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Albert Edward Richards interview

CALL NUMBER: T0140:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Albert E. Richards : U.B.C. the Great Trek - part I RECORDED: Ottawa (Ont.), 1973-01-18 SUMMARY: Albert E. Richards was born in 1896 and answers personal questions concerning his childhood and teens. He discusses the Fairview campus. He goes into detail about The Great Trek.;

CALL NUMBER: T0140:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Albert E. Richards : U.B.C. the Great Trek - part II RECORDED: Ottawa (Ont.), 1973-01-18 SUMMARY: Albert E. Richard continues discussing The Great Trek. He describes the social functions and activities of U.B.C. and following his graduation.;

Albert Laithwaite interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Albert Laithwaite : Reserve University Squadron, 1949-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-04-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Albert Laithwaite (born 1915) discusses his family background. Royal Air Force and British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Physical fitness for air force personnel. Joins squadron 1949. Squadron leader Roy Haines. Beginnings of UBC squadron. Duties as adjutant. TRACK 2: Importance of tradition. Lectures. Resident staff officer. University and Service College training compared. Leadership training. Value of training units to community. Social aspects of units. Loss due to disbandment. Contribution of university units. Human element of services.

Arthur Lord interview

CALL NUMBER: T0246:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps UBC - WWI and WWII RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-25 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Arthur Lord was born in 1897 and discusses his family background. High school cadets. Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC). Western Universities Battalion. Camp Hughes. England. Vimy Ridge. TRACK 2: Vimy campaign. Wounded. Attitude to WWI. President Wesbrook. Campus life. COTC disbanded 1919. Graduation. UBC Senate from 1924. Re-establishment of COTC in 1928.;

CALL NUMBER: T0246:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Arthur Lord : Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC - WWI and WWII, 1915-1945 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-06-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Arthur Lord discusses international affairs in the 1930s. Joining the COTC. Training and duties. Importance of discipline. Officers' Mess. Qualities of a good officer. TRACK 2: WWI and WWII students compared. Value of military training on campus.;

Dorothy Maud Somerset interview

RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1979-08-02 SUMMARY: Dorothy Somerset, a veteran of Vancouver and Victoria theatre, discusses: starting to act with the Harvard Dramatic Club; joining the Vancouver Little Theatre; Sam Payne; Jessie Richardson; Vivian Ramsay; Franklin Johnson; Gaby Faye; Dominion Drama Festival; the Players Club -- director there for five years; became Head of the Drama Section of the Extension Department; Summer School of Theatre, 1938-64; International Festival; starting the Freddie Wood Theatre; teaching drama in the English Department at UBC; Freddie Wood Theatre became home of Holiday Theatre; Theatre Department at UBC.

Dr. Finlay Morrison interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dr. Finlay Morrison : Canadian Officers' Training Corps UBC 1951-1963 PERIOD COVERED: 1940-1963 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1974-03-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Finlay Morrison's family background and education. Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC) at the University of Saskatchewan 1940-42. Becomes aide to General Crerar. With tactical headquarters, Normandy. General Crerar's views on officer training. TRACK 2: Impression of COTC at UBC. Duties of contingency officers. Changes in officer training. Views of commanding officers and responsibilities. Issue of quotas 1950s and 1960s. Issue of disbandment. Value of COTC to individual. COTC and citizenship.

Dr. Harry Verney Warren interview

CALL NUMBER: T0147:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dr. Harry Verney Warren : the Fairview campus - a perspective RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-03-08 SUMMARY: Dr. Harry Verney Warren was born in 1904 and answers personal introductory questions on his childhood and teens. He discusses the Fairview campus; the Great Trek; and the social functions and activities of U.B.C. as a student.

CALL NUMBER: T0147:0002 - 0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dr. Harry Verney Warren : the Fairview campus - a perspective RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-03-15 SUMMARY: Dr. Harry Verney Warren continues to answer questions concerning social functions and activities. He discusses his post-graduate studies as well.

