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Frank Stanley Martin fonds

  • PR-2382
  • Fonds
  • 1956-1963

The fonds consists of 92 black and white 13 x 9 cm photographic prints of Victoria and area, taken by Frank Stanley Martin between 1956 and 1963. Most of the photographs are numbered from 1-77 (no number 38 or 76) with an additional 17 unnumbered prints. Most are identified on the back with the date and place and some include other information. This information may have been recorded by Martin. In several cases, his attributions as to street names may not be correct.

The photographs are mostly of Victoria streets and buildings and include the Post Office, Customs building, shops and offices, the Court house, street scenes, homes and apartment buildings. There are also a few photos of Beacon Hill Park, the Breakwater and Oak Bay.

Martin, Frank Stanley

Lawrence J. Wallace fonds

  • PR-2372
  • Fonds
  • 1862-2002

The fonds consists of records created or acquired by Wallace in the course of his life as a teacher, public servant and retired member of the community.

The records reflect events held across the province in celebrations of the 4 centennials in British Columbia in 1958, 1966, 1967, and 1971.

The records are primarily photograph albums or scrapbooks and were arranged by Wallace as volumes in chronological order.

A small number of records contain correspondence and personal records related to Wallace’s family history in addition to collected ephemera related to centennial celebrations.

Published material included in the donation has been transferred to the archives’ library.

Wallace, Lawrence James, 1913-2006

Alden Wesley Huson Fonds

  • PR-2366
  • Fonds
  • 1868-1912

Alden Wesley Huson (1832-1911), also known as West Huson, was a Vancouver Island entrepreneur, promoter, trader, and businessman with interests in a salmon saltery and cannery at Alert Bay, a coal mine at Suquash near Fort Rupert, and a quarry on Haddington Island.
A.H. Huson, also known as “West” Huson, was born in Oneonta, New York in 1832, the son of David Tomkin Huson and Sally Jackson. A.W. Huson arrived in British Columbia in 1858, and by 1867 he was living in Victoria and running the Adelphi Saloon. He established a close friendship with the photographer Stephen A. Spencer and opened a salmon saltery at Alert Bay on Cormorant Island, with Spencer acting as his agent in Victoria. Huson had obtained a lease to the entire island around 1870 and established a cannery, but by 1880 his lease was reduced to 160 acres as a result of the allotment of most of the island as an Indian Reserve. He transferred his interest in the cannery to Spencer in 1884. Huson married Mary Lyons, a First Nations woman from Alaska, also known as Ekegat, in 1873, and adopted her son Charlie Lyons. They had at least 9 children together. Although his wife and most of his family lived at Alert Bay, Huson travelled to Victoria frequently in order to trade and negotiate business deals, and later to visit his granddaughter Stella. He eventually moved to Victoria permanently. In his later life, Huson attempted to sue various parties over his rights to the property on Haddington Island. He died in Alert Bay in 1911.
The records consist of correspondence, invoices, receipts, agreements, land and tax records, a genealogy of A.W. Huson’s ancestors, and one photograph of A.W. Huson’s stepson, Charlie Lyons Huson.
The correspondence is primarily inward correspondence to A.W. Huson from his father David T. Huson, his sister Elizabeth Huson, his wife Mary, children Charlie [aka Charley], Spencer, Alfred, David, and George, grand-daughter Stella, friends such as Stephen Spencer, and other business associates. Huson’s stepson Charley lived for a time with Stephen Spencer and his wife “Em” in Victoria while attending school.

The records document the business activities of an early entrepreneur on Vancouver Island, and the life of a significant historical figure on Vancouver Island.

Of particular note is an 1871 letter from Father Leon Fouquet of the Jesuit Mission on Harbledown Island offering to vaccinate Huson’s children against smallpox (File 1); four letters (1874-1878) from Stephen A. Spencer in File 2; 1895 and 1897 letters written by Alfred J. Huson while a student at the Coqualeetza Indian Institute (File 4), and letters from Stella Pamphlet in Files 7 and 8, written while she was a child. Stella was the daughter of Ada Elvina Huson and Frederick William Pamphlet. There are also letters from James McGrath, who ran a store in Alert Bay, Stephen Cook, and A. Mouat of Barkerville.

Barry McClung transcribed many of the letters, and the transcriptions are filed with the originals.

