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UNBC History Collection

  • 1993.1
  • Collection
  • 1988-2019

Collection consists textual material, objects, and ephemera related to the history of the University of Northern British Columbia.

University of Northern British Columbia

David Davies Railway Collection

  • 2013.6
  • Collection
  • [before 2020]

The David Davies Railway Collection encompasses all facets of railway history specifically in the province of British Columbia and the Yukon territory. The collection consists of research material accumulated over the course of more than fifty years, and includes monographs, periodicals, articles, clippings, railway timetables, photographs, maps and plans, and excerpts. Material covers public, tourist, and private (industrial) railways, including: CPR, KVR, E&N; CNR, CNoR, GTPR; and PGER, BCR. The collection excludes material regarding streetcar systems and rapid transit, but includes long distance electric interurbans.

UNBC Labour Action Ephemera and Art Collection

  • 2019.15
  • Collection
  • Nov. 2019

Growing collection of strike ephemera from students, CUPE staff, and faculty members at UNBC. Collection includes picketing signs, strike buttons, photographs, art, and videos from pickets and UNBC Faculty Association events during the 2015 and 2019 strikes, as well as posters and other ephemera from the UNBC Occupiers group.

Japanese-Internment Oral History Project collection

  • 2010.7
  • Collection
  • 2010

This collection contains two tapes of interviews by Kent Sedgwick and Megan Heitrich, and one tape by Megan Heitrich alone. Interviews focus primarily upon the Japanese Internment during WWII in the Prince George – Valemount corridor. The interviews are with women who lived near an internment camp during the war, and had some contact with the Japanese men.

The interviewees were selected for having mentioned the Japanese internment in prior interviews: Louisa Mueller and Ruth Cunningham in interviews by the Prince George Oral History Group, and Karlleen Robinson in “A History of Logs and Lumber.” In the Cunningham Interview, Ruth’s daughter Lillian Coulling is also present.

Trelle Morrow Collection

  • 2007.47
  • Collection
  • [2007]

Includes an audiocassette and a CD copy of an interview conducted by Kent Sedgwick with Trelle Morrow on the history of architectural design in Prince George.

Morrow, Trelle

Northern BC Ephemera Collection

  • 2001.1
  • Collection
  • 1869-2005

Collection consists of accumulated material relating to Northern BC. This material includes unpublished grey literature, discrete textual records with limited provenance, and other ephemeral items.

George Street Letters collection

  • 2005.12
  • Collection
  • June 2005 - June 2005

The George Street Letters Collection consists of the inaugural issue of "George Street Letters."

Upper Fraser Historical Geography Project Collection

  • 2017.6
  • Collection
  • 1999-2002

The Upper Fraser Historical Geography Project was conducted by UNBC faculty and a team of researchers between 1999 and 2002. The lead researchers were Aileen Espritiu, Gail Fondahl, Greg Halseth, Debra Straussfogel, and Tracy Summerville. The project resulted in the creation of 93 oral history records and their transcripts. Participants included regional forest industry executives, politicians (including former MLA Ray Williston, local mayors and Fraser Fort George Regional District representatives), forest industry workers, and former and contemporary Upper Fraser community residents. The oral histories document the rise, consolidation and demise of the forestry-based settlements along the Upper Fraser River between 1915 and 2000.

Bill Morrison Academic Research Collection

  • 2013.18
  • Collection
  • [between 1985 and 2002]

Collection consists of a selection of academic research papers from Bill Morrison. Consists of academic works written by Morrison (often in collaboration with Ken Coates), papers presented at conferences, and background material that related to his research.

Aboriginal Forest Planning Research Project Collection

  • 2011.7
  • Collection
  • 2001-2002

Collection consists of eight interviews with experts reviewing A Guidebook for Improving Aboriginal Participation in Forest Management Decision-Making, later published with the title The Aboriginal Forest Planning Process: A Guidebook for Identifying Community-Level Criteria and Indicators by Melanie Karjala, Erin Sherry, and Stephen Dewhurst in 2003. The reviewers were chosen based on their expertise and interest in Aboriginal participation in forest management decision-making. They were asked to provide their opinions on issues related to Aboriginal participation in decision-making processes in BC, as well as feedback on the Aboriginal Forest Planning Process (AFPP) Guidebook. Reviewers had the option to make their review confidential resulting in the return or destruction of the interview. Eight of the original twenty-nine interviews are archived in this collection; the remainder are no longer extant.

