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Doukhobor collection

  • MsC-121
  • Fonds
  • 1856-2019

Collection comprises photographs, manuscripts, correspondence, ephemera, books and periodical material resulting from and pertaining to the settlement and subsequent history of Doukhobors in Western Canada. Books and periodical items have been catalogued in the SFU Library Catalogue. Digitized images and accompanying descriptions of a portion of the collection are available on the Doukhobor Collection, 1898-1930 website.

J. A. Forin

This sous-fonds includes letters authored and received by J. A. Forin between 1926 and 1933, handwritten note, clippings, broadside as well as three publication belonging to Forin that contain his handwritten annotations. All records are in English.

Forin, John Andrew

Russell Fraser fonds

  • MsC-272
  • Fonds
  • [198?]-[199?]

Fonds consists of records used and created by Russell Fraser while he was member of the B.C. Social Credit Party and MLA for Vancouver South. These include government documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, reports, and Expo 86 posters.

Fraser, Russell

Margaret A. Mitchell fonds

  • MsC-250
  • Fonds
  • 1954-[200?]

Fonds consists of scrapbooks of Mitchell's travels to Japan and Korea, reports she wrote with the Neighbourhood Services Association as a Community Development worker, speeches mailings, newsletters, issues & case work files, correspondence, records related to her memoir, the Vancity Community Foundation's Margaret Mitchell Fund for Women, photographs of various events, and House of Commons debate transcripts.

Mitchell, Margaret A.

Paul Keenleyside Social Credit collection

  • MsC-252
  • Collection
  • 1950-2005, predominantly 1978-1996

This collection contains records of the British Columbia Social Credit Party, predominantly in relation to the operations of Burnaby-Edmonds constituency. The collection includes records relating to other selected ridings where by-elections took place and party wide records relating to provincial elections. A considerable amount of records relates to the Social Credit Party leadership campaigns, party annual conventions and BC Young Socred organization. The majority of records cover period between 1978 and 1996, but some records reach as far as 1950 and 2005.

The collection contains administrative and day to day operations records such as memos, correspondence, membership list, contact lists, organizational constitution and by-laws, statements, committees’ minutes, and messages. In addition, the collection contains handbooks, manuals, reports and informational booklets intended to instruct candidates and volunteers on campaigning methods and strategies. Many of these records provide insight into shaping and evolving of the policies and electoral platforms of the Social Credit Party. In addition, the collection contains provincial election and party leadership campaign managing records that include candidate profiles and lists, internal correspondence and memos, and external use records intended for the promotion of the Social Credit Party and its candidates. The collection also includes a number of newspaper clippings, party newsletters, articles, posters, photographs, campaign buttons, video and sound recordings of events and promotional material.

The collection is arranged into to eight series: 1. Assembled books; 2. Government publications; 3. General documents; 4. Newspaper clippings and party newsletters; 5. Photographs; 6. Posters; 7. Buttons; 8. Audio and video recordings.

Keenleyside, Paul

Charles Hou Editorial Cartoon collection

  • MsC-25
  • Collection
  • [199-?]-[200-?]

The collection consists of copies and a small number of photographs of political cartoons dealing with Canadian and international events that took place from 1759 to 2006. Canadian topics include conscription, immigration, French-language rights, native self-government, imperialism, nationalism, labour conditions, women’s suffrage, and prohibition. The cartoons deal with, among many other topics, the Sino-Japanese War of 1894, the French conquest of Algeria, the Cold War, the war in Vietnam, and World Wars I and II. Publication dates of the newspapers and magazines from which the collection was copied range from 1846 to 2006. Dates of the events covered by the cartoons range from the mid-eighteenth century to 2006.

Esther and Robin Mathews May 1968 Paris Poster collection

  • MsC-127
  • Collection
  • 1968

The collection consists of 115 handbills, and 78 posters (including 5 manuscript posters) collected by Robin Mathews in Paris during the student rebellion and general strike of May 1968.

