Series MS-1996 - Predecessor companies, textual records

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Predecessor companies, textual records

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the series.
  • Variations in title: Title changed from "Western Forest Products records" 2015-08-07.

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  • 1906-1979 (Creation)

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3 m of textual records and other material

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The series consists primarily of textual records of the companies which previously owned and operated the assets purchased by Western Forest Product Ltd. in 1980.

Record types include: correspondence; maps; scrapbooks; accounts and shareholder ledgers and accounts books; cash books; company bylaws; crown grants; financial statements; general ledgers; indenture records; letters patent records; logging estimates; management licenses; memorandum and articles of association; minute books including minutes of directors and shareholders meetings; annual meeting records; annual reports to shareholders; notices of incorporation; pulp leases; pulp licenses; share certificates and receipts; registers and ledgers regarding shareholders; stock books; stock registers; cruise and timber reports, estimates and licenses. The files include a small number of photographs which are integrated with the textual records.

The series is made up of two accessions. The records of accession MS-1996 are predominantly those of Whalen Pulp and Paper Mills Ltd. dating from 1917 to 1923, and include records of Whalen’s predecessor companies. The series consists of records of the following companies (including but not limited to): British Columbia Sulphite Fibre Company Ltd., Colonial Lumber and Paper Mills Ltd., Empire Pulp and Paper Mills Ltd., Canadian Puget Sound Lumber and Timber Company, and Trans-Pacific Lumber Company Ltd.

Accession MS-1996, on its arrival at the archives, included approximately 600 photographs. At that time, the photos were separated from the textual records; these photographs can now be found in the series MS-3216 -- “Predecessor companies photographic records.”

The records of accession 89-1392 predominantly represent the activities of the Alaska Pine Company Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiaries: Jones Lake Logging Co. Ltd (incorporated June 17, 1942); Alaska Pine Trading Limited (incorporated March 4, 1946); and Great West Lumber Co. Ltd. The accession also includes records of Universal Lumber & Box Company Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiaries: Alaska Pine Sales Ltd. (incorporated February 28, 1946); Empire Machinery Limited (incorporated March 1, 1947); Alaska Pine Purchasing Limited (incorporated January 24, 1947).

Accession 89-1392 also includes records of: Alaska Pine Lumber Toronto Ltd. (incorporated September 9, 1949); Island Logging Company, Limited; Island Wharf & Dock Co. Ltd. (incorporated October 29, 1951); Emory Creek Logging Co. Ltd. (incorporated October 17, 1942); L & M Machinery Co. Ltd. (incorporated December 28, 1949); Marine Transport Limited (incorporated February 27, 1946); Northern Universal Lumber Company; Pioneer Timber Company (incorporated October 3, 1933); Quatsino Logging Ltd. (incorporated June 30, 1960); Southern Enterprises Ltd. (incorporated June 18, 1949); Totem Shingles (1951) Ltd. (incorporated August 1, 1951); Vancouver Island Towing Company Limited (incorporated May 31, 1911); Vancouver Milling and Grain Co. Limited; Shelly Logging Ltd.; Canadian Puget Sound Lumber and Timber Co. Note that this list is not exhaustive.

Note that PR-0109, Vancouver Milling and Grain Company fonds, was donated to BC Archives by Western Forest Products Ltd. and may be of interest as it compliments these records.

The series includes files on the corporate history of British Columbia Pulp and Paper Company Ltd., Whalen Pulp and Paper Mills Ltd. and predecessor companies; it also includes a company history of Rayonier Canada Limited.

The records of accession 89-1392 have been maintained in the order in which they arrived at BC Archives, according to a provided box list.

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Accession number(s): MS-1996; 89-1392 (85-041)

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Accession number(s): MS-1996

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Includes 32 photographs.

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