram

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