The Aboriginal Forest Planning Process: A Guidebook for Identifying Community-Level Criteria and Indicators can be found:

Royal Bank collection

  • 2001.44
  • Collection
  • 19 July 1909 - June 2001

Fonds consists of Royal Bank of Canada records from branches across Northern British Columbia and the Yukon.

Royal Bank of Canada

Red Rock Community History Project Collection

  • 2001.35
  • Collection
  • 2001

Collection consists of 17 oral histories, and transcripts generated for the Living Landscapes Red Rock Community History Project and copies of photographs. Recordings by Lorita Doudiet; Doris Holzworth; Torben Lindstrom; John Marcoll; Kate Marcoll; Eric Patterson; Bill and Mary Payne; Tom Payne; John Ryser; Mabel Rutherford; Margaret Shatzko; Krystyna Simpson and Marge Slater.

Northern BC Archives & Special Collections

Prince George Oral History Group Collection

  • 2000.3
  • Collection
  • 1998 - 2000

The initial collection consists of seven audio cassettes containing oral history interviews on various aspects of life in Prince George conducted by members of the PGOHG. These recordings document various social aspects of Prince George and region's community history including experiences of pioneer teachers, and the history of lawn bowling.

Island Cache Recovery Project Collection

  • 2003.11
  • Collection
  • 1998-2000

Collection consists of material resulting from Dr. Mike Evan's Island Cache Recovery Project Collection. Includes oral history interviews of former Island Cache (Cottonwood Island) residents on recording media (cassette and VHS) as well as transcripts of the oral histories. Also includes administrative records for the project and photocopies of background research material used for the project, such as Prince George city records, newspaper clippings, photographs, and correspondence.

Evans, Michael John

Bob Harkins Recordings Collection - Accruals

  • 2006.9
  • Collection
  • c.1953 - 2000

Accruals consists of recording interviews and research materials generated primarily by Bob Harkins; audio recordings were conducted for radio broadcast on CJCI Radio Station or its affiliates. Also includes video recordings created with Bob Harkins as interviewer or panelist and conducted for broadcast, some with CKPG-TV. Collection also includes video-recordings collected by Bob Harkins related to local and regional subjects of research interest to the creator.

Harkins, Bob

Carrier Language collection

  • 2004.10
  • Collection
  • c. 2000

Collection consists of a set of 4 Carrier language audio recordings from a UNBC class, a set of 4 audio recordings from the Carrier Language Translation Project, a Carrier dictionary, and Carrier language publications.

Linden, Carolyn

Al Elsey Moving Images Collection

  • 2006.25
  • Collection
  • 1961 - 2000, predominant 1961-1967

Fonds consists of original, silent 16mm reels that portray the natural, social and land use history of the Bella Coola and Chilcotin regions named the "Natural and Guiding History of the Bella Coola and Chilcotin Regions".

Possible locations that Al Elsey filmed include: Bella Coola, Bella Bella, Anahim Lake, Alert Bay, Nimpo Lake, Bulkey Valley, the Rainbow Mountains, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Dean River, Bella Coola River, Tchaha Lake, the Chilcotin region, the Ulkatcho Mountains, Lassard Lake, Fenton Lake, Atnarko River, Wells Gray Park, and Holt Homestead.

Retain 2000 collection

  • 2001.52
  • Collection
  • 2000 - 2000

Collection consists of 1 publication entitled "Retain 2000: Conference Proceedings: Retention in Education Today."

Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection

  • 2002.1
  • Collection
  • 1887-1999

The Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Society Collection consists primarily of textual, photographic, and cartographic records related to the regional developments of the railway industry in Northern BC. A predominant portion of the collection is made up of material from the Canadian National Railway; other railways represented include the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, the British Columbia Railway (BC Rail), the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, the Grand Trunk Railway, the Intercolonial Railway, and the Okanagan Express. Significant geographical areas covered include Prince George, the Peace River Region, Terrace, Bulkley Valley, Hazelton and Prince Rupert.

The forestry industry is represented in the collection with operational and financial records from Fyfe Lake Sawmill Ltd., which operated southwest of Prince George in the 1950s.

