Fonds PR-2335 - IATSE, local 168 fonds

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IATSE, local 168 fonds

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  • 1909-1983 (Creation)
    International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, local 168

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25 cm of textual records

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, local 168 was originally chartered in the early 1900’s in Victoria, B.C. to provide stage labour at the Royal Theatre. IATSE Local 168 has since been rechartered to include projectionists and Front of House workers and continues to grow both in its membership and venue affiliations.

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The records passed into the hands of Silas Victor Henn, a projectionist who may have been involved in the Alliance. After his death in 1982 they went to his nephew Kenneth Henn who donated them to the BC Archives in 2015.

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The fonds consist of records created by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, local 168 (IATSE) created between 1909 and 1983. The bulk of the records detail the activities of the moving picture machine operators (also called Victoria Motion Picture Projectionists' Union) in Victoria who formed local 168. Most of the records appear to have been created by Secretary/Presidents R.A. Jones and R. Baiss.

The fonds includes minute books (1909-1913; 1927-1938); financial cash, audit and account books (1921-1952); miscellaneous correspondence and contract files, including blank forms and constitution and by-laws (1937-1957) and IATSE publications including a 1926 copy of combined convention proceedings held between 1893 and 1926 and two copies of the IATSE Bulletin from 1982 and 1983.

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Accession number(s): 2015.24.


Some of the earliest record books had suspected mould. They were cleaned by a conservator in 2018.

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  • Box: 907976-0953