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The magic mineral

Industrial film. "Canada is a major source of the world's supply of asbestos, 'the silk of the mineral world', and in the Province of Quebec where the largest deposits are located, thriving communities have grown up around the extraction and processing of this mineral." (from BC Forest Service catalogue, 1972)

Correspondence, manuscripts and other material

The series consists of records created and collected by William Henry Clarke, his wife Irene, and their son William (Bill), who managed Clarke, Irwin & Company Ltd., a publishing house in Toronto that was established in 1930. The records were created and collected in both a business and personal capacity between 1930 and 1979.

The collection consists of 120 original Emily Carr letters sent to both William and Irene Clarke between 1941 and 1945. Alongside nearly all these letters are typed transcripts of the letter, as well as the 'flimsies' of the Clarke letters sent to Carr. Also included in the collection are two folders of correspondence between William Clarke and Ira Dilworth between 1944 and 1957, which are related to the publishing of Emily Carr's manuscripts. There are additional folders containing correspondence from William and Irene Clarke, Ira Dilworth, Oxford University Press, Lawren Harris, and other lawyers, solicitors, publishers, amongst others. The collection also includes Emily Carr's probate as well as agreement between Emily Carr, Clarke Irwin & Co. Ltd, and Oxford University Press. Also included are drafts of manuscripts, including 'Pause', 'The Heart of a Peacock', and 'Wild Flowers', and other manuscripts from both Emily Carr and Doris Shadbolt. The collection also includes publicity material, such as book reviews of 'The Book of Small', Carr's posthumous art exhibitions, two photographs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, as well as copies of speeches given by Emily Carr, Professor Garnett Sedgewick and others. Finally, there are photocopies of some correspondence from Emily Carr to Carol Pearson and Alice Carr from 1942 to 1945.

Some of the contents contain historical language and content that some may consider offensive.

Clarke, Irwin & Company collection relating to Emily Carr

  • PR-2408
  • Collection
  • 1930-1979

The majority of the records in PR-2408 were created by Clarke Irwin & Company during the course of business activities. At some point they were separated out from the remainder of the company records by Irene and William (Bill) Clarke Junior before the company went into receivership in 1983 and was bought out by another company. Other material, such as newspaper clippings and reviews, were accumulated by the Clarkes out of their friendship and interest to Emily Carr.

The collection consists of correspondence, draft manuscripts, brochures, newspaper clippings, two photographs, and other textual material that was created or collected by William H. Clarke and his family. The records date from 1930 to about 1979.

Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited

Hubert Mansell fonds

  • PR-2407
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1966

The fonds consists of records documenting the professional career of Hubert Mansell, an Inspector in the British Columbia Provincial Police. The fonds consists of photographs and textual records. The photographs are primarily group portraits of BC Provincial Police officers. The majority of the photographs are from the 1940s, but some are from earlier as well. A small number of the photographs have identifying information on the verso. The textual records consist of letters of transfer and recommendation, miscellaneous correspondence and a selection of BC Provincial Police nominal rolls from various dates (seemingly in support of personal research), and a collection of miscellaneous event invitations and ephemera.

Mansell, Hubert

Albert Edward Todd fonds

  • PR-2406
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1925

The fonds consists of scrapbooks and files of clippings of Albert Edward Todd and a written account entitled "A Summer's Automobile Tour Along the Pacific Coast," dated 1911. The scrapbooks are bound in four large volumes and are numbered Volumes 2 - 5. Volume 1 may refer to the loose clippings in folders (I-VII), which was previously maintained in binders. The scrapbooks consist primarily of newspaper clippings from Victoria newspapers, however personal correspondence, maps, and ephemera are also interfiled. The main subject matter covered by the scrapbooks is transportation, with an emphasis on highways and railroads. Todd was active in Victoria in promoting transportation and tourism. Other subjects include local politics (including coverage of his own political career) and developments and land use in Victoria. Personal and professional correspondence can be found throughout the records. The textual records are from the Old MS collection and are assigned reference codes E/D/T56 (written account) and E/D/T56.1 (clippings and scrapbooks).

Also included in the fonds are 7 b&w photographs mounted on a single cardstock. The photographs were taken along the Pacific Highway pathfinding trip in 1910, made by A.E. Todd and Ada Todd. The pathfinding trip served as their honeymoon after they were married in Los Angeles.

Todd, Albert Edward

Newspaper cuttings

The file consists of one bound volume of newspaper cuttings that Walbran collected between 1909 and 1912. A label in the front page of the scrapbook indicates that this is scrapbook volume 63; this appears to be an Archives numbering system and should not be taken to mean that Walbran had 63 clippings books.