The collection has been organized into series according to creator, each of which also has been arranged to subseries, file and item level, where applicable. This collection consists of eight series, as follows:

1) Canadian National Railway
2) Grand Trunk Railway
3) Pacific Great Eastern Railway
4) British Columbia Railway (BC Rail)
5) Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
6) Intercolonial Railway
7) Fyfe Lake Sawmill ltd.
8) PGRFM
9) Photographs

Robert Bernoff collection

  • 2001.24
  • Collection
  • [19-]

Collection consists of the typescript of "Excellence in Teaching," by Robert Bernoff.

Bernoff, Robert

Prince George Metis Elders Oral History Project Collection

  • 2001.58
  • Collection
  • 1997-1999

Collection consists of oral histories gathered as part of Dr. Mike Evan's oral history project with the Prince George Metis Elders Society. Includes consent forms, transcripts, and the recorded oral histories on their original cassette tapes.

Evans, Michael John

Rip Kitchen collection

  • 2002.18
  • Collection
  • [19-]

Collection consists of 2 taxidermied polar bear pelts (1 adult & 1 cub) intended for educational display.

Kitchen, Rip

Rhys Pugh collection

  • 2002.13
  • Collection
  • 1999

Fonds consists of 2 boxes of audio recordings and 1 binder related to the Oral History Programme Project conducted by Rhys Pugh in the summer of 1999.

Rose Prince collection

  • 2000.29
  • Collection
  • 1998

Collection consists of 1 video recording (VHS) entitled "Uncorrupted : The Story of Rose Prince." The documentary, originally shown on EWTN, asks "Will Rose Prince be British Columbia's First Saint?" Director/Producer Ken Frith travels across British Columbia, Canada on twelve occasions to interview people about Rose Prince. Each journey is recorded as a short travel log showing the environment in which the interviewee lives. In addition, the film records the events taking place at the annual July pilgrimage to her gravesite at Lejac and the fact that miracles are being associated with the use of dirt from Rose's grave.

Kemano Completion Project Dispute Collection

  • 2003.4
  • Collection
  • 1980-1997

Collection consists of records regarding the Kemano Completion Project collected by four scientists that were involved in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans review of Alcan’s project. The majority of the material consists of copies of publications related to the scientists’ research and activities, many of which were written or annotated by them, such as reprints of journal articles, draft scientific reports, government publications, and newspaper clippings. Original scientific research records comprise raw data, field notes, memoranda, and draft reports. Includes correspondence regarding the Nechako River court action between DFO, Alcan, and the province and scientific reports that were created in anticipation of the case. Also includes significant material emanating from the British Columbia Utilities Commission Kemano Completion Project Public Review, such as correspondence, BCUC newsletters and news releases, exhibits and evidence submitted to the review panel, documents produced for the hearings, and final reports. In addition, includes records and publications relating to various other groups affected by the Kemano Completion Project or arising because of it, such as the Cheslatta Carrier Nation, the Rivers Defense Coalition, the Nechako Fisheries Conservation Program, the Nechako Watershed Council, the Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund, and the Nechako River Alliance.

Alderdice, Don

Jack Boudreau collection

  • 2001.11
  • Collection
  • 1910-1996

Collection consists of over 120 images, copy prints, originals, digitized images, postcards and reproductions of textual materials relating to the pioneers, wildlife, and trapping of the Prince George region.

Boudreau, Jack

Department of Indian and Northern Affairs collection

  • 2002.15
  • Collection
  • 1973-1995

Collection consists of documents and a photograph album from the Department of Indian Affairs including publications, working papers, and reports related to First Nations affairs and administration.

BCUC Kemano Completion Project Review Collection

  • 1996.7
  • Collection
  • [between 1993 and 1994]

Collection consists of material created or received by the British Columbia Utilities Commission for the Kemano Completion Project Review. This material was copied for reference for the Commissioner of the Kemano Completion Project Review, Dr. Peter Larkin. Includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, BCUC documents, information requests from the registered participants in the review, submissions to the public review and community hearings from participants, and exhibits submitted for inclusion in the review.

