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Ornithology research

Subseries contains material relating to Dr. Ainley's research on ornithology beginning in Ainley's graduate research and her early post-doc career. This subseries includes drafts of Ainley's Masters thesis "La Professionnalisation De L'Ornithologie Americaine, 1870-1979" (The Professionalization of American Ornithology, 1870-1979) for the University of Montreal and drafts of her PhD thesis "From Natural History to Avian Biology: Canadian Ornithology 1860-1950" for McGill University. Thus subseries also includes materials related to an uncompleted monograph about the history of the first 100 years of the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU). The project was originally proposed to the centennial committee of the American Ornithologists' Union in 1979 and was to be completed by Keir Sterling and Charles H. Blake. Ainley was invited to join the project in 1981, shortly after which Charles Blake passed away. In 1987, the project was abandoned, but was then revived in 2003 for the 125 year anniversary based on a revision of the original manuscript and new additions to cover the period of 1983-2008, before being abandoned for a second time. Subseries also contains the research materials for Ainley's chapter in "Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives: Women in Science, 1789-1979," entitled, "Field Work and Family: North American Women Ornithologists, 1900-1950." The article details the experience of female ornithologists, focusing on, among others, Margaret Morse Nice and Althea Sherman. