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World War II Polar Bear Training Exercise Photograph Collection

  • 2019.11
  • Colección
  • 1945

These photographs were taken by an unknown photographer from Department of National Deference Public Relations (Pacific Command) during the 1945 Polar Bear Exercise. This exercise was held in northern British Columbia in February and March 1945, using some 1,150 soldiers of the 6th Division. The intent of the exercise was to test the effects of "wet cold" conditions on military men and material. The scenario for the Polar Bear Exercise was that: "Action will be based on reports of a Japanese force having been landed at Bella Coola from submarines, having rendered useless RCAF installations at Bella Bella, and giving positive indication that this force is composed in great part of construction personnel with a comparatively small protective element; the assumption being that it will try to construct a useable road from Bella Coola to permit movement inland of a larger fighting force to follow at some later date". The exercise itself was conducted in three overlapping phases. Between 12 February and 5 March the force moved from Prince George to Anahim Lake, chiefly using an array of motor transport but with some pack horses. The second phase ran from 4 March to early April. This was a series of marches from Anahim Lake to Bella Coola and return; a secondary force of 19 men split off from the main body and, travelling by snowmobile and snowshoe, traversed the Rainbow Mountains to Bella Coola; on the return march this detachment was increased to 120 men and dubbed "Y" Force. The third phase was removal of all troops by vehicle from Anahim Lake to Williams Lake. These photographs are believed to document the return from Bella Coola.

Viksten collection

  • 2012.12
  • Colección
  • [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.

Upper Fraser Historical Geography Project Collection

  • 2017.6
  • Colección
  • 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.

UNBC Labour Action Ephemera and Art Collection

  • 2019.15
  • Colección
  • 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.

UNBC History Collection

  • 1993.1
  • Colección
  • 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

UNBC History Audio Recording items

  • 1992.11
  • Colección
  • 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.

Tumbler Ridge Electric Railway Collection

  • 2011.18
  • Colección
  • [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.

Trelle Morrow Collection

  • 2007.47
  • Colección
  • [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

Tommy Tompkins collection

  • 2000.4
  • Colección
  • [196? - 198?]

The fonds consists of 5 - 16mm prints of Tompkins's films, and 48 slide boxes featuring natural history images. Includes "Nahani," "Where Timber Wolves Call," "White Bear of the Kalum," and "Waterway Adventure with Tommy Tompkins."

Tompkins, Tommy

Thomas Crosby Mission Ship Photograph Collection

  • 2009.21
  • Colección
  • 1932-1946

Subject areas identified in this collection include: church and hospital buildings (including nurses quarters); group photos featuring doctors, nurses, and hospital workers; grave markers; landscapes; processing of oolichan fish; and various church-related events such as weddings and church openings.

Thomas Crosby Mission Ships

Taylor-Baxter Family Photograph Collection

  • 2009.5
  • Colección
  • 1899-1959

This Collection consists of photographs documenting early development of the Central Interior including such subjects as: homesteading, railway construction, packing & freighting, modes and routes of transportation, schools, mercantile development, leisurely activities, sports, natural resource development and exploitation, political movements, town-site development and policing. This collection also provides a look at history of the Taylor-Baxter Family - a long time pioneering family of this region, including: A.K. & Lillian Bourchier; Hugh & Hermina "Minnie" (nee Wessel) Taylor and family; Herbert & Sarah (nee Wessel) Glassey; and Bob & Violet (nee Taylor) Baxter and family.

Susan Stevenson collection

  • 2001.28
  • Colección
  • 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

Stuart S. Holland collection

  • 2001.4
  • Colección
  • 1939-1940

Collection consists of textual records related to Stuart S. Holland, Associate Engineer, Department of Mines.

Holland, Stuart S.

Stuart Lake Photograph Collection

  • 2004.6
  • Colección
  • [between 1920 and 1940]

Collection consists of one photograph album containing 28 photographs featuring images of landscapes and water views; fishing scenes; structures; automobiles; persons; Hudson's Bay Company posts; First Nations and wildlife in and about the Stuart Lake area.

Royal Bank collection

  • 2001.44
  • Colección
  • 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

Rose Prince collection

  • 2000.29
  • Colección
  • 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.

Robert Bernoff collection

  • 2001.24
  • Colección
  • [19-]

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

Bernoff, Robert

Rip Kitchen collection

  • 2002.18
  • Colección
  • [19-]

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

Kitchen, Rip

Rhys Pugh collection

  • 2002.13
  • Colección
  • 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.

Retain 2000 collection

  • 2001.52
  • Colección
  • 2000 - 2000

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

Red Rock Community History Project Collection

  • 2001.35
  • Colección
  • 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 Rupert Empire collection

  • 2000.16
  • Colección
  • 1906–1912

The collection consists of 9 photographs and copies of photographs showing scenes of Prince Rupert and area, groups of townspeople, a stone totem pole at Metlakatla, and a man poling a dug-out canoe probably on the Skeena River. It includes two newspaper clippings, one from the BC Saturday Sunset dated September 14, 1912 and another from The Globe dated Saturday March 23, 1907. The bound volumes of the Prince Rupert Empire newspaper were transferred to Special Collections. See accompanying note.

Prince Rupert Daily News

Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection

  • 2002.1
  • Colección
  • 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

Prince George Oral History Group Collection

  • 2000.3
  • Colección
  • 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.

Prince George Metis Elders Oral History Project Collection

  • 2001.58
  • Colección
  • 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

Prince George Historical Photograph Collection

  • 2010.13
  • Colección
  • 1910 - [ca. 1950]

Collection contains photographs depicting community life in Prince George, B.C. Images depict holiday events, sports teams, government buildings, businesses (hotels, banks, retail, newspaper office), riverboats, railroad construction, fishing, a cemetery, street scenes, aerials, and landscapes. Also includes photos taken outside of the Prince George vicinity including Prairie Creek, Thomas Creek and Barkerville, B.C.