UNBC History Audio Recording items

  • 1992.11
  • Collection
  • 1991 - 1991

Fonds consists of 4 audio recordings of interviews related to the opening of the University of Northern British Columbia, including Jean Forsythe, Russ Clinton, John Chapman, and Charlie Lasser. All were interviewed by T. Cattell.

Alain Lefebvre collection

  • 1992.16
  • Collection
  • 12 February 1991

Collection contains a signed Spruce Kings hat, a signed game puck and a letter to Al Lefebvre of UNBC.

Bob Harkins Audio Recordings Collection

  • 2002.12
  • Collection
  • c. 1970 - 1989

Collection consists of 30 audio cassettes containing 46 interviews conducted primarily by radio & TV broadcaster Bob Harkins with local personalities. Most recordings were conducted at CJCI Studios, Prince George. The station was launched in 1970 by Central Interior Radio, broadcasting on 620 AM. In 1983, Central Interior also launched CIBC-FM in the city. Central Interior Radio was acquired by the Vista Broadcast Group in 2005.

Harkins, Bob

Harry Weaver collection

  • 2002.21
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1985]

Fonds consists of one copy of a manuscript of Harry Weaver's autobiography and copies of various accompanying records, as well as one black & white copy print photograph depicting the Weaver family.

Weaver, Harry

Tumbler Ridge Electric Railway Collection

  • 2011.18
  • Collection
  • [between 1980 and 1985]

Collection includes approximately 940 slides taken during the construction of the Tumbler Ridge Electric Railway during the early 1980s. Locations include the Anzac siding, the BC Rail Stuart subdivision, the Chetwynd subdivision, the Parsnip River area, Quintette, the Table River area, railway pipeline crossings, and the Wolverine River area, among others.

Charles Bedaux Expedition Collection

  • 2006.23
  • Collection
  • 1983 - 1983

Collection consists of 1 book entitled "Bannock and Beans: Memoirs of the Bedaux Expedition and Northern B.C. Packtrails," by Bob White.

James Joseph Claxton Photograph Collection

  • 2007.17
  • Collection
  • 1920 - 1982

Collection consists of 140 photographs pertaining to the life and pursuits of James Joseph Claxton over the course of sixty years. Subject areas identified within this collection include: quartz and placer mining in the Cariboo; Kingcome Village; the Royal Irish Contabulary; Roderick's Jewelers, New Westminster; the "M.S. Columbia III"; Kwakiutl petrographs in Fort Rupert; totem poles at Alert Bay; and the Salmon Arm Boy Scouts of Canada group.

Claxton, James Joseph

Dr. Philip Burton Forestry Collection

  • 2008.6
  • Collection
  • 1969, 1980

Collection consists of 1 map of "Status of Sustained-Yield Forestry Programme as at December 31, 1969" by British Columbia Department of Lands, Forests, and Water Resources and 10 pages of handwritten instructions for opening a ranger station in Smithers and annual Forest Insect and Disease Survey, dated 1980.

Helen Mustard Collection

  • 2004.24
  • Collection
  • c.1975-c.1980

The Helen Mustard Collection consists of textual records, audiocassettes and copies of publications relating to the history of Mackenzie Townsite and Rocky Mountain Trench region of Northern British Columbia

Susan Stevenson collection

  • 2001.28
  • Collection
  • Feb. 1980

Collection consists of 1 document on lichens entitled "Common Lichen of the Prince George Area and Their Importance to Caribou," prepared by Susan Stevenson for Northwood Pulp and Timber Limited, British Columbia Fish and Wildlife Branch.

Stevenson, Susan

Pacific Great Eastern Railway Film Collection

  • 2017.5
  • Collection
  • 1951-1971

Collection consists of three original color film reels that compile footage clips from various dates. Subjects include the following:

Premier W.A.C. Bennett on the PGE Railway:

  • Vancouver to Prince George Trip with Premier Bennett, 1958
  • Fort St. James Opening of Line with Premier Bennett, 1 August 1968
  • Opening of Squamish Car Shop with Premier Bennett, 1970
  • Fort Nelson Opening of Line with Premier Bennett, September 1971
  • First Revenue Train South from Fort Nelson with Premier Bennett, 1971

    PGE Track Inspection and New Construction:

