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Maps

Series consists of cartographic materials including maps and blueprints of the Aleza Lake Research Forest. The maps reflect permanent sample plots and other study areas. The blueprints outline details for the development of a Ranger Station.

Objects series

Series consists of tools and materials Harry Coates used during his work as a BC Forest Service Research Technician at Aleza Lake Research Forest. Series also includes awards Harry Coates received during his career.

Photographic Material

Series consists primarily of slides and some photographic prints documenting Mary Fallis’ involvement with the Alpine Club of Canada –Vancouver Section, her interest in Northern landscapes and its peoples, her environmental activism in the Prince George area, and her passion for botany and photographic composition.

Timber Sales

Series consists of timber sale contracts, correspondence, logging inspection reports, diagrams, datasheets, prescription reports, and maps.

Permanent Sample Plots

Series contains handwritten notes, remeasurement charts, research reports, journals and cross section books, stump data, diagrams, maps, photographs, logging inspection reports, timber sale contracts, and correspondence.

BC Forest Industry Research

Series consists of scanned historical documents pertaining to stumpage and royalty in British Columbia's forest industry, including:

  • British Columbia Forest Policy, "Comments and policy decisions by the Forest Policy Advisory Committee on the Recommendations of the Pearse Royal Commission," May 16, 1978
  • Correspondence re: “Temporary Tenures” from C. Cooper, Forest Counsel, June 28, 1973
  • Memorandum to Deputy Minister from I.T. Cameron, Chief Forester, June 13, 1973
  • Memorandum from E.L. Young, Chief Forester, September 11, 1974
  • British Columbia Forest Service, "Comparative Value Timber Pricing," September 15, 1987
  • Memorandum to I.T. Cameron, Chief Forester from E. Knight, Forester re: Timber Licence Royalties, June 18,1973
  • Correspondence from J.S. Stokes, Deputy Minister, 1974-1976; includes correspondence, memorandum, newspaper clippings, cabinet submissions
  • Correspondence from President Ronald Reagan to Senator Bob Packwood, May 8, 1986
  • Memorandum from T.M. Apsey, Deputy Minister, October 1, 1981
  • Canada – U.S.A. Trade M.O.U. Correspondence, 1986
  • BC News Release re: Timber Royalties, 1995
  • Correspondence from Overton W. Price to H.R. MacMillan, October 3, 1913; includes copy of original letter and transcript
  • Correspondence from Overton W. Price to H.R. MacMillan, October 7, 1913
  • Briefing Notes for Hon. F.D. Wilson, Minister of Forests re: Law Suits Over Timber Licences and Royalty (March 29, 2001)
  • BC News Release re: Major Shift in Forest Policy for British Columbia (September 15, 1987)

Ledgers and Journals

Series consists of two ledgers and two journals. The two ledgers consist of logging accounts including lumber shipments and sales as well as payroll and expenditures. The two journals include handwritten maintenance notes and loose papers of diagrams of equipment.

Newsletters and Publications

Series consists of publications by the FHABC. Series includes complete set of FHABC newsletter up to March 2020 and additional publications including:

  • "A History of the British Columbia Provincial Forest Inventory Program: Part One, 1912-1940" by Ralph L. Schmidt, (October 2016)
  • "A History of the British Columbia Provincial Forest Inventory Program: Part Two, 1940 – 1960" by Robert E. Breadon (May 2017)
  • "B.C. Forest History Bibliography," compiled by John Parminter, FHABC, December 16, 2009.

Forest History Association of BC

2009 Annual General Meeting

Series consists of 7 mini DVs recording "Exploring Our Roots: Forest History in Our Communities Annual Conference of the Forest History Association of BC" at UNBC in Prince George, September 18-19, 2009. Harry Gairns and Mike Apsey spoke and conference panel topics include:

  • Looking to the Past to Inform the Future? Forest History within a Contemporary Context
  • Applying Traditional Knowledge to Future Initiatives: First Nations Historical and Future Relationships with the Forests
  • Forestry History in Our Communities: Robson Valley & Prince George
  • Exploring Our Roots: Forest History Research Methodology
  • From Exploration to Development: Bringing Forest History Forward.

