Fonds MsC-192 - Jim Douglas fonds

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Jim Douglas fonds

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  • Textual records

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  • 1968-2006 (Creation)
    Douglas, Jim

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83.5 cm of textual records
9 photographs : col. slide

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Biographical history

James Jardine (Jim) Douglas was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1924 and immigrated to Canada in 1954. After working as a book peddler and sales representative off and on since he was 15, Jim founded first Douglas Agencies in 1964, then J.J. Douglas Ltd. in 1966 and established himself as one of the first major book publishers and distributers in British Columbia to generate significant sales outside of the province. He had an interest in representing Canadian authors and content, especially books about Indigenous peoples and culture, guidebooks and histories. This later grew into the internationally renowned publishing firm Douglas & McIntyre in 1979, from which he retired in 1982 when he sold his shares to partner Scott McIntyre.
Aside from his entrepreneurial endeavors, Jim was heavily involved with the Association of Canadian Publishers, serving as President from 1975-1977 and again from 1983-1984. He was also one of the founding officers of the Association of Book Publishers of B.C., and a key figure in the genesis and design of the publishing program at Simon Fraser University. Jim sought to professionalize and create standards for the publishing industry and has since been acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of BC publishing. He was named a Companion to the Order of Canada in 2008 in recognition of his profound influence on the book publishing industry.
Jim Douglas died in North Vancouver on September 24, 2016.

Custodial history

This fonds was donated to Simon Fraser University by Heather Douglas in 2017.

Scope and content

This fonds contains textual and photographic materials compiled by Jim Douglas, primarily relating to his various business and professional work in the field of book publishing. There is also printed material he compiled while researching legal topics relevant to publishing such as libel, copyright, contract and professional standards.

The series contained in this fonds are as follows: Series 1: Business records (1968-2006), Series 2: Records pertaining to legal topics (1982-1990), and Series 3: Project files (1970-1985).

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Arrangement of the files was primarily imposed by the archivist, with files assigned to one of three common identifiable themes. Contents within each file were left undisturbed. Most file-level titles were assigned by the creator. Where these titles were not assigned or illegible, they were assigned by the archivist based on the contents of the file. Such titles are indicated by the presence of square brackets.

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  • English

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No known restrictions

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No further accruals are expected

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RAD, July 2008 version. Canadian Council of Archives



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Entry created 24 April, 2018. JMH

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