  • V-8 PGE Track Inspection
  • V-10 PGE Track Inspection
  • V-10 Track Inspection
  • Fort Nelson South to Fort St. John, October 1971
  • Cariboo, Williams Lake Stampede, and PGE Track Inspection

    Seton Lake:

  • Seton Portage Steam Train Wreck Recovery, 1 April 1954
  • Open Air Passenger Cars riding along Seton and Anderson Lake
  • Budd Car from Shalath and Seton Lake to Kelly Lake
  • Budd Car running along Seton Lake

Nedra Jane Paul collection

  • 2001.15
  • Collection
  • 1964-1971

Fonds consists of the personal records of Nedra (Ginty) Jane Paul [b. ca.1920-d. 1990]. Personal records include the 1938 Lord Byng High School Annual, 2 teaching certificates, and 1 photograph. Paul worked as a teacher in the Chilcotin and Bella Coola regions of BC and the primary items of the collection are 8 recordings generated by her with members of First Nations Communities at Alkali, Red Stone, Kleena Kleene and Bella Coola from 1964-1971. There are 8 original audio reel to reel recordings (and 2 tapes which are copies of the recordings later created by P.J. Thomas, who accompanied Paul on the interviews). Recordings include stories and songs.

Paul, Nedra Jane

Audrey L'Heureux Northern BC History Collection

  • 2000.23
  • Collection
  • ca. 1960-ca. 1970

Collection consists of textual reserach notes created by L'heureux related to the history and geography of Northern BC, BC,

L'Heureux, Audrey

Eric Collier collection

  • 2000.9
  • Collection
  • 1959-1967

The fonds consists of 4 letters by Collier written to McKilvington and 1 letter from McKilvington to Collier. Collier's letters discuss the problems in getting a signed copy of his book to McKilvington, and also respond to McKilvington's letter with information about mutual friends in the Chilcotin and with opinions on the depletion of wildlife in the Chilcotin district. McKilvington's letter is autobiographical, and also contains his opinions on the depletion of wildlife in the Chilcotin, gun control and provincial game regulations. One letter is a response to a letter McKilvington sent to the provincial government on the mismanagement of wildlife, ostensibly written by Ken Kiernan (BC Minister of Recreation & Conservation) but, according to Collier, probably written by Jim Hatter, Kiernan's deputy. The newspaper clippings include an obituary of Collier, an article and letter by Collier, and two photographs of Mrs. Collier taken at local functions.

McKilvington, Benjamin (Bud) W.

Northern BC Cartographic Collection

  • 2008.2
  • Collection
  • 1914-1962

The collection consists of an assortment of cartographic materials concerning Northern B.C. Included are topographic maps, pre-emptor’s and preliminary maps, physiographic maps, and resource (geological, game, etc.) maps.

Northern BC Archives & Special Collections

James Hackler collection

  • 2013.20
  • Collection
  • 1958

Collection includes a manuscript of James Hackler's San Jose State MA thesis entitled "The Carrier Indians of Lake Babine: The Effect of Western Culture on Their Social Organization". The title of the thesis later became "Factors leading to social disorganization among the Carrier Indians at Lake Babine". The manuscript includes notes and material that was cropped from the published thesis.

Association of American Railroads Collection

  • 2002.1.1
  • Collection
  • 1950 - 1957

Collection consists of 5 booklets concerned with different aspects of safe railroad operations. Dated from 1950 to 1957, the booklets cover a range of subjects including derailments, loading material dangerous material, and other loading instructions.

Association of American Railroads

Giscome, BC Historical Photograph collection

  • 2011.12
  • Collection
  • September 1950 - June 1951

This photograph collection consists of 53 photographs featuring primarily Giscome with a few of Prince George. Subjects include the Eagle Lake Sawmill, Eagle Lake, Giscome townsite (including specific buildings and general road perspectives), Giscome School, Division II class photos (1950-51), and the Giscome School teacherage.

Viksten collection

  • 2012.12
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1951]

Collection consists of digitized home videos created by the Viksten family. The videos include scenes of Horsefly Lake and the Williams Lake Stampede.

Cornel Neronovitch Logging and Sawmills Collection

  • 2014.2
  • Collection
  • [between 1934 and 1950]

Collection consists of photographs and a film relating to logging operations at the Peden Hill sawmill. Some of the photographs depict other unknown sawmills, one with a dry kiln.

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