Mathews, Robin

Piers Island “Sons of Freedom” Doukhobor Imprisonment collection

  • MsC 147
  • Collection
  • 1932-1934

The collection offers insight into the imprisonment of the “Sons of Freedom” between 1932 and 1934 at Piers Island Penitentiary. The “Sons of Freedom” Doukhobors began as a small, radical movement to reinvigorate the faith, restore traditional Doukhobor values, and protest the sale of land, education, citizenship and registration of vital statistics. They would achieve infamy through civil disobedience, nude marches, and burnings. In 1932, over 600 Sons of Freedom protestors were convicted of public nudity. As B.C. Penitentiary was unable to handle such a rise in inmate population, a satellite prison under the authority of B.C. Penitentiary was constructed on Piers Island to house these prisoners. The records document how the prison was set up and run and the problems that the federal prison system encountered regarding both staff and prisoners. The correspondence and telegrams shed light on the internal discussions of senior officials concerning the management of the prison and its prisoners.
Fonds consists of correspondence, memoranda, telegrams, and other textual records pertaining to the Piers Island Penitentiary created or accumulated by H. W. Cooper during his career as the warden of B.C. Penitentiaries. The fonds also contains photographs which were all taken at Piers Island. The textual records predominantly consist of letters to and from H. W. Cooper regarding the penitentiary, staff, and prisoners. The records have been arranged into the following two series: Correspondence and other documents (1932-1934); and Photographs ([between 1932 and 1934]).

James Hawthornthwaite fonds

  • MsC-47
  • Fonds
  • 1901-1911

Fonds consists primarily of incoming correspondence addressed to Hawthornthwaite in his capacity as a Member of the Legislative Assembly from his constituents and other residents of British Columbia. The fonds contains a file consisting of legislative bills, resolutions, and acts tabled during Hawthornthwaite's tenure in the Provincial Parliament and other records that Hawthornthwaite made or received in the course of his service to the people of Nanaimo, as well as published records of the legislative assembly of British Columbia for the years 1909 and 1910. The fonds also contains: a certificate for Hawthornthwaite's share in the Western Socialist Publishing Company which published The Western Clarion, the newspaper of the Socialist Party of British Columbia; a postcard depicting Joseph Mairs, one of Hawthornthwaite's contemporaries in the Socialist Party of Canada; and a copy of a book titled The changing order: A study of democracy, given to Hawthornthwaite by his friend Harry Sibble.

Hawthornthwaite, James

Robert Jackson fonds

  • MsC-49
  • Fonds
  • 1933-2000

Fonds consists primarily of records related to Robert Jackson's political interests and activities. Included are many original and reproduced documents from labour events in the 1930s, particularly the On to Ottawa trek but including information on other labour-related events and figures, including the Spanish Civil War and the unionism in primary resource industries. The fonds also includes many records gathered by Jackson in the 1980s and 1990s in his work commemorating the On to Ottawa trek and participating in labour-related events. It contains newsletters, bulletins and other publications, newspaper clippings, essays, and articles, correspondence, recollections and testimonials, obituaries, notes from speaking engagements, leaflets, posters, press releases, petitions, minutes, financial records, project proposals, a script, work documents, certificates, legal documents, photographs, and other records related to Jackson's political life. The file level arrangement of this fonds is based on an arrangement established in 2001 by David Yorke who undertook to order Jackson's paper by subject. The order in which Jackson kept his records is unknown. The fonds is arranged in four series: On to Ottawa Trek (1934-2000); Labour history subject files (1933-2000); Memorials (1985-2000); and Photographs ([193-?]-2000).

Jackson, Robert

Grace McCarthy fonds

  • MsC-168
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1991

Fonds consists of 89 scrapbooks relating to Grace McCarthy and her career as a politician within the British Columbia Social Credit party. Scrapbooks contain photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, press releases, ephemera, and other material dating from 1960 to 1991.