Box Inventory

The Cassiar Asbestos Corporation and townsite records encompass a massive archival holding of approximately 1,600 bankers boxes. A box level inventory was created by student employees of the archives over a 15-year period. This inventory is provided here for access purposes only and its accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

In 1952 the Cassiar Asbestos Mining Corporation constructed an asbestos open-pit mine and mill and created a town site for its workers that became the town of Cassiar, British Columbia, 50 miles south of the Yukon border, and 80 miles north of Dease Lake. For 40 years Cassiar was a thriving asbestos mining town with a population at its peak of about 2500, with production statistics for 1989, recording over 60 million tonnes of ore mined, producing a billion dollars of new wealth. In 1989 Cassiar added an underground mine to the site, and despite attempts to run it profitably, in 1992 the entire mine closed partially due to the global market decline in the demand for asbestos, resulting in the closure of the town, and the move of its workers and families out of Cassiar. An auction was held to sell off all the mining equipment, townsite infrastructure, its buildings, people’s residences and the site was bull-dozed, with many houses burned to the ground. Today little remains in this remote area of Northern British Columbia to mark Cassiar’s industrial, economic or social history.

In 1992 the University of Northern British Columbia acquired the holdings of CAMC and the Cassiar townsite recognizing its potential for academic research, as the records could provide insight into natural resource industry extraction operations in Northern BC from mid to late 20th century, illustrative of ‘boom & bust’ industries, and to provide context to the development of the Cassiar Asbestos Mining Corporation and the history of the ‘life’ of a one-industry company town. The holdings document mining operations by CAMC and of the town site of Cassiar, originally consisting of the equivalent of 1800+ bankers’ boxes, including records on construction, engineering, operations, administration of CAMC, tallies of extractions, labour and union activities, corporate events and visits by dignitaries (including Prime Minister Trudeau who visited CAMC’s northern operations unit in Clinton Creek in 1968 and M.P. Iona Campagnolo in 1978). As CAMC was owner of both the mine and the Cassiar town, the company provided municipal services (i.e. sewer, water, and electricity) for its workers and their families. The archived municipal records document townsite construction, including the creation of health, education and community services such as Cassiar’s private hospital, school, library, community centre, hockey arena, and retail store. The holdings also include extensive visual documentation of natural and man-man landscapes within this remote and scenic area of Northern British Columbia. The formats of the archival holdings are diverse consisting of textual, photographic, cartographic materials, electronic records, films, promotional video-recordings, and a near complete run of the Cassiar community’s print newspaper.

Publications

The Publications series consists of news bulletins and newspapers documenting the community and work life of the residents of Cassiar, BC. Content includes text and photographs, as well as jokes, comics and games.

On March 7, 1956 the Cassiar Reporters Guild published one issue of an untitled newspaper simply titled “The Cassiar?” (vol.1, no.1) along with a “name that newspaper” contest call out to the local community. It is believed that no other issue of this first volume was published until December 7, 1957 when The Asbestos Sheet (vol.2, no.1) was published. The Asbestos Sheet, was generally published twice a month and ran from December 1957 to September 1976; after which time both its name and its format changed: the 8-1/2 x 10” news bulletin changing to an 11 x 17” newspaper; and The Asbestos Sheet becoming the Cassiar Courier. The Courier was published monthly from fall 1976 until February 1991 when it stopped circulation shortly before the closure of both the mine and the company town.

Publications and Ephemera series

Series consists of published materials collected by Harry Coates for his research and work in forestry. Materials consist of journal articles, government publications, and guidebooks. Series also includes ephemera consisting of recreational guides for parks, trails, and forests.

Rustad Bros. & Co. Ltd. Series

Series consists of records related to the Rustad Bros. & Co. Ltd. company and mills. Series also includes materials related to the forest industry in British Columbia and Canada.

Rustad Bros. & Co. Ltd.

Family Records series

Series consists of records reflecting the activities of the Dezell and Rustad families. Series include mayoral records from Bea and Garvin Dezell when Garvin served as Mayor of Prince George. Series includes materials celebrating Bea Dezell's life created by her family. Series also includes fundraising efforts for the Northern Medical Programs Trust. Finally, series includes a collection of "spruce" dollars and commemorative coins.

Forestry Work and Training series

Series consists of records pertaining to Harry Coates work and training as a BC Forest Service Research Technician. Series includes documentation for various Sx trials and experimental plots (E.P.) Harry Coates worked on.

Photographs series

Series consists of forestry photographs. Series includes photographs taken at experimental plots.

Forest History and Activism series

Series consists of materials reflecting Harry Coates life-long dedication and activism for sustainable forest management. Series also reflects Harry Coates' interest in forest history; series includes old forest industry records collected by Harry Coates including a timber sales ledger and timber license.

Maps series

Series consists of maps, and road maps, and trail guides from various communities and regions in Northern and Central BC. Series includes Forest Cover Maps and maps related to BC forest and natural resource management.

