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Archival description
F-110 · Collection · [after 1898] - [200-]

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.

F-120 · Collection · 1974 - 1992

Collection consists of records reflecting the administration, organization and activities of AUCE #2 as well as AUCE's provincial organization. Includes constitution, by-laws, articles of agreement, contracts, financial statements, reports, correspondence, memoranda, ephemera, newsletters, handbooks, and bulletins.

Archives and Records Management Department
Indo-Canadian collection
F-145 · Collection · 1900 - 1999

From 1979-1981 the University Archives collected historical information on the Indo-Canadian Community in British Columbia with a view towards acquiring records in this area. The Archives prepared a bibliography, and made copies of relevant material. According to Professor Hugh Johnston, the collection contains a fairly complete set of all articles written up to 1980 about Indo-Canadians in BC. The Archives also acquired some photographs from the community. Since the conclusion of the project, the Archives has shifted its primary acquisition focus away from ethnic collections.

Collection consists of photocopied magazine articles, theses, books, reports, newspaper clippings and other secondary sources about Indo-Canadians. The information is primarily about the Sikh community, but there is also some material on Hindu immigrants. There is one file of photographic prints and negatives.

Collection also contains one file of correspondence with Ray Hundle, who corresponded with the University Archives regarding his research on the possible establishment of a Sikh temple in Golden, BC in 1880.

Material is in Punjabi and English.

Archives and Records Management Department
F-150 · Collection · 1967 - 2002

The Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology (PSA) Department was established in 1965 as one of the original departments at SFU. It marked a significant academic innovation in that it united three separate disciplines under one head—the distinguished Marxist scholar Tom Bottomore. By the late 1960s, Bottomore had returned to England, and the department entered a period of scholarly and administrative turmoil. The crisis culminated in the Department being placed under trusteeship by the University administration and eight faculty members going on strike.

The collection consists of various files collected over the years by the staff of the University Archives to assist history students and other researchers. Includes press releases, reports, publications and other documents.

Archives and Records Management Department
F-200-1-4-6 · Sub-sub-series · 1981 - 1984
Part of Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost fonds

Sub-sub-series consists of the VP Academic's correspondence with, related to, or copied from the University Archivist. Topics include development of the university's Archives policy, and agreement with the Simon Fraser University Faculty Association relating to the faculty status of the University Archivist. Records consists predominantly of correspondence.

F-200-1-8-4 · Sub-sub-series · 1986 - 1991
Part of Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost fonds

Sub-sub-series consists of the Vice-President, Academic's correspondence with, related to, or copied from the University Archivist during the period when the University Archives reported to the Vice-President, Research. Topics documented include the establishment of the university's Archives Policy, the development of the records management program, and a report on access and privacy issues as they related to archival holdings. Records include correspondence, draft policies and working papers, reports, and records management advisory notes.

F-200-2-2-3 · Sub-sub-series · 1995 - 1999
Part of Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost fonds

Sub-sub-series consists of the Vice-President's correspondence with, related to, or copied from the University Archivist / Information and Privacy Coordinator during the period when the University Archives reported to the Dean of Student Services. The correspondence primarily deals with matters relating to the Archives' administration of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) Act. Activities and topics documented include the processing of individual access to information requests, policy development, access and privacy advice, and the provincial Information and Privacy Commissioner's site visit to SFU in 1997. Records include correspondence, reference material relating to FOIPP, advice, access decision letters, and the submission of the University Presidents' Council (TUPC) to the Special Committee of the BC Legislative Assembly reviewing the FOIPP Act (1998).

Vice-President, Research
F-201-1-4 · Sub-series · 1985 - 1997
Part of Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic fonds

Sub-series consists of the Associate Vice-President, Academic's correspondence with the Vice-President, Research / Information Systems (renamed VP Research in 1990), and with departments which belonged to the VP Research reporting portfolio. Activities and topics documented include development of the university's computing polices and administrative computing systems; the AVP Academic's interactions with the University Archives and the Centre for Systems Science; and the activities and deliberations of a number of university committees, including the Cognitive Science Program Steering Committee, the Computing Advisory Committee, the Administrative Information Systems Steering Committee, the Committee on Instructional Computing, and the Archives and Records Management Committee. Records include correspondence, reports, meeting agenda and minutes, presentations, and policies.

F-201-3-9 · Sub-series · 1990 - 1996
Part of Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic fonds

Sub-series consists of the Associate Vice-President, Academic's correspondence with, related to, or copied from the University Archives during the period in which it reported to the AVP Academic (1990-1996). After 1996 the Archives reported to the Dean of Student Services (1996-2000), returned again briefly to the AVP Academic reporting portfolio in 2000-2001, then moved to the AVP Policy, Equlty, Legal (2001- ). Activities documented in the correspondence include departmental budget planning and staffing, search for the University Archivist (1993-1994), policy development, and establishment of the SFU's access and privacy program in 1994 as part of the university's compliance with the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Simon Fraser collection
F-208 · Collection · 1803 - [ca. 2014]

Collection consists of records relating to the personal history and genealogy of the university's namesake, the explorer, Simon Fraser. Records include; correspondence, working papers, reports, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs and negatives, drawings, artifacts and textiles.