The scrapbooks document the political landscape of British Columbia from 1968 to 1991, in particular the activities of the Social Credit party; events, initiatives, and causes in Vancouver and provincially; state visits; McCarthy's viewpoint on particular issues; her political and charitable activities; leadership campaigns; and her personal and political relationships. They also document McCarthy's most notable accomplishments, including bringing Expo '86 to Vancouver, establishing SkyTrain as a rapid transit system, driving the construction of the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, and the lighting of the Lions Gate Bridge. Includes correspondence with other politicians at the provincial, national and international level, including W.A.C. Bennett and Margaret Thatcher; her constituents, residents of British Columbia, and party members; and the business community.

McCarthy, Grace

Harrison Brown fonds

  • MsC-57
  • Fonds
  • 1914-2002

The fonds consists mainly of textual materials, including correspondence and diaries. Also present are photo albums, photographs and negatives. The fonds has been arranged into the following seven series: Personal correspondence (1934-1988), Diaries (1914-1973), Desktop diaries (1962-1973), Personal miscellaneous items (1937-1978), Photographs (1927-2002), and Outlawry of War (1921-1960).

Brown, George Harrison

McDonald Hellenic collection

  • MsC-54
  • Collection
  • 1967-2008

Collection consists of records collected by Robert McDonald while he was living and working as a journalist in Greece. The bulk of the documents and publications reflect the period from 1967 to 1974, while Robert McDonald was a correspondent for the BBC. The collection also contains background material relating to the war years 1940-45, the civil war period, the invasion of Cyprus, and restoration of Greek Democracy. These historically sensitive items document the political events of Greece in the form of personal notes, manuscripts, newspapers, magazines and interview tapes. Some highlights include: The resistance organizations' secret circulars; political prisoners' signed documents; and tapes that contain unpublished interviews with Evangelos Averoff - a key figure in the movement to overthrow the military dictatorship. Later materials include research and reports on economic subjects such as the evolution of Greek industry during the period of accession to the Eurozone and first eight years of participation, the competitiveness of the Greek economy, and materials related to Cyprus.

McDonald, Robert

Women's Bookstore collection

  • F-111
  • Collection
  • 1937 - 2018, predominant 1937-1997

The Women's Bookstore collection consists of materials relating to the operation of several Vancouver women's organizations and reflects the issues that dominated the women's movement throughout the 1970s. Consistent with the community based nature of women's movements during this period, the scope and content of the collection reflects the diversity common to a phenomenon rather than the administrative and subject coherence found in records generated by a single organization. As such, the collection as whole gains its coherence due primarily to the interdependence rather than independence of the individual items to one another. This also applies to the records generated by autonomous organizations in the collection. While the different organizations should be regarded as distinct, a good deal of the records concern the communication between various organizations and women's groups across the country or identify issues of concern to a broad range of organizations. Thus, the collection as whole should be regarded as a record of a dynamic process in which a common ideology served to unify the aims of distinctive organizations, persons, and subjects.

The collection is comprised of the records of the Women's Bookstore, Women's Caucus, A Woman's Place, Transition House, the British Columbia Federation of Women and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Includes constitutions, minutes, reports, correspondence, position papers, and sound recordings. Also includes newsletters from women's centres across British Columbia and Canada, subject files, and an assortment of feminist publications.

The Pedestal newspaper collection

  • F-272
  • Collection
  • 1969-1975

Collection consists of digital copies of a complete run of The Pedestal, a feminist periodical published by the Vancouver Women's Caucus and edited by the Pedestal collective. The periodical referred to itself as a women's liberation newspaper and later as a lesbian-feminist newspaper; it published non-fiction, personal stories, poetry, reviews, letters to the editor, news of the women's movement, informational resources, a dream page and a calendar of events. It was distributed to individual subscribers, women's groups and sold by members at demonstrations and political events, and was available at bookstores and other locations around Vancouver. The Pedestal engaged in debates with members and readers over homosexuality, socialism and relationships with men, and addressed political issues such as abortion, childcare, education, anti-imperialism and patriarchy.

