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Brewing history research files

Series consists of Evans' research materials relating to BC brewing history. A large number of the files date back to Evans' work on his thesis (1985-1991), but he continuously added new material to old files and created new files in the course of his ongoing research.

Records includes Evans' notes and working papers, correspondence, speaking notes for public talks; interview notes and biographical sketches of brewers and brewery profiles; copies of advertisements, beer labels, photographs, maps, fire insurance plans, drawings, and floor plans; copies and transcriptions of newspaper and periodical articles, excerpts from publications (books, websites); and copies of archival documents, the originals of which are held by other repositories.

Two types of dates have been given to most files in the series: "dates of creation" and "dates of document". "Creation" dates are based on date of accumulation by Evans. Many of the working papers and notes by Evans are undated, while documents that are dated are often reproductions of older, historical records that he had copied by the repositories he visited. This makes it difficult to determine the precise dates on which files were opened or closed. Files dated [198-]-[199-] are thought to belong to the thesis period; files dated [198-]-[201-] originated in the thesis research but continued to be added to; other ranges are given where more precise dates of accumulation seem possible based on file contents (e.g. Evans' own correspondence). The "dates of document" given at the sub-series and file levels refers to the dates of the original documents that Evans copied.

The series is arranged into ten sub-series:

BC brewing industry: thematic subject files

Sub-series consists of subject files relating to the history of beer and brewing in BC. Most (but not all) of the files in this sub-series were started by Evans in the course of his thesis work, and many were subsequently continued in his post-thesis research.

Topics documented include the establishment and chronology of various BC breweries; historical brewing processes, equipment, supplies, production and distribution; brewery personnel and labour relations; advertising, public houses and saloons; BC's temperance movement, prohibition, post-prohibition liquor legislation, and debates and plebiscites around liquor licensing in the province.

Records includes Evans' notes and working papers, interview notes, and correspondence; newspaper clippings (photocopied) and periodical articles, book reviews, printed web pages and bibliographies; and images of beer bottles and labels. Includes a copy of Home Made Beverages by a Practical Brewer (1919) and old brewing recipes (file 35); copies of census records, sessional papers of Parliaments and tables of trade and navigation (statistics), labour agreements (1916-1937) and union dues books file 28), reports and unpublished papers.

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