Huson, Alden Wesley

Farris family fonds

  • PR-2355
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1938

The fonds comprises video copies of the farris family's 16 mm home movies. Subjects include: Farris family reunion, 1920 (Vancouver & Victoria); UBC convocation, August 1938; Farris garden party for law convention, August 1938; Garden party at "Mils," ca. 1935; boating, fishing, etc., probably at Pennask Lake.

Farris (family)

Ron Bennett fonds

  • PR-2349
  • Fonds
  • [195-]-[196-]

The fonds consists of amateur films and footage shot in the Victoria area by Ron Bennett.

Bennett, Ron

IATSE, local 168 fonds

  • PR-2335
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1983

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.

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, local 168

Herbert Anscomb fonds

  • PR-2329
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1911-1993; predominant 1924-1972]

The fonds consists of the records of Herbert Anscomb, who had one of the longest and most important political careers in the history of British Columbia. They document his activities as Reeve of Oak Bay, B.C., Mayor of Victoria, opposition member in the B.C. legislative assembly, cabinet minister in the B.C. government in numerous portfolios, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of British Columbia, and member of the federal Royal Commission on Transportation from 1959 to 1962. Predominantly, the records relate to his political career which began with his election to Oak Bay council in 1924 and ended with his defeat in the provincial election of 1952. The fonds also consists of a relatively small number of records concerning his personal life, family, and his involvement in the wine and brewing industry.

The documentary forms most significant in number include correspondence, photographs, and speeches (in public, in the legislature, and for radio broadcast). In smaller numbers the documentary forms include handwritten notes which were passed from MLAs to Anscomb during sittings in the legislature, magazine articles, and political campaign literature such as brochures, posters and pamphlets. The fonds also includes collected editorial cartoons, caricature drawings and other art work, certificates, reports, guest and visitors books, and ephemera.

The records reflect a wide range of subjects; these include: government, politics and economic policy during the depression and World War II, the province’s coalition government, infrastructure building, political competition against the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF party), the single transferable vote electoral system, the process of appointment to government jobs, hospital insurance, and the history of the Conservative Party in B.C. and its relationship with the federal party.

The fonds consists of six series, as follows:
• Provincial political records
• Municipal political records
• Personal records
• Royal Commission on Transportation records
• Photograph album
• Newspaper clippings scrapbooks

Records of particular note include detailed diaries which Anscomb kept as Minister of Mines, Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister of Public Works, and Minister of Municipal Affairs in the early to mid-1940s. The fonds also consists of a rich collection of photographs which document in particular his career as mayor of Victoria and as a B.C. government cabinet minister.

The fonds also consists of a series of 12 volumes of newspaper clippings dating from 1924 to 1978. These scrapbooks cover Anscomb’s entire political career; subjects include all aspects of government and politics in Oak Bay, Victoria and the province of B.C., and not just articles pertaining to Anscomb himself. The fonds includes a manuscript of an unpublished autobiography Anscomb began in 1953.

Where possible the archivist has arranged records chronologically. Where files clearly had been used together as a group by their creator, that order was maintained.

Anscomb, Herbert, 1892-1972

Jack Webster radio broadcast collection

  • PR-2320
  • Collection
  • 1970-1983

The collection consists primarily of radio broadcasts for 1977-1978, representing the period before Webster switched to broadcast television for his current affairs talk show. These broadcasts were recorded at both his Vancouver and his Victoria studio (Room 178 of the Empress Hotel). Also included are five (5) audio reels relating to interviews with Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in 1972.

Also included are the original CJOR Webster Program log books for 1977-1978 and a small number of photos of Jack Webster and selected interviewees taken during these interviews.

Destrubé Photography Ltd. fonds

  • PR-2318
  • Fonds
  • 1971-2014

The fonds consists of selected records created by Destrubé Photography Ltd., including client photographic job files, stock shot files, enlarged photographic prints and posters, photographic portfolios, examples of advertisements and publications containing the company's work, business records, and promotional materials.

The fonds contains a selection of photographic material intended to represent the nature and breadth of the activities of Destrubé Photography, including industrial photography, studio portraiture, commercial photography for end use in large- and small-format advertising, and self-promotion. Reflecting these activities, and considering the final format of the product, the fonds has been divided into the following 7 series:
• Business records
• Client photographic job files
• Howard Roloff collection images
• Stock shot files
• Photographic portfolios
• Publications file
• Display prints and posters

It should be noted that, as Destrubé Photography was a Victoria-based studio, the represented client base and photographic subjects are largely from the Greater Victoria area and southern Vancouver Island.