F-247 · Collection · [ca 1870] - 2002

Collection predominantly consists of photographic material (photographs, portraits, contact sheets, negatives, proofs, and slides) but also includes textual records such as clippings, publications, news releases, posters, and miscellaneous documents. It mainly comprises publicity material relating to the activities and topics documented by Media and Public Relations and that includes the photographing of SFU people, departments, organizations, places, and campus events for producing press releases, brochures, and other University publications.

Archives and Records Management Department
Subject Files
F-247-4 · Series · [ca 1870] - 2000
Part of SFU Archives reference and display materials collection

Series consists of drawings, photos, contact sheets, slides, negatives, publications, notes, correspondence, news releases, memorabilia, photocopies, and pamphlets relating to subject files kept by the Media and Public Relations Office to keep track of ideas, news leads, and developing stories as they relate to SFU. See access points for a list of SFU departments and organizations represented in the files.

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.

F-30 · Collection · 1963 - 1978

The collection was compiled by the University Archives staff to illustrate the construction of Simon Fraser University.

The history of Simon Fraser University is reflected in its world-renowned architecture. Located atop Burnaby Mountain, SFU's design was the result of a competition held in 1963 by Dr. Gordon Shrum, the newly-appointed Chancellor of the University. The goal of the competition was to produce five winners. One architect would be awarded first prize for the overall design of SFU, while four other architects would each be invited to build a section of the University under the supervision of the winner. All entries were limited to applicants from British Columbia.

The informal guidelines for SFU's design consisted of a directive from Dr. Shrum entitled, "Notes from the Chancellor," which was distributed to the applicants. In this directive, Dr. Shrum noted many of the features that he felt were essential to the new university based upon his previous experience at the University of British Columbia. Among his recommendations were that students should be able to move from one part of the university to another without going outside, and that the large lecture theaters should be grouped together rather than scattered over the whole campus. Perhaps the most important of his criteria was that SFU should appear in 1965 essentially as it would look in 1995. In other words, it should look like a finished university, but also be designed for expansion. The design chosen was that of a young UBC architecture professor, Arthur Erickson, and his colleague Geoffrey Massey. The four other winners were William R. Rhone and Randle Iredale; Zoltan Kiss; Duncan McNab, Harry Lee, and David Logan; and Robert F. Harrison. The Erickson and Massey design had been the unanimous choice of the judges, and had met all the requirements that Shrum had outlined in his memo.

The collection consists of photographic prints and contact sheets that illustrate the physical development of SFU including site clearance, excavation, the construction of individual buildings, and completed buildings and interiors. There are a number of aerial photographs. The collection also includes photographs of the University's opening ceremonies and the installation of Dr. Shrum as Chancellor and Patrick McTaggart-Cowan as President.

Archives and Records Management Department
Gordon Shrum collection
F-31 · Collection · 1922 - 1989

Collection is comprised primarily of interview material in the form of audio and video tapes, transcripts and notes. The material provides both a broad biographical overview of the life and achievements of Gordon Shrum and a description of his work at SFU in particular. The collection includes a copy of Shrum's doctoral thesis and a scrapbook that was given to Gordon Shrum in 1983.

Collection includes textual records, photographs, audio cassettes, audio reels, U-matic video tapes, and VHS video tapes.

Archives and Records Management Department
F-55-57-0-0-0-17 · Item · [196-] - 1976
Part of W.A.C. Bennett fonds

Films in order of appearance:

  1. Martin/Bennett
  2. Kelowna Bridge
  3. Queen of Prince Rupert
  4. North Trip
  5. Day with Premier
  6. Bennett as Freeman
  7. Keenleyside Dam
  8. Bennett Dam
  9. Out-take reel #1
  10. Out-take reel #2
  11. Spirit of '71
F-62 · Collection · 1972 - 1992

The collection consists of agendas and minutes from the Women's Studies Coordinating Committee and the Women's Studies Graduate Committee. The collection also includes a proposal for a minor in Women's Studies and a correspondence file that contains letters exchanged between Lolita Wilson, Assistant to the Vice-President, Academic and the Committee on the Status of Women of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). The latter file also contains a copy of Wilson's 1972 report, "Women at Simon Fraser University."

Archives and Records Management Department
Convocation files
F-91-3 · Series · 1967-2023
Part of Ceremonies and Events Office fonds

Series consists of records relating to the convocation ceremonies held at SFU to award undergraduate, graduate, and honorary degrees. Records include Convocation booklet, programs, invitations, guest lists, books of words (order of proceedings), timetables, correspondence, notes, publications, press releases, news clippings, speeches, and other documents.

Note that files from 1990s onwards contain fewer document types, often only the Convocation booklet and book of words; and from 2006 only the Convocation booklet. The format of the booklet changed little from 1967 to 2005. Since ca. 2006, the booklet has been produced by Communication Services, a unit of Student Services (the Spring 2006 booklet is the first to credit Student Services).