Contributors include Liz Briemberg, Colette Connor, Deb Dubelko, Susan Dubrofsky, Pat Feindel, Barb Finlayson, Eileen Hausfather, Pat Hoffer, Nym Hughes, Beth Jankola, Sylvia Lindstrom, Judi Morton, Jean Rands, Anne Roberts, Diane Schrenk, Sharon Stevenson, Marcy Toms and Dodie Weppler.

Volume VI, Numbers 3 and 4 were published under the title Women Can.

Regional planning collection (James W. Wilson collector)

  • F-132
  • Collection
  • 1952 - 1988

James W. Wilson was a Professor of Geography at SFU, who had served as the first executive director of the Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board and a relocation planner for the Columbia River Power Project in B.C.

Collection consists of records and publications collected by James W. Wilson concerning the work of the Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board. Also includes materials about the resettlement project that B.C. Hydro carried out during the Columbia River Project. Includes personal memoirs written by Dr. Wilson as well as annual reports, minutes, newsletters, essays, correspondence, notes, books, surveys, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Wilson, James W.

Collection about Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group

  • F-214
  • Collection
  • [1990] - 2004

The Simon Fraser Public Interest Group (SFPIRG) was established in 1981 as part of a movement of PIRGs established at universities across North America to advocate for social change. SFPIRG's mission is to engage students in social and environmental justice. Areas of work include education, action, research and community. SFPIRG is funded through student fees, is non-partisan, and is a registered non-profit organization. The collection consists of publications of the organization, including their newsletter Antithesis, and a number of special topic brochures, booklets, and leaflets.

Susan Walsh fonds

  • F-168
  • Fonds
  • 1981 - 1982

The fonds consists of the audiocassettes for five interviews conducted by Susan Walsh for her thesis.

Walsh, Susan

Social Credit Women's Auxiliary fonds

  • MsC-86
  • Fonds
  • [195?] - [199?]

Fonds consists of records relating to the activities of the Social Credit Women's Auxiliary and materials collected by Flo Dickinson as a member of the auxiliary. These include campaign material, photographs, correspondence, textiles, certificates, newspaper clippings, placards, account books, reports, magazines, brochures, and ephemera.

Social Credit Women's Auxiliary

Pacific Nation fonds

  • MsC-6
  • Fonds
  • 1967-1969

The fonds consists of manuscripts, layout sheets, notes and miscellaneous records relating to the printing of Pacific Nation.

Pacific Nation

Operation Solidarity fonds

  • MsC-225
  • Fonds
  • 1983-1987

Fonds consists of records relating to the labour organizing activity of Art Kube and Operation Solidarity. These include meeting agendas, committee reports, newsletters, brochures and pamphlets, publications, correspondence, ephemera, AGM conference packages, and material documenting participation in the BC Native Land Claims conference in 1986 and the Canadian Labour Congress's presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on External Affairs & International Trade in 1987.

Operation Solidarity

Doris French Shackleton fonds

  • MsC-174
  • Fonds
  • 1931–2001

Fonds consists of correspondence, research, notes, written works, newspaper clippings and other records accumulated by Shackleton over her lifetime. These include records relating to her career as a writer, editor and journalist, her political activities, her education, research, travels abroad and those records relating to her professional and personal relationships within organizations and with acquaintances, friends and family members. Records have been arranged into the following seven series: Writing records ([194-]-2001); Research and reference files ([196-]-1985); Education and employment records (1931-[ca. 1992]); Political records (1944-1979); Professional organization records (1983-2001); Personal subject files ([19--]-2001); and Travel souvenirs, notes, and ephemera ([196-?]-1995).