The articles were taken from a variety of newspapers including some from the UK, and include articles both written by Walbran and those that he found interesting.

The front of the scrapbook has an alphabetical index; Walbran has entered the articles here by title.

Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver / J.T. Walbran

The file consists of several typed pages and an excerpt of a handwritten letter by J.T. Walbran to an unknown correspondent with the initials WPQ. The letter indicates that "before leaving the Quadra, Mr. Keefer asked [Walbran] to give...a short account of the early history of Victoria, Nanaimo [and] Vancouver to embody in a report of his on the seaports of this coast which he has been asked to prepare by his Department at Ottawa."

Correspondence outward

The file consists of a letter written by Walbran to Judge Martin while Walbran was working at the Marine and Fisheries Department. In the letter, Walbran discusses the cruise of the "Washington" up the straight of Juan de Fuca in 1789. Walbran has included an extract from the journal of Robert Haswell, who served with Captain Gray on the "Washington." The extract concerns the discovery of Nootka.

Letter regarding life of Thomas Lowe

The file consists of a 6 page letter addressed to the editor of the Victoria Colonist. The author of the letter is unclear, although there is a note indicating that the first paragraph was written by Walbran and a later note states "Thomas Lowe by John T. Walbran."

The letter provides a great deal of biographical information on Thomas Lowe and was reprinted in full on page 56 of the December 13, 1913 edition of the Victoria Colonist.

Thomas Lowe correspondence

The file consists of several letters written by Thomas Lowe to Walbran between the years 1906 and 1910. The letters are typed copies, and the copies all appear to have been made at the same time on the same typewriter. It is unclear who made the copies. The letters generally deal with the early history of Victoria and its early inhabitants. Lowe appears to have corrected and provided input on Walbran's notes, including passages that were to be included in Walbran's "Place Names" book.

The Tonquin, 1810 / by J.T. Walbran

The file consists of 5 typed copies of "The Tonquin : 1810 - Captain Jonathan Thorn." The booklets were copied from a transcript loaned to the Provincial Archives by Judge Howay in 1936.The bulk of the text may have been written by Walbran, and the books include copies of his notes and remarks.

The Cruise of the Imperial Eagle / Captain J.T. Walbran

The file consists of 3 bound copies of "The Cruise of the Imperial Eagle" written by Captain Walbran as well as what appears to be a transcript from Frances Barkley's journal. The copies were created from a transcript loaned to the Provincial Archives by Judge Howay in 1936. The work was written by Walbran and was originally published in the Victoria Colonist on 3 March 1901. A 1904 note (presumably made by Walbran) indicates that the account is taken chiefly the original diary of Francis Hornby Barkley.

John Thomas Walbran collection

  • PR-2405
  • Collection
  • 1902-1936

The collection consists of materials written by J.T. Walbran, including correspondence and research material. The collection also consists of a newspaper clipping book that Walbran kept between 1909 and 1912. Much of the material is related to Walbran's research into the history of British Columbia. Two volumes, the "Tonquin" and "The Cruise of the Imperial Eagle" were typed up by Provincial Archives staff in 1936, several years after Walbran's death. They were, however, created from transcripts provided by Judge Howay and it is presumed that the originals were given by Walbran to Howay.

Walbran, J.T.

Studio portraits

The series consists of ca. 5500 glass dry plate negative portraits created by John Savannah at his Victoria studio, between ca. 1894 and his death in 1925. While most of the photographs are studio portraits of individuals, including many babies and children, there are also family groups and bridal parties as well as sports teams, professional groups and the occasional outdoor shot of a building or other structure. In some cases, Savannah took photographs of photographs, presumably for clients who wanted new prints of their family photos.

The negatives were stored in batches of 12 to 16 in the original glass plate boxes. The boxes were numbered from 1 to 1033 with many duplicates and gaps. Each original box was usually accompanied by the box cover which listed the names of the people who either ordered the photograph or were subjects of the portraits for that box. The plates in the box were stored in the order of the list and may be numbered in some cases. Many of the names were written on the negatives by Savannah using white pencil, along with the number and type of copy prints requested.

There are several duplicate box numbers, with the first instance of the number containing 13 x 18 cm negatives and the second instance of the same number containing 16 x 22 cm or 21 x 25 cm negatives. Several box lids with index information are missing and there are also individual missing negatives. The location of the majority of Savannah's original boxes is unknown. The negatives have been arranged in original box and plate number order, and are accompanied by the original box cover where it exists.

John Savannah fonds

  • PR-2404
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1894-1925]

The fonds consists of ca. 5500 studio portrait photographs taken by John Savannah between ca. 1894 and ca. 1925.

Savannah, John

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