Dr. Lawrence E. Ranta interview : [Specht, 1973]

CALL NUMBER: T0247:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dr. Lawrence E. Ranta : Canadian Officers' Training Corps, 1944-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Lawrence E. Ranta discusses his family background and medical career. Missisauga Horse Guard. Finnish background. International developments of the 1930s. Wartime research at UBC. TRACK 2: Wartime research at UBC. Field craft instruction, COTC. Views on benefits of COTC. CALL NUMBER: T0247:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dr. Lawrence E. Ranta : Canadian Officers' Training Corps 1944-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Lawrence E. Ranta discusses the administrative ability of Dr. Shrum. P.M.C. duties. Mess events. Humorous incident regarding painting displayed in mess. Emily Carr paintings. TRACK 2: Emily Carr paintings. Mess furniture. Miss Davies and Mess dinners. R.O.T.P. and Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC). Quotas issue. Views on COTC and citizenship. Resistance to quota reductions. Col;. McLean. CALL NUMBER: T0247:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dr. Lawrence E. Ranta : Canadian Officers' Training Corps 1944-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Lawrence E. Ranta discusses COTC relations with local units. Annual Commanding Officers' meetings. Integration. Comparison of Liberal and Conservative policy. Gen. George Pearkes. Becomes a Commanding Officer. UNTD. Implementing integration. TRACK 2: Financial reasons for disbandment. Campus mood 1960s. Canadian forces and Defence Policy. Nuclear age. Peace keeping. COTC training in the 1960s. Distinguished visitors. Arrival dinners. Praise for naval unit.

Dr. Maurice Young interview

CALL NUMBER: T0505:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dr. Maurice Young : University Naval Training Division, 1957-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-03-30 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Maurice Young (born 1912) discusses his family background. Education. Civil Defence London 1939-1940. R.N.V.R. in England then on HMS Gerusalemme. Post-war education. UBC Paediatrics 1953;. R.C.N.R. HMCS Donacona. Discovery. Becomes Commanding Officer of University Naval Training Division (U.N.T.D.). TRACK 2: Efficiency award system. Composition of U.N.T.D. Familiarization cruises. Public relations. Effects of integration. Move to UBC. Problems with integration. Support from UBC presidents.

CALL NUMBER: T0505:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dr. Maurice Young : University Naval Training Division 1957-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-03-30 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Maurice Young makes a comparison of UBC presidents' attitudes toward military units. Effects of quotas. Economic motivations. Decline of moral due to government. Motives for involvement in UNTD. Traditions. Effect of training on students. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Dr. Norman MacKenzie interview : [Specht, 1974]

CALL NUMBER: T0507:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-05-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Norman A.M. MacKenzie discusses his family background. Education. Pictou County, N.S. Schools -- Nova Scotia. Joins O.T.C. Dalhousie 1914. Enlists. Training period. Overseas in France -- "Plug Street", Ypes. TRACK 2: Somme. Arras. Catches flu and convalescence England. Passchendaele. 1918 -- Arras front. Amieus. Actions as a scout. Military medals. Cambrai-Bourlon. CALL NUMBER: T0507:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-05-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Norman MacKenzie discusses his discharge. Education plans. Post-war attitude to war. International affairs 1920s. Versailles Treaty. Visit to Russian OTC. University of Toronto. Anti-military training on campus. TRACK 2: University of Toronto and UBC compared re: military. Military in Canada inter-war years. Opinion of value of OTC. Sections of society supporting military. Effect of Depression on international stability. Becomes president U.N.B.C.S.A. incident, 1940. CALL NUMBER: T0507:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-05-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Norman MacKenzie describes the Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC. Dr. Shrum. Armoury. President's house. Opinion on value of OTC. Discussion of commanding officers at UBC. Pipe Band. TRACK 2: UBC commanding officers of COTC, Reserve University Squadron, University Naval Training Division. Reasons commanding officers served in units. Opinion of quotas and phasing out of units. Political parties and their attitudes. Integration [of the Armed Forces]. Efforts to resist disbandment.

Frank Turner interview

CALL NUMBER: T0506:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Frank Turner : University Naval Training Division, 1946-1954 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-05-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Frank Turner was born in 1916 and discusses his family background. Education. UBC life in the 1930s. Views on international affairs. Attitude to Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC) in peace time. Enlists navy 1941. Sea experience. Reasons for preferring navy over other services. Alumni secretary 1946-1954. Became Commanding Officer in U.N.T.D. TRACK 2: Post war uncertainty. Composition of U.N.T.D. Story of the gun room. Annual balls. Changes in training. Ex-naval officers in U.N.T.D. Success of U.N.T.D.

CALL NUMBER: T0506:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Frank Turner : University Naval Training Division 1946-1954 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-05-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Frank Turner discusses the value of training program to the individual. Group activity, cooperation and competition. Personal philosophy. Dean Gage's contributions to society.