Destrubé Photography Ltd.

British Columbia Forest Products, Plywood Operations fonds

  • PR-2305
  • Fonds
  • 1942-1988

Fonds consists of administrative and operating records of British Columbia Forest Products Limited in British Columbia between 1946 and 1986, pertaining particularly to plywood production, 1952-1986. Incorporated are records of predecessor companies including Industrial Timber Mills of Cowichan Lake and Douglas Plywood of Vancouver. The fonds illustrates the operating data and composition of working documentation for single plant operations that formed part of a multi-plant company. The fonds is comprised of the records of two of the corporate divisions involved in plywood production: Victoria Plywood and Sawmill and Delta Plywood. Topical files, financial statements, working files, equipment documentation, ledgers and registers, technical drawings and cartographic material predominate. Content pertains to all aspects of division and plant operations including, but not limited to, products, finances, suppliers, clients, markets, partners, facilities, equipment, supplies and human resources. Records from the Victoria Plywood and Sawmill division pertain to operations at Victoria, BC. They were created between 1942 and 1988 and are in three series: 1. Manager's Office files, ca.1950 to 1988, ca. 3.5 metres; 2. Accountant's Office files, 1942 to 1987, ca. 4 metres, and; 3. Cowichan District plans and drawings, ca.1950 to ca.1975, ca. 120 items. The Cowichan Division operated an affiliated veneer plant and sawmill at Youbou on Cowichan Lake, BC. Records from the Delta Plywood division consist of operating files for the plant at New Westminster, BC and pertain to administration and finance. Series are: 1. Administration,1970-1985, ca. 1.5 metres; 2. Accountant's Office, 1972-1985, ca. 3 metres and 3. Douglas plywood project financial files. Alphabetical-chronological filing arrangements have been retained and reconstructed. The fonds also contains a scrapbook of construction photographs.

British Columbia Forest Products, Limited

48th Battalion C.E.F. Association fonds

  • PR-2296
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1980

The fonds consists of the records of the 48th Battalion, C.E.F., Association and includes correspondence, newsletters, programs and financial information from 1936 to 1980. Most of these records were created by the Association's Vancouver branch secretary, Al La Fortune. The fonds also includes a photograph album created by La Fortune between 1915 and 1959 which shows members of the 48th Battalion (3rd Pioneer Battalion) at the Willows training camp in Victoria, going overseas, in England and at Vimy in France. The album also has photographs of the Association getting together for their reunions in Victoria from 1947 to 1959.

48th Battalion C.E.F. Association

Thomas Frederick Seldon fonds

  • PR-2284
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1899, 1996

The fonds conists of four notebook diaries kept by Thomas Frederick Seldon between May 12, 1898 and November 10, 1899 recording his experiences while travelling to the Yukon Territory via the Teslin Route, including the Stikine River, and mining and living in northwestern BC. Also included is a photocopy of a transcript of the diaries and Seldon's letters to his parents in England. This transcript was made in 1996 by Betty and George Seldon.

Seldon, Thomas Frederick

Myfanwy Pavelic fonds

  • PR-2283
  • Fonds
  • 1942-1944

The fonds consists of 29 handwritten letters from Emily Carr to Myfanwy Pavelic, with some to her parents, nearly all written in pencil, 1942 to 1944. There is also one letter from J. Delisle Parker to the editor of Victoria Daily Times about an exhibit in Vancouver of Pavelic's paintings.

Pavelic, Myfanwy (Spencer)

George Frederick Stalker fonds

  • PR-2275
  • Fonds
  • 1892

The fonds consist of a series of drawings by Ottawa architect G.F. Stalker under the pseudonym Alma for the 1892 competition to design the British Columbia Parliament Buildings. Although the plans are numbered from 1 to 15, only 13 plans were donated.

Stalker, George Frederick

British Columbia Historical Association, Victoria Section fonds

  • PR-2251
  • Fonds
  • 1961-1982

The fonds consists of records of the British Columbia Historical Association, Victoria Section. The records date from before 1983, the year the provincial parent body changed its name to the British Columbia Historical Federation.