Conferences and Service

Although Dr. Robin Fisher's career at the University of Northern British Columbia was largely in administration, he continued to give papers at scholarly conferences as well as provide service to his University and community. Series contains records relating to conferences attended, spoken at, or organized by Dr. Fisher. Also includes records relating to community and University service such as his participation in committees and the UNBC Faculty Association.

Teaching

Series consists of course development material created by Dr. Robin Fisher for his UNBC undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Fisher primarily taught in the Department of History and was instrumental in the development of the History Program at UNBC. Records include syllabi, course readings, resource material, and correspondence.

Treaty Advisory

Series consists of treaty process advisory records, many of which came out of Dr. Robin Fisher's involvement in the Northern Interior Regional Advisory Committee. Dr. Fisher was often asked to act as a resource person, moderator, or advisor on First Nations treaty-related matters due to his knowledge of the history of First Nation-European relations.

Personal Records

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Fisher's appointment at UNBC as professor, founding chair of the Department of History, Dean of Arts and Science, and Dean of the College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences. These employment records include appointment letters, annual reports, correspondence, and Curriculum Vitae.

Maps

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

Photographic Material

The Photographic Material series consists of photographs, slides and negatives illustrating a wide variety of Northwood Pulp & Timber Ltd. operations and events, including but not limited to: employee service awards; N.R.A. (Northwood Recreation Association) activities; Northwood’s 25-year Anniversary celebrations held at Houston, Upper Fraser, North Central Plywood, Shelley, and Prince George Sawmills, as well as at the Northwood Pulp & Timber mill; silviculture and forest harvesting practices; sawmill and pulp mill general operations; logging camps; the building of logging roads and bridges; and Northwood’s own unique heavy equipment, such as the locomotives, the snowplow and the refurbished 1942 fire engine. Also included in this photographic collection are images documenting Northwood Pulp & Timber’s original construction (1964-65), and subsequent expansion (1980 – 1981); aerial perspectives; machinery details; employees at work, or receiving awards and certifications; corporate portraiture; office "spirit" events; corporate outreach activities such as open houses or public displays and demonstrations; and images depicting Northwood’s relationship with the community, such as donations of special reading equipment for the visually impaired, donations of food to the Salvation Army food bank, and corporate financial support for the University of Northern British Columbia.

Published and Unpublished Materials

Series consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, pamphlets, newsletters, advertisements, contracts, notebooks, audiocassettes of oral interviews and readings, transcripts, book launch announcements, front cover mock-ups, edited drafts, manuscripts, fact sheets, poems, catalogues, bookmarks, skits, conference events programme, poster, grant applications and related correspondence, a wooden placard, handwritten notes, book reviews, inquest reports, background material, VHS recordings of classroom talks given by Bridget Moran, Mary John and Justa Monk re: her publications, and ephemera. This series contains material from all five of her publications:

  1. (1988) Stoney Creek Woman: The Story of Mary John. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.
  2. (1990) Judgment at Stoney Creek. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press
  3. (1992) A Little Rebellion. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.
  4. (1994) Justa: A First Nations Leader. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.
  5. (1996) Prince George Remembered. Prince George, British Columbia: Moran Publishing.
    This series also consists of, but is not limited to, a number of unpublished manuscripts and drafts and/or writing contest submissions also written by Bridget Moran, such as:
    • "Mary and Me" (ca. 1998)
    • "Where Winds Come Sweet" (ca. 1981)
    • "The Horizontal Land" (ca. 1992)
    • "The Summer of '81"
    • "The Relief Cheque" (ca. 1998)
    • "The Case of the Box of Matches" (ca. 1987)
    • "Unholy Deadlock" (ca. 1990)
    • "The Numbers Game"
    • "Reflections on Theme" (ca. 1967)
    • "Come Hell or High Water" (ca. 1976)
    • "Man Alive"
    • "The Deadbeat Mystique"
    • "Hell on Wheels"
    • "Backstairs at the Palace"
    • "James MacCallum" (ca. 1984)
    • "Hushaby, Baby" (ca. 1981)
    • "The Decline and Fall of Mr. Sullivan"
    • "Case History of a Gadfly"
    • "Welfare and the Good Life"
    • "Childhood Memories" (ca. 1976)
    • "The Three Musketeers" (ca. 1974-75)
    • "A Child's Christmas in Saskatchewan" (ca. 1979)
    • "Diary of Success Homecoming"
    • "My Old Flame" (ca. 1992)
    • "O Ye Dry Bones" (ca. 1996)
    • "Supper, Little Children" (ca. 1983).

