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Film scripts, screenplays and related records - general

Sub-series consists of scripts and screenplays written by Norman Klenman, alone and in collaboration with others, for feature and short films, produced and not produced, as well as related records. Additional material includes related notes, correspondence, contracts, research material, and moving images. Includes screenplays for “Beggarman’s Game,” “Dilbeck Junior,” “The Ecstasy of Rita Joe,” “A Forest of Eyes,” Ivy League Killers (a.k.a. “The Fast Ones”), “Nails,” "Now That April’s Here," “Passion” (based on The Gambler), “Riel”, and “Voices,” as well as a number of other scripts written for the National Film Board and CBC-TV. Series also includes two "Ivy League Killers" film reels.

"The Swiss Conspiracy" screenplays and related records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Norman Klenman and Philip Saltzman’s development of a feature film screenplay titled “The Ultimate Victim,” which was eventually produced under the title "The Swiss Conspiracy". Records include outlines and various drafts of the screenplay, contracts, notes, correspondence, and research material.

“Woodsmen of the West” screenplays and related records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Norman Klenman’s development of a screenplay for a feature film titled “Woodsmen of the West,” inspired by M. Allerdale Grainger’s memoir of the British Columbia coast in 1908, and plans for its production. Records include several screenplay drafts, notes and ideas, research material, contracts, and production budget and casting proposals.


Subseries consists of the official Minutes of the Annual Meetings of the Society from 1932 to 1982, official Minutes of the Board and Executive Committee meetings from 1956 to 1980 and some early reports of the Executive Secretary primarily from the 1930s.


Subseries consists of Annual Reports dating from 1932 to 1988, including promotional pamphlets summarizing the Annual Report for some of these years. President's Reports and some Monthly Reports for assorted years are also included in this subseries.

Board of Directors

Subseries consists of miscellaneous materials pertaining to the Board of Directors and other officials of the Society, including Honourary officers, Ex-Officio members and Elected Directors. Some correspondence is included in these files pertaining to appointments and resignations. A Decision Book of the Executive Committee dating from 1968 to 1984 is also included in the subseries.


Subseries consists of files relating to general administrative matters of the Society, including general reports, organizational information, policies and agreements. Files also include some committee files, such as the Constitution, Provincial Liaison and Women's and Family Committees. Files in this subseries include reports, memoranda, articles, newspaper clippings and pamphlets, and correspondence.

Resources and Services - Health and Related Subjects

Subseries consists of 2 health-related files: one is on the Alcoholism Foundation, containing general printed material on the Foundation, such as newsletters, newspaper clippings, reports and some correspondence; the other is on narcotics, consisting primarily of correspondence with government committees, doctors and associations.

Social Work

Subseries consists of a single file on social work. The file contains miscellaneous articles, reports and correspondence with various institutions, such as the Department of Social Work at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Council on Social Agencies.

General and Miscellaneous

Subseries consists of 2 files: one is a general John Howard Society file containing general reports on the Society, memoranda and correspondence with those interested in the work of the Society; and the other contains information on prison libraries, especially the Society's work in advocating the role of prison libraries in the rehabilitation of offenders.

Resources and Services

Subseries consists of a number of files on reports and statistics of services provided by the Society, such as the number of cases accepted and cases closed, areas of services and work distribution. A number of other files in this subseries contain material on related associations of the Society, including the B.C. Borstal Association, Canadian Penal Association and the Canadian Corrections Association (see Access Points for list).

Corrections - General

Subseries consists of files pertaining to corrections reform, including correspondence with and information about international organizations involved in the areas of prison reform and criminal rehabilitation, such as the Howard League for Penal Reform in Great Britain. Files also include information about various correctional institutions outside of B.C., and include articles, newspapers, clippings, bulletins, reports and correspondence.

Elizabeth Fry

Subseries consists of a single file on the Elizabeth Fry Society. File consists mainly of correspondence, but also includes miscellaneous materials, such as Annual Reports, lists of Society officers, newspaper clippings and statistical information about women received at Oakalla Prison.


Subseries consists of files on various financial matters, such as revenue, including briefs submitted by the Society to government agencies in support of requests for financial aid; banking, including lists of signing officers; and budgets, including correspondence with Community Chest and Council Budget Committee.


Subseries consists of files on various correctional institutions, including Haney Correctional Institution, The Oakalla Prison Farm and the B.C. Penitentiary (see Access Points for list). Files include reports, memoranda, notes, newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to the operation and management of the various penitentiaries in B.C.

John Howard Societies

Subseries consists of files on other offices of the John Howard Society: its National office, provincial counterparts and regional branches. National office files contain material relevant to its formation around 1961 and provincial and regional files relate to matters of common concern, including policy matters. Files also contain information about these organizations, including reports and other printed material.


Subseries consists of files on pertaining to various projects undertaken by the Society. These include the Delinquency Prevention Programme, What Breaking the Law Could Mean to You, conducted in high schools; the Seventh Step, a program of alcohol recovery based on Alcoholics Anonymous established specifically for inmates of correctional facilities, Alternative Measures, Family House, Hobden House, Prison sentence programs, Impaired drivers program, and the Citizen Participation Programme, aimed at getting the public interested and involved in correctional issues. The subseries also consists of proposals for other programs that may not have received funding.

Supporting organizations

Subseries consists of files relating to the work of the Society with various organizations closely involved in parole supervision, corrections and penitentiaries, especially at the federal level. There are also correspondence files for each prison in British Columbia, the Libby society, the Elizabeth Fry society, and the Coalition against the return of the death penalty.

Resource clients

Subseries consists of files on various topics, including alcoholism, community residential centres, psychiatry, electronic monitoring program, recividism, sentencing, death penalty, and multiculturalism. The files contain reports, papers, pamphlets, newspaper clippings and some correspondence on these miscellaneous topics.

Habituals case files

Series consists of case files relating to recidivists, also known as 'habituals', also known as repeat offenders, those individuals who were convicted of a crime, released from prison, and then rearrested for a similar arrest. Case files include notes made by case workers during regular meetings with recidivists in some cases over decades. Files are arranged alphabetically by individual name but for privacy reasons file titles are limited to acronyms for this series.

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