Frederic Gordon Campbell Wood interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Victoria High School project RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1975-07-30 SUMMARY: Frederic Wood: high school; Rosalind Watson was best teacher; others too old and not interesting; 1902-03: McGill at Victoria High. Later as high school teacher and first native B.C. son on faculty at UBC. J.K. Henry was another English instructor -- nice man, but 'dull as ditchwater'. McGill, Montreal. Theatre in Vancouver. Rosalind Watson and Jeannette Cann.

Geoffrey Riddehough interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Geoffrey Riddehough : Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1945 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Geoffrey Riddehough was born in 1900 and discusses his education at UBC in the early 1920s. Fairview Campus. Sir Henry Newbolt affair. Interest in military training. Joined the Canadian Officers' Training Corps 1928-1929. Discussion of article in Defence Quarterly 1931. TRACK 2: International affairs 1930. French military 1932. Poor morale in France. Military intelligence 1939. Importance of security. COTC UBC WWII. Instructor in arms. Training camps. British army tradition.

Gordon Shrum interview : [Specht & Mackenzie, 1973]

CALL NUMBER: T0243:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1946 PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1946 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Gordon M. Shrum discusses his family background and education. Admiration for University of Toronto professors. Joins the Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC) at the University of Toronto. Enlistment as a gunner. World War I experiences at Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and earns military medal at Mons. TRACK 2: Attitude to WWI and military. Completes education and moves to UBC. Origins of COTC UBC in 1928 and reasons for joining. Dr. H. Logan, Dean Brock supporters. Position of President Klinck. Student opposition. Building of armoury. Decision to waive pay. Acquires Emily Carr paintings for Officers' Mess. Comparison of COTC training with military colleges. COTC facilities at UBC.;

CALL NUMBER: T0243:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1946 PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1946 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gordon Shrum discusses the COTC facilities on and off the UBC campus 1929-1940. Staff Sgt. Smith. Decision to waive pay. Duties as Captain in COTC. Inspector Gen. Griesback. Anti-war movement; 1934. Morale. Training program. Comparison of Col. Logan and Col. Letson. Dr. Shrum becomes Commanding Officer in 1937. Importance of discipline. TRACK 2: Effect of international developments. Government policy re: COTC during wartime. Wartime expansion of COTC. Getting materials to build armoury. Faculty attitudes. Student attitudes. UNTD. UATP. Summer Camps.;

CALL NUMBER: T0243:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1946 PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1946 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gordon Shrum discusses COTC Training program for WWII. Faculty and students' attitudes to COTC. Dean Finlayson. President Klinck. Chancellor McKechnie and Hamber. Committee for Military Affairs. COTC officer staff WWII. President N. MacKenzie supports military units. COTC contribution to war effort. COTC standards. TRACK 2: Opinions on value of officer training to individual. Brief discussion of some wartime military and political leaders. Position on Selection Board COTC. Annual Reports. Administration.;

Heritage theatre : UBC's Great Trek : October 1922

SUMMARY: "Heritage Theatre" was a series of short historical plays set in the Vancouver environs. These vignettes illustrate some of the significant events and interesting episodes from Vancouver's earliest t;imes. First broadcast in 1977, the plays were made in co-operation with the Social Planning Department of the City of Vancouver. This series was broadcast during the summer of 1981. This episode, "UB;C's Great Trek - October 1922" by Cherie Thiessen, highlights the move of UBC from the "Fairview Shacks" to the Point Grey site.;

H.F.G. Letson interview

CALL NUMBER: T0248:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps - cadet, officer, and C.O., 1914-1936 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: General H.F.G. Letson (born 1896) discusses his family background. High school cadets. Formation of COTC, WWI. President Wesbrook. 196th Battalion. Overseas in France and at Vimy Ridge. Returns to UBC in 1918. Disbandment. Views on anti-miltary feeling on campus. TRACK 2: B.C. Regiment 1920s. Co-operation of militia with COTC. Becomes Commanding Officer of COTC. Gallipoli lectures. Musketry. "My foreign legion". Philosophy of COTC. Personal feelings. Interest in history.;

CALL NUMBER: T0248:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps - cadet, officer, and C.O., 1914-1936 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-13 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: General H.F.G. Letson discusses incidents in 1919 of student opposition. 1941 military attacks in Washington. 1942 Assistant General in charge of recruitment. Problems of recruitment WWII. Story by Sam Hughes. Explanation of WWII policy of dividing Canadian army. TRACK 2: General McNaughton and autonomy issue. Post-WWII committee for militia policy. Views on disbandment of Canadian Officers' Training Corps. Views on integration. Support of COTC.;

