Fonds consists of textual records, photographic items and published reports related to professional life and career of Bob Harkins, broadcaster, local historian, and former city councilor. Includes textual and photographic items related to development and history of city of Prince George and the Central Interior of BC region history and development in late 20th century. Items includes an unpublished manuscript on the life of Ray Williston by Eileen Williston, an unpublished paper on the history of technological change in logging industry; an unpublished paper on the history of radio and television in Prince George; a report related to the creation of a university for Northern British Columbia (1989) and proofs of the publication "Wild Liard Waters: Canoeing Canada's Historic Liard River" by Ferdi Wenger, c.1998. Also includes photographic files including CKPG Radio Studio photographic items c.1953; and photographs and correspondence regarding guide outfitter Skook Davidson c.1975.
Item consists of transcript and tape summary of analog recording of interview with Bill Woycik and Howard Foot on the history of the Recreational Services Division of City of Prince George. Includes information on various events hosted including aquatic, circus and sports events c.1958-c.1986.
Item consists of transcript and tape summary of interview with historian Frank Leonard who discusses the history of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, its impact on the development of Prince George and Prince Rupert. Also discusses rivalries between owners of the newspapers Fort George Herald and Fort George Tribune.
Item consists of transcript and tape summary of interview with local music reviewer Fred Bradley. He discusses his early life, move to Canada, memories of the Merchant Marines during World War II. Also discusses arts scene in Prince George.
Item consists of transcript and tape summary of interview with Catholic Bishop Fergus O'Grady on his retirement as Bishop of the local Catholic Diocese of Prince George. Discusses also the Oblate Missionary Order and their history in Northern British Columbia. Also discusses the founding of the Prince George College.
Item consists of transcript and tape summary of interview with Elmer Nelson who discusses Axel Wenner- Gren's business interest in the Rocky Mountain Trench area of Northern British Columbia in the 1950s.
Item consists of transcript and tape summary of interview with Tom Payne who discusses his life, emigration from England, service in World War I, and career as shoemaker in Quesnel. Also discusses his subsequent work at the Experimental Farm in Prince George
Item consists of transcript of interview with writer, film maker, and guide outfitter Andy Russell conducted by Bob Harkins at Prince George Radio Station, CJCI regarding Russell's experiences with guiding in Northern Rockies. Russell also discusses his new work The Life of a River and discusses the environmental impact of hydro-electric development on rivers
Item consists of transcript of interviews with various guests including Bob Crosby, manager of the Simon Fraser Hotel; Sammy Labadiere (sp?); and Prince George resident Chuck Williams discussing the re-enactment of the Simon Fraser voyage down the Fraser River in 1958.
Item consists of transcript of interview with Ambrose Trick discussing the sawmilling and logging industry in Northern BC, c.1930s-1950s including the 1953 strike; the creation of the Northern Interior Lumbermen's Association. Trick also discusses his involvement in railway work, his involvement with hockey in Prince George and discusses Prince George politics, prominent personalities in the North.
Item consists of transcript and taped summary of recorded interview with long-time resident Ted Williams who discusses his father' Chuck Williams early years in Prince George c.1920s. He also discusses river transportation, steam boats on the Fraser River and river scowing adventures on the Grand Canyon (BC) and fatalities that occurred.
Item consists of typed transcript and tape summary of recorded interview with long-time resident Ted Williams who discusses his involvement in Boy Scouts Association of Canada as District Commissioner and setting up a group in Prince George c.1930s-c.1950s
Item consists of transcript and tape summary of recorded interview with Gordon Wood, pharmacist, businessman and sports enthusiast who lived in Prince George c.1920s-c.1970s. He discusses various events that impacted Prince George including the Great Depression of the 1930s and set up of relief camps; the set up of army camps during World War II. He also discusses local politicians, his drugstore business and community members.
File consists of 1 audiocassette of public presentation hosted by Bob Harkins discussing the history of sawmilling in Prince George Region. Introduces several people involved in sawmilling industry and also discusses history of the Northern Interior Lumbermen's Association. Also shows a historical film about sawmilling and provides commentary.
Consists of 1 DVD entitled "Harkins' History" consisting of clips from Bob Harkins TV interviews with various personalities in Prince George covering a range of topics related to local and regional history. DVD includes two sets of clips of segments broadcasted from October 1999 to June 2000.
File consists of 1 audiocassette of interviews by Bob Harkins with Bill Stanton, city coroner who discusses the work of coroner. Also an interview with Liz McGillivray, director of the Prince George Music Festival Society.