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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

Fred Jeffery Photograph Collection

  • 2009.10
  • Collection
  • 1921-1933

The Fred Jeffery Collection consists of three photograph albums comprising a total of 303 b&w photographs all dating from ca.1924-1933. The subject matter of these images consist primarily of the fishing industry, river & landscapes, salmon cannery images (housing, people, workers, machinery, boats) on the Nass River and North Pacific Coast. Notable are the photographs depicting indigenous (Nisga'a) people and places and Chinese and Japanese cannery workers. Identified canneries featured in these photographs include: Mill Bay Cannery, Namu Cannery, Klemtu Cannery, Shushartie Bay Cannery, Balmoral Cannery, North Pacific Cannery, Nass Harbour Cannery, Port Essington Cannery, Kitwanga Cannery, Port Nelson Cannery, Alert Bay Cannery, Dominion Cannery and ABC Co. Cannery. Photographs also include images of the Canadian Pacific Railway in both Vancouver and Sicamous, BC., as well as, images of the Legislative Assembly buildings in Victoria, the 1924 Special Service Squadron ships in Vancouver, early construction of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and town overviews of Yokohama, Japan (pre WWII).

Jeffery, Fred

Dominion Day Parade in Prince Rupert, BC

Crowd is gathered for Dominion Day Parade. Decorated float can be seen in centre of street, and Hotel Prince Rupert stands in background. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Dominion Day Prince Rupert 1914 Photo W.W.W.” Handwritten message in ink on verso is addressed to “Mr. S. Smart 2550 Blackwood St Victoria B.C.”

Central Post Office, Prince Rupert BC

Street view of the Dominion Building in Prince Rupert, which contains the Government telegraph Office and Post Office. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Central Post Office Prince Rupert B.C." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Aug 18th. The cor. of the High bldg. on the right is the Prince Rupert Hotel. Front side is other way 5 stories high at [illegible] Hotel is in the next block. Notice [??] at the back is al-the [sic] lots of Hill leading down to Shops [??]. St. James' Hotel close by Prince Rupert was 5 stories high. For sure had [??] chimneys on it- a big fire engulfed [??] it about a year ago and it is being taken down. I must go & work bye bye. Love Dady. Psalm 46-1 & 48-14 was my AM verses specially."

Sixth Street, Prince Rupert BC

Street view of Sixth Street in Prince Rupert BC. A small group of men is shown loitering on the sidewalk. Annotation on recto reads: "Sixth St. Prince Rupert BC." Handwritten annotation on recto is heavily obscured by glued on paper and reads: "Prince Rupert [illegible] 12th 12 Dean Harry! [Illegible] lived here last night after [illegible] pleasent[sic] trip. What do you think of this city since you saw it last. Saw George before I left Vancouver, he looks still the same. Kindest regards to you & wife. Nib [??]." Postcard is addressed to: "Mr H Banker 2732 Arch Ave West Seattle Wash USA." Postcard is affixed with a one cent Canadian stamp. Postmark reads: "Prince Rupert BC PM 2 1 JUN 12."

Lone vessel near Prince Rupert harbour

Slightly elevated photograph of Prince Rupert buildings. A lone vessel is visible in the background. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Courtesy of Can Nat'l Rys. Prince Rupert. B.C." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Dear Elma. We reached Prince Rupert (in the picture) today. Friday we arrive at Skagway and the glaciers. Having a fine trip- good weather and a good crowd. Love from Claire." Postcard is addressed to: "Mrs. Claude Millersh, River Forest, Guerneville, Sonoma Co., California." Postcard is affixed with a two cent American stamp. Postmark on verso reads: "Ketohikan Alaska. Jun 28 3 PM 1928."

Elevated view of Prince Rupert buildings

Elevated photograph of Prince Rupert taken from a hill. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Prince Rupert BC McRae Bros." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "11/June c/o PG Prince Rupert, B.C. Dear Rae[??], How about a letter. Love for all, Frank." Postcard is addressed to: "Miss R Boew. Bernie PG [illegible]." Postmark on verso reads: "Prince Rupert BC Jun 11 1 PM 1915."