John F. McLean interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1953-1957 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-16 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: John F. McLean was born in 1911 and discusses his personal background and education. Recalls formation of the Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC) in 1928 and UBC campus reaction. His attitude to the COTC when he was a student and student opposition. International developments of the 1930s and the advent of war and military training as a cadet in the COTC 1939. Seaforth Highlanders. Experiences in Sicily and Italy. Post-WWII life. TRACK 2: Joins the COTC as a Commanding Officer in 1953. Significance of the Reserve Officer Training Program (ROTP). Purpose of annual meetings of Canadian COTC Commanding Officers. Discussion of quotas issue. Resistance to phasing out of units. Individuals who fought to save units.

Kathleen Sally Creighton interview

CALL NUMBER: T0133:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Kathleen Sally Creighton : U.B.C. - a viewpoint RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1973-01-24 SUMMARY: Kathleen Sally Creighton answers questions on Fairview Campus; the Great Trek; and early social activities at U.B.C.;

CALL NUMBER: T0133:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Kathleen Sally Creighton : U.B.C. - a viewpoint RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1973-01-24 SUMMARY: Kathleen Sally Creighton answers questions on early social activities at U.B.C. and faculty. Concluding remarks.;

Olga Volkoff interview

CALL NUMBER: T0138:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Olga Volkoff : U.B.C. during the Depression RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1973-02-12 SUMMARY: Olga Volkoff was born in 1912 and answers questions concerning her childhood and teens. First impressions of campus; campus life; faculty; and in particular, faculty members who have greatly influenced her.

CALL NUMBER: T0138:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Olga Volkoff : U.B.C. during the Depression PERIOD COVERED: 1930-1933 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1973-02-19 SUMMARY: Olga Volkoff was born in 1912 and she answers questions about U.B.C. between the years 1930 and 1933. Effects of the Depression upon the university, Kidd Report, students petition campaign.

CALL NUMBER: T0138:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Olga Volkoff RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1973 SUMMARY: [No content summary available for tape T0138:0003.]

Ray Herbert interview

CALL NUMBER: T0503:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Ray Herbert : Reserve University Squadron, 1952-1968 PERIOD COVERED: 1944-1968 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.) [?], 1974-04-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Ray Herbert was born in 1924 and discusses his schooling. Alberta militia unit. Joins RCAF. Overseas bomber squadron. Enters Law faculty at UBC. Joins auxiliary wing at Sea Island. Interaction between Sea Island unit and UBC squadron. Views on disbandment of UBC Reserve University Squadron (RUS) in 1945, and re-establishment in 1949. Becomes a Commanding Officer in 1952. Impressions of armoury and personnel. TRACK 2: Officer's mess. Parade night activities. Summer training program. Effect upon Canadian unity. Attainments of air training program. Recruitment. CALL NUMBER: T0503:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Ray Herbert : Reserve University Squadron, 1952-1968 PERIOD COVERED: 1944-1968 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.) [?], 1974-04-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Ray Herbert discusses recruitment. Women cadets. Supplying officers. Establishment of Victoria unit. Quota issue. Reserve Officers' Training Program (ROTP). Annual meetings of commanding officers from across Canada. Organization. Tri-Service staff officer. TRACK 2. Canada's changing foreign policy. Views on Canada's position vis-a-vis the United States. Effects of removal of air crew training. Interaction with army and navy units. Annual tri-services parade. CALL NUMBER: T0503:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Ray Herbert : Reserve University Squadron, 1952-1968 PERIOD COVERED: 1944-1968 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.) [?], 1974-04-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Ray Herbert discusses integration [of the services] -- pros and cons. Disbandment. UBC administration cooperative. Advantages of training to students. Personal satisfaction.

Robert Bonner interview : [Mitchell, 1980]

T0244:0005: Robert Bonner: early years, education, military school, legal training and interest in politics. 1920-1950
TRACK 1: Robert Bonner discusses his personal and family background. Recollections of growing up and going to school in Vancouver during the 1920s and 1930s. Important influences during his early years. The effect of growing up during the Depression. Early interest in politics. Criticism of socialists. Recollection of political action during his days at UBC. Work experience during his student days. Comments on his ambition to be a lawyer from an early age. Undergraduate experience at UBC. TRACK 2: Robert Bonner recounts his reaction to the outbreak of WWII. Training as an officer with the Seaforth Highlanders. Discussion of his service overseas. Being wounded during the invasion of Italy and convalescence in England. Return to Canada and assumption of the duties of Training Officer with the Canadian Officers' Training Corps at UBC. The importance of his military training and experiences. Entry into law school at UBC. Comments on legal training. Memories of UBC law school. Graduation from law school in 1948 and work for a legal firm in Vancouver. Interest in Conservative politics. More interested in federal than provincial politics. Along with other young Tories, advocated the break-up of Coalition in B.C. General comments on the Coalition government and its decline.

