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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.

Orville J. Rognon fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1914-1917

The fonds consists of glass plate negatives of the military, the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, and people and scenes of Vancouver and Victoria. Some of the photographs are by V. Vinson.

Rognon, Orville J.

Union Steamship Company collection

  • Fonds
  • 1898-2003 and [n.d.]

The collection consists of a combination of materials relating to the Union Steamship Company of British Columbia that has been collected over the years by the Vancouver Maritime Museum as well as documents that have been donated to the museum by Gerald Rushton, author of two books on the company titled Whistle Up the Inlet and Echoes of the Whistle; Arthur Twigg, author of the book Union Steamship Remembered; Harold Cecil Biles, former employee; and James Richard Southworth, former Marine Constable. The collection includes financial reports, maps, schedule notes, special operating circulars, company memos, sailing guides, menus, brochures, research notes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, manuscripts, assorted ephemera, photographs and audio cassettes. The collection is arranged in 8 series: Administrative; General files; Articles, clippings, and scrapbooks; Echoes of the Whistle book; Whistle Up the Inlet book; Union Steamships Remembered book; Photographs; and Audio-visual.

William McFarlane Notman fonds

  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1871-1904]

The fonds consists of portraits and photographs depicting ships and scenes of New Westminster, Vancouver, and Victoria.

Notman, William McFarlane

S.S. Master Society fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1922-2007

The fonds consists of textual records relating to the history, administration and restoration of the S.S. Master. Records include agendas, minutes and annual reports; correspondence; registration and insurance documents; licenses; financial papers and grant proposals; a logbook recording crew hours; publications and media releases; newspaper clippings. The fonds also includes pilot house logbooks from the S.S. Master dating 1940-1959 that chronicle her activities while towing for Marpole Towing Company Limited.;The fonds is arranged into seven series: Society minutes, constitutions and membership records; Society financial records; Society correspondence; Society publications and events; Newspaper clippings; S.S. Master historical records; and S.S. Master logbooks.

S.S. Master Society

Norman Hacking fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1919-1997

The fonds consists of records created by Norman Hacking during his private life and public life as a writer. The majority of the fonds are textual records, but there are some photographs that document his childhood, family members and friends, and marine vessels. Included in the fonds are correspondence (documenting his activities and relationships with family and friends while stationed overseas during World War II), research notebooks, scrapbooks, and ephemera relating to B.C. history and the maritime history of Vancouver, newspaper articles from the Vancouver Daily Province, and unpublished drafts of manuscripts and short stories.

Hacking, Norman

R.H. Trueman fonds

  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1890-1930]

The fonds consists of photographs depicting scenery, towns, and railways in the Rocky Mountains of B.C. and Alberta and portraits and scenery of Vancouver and White Rock, B.C.

Trueman, Richard Henry

Thorvald N. Larson fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1935-1955

The fonds consists of photographs of parades in Vancouver and of ships in Burrard Inlet and First Narrows, Vancouver, B.C.

Larson, Thorvald N.

W.C. Duncan fonds

  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1910-1930]

The fonds consists of photographs and postcards of steamships, sealing schooners, the Empress Line and other vessels as well as Vancouver and Victoria harbours, many photographs taken by "Trio". Fonds includes CPR wharf passes and an invitation to RMS Empress of Russia, 1913.

Duncan, W.C.

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

G.S. Conway fonds

  • CA WVAN 065
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1953, predominant 1937-1938

The fonds consists of material generated and collected by West Vancouver civil engineer Gilbert S. Conway with the majority relating to the design, engineering, and construction of Lions Gate Bridge. The material includes handwritten diaries, booklets, reports, photographs, maps, a personal business card, and Christmas card showing Lions Gate Bridge.

The fonds is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Photographs
Series 2: Diaries
Series 3: Engineering
Series 4: Maps and plans
Series 5: Miscellaneous

Conway, G.S.

British Columbia Telephone Company fonds

  • CA VPL 39482-39649
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1930

The fonds consists of photographs of the B.C. Telephone Company in Vancouver taken by the Dominion Photo Company and Leonard Frank.

British Columbia Telephone Company

F. Gowen Company fonds

  • CA VPL 58950-58959
  • Fonds
  • 1917-1918

The fonds consists of photographs of Vancouver streets and waterfront, as well as of North Vancouver.

F. Gowen Company

Lorne Pearson collection

  • CA NWM IH 000.15
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1952

Collection consists of the annual reports of the New Westminster Harbour Commission for the years 1926-1938, 1945-1952, and the 1932 report for the Port of Vancouver. These reports contain a summary of the port's annual activities, statistics, and photographs.

M.V. Vanlene fonds

  • CA MMB L979.123;988.143.1
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1972

The fonds consists of telegrams of the MV Vanlene (1970-1971), mainly instructions from the master of the vessel, and ship's papers concerning Vancouver-Japan-Vancouver-Panama voyage, cargo holds, crew lists, accounts, etc.

Vanlene (Ship)

Clifford Fenton fonds

  • CA MMB P988.43.1-18;988.43.19-22
  • Fonds
  • 1939

The fonds consists of photographs of the Royal Visit of 1939 and newsclippings and ephemera relating to the Canadian Pacific ferries and the Royal Visit.

Fenton, Clifford

Transportation management research collection

  • Fonds
  • 1954 - 1976

The collection consists of materials gathered by Karl Ruppenthal as course aids for subjects taught mainly at Stanford University as part of the Transportation Management Program. The bulk of the collection consists of copies of transportation industry publications, published regulatory decisions and reports and related documents, and transcripts of addresses and speeches by other individuals, along with related correspondence and newspaper and magazine clippings. There are no papers in the collection generated by Ruppenthal himself, apart from copies of letters requesting materials from corporations and regulatory bodies, and some written notes. The collection is organized in series based on the following broad subject areas: Pipelines, Civil Aeronautics Board, Ocean Transportation, Case Leads (case studies for the Stanford course Business 380), Consulting with Consultants (conference), Australian Travel Material, Emergency Board Reports, Noise and Environmental Pollution, Transportation Co-ordination and Consolidation, Transportation Economics and Regulations, Rail Mergers, Rail Transportation Labour, Skyliner (TWA employee newsletter), Roberts Bank Superport, and Air California.

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

William Carr fonds

  • Fonds
  • [1949 or 1950]

The fonds consists of black and white photographs and negatives. Subjects depicted include villages, boats and ferries, landscapes, bridges, logging clearcuts, and totem poles. Some of the photos appear to be of the Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Carr, William