Collection MsC-158 - Ginger Goodwin research collection

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Ginger Goodwin research collection

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  • Multi-media

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  • [between 1985 and 2003] (Reproduction)
  • 1908 - 2013 (Creation)
    Stonebanks, Roger
    The majority of records in the collection were created or accumulated between 1985 and 2003, the years when Stonebanks worked on his book. A large portion of the research records accumulated by Stonebanks originally date from 1908 to 1919, but were reproduced (predominantly through photocopying) between 1985 and 2003. Dates for the original creation of research records as well as their reproduction are included when possible.

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0.6 m of textual records
26 books
94 photographs
15 postcards
5 audio cassettes
3 computer disks
3 videocassettes

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Roger Stonebanks was born in Harrow-on-the-Hill, London, England, on March 27, 1940. He immigrated to Canada in 1959, and arrived in British Columbia in 1962, settling in Victoria. Stonebanks worked as a journalist until his retirement in 2000. He wrote for The Canadian Press (1956-1964), the Victoria Daily Times (1964-1980), and the Victoria Times Colonist (1980-2000). He served as the Western Canada Vice-President of the Newspaper Guild (1973-1985), as President and as Vice-President for the Victoria Newspaper Guild (1966-1995), and as Co-Chairperson for the Victoria Joint Council of Newspaper Unions (1971-1995). In 2004, he published the book "Fighting for Dignity: The Ginger Goodwin Story." A portion of the research Stonebanks conducted for this book also appeared in other forms as newspaper articles for various publications.

Custodial history

Records were in the custody of Roger Stonebanks until their acquisition by Simon Fraser University Library Special Collections and Rare Books in 2015.

Scope and content

Collection consists of records created or accumulated by Roger Stonebanks over the course of, and following, his research for the book “Fighting for Dignity: The Ginger Goodwin Story,” published in 2004, as well as for numerous newspaper articles about Goodwin, mining, and labour history in British Columbia. Records include interview notes, correspondence, photographs and other graphic material, audio cassette tapes containing interview recordings and radio broadcasts, research records from various sources, and Stonebanks’ notes about sources consulted. Research records are primarily reproductions from sources such as museums and archives, and include records such as birth, death and marriage certificates, photographs, and newspaper articles. Some records date past 2004, after the publication of Stonebanks’ books, and thus were not used as research sources. The collection also contains various articles reviewing and publicizing Stonebanks’ book.

Collection has been arranged into the following four series: Correspondence (1985-2004); Subject files (1908-2011); General clippings and publicity (1990-2010); and Photographs (1909-2004).

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The Ginger Goodwin research collection arrived in 3 boxes: 2 bankers’ boxes of textual and other records, and 1 box of published research materials. The creator’s original order has been maintained. Arrangement of files into series based on the creator’s own order and file titles. Photographs and audio cassettes contained in files of textual records have been removed from their original files for preservation reasons and are located in box 6.

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  • English

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Works in this fonds, e.g. films, essays, books, and other written material, are under copyright. Researchers are required to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for uses of this material other than those covered by fair dealing.

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Created January 2016, NT

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