T0244:0006: Robert Bonner: Social Credit, the 1952 election and becoming Attorney General. 1950-1952
TRACK 1: Robert Bonner recalls nominating W.A.C. Bennett for provincial leadership of the Conservative Party, 1950. Reasons for supporting W.A.C. Bennett in his challenge to Herbert Anscomb's leadership of the party. Further recollections of W.A.C. Bennett: crossing the floor of the House; joining Social Credit. Recollections of the 1952 election in B.C. and reactions to its outcome. The effect of the single transferable ballot. Meeting with W.A.C. Bennett after he assumed the leadership of the Social Credit Party and being offered the position of Attorney General in his prospective administration. Considerations taken into account when making his decision to accept Bennett's offer. The possibility of Gordon Wismer becoming Attorney General. Reaction to the outcome of the 1952 election in legal circles. TRACK 2: Robert Bonner comments on W.A.C. Bennett's self-confidence. Events surrounding the Social Credit Party being called upon by the Lieutenant Governor to form a government in 1952. W.A.C. Bennett's influence on Bonner's way of approaching problems. Comments on becoming Attorney General. Anecdote about John Diefenbaker's remarks shortly after Bonner became Attorney General. Recollection of his early Socred colleagues. Relations with the civil service. The 1952 election as an experiment in democracy. Comments on Social Credit. Election to the Legislature in the Columbia by-election, 1952. Comments on the by-election campaign. The importance of the by-election to the survival of the government. General comments on the first Social Credit administration.

T0244:0007: Robert Bonner: the 1953 provincial election and early days of Social Credit government in B.C. 1952-1953
TRACK 1: Robert Bonner discusses aspects of the early years of the first Social Credit government in B.C. Relations between the Alberta Social Credit government and Social Credit in B.C. Meeting between members of the Alberta Social Credit government and the new B.C. government in Edmonton, 1952. Political philosophy and political action. Comments on the philosophy of the first Social Credit government. Reflections on B.C. during the 1950s. Reasons for the development of B.C. by the Social Credit government. Comments on planning. Policy development. Recollections of the legislative session of 1953 and the planned self-defeat of the government. Bonner's reply to the Speech from the Throne. The defeat of the government over the Rolston Formula. Recollections of the provincial election of 1953. Bonner's campaign in the multiple-member of Point Grey. TRACK 2: Further comments on the Point Grey constituency and the provincial election campaign of 1953. Comments on campaigning. The role of a parliamentary opposition. Evaluation of Harold Winch as Leader of the Opposition. The defeat of Einar Gunderson in the 1953 election and its effect upon the government. Bonner, Gunderson and W.A.C. Bennett served as a kind of inner-cabinet during the early years of the Social Credit administration. General comments on the members of the first Social Credit government as a group. Personal relationship with the Premier. Comments of the interaction between Bonner and Bennett on decision-making. Example of the genesis of the Two River Policy. Travelling with the Premier. Bonner's avoidance of playing bridge with the Premier. Bonner would refer to W.A.C. Bennett as "Mr. Premier". The Social Credit caucus. The operation of the Social Credit cabinet The lack of a complicated committee system helped the government run smoothly. The operation of Treasury Board and the experience of appearing before it as a Minister.

T0244:0008: Robert Bonner: aspects of the administration of the portfolio of Attorney General. 1952-1968
TRACK 1: Robert Bonner discusses his duties and responsibilities as Attorney General of British Columbia. Anecdote about meeting with a deputy of a new department. Aspects of administration of the various departments within his ministry. Distinction between the formulation and execution of government policy. Relations with his administrative staff. Politics and the public service. The special characteristics of the Attorney General portfolio. Relationship between the Attorney General and his Deputy Minister. Lawyers as poor administrators. Firing of Dave Barrett, a social worker, for conducting political activity while on the public payroll, 1960. The Attorney General as chief law officer. Abolishing patronage after becoming Attorney General. Comments on the labour movement in British Columbia. Differentiation between labour leaders and the labour force. [TRACK 2: blank?]

