Collection F-110 - Apiculture (beekeeping) collection

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Apiculture (beekeeping) collection

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  • Photographic materials
  • Textual records

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  • [after 1898] - [200-] (Creation)

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1.87 m of textual records
120 photographs
7 film reels

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Custodial history

Material was originally collected and donated to the Archives by a number of individuals, including former British Columbia Provincial Apiarist John Corner; Ministry apicultural specialist John Gates; British Columbia Honey Producers Association members John Boone, Grace Fuhr, and Doug McCutcheon; and SFU faculty member Mark Winston (Department of Biological Sciences). Subsequent accessions were donated to the SFU Archives by the Association's John Boone (between 2007 and 2012), Doug McCutcheon (in 2006, 2008, and 2011), and Mark Winston (2015).

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The Apiculture (beekeeping) collection is an artificial grouping of documentary materials relating to the methods, science and culture of beekeeping. The collection was established by the SFU Archives as a complement to its other holdings relating to apiculture, such as the fonds of the British Columbia Honey Producers' Association (F-147), and the papers of SFU faculty member Mark Winston (F-174).

The collection consists of publications, conference proceedings, minutes, correspondence, photographs, and moving images. Material includes government publications, correspondence and registers of provincial beekeepers in British Columbia; published research articles, presentations and reports; course outlines and course material relating to the Bee Masters program and honey judging in British Columbia; photographs of various BC beekeeping activities and personalities; copies of meeting minutes and other records of various beekeeping associations in British Columbia and Canada; moving images featuring beekeeping activities and topics; and various subject files relating to the history of beekeeping in BC.

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As an artificial collection, the material had no original order. Arrangement was created by the archivist to facilitate intellectual access and is based on type of document (for publications and special media), provenance (of minutes and correspondence), or subject (for collected materials on various topics and activities).

Due to the volume of records from an accrual added in 2014 (accessions 2012-001 and 2012-042), several sub-series were created by the processing archivist to facilitate intellectual access to the documents in series 1 (Association records), 2 (Educational programs, training, and conferences) and 3 (Government publications, reports, correspondence). A new series 7 (Subject files) was also created. Series 4 (Journals) was deaccessioned in October 2014.

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Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Files marked "pending review" must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release and, as a result of the review, access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the reference archivist for more details.

Copyright subsists in all or some of the records. Generally, the university is the copyright owner only to works that the donor authored. Please consult the reference archivist for details about the use of copyrighted materials.

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All accessions have been processed as of August 2015. Further accruals are expected.

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Financial assistance for the arrangement and description of the records and production of the finding aid was generously provided by Mark Winston, Professor SFU Department Of Biological Sciences (March 2001); the SFU Department Of Biological Sciences (March 2001); and the SFU Faculty Of Science (April 2001).

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Finding aid prepared by Richard Dancy, Frances Fournier, Enid Britt (April 2001).
Finding aid reprinted September 2005.
Updated by Enid Britt (April 2006).
Accrual added by Rita Mogyorosi (September 2014).
Series 4 (Journals) deaccessioned by Rita Mogyorosi (October 2014).
Minor accrual processed to sub-series 1-2 by Rita Mogyorosi (August 2015).

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