Collection F-227 - Columbia River Treaty audio collection

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Columbia River Treaty audio collection

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  • 2011-2015 (Transcription)
    BC Hydro
    Transcriptions prepared for each lecture
  • 2009 (Reproduction)
    Audio cassettes tapes digitized
  • 1996 (Reproduction)
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  • 1974 (Creation)

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13 cm of textual records
14 sound recordings

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Collection consists of records available in multiple formats relating to the 14-lecture series "Canadian-American Relations: Perspectives on the Columbia River Treaty" held at Simon Fraser University in 1974.

The Columbia River Treaty was an agreement between Canada and the United States for flood control and the construction of dams for the generation of hydroelectricity. Four dams were constructed - three in Canada (Mica, Arrow, and Duncan) and one in the United States (Libby). The treaty was signed in 1961 but was not ratified by the Canadian Parliament. The treaty was so controversial that a Protocol was drawn up, which eventually defined the monetary terms and operational procedures without changing any of the physical plan. The Protocol was agreed upon in 1964.

The lecture series was organized through the combined efforts of the Canadian Studies Program, the Department of Continuing Studies, and the Alumni Association and was chaired by Professor George Cook of the History Department. Each lecture was given by a person who had been closely connected to the Columbia River Treaty. Admission to attend the lectures was free. All lectures were held in the East Concourse Cafeteria, SFU (Burnaby campus).

Collection consists of audio recordings of the Columbia River Treaty lecture series advertised by Simon Fraser University as "a series of talks and panels designed to increase public understanding of this issue in Canadian-American relations on the international, national, regional and local levels and from the political, legal, economic, geographic and social aspects." The collection also consists of transcripts compiled by BC Hydro (Dania Robinson) in 2011 from the audio recordings of the Columbia River Treaty lecture series. Due to variable audio quality, the transcripts are not a full disclosure of the lectures. Researchers are advised to review access copies of the original audio recordings.

Document types include reel to reel, audio cassette tapes, digital (mp3 format) as well as transcripts (paper and PDF formats) of the audio recordings.

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Audio reels were transferred to the Archives from the SFU Audio Visual Centre. In 1996 copies of the audio reels were made to audio cassette for reference purposes. In 2009 digital copies were made from the audio cassettes. Transcripts of the lectures were created by BC Hydro and donated to the Archives in 2011 (series 2).


Collection was originally arranged as a listing of sound recordings. With the donation of the transcripts, the collection was arranged into two series, with separate series for audio recordings (F-227-1) and transcripts (F-227-2). In 2015, the digitized sound recordings and born-digital transcripts were ingested into Archivematica and DIPs were delivered to Atom. The series were collapsed into files once more.

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The records in this collection are open with no restrictions.

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For records relating to hydroelectricity and the Columbia River Treaty, please see the finding aid for the W.A.C. Bennett fonds (F-55). The Archives holds two other collections relating to two of the speakers for this lecture series: see the James W. Wilson regional planning collection (F-132); and the Hugh Keenleyside interview collection (F-137).

For published material on the treaty, please see the book "The Sociology of Natural Resources" by John Elliott (published in 1981 by Butterworth & Co. (Canada) Ltd.) which contains a chapter entitled "The Columbia River Treaty: Growth Versus Development and the Implications."

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As of November 2011, all accessions have been processed. Corrected transcripts from BC Hydro are expected.

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Includes 14 audio reels (originals), 27 audio cassettes (copies), and 32 DVDs (copies).

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The finding aid for this collection was prepared by Lisa Beitel in March 2007; revised by Michelle Curran to integrate accrual of transcripts (November 2011); revised with new numbering system applied to items (August 2012); revised again in 2015 by Kelly Stewart.

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