Collection MsC-252 - Paul Keenleyside Social Credit collection

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Paul Keenleyside Social Credit collection

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  • Multi-media

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  • 1950-2005, predominantly 1978-1996 (Creation)

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3.34 m of textual material
600 KB of textual material
33 posters
1 map
733 photographs: col. print
2 photographs: b&w print
395 photographs: col. negatives
800 KB of digital photographs
37 audio cassettes: 1/8" tape
9 videocassettes (VHS): 1/2" tape
18 MB -MP4
Objects: buttons, campaign lawn signs, bumper stickers and other materials (ribbons, cloth banners, plaques)

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Paul Keenleyside has been involved in the BC Social Credit Party from April 1979 to June 1995. Paul’s father was very civic minded and taught Paul about voting and community involvement, but himself was neither involved in politics nor was he a member of the Social Credit party. Paul’s mother was a friend of Shirley Barrett, wife of Dave Barrett (MLA) for Coquitlam riding where Paul and family lived.

Initially, Paul became involved in the 1979 provincial election in Burnaby-Edmonds Social Credit campaign office out of curiosity and after election he became more active participant. Paul introduced the idea of a monthly newsletter for the fledging BC Social Credit Youth Auxiliary. The Party took notice and the newsletter went on to be the longest running newsletter within BC Social Credit.

Paul joined the Burnaby Edmonds Social Credit Constituency Association, became a Director, and rose to be Membership Secretary and later Association Secretary and Vice President. He also was on of the founding Directors of the reconstructed BC Young Socreds and contributed greatly in many ways to the group that started with 35 members and rose to about 3100 in the early 1990s.

Paul received the highest award in BC Social Credit, an Honorary Life Membership in 1990 and highest award in the BC Young Socreds also in 1990. He had received awards of recognition of service from Burnaby Willingdon and also North Vancouver Seymour.

Paul had served in the capacity of Constituency Vice President, being a Regional Returning Officer, and officiating at nomination meetings and annual general meetings. He had volunteered in three leadership campaigns, and three provincial elections at the riding level, and six by-elections. He was a part in the pioneering of using merged voter information to telephone number based databases and also in the use of GIS printed maps for campaigning. He also developed instruction materials for demographic analysis and past election analysis for campaigns.

Custodial history

The materials were in the custody of Paul Keenleyside prior to their acquisition by Special Collections and Rare Books.

Scope and content

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.

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The collection is arranged by the archivists into series based on the donor’s original organization and grouping of records by formats and by functionality such as Assembled books and General documents. The documents in the files are in chronological order.

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RAD July 2008 edition.



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Created by Alexandra Wieland (September 2022).
Arranged and described by Ewa Delanowski (March 2023)

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  • Archival box - standard: MsC 252 - Box 1-38, Bay 163 Drawer 5, X: Drive