Item 2002.12.2.2 - Bob Harkins interview with John Backhouse, Librarian

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Bob Harkins interview with John Backhouse, Librarian

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2002.12.2.2

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  • 1978 (Creation)
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    Backhouse, John

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1 typed transcript

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([19-?]-)

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John Backhouse was born in Liverpool, England and acquired his higher education in England at the Newcastle School of Librarianship, and in the United States, at the University of Oklahoma. Backhouse worked extensively as a professional librarian, and gained experience in both public and academic libraries. In 1980, Backhouse began his political career in Prince George as a member of City Council, where he served as an alderman for six years. During this time, Backhouse also served as Chairman of the Senior Citizens' Building Committee and was instrumental in the development of the current Senior Citizens' Activity Centre at Fourth Avenue and Brunswick Street. John Backhouse was elected Mayor of Prince George in 1986 and served in this capacity until 1996. During this time, the City of Prince George underwent many important changes including, the establishment of the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), the creation of the new Parkwood Place shopping complex, the Civic Centre and the Multiplex – new initiatives in which Backhouse was heavily involved. John Backhouse also served as a Director on the Board of B.C. Transit, and was a member of the B.C. Forest Sector Strategy Committee, the Minister's Advisory Council on Housing, and the UNBC Facilities Committee. In 1992, John Backhouse was elected vice-president of the Yellowhead Highway Association for the B.C. Caucus, afterwhich he served as the Northern Commissioner of British Columbia. He and his wife Vicky are now retired and reside in Prince George.

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Item consists of transcript of interview with Prince George Librarian John Backhouse regarding the referendum for the proposed construction of a new city library.

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Transcript is available as a PDF file. Audio recording is available in digital format on preservation master CD and hard drive. See digitized audio recording preservation master CD Acc.# 2002.12.2.2

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Personal or academic use of materials is welcomed under the standard fair use and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. Commercial use is, however, forbidden without the express permission of the copyright holder. Queries regarding reproductions for commerical use will be referred back to CJCI; consult Archivist for reproduction and publication use.

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Original recording is on same tape as interview with Barry McKinnon 2002.12.2

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2002.12.2.2

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