The fonds consists of two groups of records. MS-3287, General office files, dates from 1961 to 1982, and includes minutes of regular meetings and of executive council; correspondence; membership-related records; mailing lists; publicity records; and notes on historical information about pioneer families of the Victoria area.

The second group of records in the fonds consists of 72 sound recordings of lectures and talks on historical subjects which were presented at the monthly meetings of the Victoria organization between 1969 and 1977.

The sound recordings were originally held by BC Archives under a fonds numbered AAAA8103. These recordings then were given the number and title PR-2251 - British Columbia Historical Association, Victoria Section collection. In 2016, PR-2251 was renamed British Columbia Historical Association, Victoria Section fonds, and the sound recordings were made a series (MS-3289) within the fonds.

British Columbia Historical Association. Victoria Section

Asian Arts Society of Victoria fonds

  • PR-2203
  • Fonds
  • 1977-1988

The fonds consists of the records generated by the Asian Art Society of Victoria between 1977 and 1988 in the course of its meetings, social events, volunteer and fund-raising activities, tours, classes, sponsored lectures and art exhibitions in Victoria, British Columbia. The fonds consists of the constitution and by-laws, agendas and minutes of meetings, annual reports, financial statements, newsletters, membership applications and lists, lists of Board members, committee members and honorary patrons, copies of speeches, invitations, notices, grant applications, correspondence, information from lectures, guest lists, news clippings (some about Hilda L. Hale), photographs and a scrapbook (the “Social Record Book”) of the Asian Art Society of Victoria. The fonds also includes newsletters (1980-1988) and annual reports (1980-1985) of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria as well as some newsletters, bulletins and annual reports of the Canadian Society for Asian Arts (1978-1982).

Asian Art Society of Victoria

Gus A. Maves fonds

  • PR-2188
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1920-1944]

The fonds consists of photographs created by Gus A. Maves in his commercial business between ca. 1920 and 1944. At this time Maves, and his wife Margaret, lived in Oak Bay, near Victoria. Maves created most of the negatives using 8 x 10 nitrate film and these were numbered and entered into his index books by number and by subject. He also created two separately numbered negatives series for negative sizes 4 x 5 and 5 x 7. Many of these negatives were copies of the 8 x 10 negatives and were used to create postcards and other commercial products. A selection of copy negatives masked and titled for printing cards, calendars and other commercial products exist within the fonds. Maves created photographic prints and proofs from most of his negatives and arranged many of them in either number or subject order in four albums. These albums, which often include the negative number and caption under the print, may have been used as order or sample books for his commercial business. There are also a considerable number of loose photographs with many duplicates including some glass plate negatives, lantern slides, transparencies, prints and artworks hand coloured by Margaret Maves. The main subject of the photographs are landscapes, particularly Butchart Gardens, Beacon Hill Park, Oak Bay Golf Club and mountain and ocean scenic shots; still life photos of fruit, vegetables and flowers, agricultural and industrial photographs and interior and exterior photographs of homes. Most of the photographs were taken in the Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island area but there are also some photographs taken in the Okanagan. The fonds also includes textual records including three indexes to the 8 x 10 negatives (two arranged by number and one by subject), an order book, publications featuring artwork by Gus and Margaret Maves, miscellaneous advertising signs, two wood printing frames, a stand for darkroom work and a “No parking” stand with coloured transparency of still life with fruit.

Maves, Gus A.

Gretchen Brewin fonds

  • PR-2184
  • Fonds
  • 1991-2001

The fonds consists of the records created by Gretchen Brewin in her capacity as MLA including her time as Deputy Speaker, Speaker and Minister for Children and Families. The fonds consists of the following series: political workbooks, 1992-2001; day timers, 1993-2001 and general office files, 1991-2001.

Brewin, Gretchen

Jim Ryan fonds

  • PR-2163
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1995

The fonds consists of photographs and other records from 1908 to ca. 1995, created or collected by Jim Ryan in the course of his career as a photographer. There are approximately 105,738 photographs, mostly black and white and colour negatives, but also including prints, slides and glass slides. The fonds also includes textual records consisting of news stories, copies of Ryan's publications, a few letters and other such material. The majority of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area and include images of the harbour, the city, buildings, events and parks. There are many photographs of British Columbia politicians, notably W.A.C. Bennett, as well as distinguished visitors, federal and local politicians. There are also photographs of local characters, children and ordinary people. Although most of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area, there are occasional images taken in other areas of Vancouver Island as well as some of Ryan's travel photographs. Some of the earliest material relates to World War I and may be Ryan family photographs or items that Ryan collected out of interest.