Parker photograph collection

  • 2011.13
  • Colección
  • [between 1910 and 1930]

The photographs depict the geographic areas of Stewart, BC, Boundary Pass, Nelson River, Bitter Creek Glacier, Portland Canal, Red Cliff and Bear Creek; as well as the ships “Camosun” and “S.S. Prince George.” Types of subjects identified in this collection include: community life, surveying, mining and transportation (i.e. dog-sledding, horse and buggy, and the Portland Canal Short Line Railway “P.C.S.L. Rlwy”).

Parker Bonney Photograph Collection

  • 2003.13
  • Colección
  • [after 1909]

Consists of two photograph albums that illustrate Parker Bonney's early years as a Forest Engineer. Includes photographs of the expedition to the Nass Valley undertaken by Parker Bonney, Sam Brown, and others. May also include photographs of later surveying expeditions.

Bonney, Parker

Pacific Great Eastern Railway Film Collection

  • 2017.5
  • Colección
  • 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

Over the Edge Newspaper Society Collection

  • 2005.5
  • Colección
  • 1993-

This collection consists a nearly complete collection of issues of the UNBC student newspaper "Over the Edge" dating from its first newsletter type issue from 1993 onwards. This includes the first volume of the bi-monthly complimentary arts magazine "Edge".

Issues contain articles, photographs, letters, and editorials dealing with university life, politics on campus and university events, entertainment and news. As well, local Prince George events and some national and international events pertaining to student life are also included.

Missing issues: v.2 i.5 (Nov. 1995); v.5 i.11 (Feb. 1999); v.9 i.11 (Feb. 2003); v.9 i.12 (Mar. 2003)

Northern BC Ephemera Collection

  • 2001.1
  • Colección
  • 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.

Northern BC Cartographic Collection

  • 2008.2
  • Colección
  • 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

Northern BC Archives Historical Photograph Collection

  • 2006.20
  • Colección
  • ca. 1880 - 1960

The Northern BC Archives Historical Photograph Collection consists of images representing a variety of subjects areas including but not limited to Transportation and Utilities; Industries; Geographic Features; Military; First Nations; and Exploration, Discovery and Travel. The geographic focus of this collection stretches from Williams Lake to the Yukon border, and from the Alberta border to Haida Gwaii.

North Coast & Central BC Postcard Collection

  • 2011.3
  • Colección
  • 1901 - [ca.1930]

A collection of postcard photographs of Port Essington BC, Port Simpson BC, Atlin, Quesnel, McBride, Hagwilget Village, Giscome, Likely, Kitwanga, Smithers, Prince Rupert BC, Prince (Fort) George BC Images depict street scenes, water scenes, community events, businesses, buildings, and aerials of the towns. Collection also depicts a number of Northern BC paddle wheelers.

Nedra Jane Paul collection

  • 2001.15
  • Colección
  • 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

Mabel Rutherford Photograph Collection

  • 2008.26
  • Colección
  • 1939 - 1956

The Mabel Rutherford Photograph Collection consists of 8 photographs depicting images of Red Rock and region: family, road and rail construction, landscape, farming equipment.

Rutherford, Mabel

Knox McCusker Collection

  • 2008.27
  • Colección
  • [ca. 1930 - 1997]

The Knox McCusker Collection consists primarily of photocopies of publications written by Mary Henry (1931-1935); annual reports; articles and papers written about Knox McCusker (1935-1997) as well as research materials pertaining to his life; articles and speeched written by Knox McCusker and general correspondence regarding surveying. Aside from these photocopies are some original records; namely: original correspondence between McCusker and G.G. Aitken (1934-1938); photographs (ca. 1930-1950); McCuskers 1909 certificate enabling him to be an Articled Pupil with the Dominion Land Surveyors; and an interview with McCusker conducted by J. Frank Willis (CBC, 1954).

McCusker, Knox

Kemano Completion Project Dispute Collection

  • 2003.4
  • Colección
  • 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

John Hart Highway Photograph Collection

  • 2005.3
  • Colección
  • 1945 - 1946

Collection consists of 73 photographs featuring the construction of the John Hart Highway in Prince George, BC from 1945-1946. Images depict construction, machinery, workers, bunkhouses, persons, wildlife, and buildings all associated with this construction project around the Summit Lake region of the city.

John Hart Highway

Japanese-Internment Oral History Project collection

  • 2010.7
  • Colección
  • 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.

James Joseph Claxton Photograph Collection

  • 2007.17
  • Colección
  • 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

James Hackler collection

  • 2013.20
  • Colección
  • 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.

Jack Boudreau collection

  • 2001.11
  • Colección
  • 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

Island Cache Recovery Project Collection

  • 2003.11
  • Colección
  • 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

Henderson-Roe collection

  • 2002.17
  • Colección
  • 1912-1914

Collection consists of materials related to Fort George surveying and preemption, including both legal and personal correspondence, legal documents and records, plans of lots, photographs, and a map. Includes records from the Cariboo Investment Company, Ltd., J.B. Henderson-Roe and C.H. Henderson Roe.

Helen Mustard Collection

  • 2004.24
  • Colección
  • 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

H.D.C. Hunter basket collection

  • 1997.4
  • Colección
  • c. 1950s - c. 1950s

Collection consists of 3 woven Nuu-Chah-Nulth baskets purchased by H.D.C. Hunter c. 1950s

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