T0244:0009: Robert Bonner: aspects of government administration and the Doukhobors in B.C. 1952-1968
TRACK 1: Robert Bonner discusses the mechanics of holding more than a single cabinet portfolio at a time. Comments on the Social Credit cabinet. Attitudes towards business and subsequent involvement in the world of business as opposed to pursuit of a legal career. A day in the life of the Attorney General. Comments on the style of government practiced by the Social Credit government. The legislative process. The role of House Leader. Comments on the tone of the legislature during the years he served in government. The role of Legislative Counsel. The relationship between senior civil servants and cabinet ministers and the distinction between policy formulation and execution. Filling the basic task of governmental reform. TRACK 2: Discussion of the government's problems in dealing with the Doukhobor community. The problems were simple and related to obeying the laws of the province. The problem of school truancy among Doukhobor children. Bombings and arson. The claim of religious persecution by Freedomite Doukhobors. Coordination between the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Education on the New Denver school project. The role of magistrate William Evans. The formation of a special police force, the D Squad, to handle Doukhobor problems. Comments on the effect of criticism and press reports on the government's handling of the Doukhobor situation.

T0244:0010: Robert Bonner: the Sommers affair. 1955-1960
TRACK 1: Robert Bonner discusses the background to the Sommers Affair. Personal evaluation of Robert Sommers. Reaction to Gordon Gibson's allegations of irregularities in the issuing of forest management licenses. Appointment of the Lord Commission. Charges by C.W. Eversfield and David Sturdy concerning Robert Sommers. Bonner's investigations to determine whether or not Sommers was guilty of any wrongdoing. Eversfield's subsequent disappearance and Sturdy's previous request for an appointment to the Bench. Reasons for Sommers' civil suit against Sturdy. Sommers' resignation from the cabinet; if Sommers had not resigned, Bonner would have. Comments on the Butler Report. Bonner never saw the Butler Report as recalls that it was not conclusive in its findings. Bonner's advice to Sommers and his attorney about the purpose of criminal prosecutions. Comments on police reports. The issue of delays during the course of the Sommers case. Comments on the prosecution of Robert Sommers. The 1956 provincial election and discussion of the charges against Sommers. TRACK 2: Robert Sommers' re-election in the 1956 provincial election. The issue of proceeding with the civil suit against Sturdy or, alternately, pursuing a criminal prosecution. Sommers' self-exile in Seattle and being visited by Waldo Skillings. Sommers later meets with Skillings in Victoria and attempts to secure an agreement whereby he would be charged alone. Reasons why Sommers was not charged alone. Sommers received permission to be absent from the pre-trial hearing to take his seat in the House for the legislative session of 1958; this permission was appealed. Dissatisfaction among backbench government members with the handling of the Sommers case. Reaction to the outcome of the case. Bonner was surprised at convictions. The issue of appealing the court sentence for a harsher verdict. The question of bribery with no visible benefits of preferential treatment. Final comments and reflections on the Sommers Affair.

T0244:0011: Robert Bonner: background to the Columbia River Treaty. 1956-1964
TRACK 1: Robert Bonner discusses government interventionism. The genesis of the B.C. Ferry system. The takeover of the B.C. Electric Company. The Social Credit government's policy of no concessions to prospective business ventures in British Columbia. The background to the Columbia River Treaty. The American demand for electrical power. The B.C. government's attitude toward the development of the Canadian portion of the Columbia River. Criticism of the Treaty. Discussion of his role in the Treaty. Coining the term "Two River Policy". Reasons for the Canadian bias against exporting power to the; United States. Features of the original treaty and the issue of power being returned to Canada. The relationship between the plans to develop the Peace River and the Columbia negotiations. Modifications and protocol to the treaty, 1964, and the issue of downstream benefits. Points of contention with the federal government. Comments on the Diefenbaker government's stance on the Columbia agreement. TRACK 2: Bonner discusses the reasons why British Columbia was able to force both the Canadian and American governments to accept its position on the Columbia River Treaty. The contribution of technical personnel. Comments on committees and the decision-making machinery that contributed to the Columbia agreement. Comments on the relationship between the provincial and federal governments in Canada during the negotiations over the Columbia. Anti-Americanism in the Diefenbaker administration. Reasons why B.C. did not proceed unilaterally on the Columbia agreement. General McNaughton and his plan for the development of the Canadian portion of the Columbia River watershed. Comments on the Kaiser Dam proposal. The appeal and problems of private development of this proposal. Objection to the federal government's Water Rights Bill. The genesis of the Wenner-Gren plan to develop the Peace River. Reasons for the failure of the Wenner-Gren proposal and its effects on later developments.