Shackleton, Doris French

Communist Party of Canada fonds

  • MsC-48
  • Fonds
  • 1991-1992, 2002

Fonds consists of naterial relating to the end of the Communist Party of Canada; includes newspapers, correspondence, legal documents; ephemera.

Communist Party of Canada

Allan Fotheringham fonds

  • MsC-157
  • Fonds
  • [193?] - [199?]

Fonds consists of records relating to the life and published journalism and books of Allan Fotheringham. They include newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, notebooks, correspondence, magazines, books, a typewriter, certificates, awards, conference name tags, and born-digital documents.

Fotheringham, Allan

Pauline Jewett interview collection (Peter Stursberg collector)

  • F-136
  • Collection
  • 1976

Peter Stursberg was a journalist who interviewed Pauline Jewett for his book on Lester B. Pearson. Dr. Jewett was President of SFU from 1974 to 1978. She was a former university professor and a member of Parliament.

The collection consists of 2 audio cassettes and the transcript of the interview.

Stursberg, Peter

Peter Poole fonds

  • F-161
  • Fonds
  • 1983 - 1987

The fonds consists of research material acquired by Peter Poole in the course of preparing his thesis and an earlier essay on the solidarity movement. The fonds includes taped interviews of trade union leaders, solidarity movement leaders, community activists, and legal counsel. Twenty-six of the interviews are transcribed. The fonds also includes newspapers and newsclippings, essays, publications, flyers, research notes, ephemera, a chronology of the solidarity movement, and a copy of Peter Poole's thesis.

Poole, Peter

Gerald Scott fonds

  • F-167
  • Fonds
  • 1990 - 1991

The fonds consists of the audiocassettes for eleven interviews conducted by Gerry Scott for his thesis.

Scott, Gerald

Anthony Gargrave fonds

  • MsC-229
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1972

Fonds consists of scrapbooks, containing newspaper clippings, press releases, campaign materials, minutes, correspondence, programs and song lyrics, created by Gargrave while he was an MLA in Mackenzie, and when he ran for Mayor of Vancouver in 1970 as a representative of the NDP civic party.

Gargrave, Anthony John

David Mitchell fonds

  • F-56
  • Fonds
  • 1907 - 1987

Fonds is comprised of research material gathered by David Mitchell for his book, W.A.C. Bennett and the Rise of British Columbia and records generated in the process of completing work on the book. The research material concentrates on Bennett's life as a political figure, the rise of the Social Credit Party, and political issues dealt with by the Bennett government.

It includes a mix of interviews with Bennett and other important political figures of his era, articles, clippings, government documents, Social Credit Party papers, copies of Bennett's personal papers, Mitchell's notes and rough drafts, academic papers, graphic material, and correspondence.

Mitchell, David

W.A.C. Bennett fonds

  • F-55
  • Fonds
  • 1909 - 1981

The fonds consists of records relating to the life of W.A.C. Bennett. Documented are his personal life, business ventures, community service, club affiliations, and political activities, including his terms as Member of the Legislative Assembly for South Okanagan, and as Premier of British Columbia.

Personal records consist of early correspondence and household records, as well as material which documents W.A.C. Bennett's association with freemasonry and his fundraising activities with organizations such as the Salvation Army.

Business records consist of material relating to Bennett Hardware, Bennett’s Stores, and Calona Wines.

Political records refer to Bennett's tenure as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for South Okanagan, as Premier and as leader of the Opposition. Also relevant are records referring to the passage of a number of Municipal Acts and Bennett’s relationship with Federal politics.

Records include correspondence, advertisements, minutes, annual reports, telegrams, itineraries, schedules, financial statistics, financial statements, petitions, questionnaires, resolutions, reports, speeches, press releases, proposals, maps, plans, charts, file notes, memoranda, newspaper clippings, scrap books, ephemera, photographs, audio recordings, film reels, and video cassettes.

Bennett, W.A.C.

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