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Vancouver Public Library historical photograph collection

  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1860]-1981

The collection consists of photographs depicting scenes and aspects of life in Vancouver and in other locations in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory from ca. 1860. The subjects depicted include forestry, mining, fishing, transportation, shipping, and construction as well as buildings, interiors, landscapes, people and significant events in B.C.'s past.

Maritime Museum of British Columbia chart collection

  • Fonds
  • 1775-1985

The collection consists of nautical charts created by over forty institutions, including the Canadian Hydrographic Service, the Admiralty Hydrographic Office, the U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office, the Danish Hydrographic Office, the London Board of Trade and the British East Indian Company. The largest number focus on waters around British Columbia, along with a number of surveys charting the coast of Alaska. The collection also includes charts, including Admiralty charts, of water of the United States, Europe, Africa, and Australia and New Zealand. The collection also contains LORAN charts, meteorological charts, fleet reviews and shipwreck charts.

Philip Timms fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1904-1937

The fonds consists of Timms' photographs of Vancouver and other locations in B.C. depicting individuals and families, scenes and panoramas, businesses, buildings, streets, churches, and various modes of transportation.

Timms, Philip Thomas

J.F. Spalding fonds

  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1930-1958]

The fonds consists of photographs depicting scenes of the Rocky Mountains, the B.C. Interior, Vancouver, the Fraser Canyon, and ships.

Spalding, J.F.

Salmon Arm Forest District fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1928-1990

Fonds is arranged into four series and consists of aerial photographs and negatives, paper maps, and overlay. Majority of photographs are black and white. Color photographs date between 1989 and 1990. A separate collection is arranged for use by silverculturists dating between 1984 and 1990. Photographs are color. Aerial photographs were taken by the Department of National Defense and later by the British Columbia government. Fonds includes air photograph map indices. These map indices show flight line location and numbering of aerial photos taken between 1952 and 1994. Fonds also includes forestry district overlays; enlarged aerial negatives and photos; map mosaics; recreation maps of areas from Chase to Revelstoke to Oyama, BC; grazing area permits and licenses on crown land; and Federated Co-Operative Operational Cut Block Plans.

Salmon Arm Forest District

W.C. Mainwaring fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1940-1964

The fonds consists of photographs depicting scenery, towns, and homes in various locations in B.C. as well as portraits of the Mainwaring family.

Mainwaring, W.C.

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

Norris Adams fonds

  • CA VPL 50525-50540;54838-54980;78483-78543
  • Fonds
  • 1960, 1977-1989

The fonds consists of photographs and slides of scenes of Vancouver, Jasper, New Westminster, Port Moody, North Vancouver, Richmond, West Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Surrey, Matsqui and Huntingdon, many depicting railway activity.

Adams, Norris, d. 1992

Leonard Frank Photo Studio fonds

  • CA JHS A.1985.001
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1983

The fonds consists of records from three distinct sources: the Leonard Frank Photo Studio, the Frank family , and the Landauer family. The records of Leonard Frank Photo Studio constitute those that remained after the closure of the business in 1983. They consist of photographs and textual records. The photographs cover many significant events and developments in British Columbia's history. Their major subject areas include logging, lumbering, mining, fishing and transportation; the construction of bridges and buildings in the Vancouver area; famous people; aboriginal peoples; and scenic views of mountainous, coastal, and urban areas. The photographs were taken by Leonard Frank and Otto Landauer. The textual records consist of photographic FindingAids, business correspondence, financial records, and historical and reference material. The records of the Frank family consist of the personal papers of Leonard and Bernard Frank. The records of the Landauer family consist of the personal papers of Otto Landauer and members of his family.

Leonard Frank Photo Studio

Northwood Pulp and Timber Ltd. fonds

  • CA FFG A994.10.1;A994.10.2;P994.10.3
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1986

The fonds consists of Northwood Pulp & Timber Ltd.s operational and administration records for the sawmills located throughout the northern interior and Prince George, British Columbia under their control during 1952 to 1986. The records provide an extensive look into the sawmill operation from legislation, policies and procedures to the financial records and the sawmill operation itself. The administration records for all the sawmills as well as the corresponding maps and aerial photographs include: finance/revenue, production; Forest Management Licences; Forest Management Plans; Inventory; Silviculture-Regen.; Royal Commission Briefs; Development Plans; Legislation and Regulations; Applications for Timber Forest Licence (TFL); Cruising/Valuation; Reforestation; Working Plans; Soil Scarification; Surveys; Logging/Working Plans; Timber Sale Harvesting Licence (TSHL); Annual Reports; Studies; Aerial Photographs; correlating maps; forest cover maps; inventory maps and topographical maps. The sawmills to which these records relate are: Alexander Forest Industries Ltd., Intercontinental Pulp Co. Ltd.; Hansard Lumber Co. Ltd.; Germanvoitch Sawmill Ltd.; Upper Fraser Spruce Mills Ltd.; Church Mill Ltd.; Shelly Development Ltd.; Sinclair Spruce Lumber Ltd.; Eagle Lake Sawmill Ltd.; McGregor Sawmill Ltd.; Penny Spruce Lumber Co. Ltd.; Bulkley Valley Pulp & Timber Ltd.; United Forest Products Ltd. and Fitchner Lumber Co. Ltd.

Northwood Pulp and Timber

Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton fonds: [ca. 1864-1865]

  • CA LMA MS 34
  • Fonds
  • [Copied 1999]

The fonds consists of 29 photographs copied from the presentation album sent to Sir Bulwer-Lytton. Includes scenes of New Westminster in 1864, steamboats, lakes along the Harrison route, scenes in the Fraser Canyon, towns of Yale, Lytton, Port Douglas, Pemberton, Clinton, and also groups of people, including A.C. Elliott and Joseph W. Trutch. The photographs are arranged in the order of the two gold-rush routes to the Cariboo, one by the Harrison-Lillooet route and one by the Fraser Canyon route.

Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron

Myrtle Dunham fonds

  • CA LMA MS 35
  • Fonds
  • 1940

Fonds consists of two photographs taken by Myrtle Dunham. Includes one photograph of the North Bend aerial ferry and one of a mountain scene taken north of Lytton.

Dunham, Myrtle, d. 1998

Leonard Frank Photo Studio fonds

  • Fonds
  • [ca.1910]-1944

The fonds consists of Leonard Frank's photographs of B.C. depicting industry (including logging), military, railways and scenery and of Vancouver depicting streets, businesses, buildings, ships, and panoramas.

Leonard Frank Photo Studio

Salmon Arm Museum map collection

  • Fonds
  • 1907-1967

The collection consists of maps of western Canada, British Columbia and the Salmon Arm area.