T0244:0012 Robert Bonner : the development of hydro-electric power in British Columbia 1960-[?]
TRACK 1: Robert Bonner discusses aspects of the Two River Policy. Reasons for the development of the Peace and Columbia Rivers simultaneously. Advantages in developing the hydro-electric power potential of the rivers publicly, rather than by privately-owned means. The Briggs affair. Reflections on the 1960 provincial election. The issue of the takeover of the B.C. Electric Company. Background to the government's decision to take over the company. The special session of 1961 which was called to pass the legislation nationalizing the B.C. Electric Company. Drafting the legislation for the special session. Reaction to the takeover. Criticism of the government action in the business community. Difference between the boardroom reaction and the public response to the takeover of the B.C. Electric Company. TRACK 2: Robert Bonner discusses the maintenance of party discipline during the course of the takeover of the B.C. Electric Company. The formation of B.C. Hydro and Power Authority, 1962. The role and purpose of a public authority, or Crown Corporation. Aspects of financing B.C. Hydro. The question of pension fund socialism. The return of a Liberal administration in Ottawa in 1963 and its effect on the Columbia River Treaty negotiations. Davie Fulton and the 1963 provincial election. Comments on the 1963 election. Evaluation of the roles played by Bonner, Williston and the Premier in the Columbia River Treaty negotiations. Final comments on the Columbia River Treaty and responses to criticisms of it. The future of the Treaty.

T0244:0013 Robert Bonner : federal-provincial relations. 1952-1968
TRACK 1: Robert Bonner discusses federal-provincial relations during the years he served in government. Competitive versus cooperative federalism. Problems related to the port of Vancouver. Comments on federal-provincial conferences. B.C. delegations to federal-provincial conferences were invariably smaller than other provinces. The genesis of the Roberts Bank superport. The development of Roberts Bank. The issues of equalization payments. The B.C. government's objections to federally-administered equalization payments. The question of a guaranteed annual income. The issue of B.C. separatism. Arguments in favour of B.C. remaining a partner in Canadian Confederation. TRACK 2: The genesis of the B.C. government's proposal for a Bank of British Columbia. Recollection of the Senate Bank Committee hearings which reviewed the B.C. government's bank proposal, 1964. Objections to the B.C. government proposal. The process of constitutional review and the search for an amending formula for the Canadian Constitution. Constitutional reform was not a high priority for the B.C. government. The issues of bilingualism and biculturalism. Incident when W.A.C. Bennett brought Mayor Peter Wing to a federal-provincial conference. Reasons why British Columbians were reluctant to admit voting for Social Credit. Involvement in party politics. The mechanics of running an election campaign. Annual Social Credit conventions. T0244:0014 Robert Bonner : aspects of Social Credit politics in British Columbia 1952-1968 TRACK 1: Robert Bonner discusses the funding of election campaigns. Comments on Social Credit national politics in Canada. Description of the 1957 federal election campaign which Bonner helped organize for the Social Credit Party. Relations between the British Columbia and Alberta wings of the Social Credit Party. British Columbia's support of Real Caouette. Comments on the possibility of W.A.C. Bennett running federally. Reasons for the failure of the Social Credit Party on a federal level in Canada. The role of an MLA. Problems in being a Vancouver-area MLA. Rural versus urban conflicts in British Columbia politics. Comments on multiple-member ridings. [TRACK 2: blank?]

T0244:0015: Robert Bonner: reflections on politics, British Columbia and resigning from public life. 1952-1969
TRACK 1: Robert Bonner discusses the effect of politics on his private life. Reasons why legislative reform was not a high priority during the years he served in government. Attitude toward legislative debate.. Orders-in-council and the provincial government. Government by regulation. Anecdote about Motor Vehicle Branch regulations. Comments about the changes which took place in British Columbia during the years he served in government. The lack of secondary industry in British Columbia. The comparative advantages of British Columbia's economy. General comments on the financial policies of the first Social Credit government. The distinction between financing government operations and those of crown corporations. Direct versus contingent liabilities. TRACK 2: Comments on the investment of pension funds in Hydro bonds and other provincial government accounts. W.A.C. Bennett as Minister of Finance. Parity bonds. Reduction and elimination of the public debt of the province. The Kelowna bond-fire, 1959. Comments on public relations and government. Public relations men who worked for the government. Relationship between the press and government. Reasons why Bonner was considered to be the heir-apparent to the leadership of W.A.C. Bennett's character: "the Anthony Eden complex". The 1966 provincial election. Bonner's defeat in Point Grey. Re-election in Cariboo by-election. The formation of the NDP. Comments on electioneering. Reflection on his resignation from the cabinet, 1968, and retirement from politics, 1969.

