Fonds PR-2337 - Daniel Lawrence McMullan fonds

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Daniel Lawrence McMullan fonds

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  • 1928-1946 (Creation)
    McMullan, Daniel Lawrence

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Ca. 850 photographs and other material

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Daniel Lawrence McMullan was born on his family’s homestead near Clarkleigh, Manitoba on July 7, 1907. In 1918 his family moved to Salmon Arm, British Columbia where McMullan completed secondary school in 1924. The same year he moved to Victoria to attend the Provincial Boys’ Parliament.

In 1927 D.L. McMullan commenced his studies at the University of British Columbia with the goal of entering the Faculty of Applied Science. In his student years he secured summer employment on several forest projects which prepared him for his life’s profession. These included: 1928, field crew member on the Amiskwi and Beaverfoot Survey with the Dominion Forest Service; 1929, compassman with the PGE Resources Survey (joint survey project of BC, the Canadian National Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway); 1930, Elk River Forest Survey with the British Columbia Forest Service (BCFS); 1931, North Kamloops Survey with the BCFS; 1932, Railway Belt Survey with the BCFS; 1933 and 1934, Engineering work with Industrial Timber Mills around Cowichan Lake. D.L. McMullan graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Forest Engineering in 1934.

In 1935 he worked on the Kettle River Valley Forest Survey with the British Columbia Forest Service (BCFS). In 1936 and 1937 he worked on the E&N Survey with the BCFS. In 1937 he was appointed to a permanent position with the BCFS as Junior Forester based in Victoria. The same year he married Nellie May Laudrum. They had three children, two of whom also became foresters. In 1942 D.L. McMullan was appointed Assistant Acting District Forester based in Prince George. In 1946 he was transferred back to Victoria. He resigned from the BCFS and accepted a position as Forester with the newly formed British Columbia Forest Products Limited, based in Vancouver. In 1948 he assumed the position of Manager of Timber and Lands. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1972.

Daniel Lawrence McMullan died in Comox in 1992.

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The fonds consists of three photograph albums created by Donald Lawrence McMullan between 1928 and 1946. The photographs document his work on forest survey teams for both the provincial and federal governments, as well as surveys conducted by logging and railroad companies.

The first two albums contain photographs from several survey jobs, arranged chronologically. They are divided into sections with an introductory page and a cartographic drawing showing where the particular survey took place. The photographs are usually dated with captions and are as follows:
Album 1 (1928-1933)
Amiskwi and Beaverfoot survey, 1928, Forest Service, Dept. of the Interior, Canada
P.G.E. resources survey, 1929, Forest Resources Branch, British Columbia
Preliminary survey of a proposed logging railroad, 1930, Bloedel, Stewart & Welch Ltd. logging company
Elk Forest survey, 1930, British Columbia Forest Service
North Kamloops Survey, 1931, British Columbia Survey Branch
Railway belt survey, 1932, British Columbia Forest Service
Railroad logging operation, 1933, Industrial Timber Mills Ltd.
Album 2 (1934-1939):
Surveys for logging railroads, 1934-1935, UBO Industrial Timber Mills Ltd.
Kettle Forest Survey, 1935, British Columbia Forest Service
E&N Survey, 1936-1937
Harrison Survey, 1939

The third album, created between 1940 and 1946, contains photographs from McMullan's later career and show general forestry activities on Vancouver Island, mainland British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska. Captions and dates are inconsistently applied.

The fonds also includes a copy of McMullan's thesis entitled "The Work of the Surveys Division: British Columbia Forest Service" written in 1932 during McMullan's studies at the University of British Columbia. This thesis is illustrated with five b&w prints and an annotated map. Also included in the fonds is a notice of permanent appointment to the British Columbia civil service dated March 25, 1937 with attached salary schedule and a letter to McMullan dated January 20, 1938 regarding a new classification grading system for Foresters.

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The albums show mild to moderate deterioration with approximately 1/4 of the prints faded and stained from poor processing. The thesis cover has severe discoloration and embrittlement.

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Donated to the BC Archives in 2012 by Daniel McMullan's son Donald E. McMullan.


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Accession number(s): 2012.50

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Includes ca. 850 photographs : b&w and col., 1 cm of textual material, 7 cartographic drawings and 1 technical drawing

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