The fonds also includes motion picture film material, including completed films, production elements, news stories shot for television, and selected reels of footage.

Ryan, Jim, 1920-1998

Duncan Macphail fonds

  • PR-2155
  • Fonds
  • 1938-1965

The fonds consists of photographs from the late 1930s to the early 1950s, taken by Duncan Macphail, a portrait and commercial photographer. Most of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area, a smaller number in other south Vancouver Island locations and in Vancouver. They cover a vast range of subjects, including: Victoria street scenes, interiors and exteriors of buildings and business operations, industrial infrastructure, portraits, community and school events, and special events such as the visit of Princess Elizabeth to Victoria in 1951. It appears that Macphail did commercial photography for the B.C. Department of Highways (possibly in the early 1960s) but it is not known if these photographs are in the fonds. In addition to Macphail's commercial and portrait photography, the fonds consists of a small number of “art” photographic prints, matted for display in exhibitions. These cover various subjects, including totem poles. One is tagged with "Exhibited - First Annual Exhibition of Photography, Canada Pacific Exhibition. Vancouver, 1938." Macphail's original indexes are in container 000358-0037.

Macphail, Duncan

South Saanich School District fonds

  • PR-2098
  • Fonds
  • 1876-1897

The fonds consists of records of the South Saanich School District. It also includes records created by schools in the East-South Saanich School District. The fonds includes a visitor's book (1876-1884) and attendance registers for South Saanich School (1878-1881, 1884-1886, and 1888-1897). It also includes attendance registers for East-South Saanich School (1882-1884). Some of the registers include the courses taken by the students.

South Saanich School District

London and Canadian Fire Insurance Company fonds

  • PR-2016
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1900

The fonds consists of three series: correspondence inward (1890-1908); correspondence outward (1890-1900); and, articles of association (1890?).

A metal seal embosser for the London and Canadian Fire Insurance Company was transferred to the BC Archives from the City of Victoria Archives in 2021.

London and Canadian Fire Insurance Company

Victoria High School centennial oral history collection

  • PR-1999
  • Collection
  • 1975

The collection consists of oral history interviews with former Victoria High School students. The school conducted an oral history project in preparation for its centennial in 1976.

Victoria High School (Victoria, B.C.)

Central Junior Secondary School oral history collection

  • PR-1981
  • Collection
  • 1985

The collection consists of audio and videotaped oral history interviews with former students and teachers pertaining to the history of Central Junior Secondary School in Victoria, B.C.

Central Junior Secondary School (Victoria, B.C.)

CHEK TV fonds

  • PR-1781
  • Fonds
  • 1974-1980

The fonds consists of selected footage of CHEK-TV's film library and news footage pertaining to Victoria and Vancouver Island events. Includes news line-up sheets.

CHEK (Television Station : Victoria, B.C.)

Theatre in British Columbia collection

  • PR-1753
  • Collection
  • 1979-1980

The collection consists of oral history interviews pertaining to the history of the theatre and its development in Vancouver and Victoria.

Mannering, Peter

Ebenezer Robson fonds

  • PR-1654
  • Fonds
  • 1852-1911

The fonds consists of correspondence, diaries (1857-1910), letterbook, addresses to, autobiography, sermon and lecture notes of Reverend Ebenezer Robson. Includes extensive correspondence inward (see finding aid for names of correspondents).

Robson, Ebenezer

Matilda John fonds

  • PR-1615
  • Fonds
  • 1899-1900

The fonds consists of correspondence received by Matilda John in Victoria from Harold Penn Wilson between 1899 and 1900. Wilson, a bank clerk from Victoria, moved to Bennett in 1899, and Atlin in 1900. In the letters, he described the journey north and what it was like to live and work there.

John, Matilda

E. Grancini fonds

  • PR-1414
  • Fonds
  • 1877-1879

The fonds consists of a ledger and miscellaneous bills.

Grancini, E.

David Spencer Limited fonds

  • PR-1385
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1945

The fonds consists of a minute book, a memorandum, and Articles of Association, agreements, indentures, mortgages, and deeds of David Spencer Limited.

David Spencer Limited

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