T0244:0016: Robert Bonner: 1972 election and a recollection of W.A.C. Bennett. 1969-1975
TRACK 1: Robert Bonner discusses the reasons why he resigned from politics. Reaction to general criticisms which were levelled at the first Social Credit government in British Columbia. Comments on the polarization of British Columbia politics. The representative nature of the parliamentary system. Serving as MLA for Cariboo and vice president with MacMillan Bloedel simultaneously. Comments on events leading up to the defeat of the Social Credit government, 1972. Reasons for the defeat of the government. General comments on the leadership abilities of W.A.C. Bennett. W.A.C. Bennett as an original thinker. [TRACK 2: blank?]

Robert Bonner interview : [Specht, 1973]

CALL NUMBER: T0244:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1940-1953 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-19 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Robert W. Bonner discusses his family background and schooling. Depression issues. UBC campus politics. Canadian Students Assembly 1940-1941. Enrolment in the Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC). Training. Theory of training. TRACK 2: Impressions of Col. Shrum. COTC activities. Seaforth Highlanders. Sicily and Italy. Training instructor in England. Becomes Chief Training Officer at COTC 1945-1946.

CALL NUMBER: T0244:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1940-1953 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-19 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Robert W. Bonner discusses COTC summer camp. Enters Law faculty. Views on COTC. Post-war international developments. Post-war COTC. University administration cooperativeness. TRACK 2: Becomes; a Commanding Officer. Post-war international affairs. Unification issue. Contributions of COTC. Liberal education a value to officers. Value of military training.

Student activism in the 1960s : selected excerpts from the Fred Smith Vancouver radio collection

SUMMARY: This compilation of Vancouver radio excerpts was prepared in October 1989 by the B.C. Archives at the request of a client studying media reaction to student activism in the late 1960s. The excerpts were copied from the Fred Smith collection (T3675), which contains over 800 hours of public affairs and open-line programs on radio and television from November 1961 to November 1974. The choice of excerpts was the client's, and represents most of the items from 1965 to 1970 dealing with the youth movement and student activism. Rather than erase and re-use the tapes, the Sound & Moving Image Unit decided to maintain and catalogue this material so it would be readily available to researchers interested in this topic.

Valerie MacDermot interview : [Covernton, 1973]

CALL NUMBER: T0212:0001 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1973-05-25 SUMMARY: Valerie MacDermot was born Valerie Gardiner in 1919 and discusses her early memories of Vancouver. Her mother -- domineering, good mind, etc. Father's background and personality. Brother and sister. Athletics. Summer camp -- a great relief to get away. Mother's overwhelming influence. Expectations to go to UBC. Influences sister to be a doctor. Their doctor a woman. Social life at UBC. The Depression. Economics. Business course. Jobs. To Seattle to get away from a bad situation. Work at Boeing in Vancouver during WWII. CALL NUMBER: T0212:0002 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1973-05-25 SUMMARY: Valerie MacDermot discusses her work at Boeing; joining the U.S. Marines women's corps; bootcamp; training etc.; meteorology job; conditioned to obey; married; pregnant and discharged; husband overseas after a few months; reunion and pregnant; overseas again; desperation; divorce; discrimination against working woman with children; working in Vancouver; insurance work; to Normal School with divorce settlement; meets second husband; mother makes marriage difficult; teaching in Nanaimo and Metchosin; two more children; Recreation Commission, Metchosin; N.D.P. involvement. CALL NUMBER: T0212:0003 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1973-05-25 SUMMARY: Valerie MacDermot discusses the Voice of Women: against nuclear weapons, first started in 1960, history and politics of the group, and involvement in anti-Vietnam. Move from Victoria to Vancouver cuts down involvement; back injury leads to less physical involvement and taking courses. Involvement in women's movement: brief to Status of Women Commission by Voice of Women; joins radical women's group at University of Wisconsin; involved in Status of Women Council; Women's Place; some questions about Women's Liberation.