Avenue A in Prince Rupert

Slightly elevated view of the Prince Rupert Inn on Avenue A. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Avenue A Prince Rupert BC Allen Photo." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "August 9 1908 Hopping[sic] this will find you all well with kind regards. [illegible]. C Mouat." Postcard is addressed to: "Miss Jemima Colvin Rosedale Farm Cowichan Station B.C." Verso affixed with a one cent Canadian stamp. Postmark on verso reads: "Prince Rupert BC Au 9 08."

Construction of Third Avenue in Prince Rupert, BC

Slightly elevated street view of buildings and sidewalks being constructed in Prince Rupert, BC. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Photo by McRae Bros. Third Ave Prince Rupert, BC." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Dear Florence you better [illegible] will try and answer it in a few day I am well I will try and send you some cards I will stay here till in Dec Write[??] me and send me some cards I am 15 mile in the mountains Write your Bro LS Bill." Postcard is addressed to: "Miss Florence Wilson P.O. Box 1178 Worcester Mass U.S.A." A 2 cent Canadian stamp is affixed on verso. Postmark reads: "Prince Rupert BC Jul 1 10."

Dry dock at Prince Rupert, BC

Photograph depicts buildings visible through clearing in trees. Water crosses foreground, hills visible in background.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Dry dock / Prince Rupert B.C."

After the blast 24 April 1913

Foreground shows a rocky shore covered in debris. A small crowd is visible along the coastline, and there are foggy outlines of hills beyond the water. Annotation on recto reads: "McRae Bros After the Blast 24th Apr. 13."

Prince Rupert looking east from waterworks

Wide angle photograph of Prince Rupert sometime during the winter. There is snow on the ground and a marge mountain range is visible in the background. Annotation on recto reads: "Prince Rupert looking East from Waterworks J.D.A Pho 5/2."

W.E. Collison on the Dawn

Archdeacon W.H. Collison and an unidentified man on the "Dawn," Collison's boat. Forested hills and several buildings are visible in the background. Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "The 'Dawn' Archdeacon Collison's boat."

Early day in downtown Prince Rupert

Photograph of several commercial and residential buildings, including the church and "The Big Furniture Store." Annotation on recto reads: "Prince Rupert. BC Allen Photo July '11." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Early day- Prince Rupert."

Centre Street on Dominion Day

Photograph of Centre Street in Prince Rupert on Dominion Day. The Union Bank of Canada is located on the left side of the street, and a decorative arch can be seen in the background. Annotation on recto reads: "Centre Sr. Prince Rupert Dominion Day Celebrations 1909 Allen Photo July 09."

Early Prince Rupert harbour with annotations

Photo of the Prince Rupert harbour. Many buildings are visible along the shoreline. Annotation on recto reads: "Harbour, Prince Rupert BC. 1658." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Early Prince Rupert. Good view of Metlakatla Passage in distance- showery[?] Wolf Island."

Catholic Church in Prince Rupert, BC

Photograph depicts Catholic church, with rectory on its left, and First United Church behind. A wood boardwalk crosses midground, and a man can be seen riding a bicycle near church. Power lines and rough cleared land in foreground, hills and mountains in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Church in Rupert."

Hydro Power Plant, Prince Rupert, BC

Photograph depicts power plant by waterfall. Extensive construction materials and structures can be seen scattered to left of plant. River in foreground, forest and hills in background. Typed annotation on verso of photograph: "Northern B.C. Power Co. Falls River Plant Prince Rupert B.C."

5th Street, Prince Rupert, B.C.

Handwritten annotation on recto of postcard reads: “Were there’s a will there’s a way, 5th Street, Prince Rupert, B.C., F. Button photo Pr. Rupert. No. 514.” Handwritten annotation in pen on verso of postcard reads: “Miss Belding, 33 Marlbro Avenue, Hull Yorkshire, England. S.S. Prince George. Dec. 1918. Dear Bertha, This is a street in the centre of the town Prince Rupert. There is a capacity list of passengers on board. The boat is registered to hold 384. We left at midnight and exped to arrive in Vancouver tomorrow at 3:30 pm. Love from Edie.”

Paul Aivazoff's Capitol Theatre

Image depicts an old theatre owned by Paul Aivazoff in Prince Rupert, B.C. It opened in 1935 and was closed in 1981; it has since been renovated for retail use.

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