Company Operating History series

Series consists of documents providing information on the Columbia Cellulose Company, Limited including its history, historical and geographical context, and plans for the future. These documents often include photographs, maps, and technical drawings of the mills. Series consists of Skeena Kraft press kit; Feasibility Study of Nass River Valley Log Transport Systems; A Summary History and Progress; Development Study: Northern resources; Columbia Cellulose Company, Limited.

Posthumous Records

Series consists of records created and collected after Dr. Joselito Arocena's death on December 20, 2015. Includes information about Arocena's work in China, photographs and video of the unveiling of the Lito Lab, and video recordings and presentation materials from a memorial lecture for Dr. Joselito Arocena by Mike Rutherford, Hugues Massicotte, and Paul Sanborn.

Personal Papers and Correspondence

Series consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, academic transcripts and diplomas, marriage announcements, a copy of a Last Will & Testament, a copy of a Court Order, a poster, a map, photographs, events programs, lyrics, a copy of a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship and an autograph book all pertaining to the personal life of Bridget Moran.

Honours and Awards

Series consists of photographs, event itineraries and programs, letters of congratulations, letters of recommendation, newspaper clippings, invitations and place name cards all pertaining to Bridget’s receipt of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal, the B.C. Book Prize, and honourary doctorate degrees from both the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and the University of Victoria (UVic).

Career Related Materials

Series consists of annual reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, records of employment, a Retirement Party guest book, business cards, invitations, speeches, appointment announcements, pamphlets, Bridget Moran's "Oath of Allegiance; Office and Revenue to the Government of British Columbia", social work reports, contracts, copies of Employee Earnings Statements, background material on the case Hale vs. Her Majesty the Queen, and social work notebooks all pertaining to Bridget's career as a social worker with the Province of British Columbia and the Prince George School District, and as a member of the College of New Caledonia (CNC) Board, the Legal Services Society of B.C. and People on Welfare.

Photographs

Series consists of the photographs taken and collected by Dr. Joselito Arocena. Arocena kept an extensive photographic slide collection for teaching, demonstration, research, and personal purposes. Included here from his slide collection is a large selection of images that feature his UNBC work and the Northern BC region. This series also contains digital photographs that Arocena created or collected.

Ledgers

Series consists of 6 ledgers which record expenses for the mine and various other company owned premises in town.

Research

The research of Dr. Joselito Arocena was extensive and multi-disciplinary. The records contained within this series of research material provide only a small glimpse of the depth and breadth of his research portfolio. The majority of Dr. Arocena's research results were released in his 200+ academic publications over the course of his career. This series contains a selection of research records that were unpublished and cover research projects that relate to the health of BC indigenous communities, the McGregor Model Forest, and others.

Personal Records

Series consists of Dr. Joselito Arocena's personal records that provide background context to his academic accomplishments, research, and professorial tenure at UNBC.

Freight

Series consists of research material regarding rail freight in British Columbia and in general. Includes information about freight statistics, freight customers in BC, freight revenue, less-than-carload service, types of freight loads, freight loading and discharging devices, and intermodal freight. Also includes information on the rail transport of coal, coke fuel, ore, lumber, pulp and paper, potash, sulfur, cement, gypsum, grain, fish, chemicals, petroleum, automobiles, and livestock.

Promotional Materials

Series consists of promotional materials including materials from outreach events such as posters and presentation slides. Series also includes promotional ephemera such as bookmarks, stickers, and informational pamphlets describing the McGregor Model Forest and the larger Canadian Model Forest Network.

Publications

Series consists of published materials by the McGregor Model Forest Association, the Canadian Model Forest Network, Natural Resources Canada, and other forest research organisations. Series consists predominately of printed textual materials but also includes two CD-ROMs containing published works.

McGregor Model Forest Association Administration

Series consists of administrative records of the McGregor Model Forest Association (MMFA) including: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes from 1993 to 1997; work plans from 1994 to 1997 and 2002 to 2003; annual reports from 1995 to 2006; Technical Steering Committee Meeting Minutes from 1993 to 1997. Series also includes MMFA Master Direction document and Defining Document as well as a reference guide for the MMFA.

Projects & Research

Series consists of reports, proposals, and project and research materials ranging from 1994 to 2006. Series includes reports on Sustainable Forest Management, proposals for planned project phases, consultant reports, symposia notes and ephemera, secondary source research for projects and planning, and reports on work with First Nations communities.

Electronic media

Series consists of computer disks containing working files of draft and final manuscripts, correspondence, notes, poetry and miscellaneous textual materials.

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