Fonds Add. MSS. 336;CVA 677 - Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association fonds

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Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association fonds

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CA CVAN Add. MSS. 336;CVA 677

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  • 1610-1988, predominant 1920-1970 (Creation)
    Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association

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7.48 m of textual records and other material

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The Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association was formed as the Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver in 1894. For many years, it operated a museum in the Carnegie Library Building. Responsibilities were shared: The City of Vancouver was given possession of the collections as long as it provided premises and access, while the Association oversaw the museum's management. In 1958, the Maritime Museum was constructed to commemorate the B.C. Centennial. Subsequently, the City took a direct role in managing the City's museums by setting up a City Museum Board. With the construction of the Centennial Museum and the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium in Vanier Park (1968), the City's museum staff expanded considerably. In 1972, the Vancouver Art, Historical and Scientific Association changed its name to the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association and it took over management and operation of the museum complex (Maritime Museum, Planetarium, Centennial Museum) from the City.

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Concern about the preservation of British Columbia history resulted in the formation of the Art Association in 1887. Five years later the mandate of the organization was expanded to include history and literature and the name was changed to the Art, History and Scientific Association. The Association was incorporated in 1901. The Association regarded the preservation of native Indian relics of primary importance. Its collection was housed and displayed in various locations until 1904, when it was moved to the Carnegie Building. The organization eventually became the Vancouver Museum Association.

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Simon Fraser University V-P Academic and VMPA President and Chairman of its Board of Trustees, Dr. Brian G. Wilson, maintained files (located at 565-E-4) which were transferred from the University Archives in 1987.

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Fonds consists of records arising from the activities of the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association. Fonds includes constitutions and bylaws; minutes of meetings; financial records such as financial statements, budgets, and membership fee receipts; annual reports; correspondence and memoranda; guest books; records of the President and of the Director, including reports, policy statements, contracts, budgets, correspondence; and items collected by the Association, such as newspapers and clippings, pamphlets, photographs, manuscripts and books, and other materials. As a result of the close relationship between the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association and the Vancouver Museum, some records relating to the Vancouver Museum are contained within this fonds. This is the case especially for records created before 1958, during which time the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association was responsible for the everyday management of the Vancouver Museum. Fonds consists of nine series: 1) Constitutions, agreements, and other legal establishment records; 2) Minutes; 3) Financial records; 4) Annual reports; 5) Correspondence; 6) Guest and scrap books; 7) President's and Director's records; 8) Collected items; and 9) Collected photographs.

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Access to the file entitled "Security" is restricted. Please consult the Archivist.

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BCAUL control number: CVAN-205

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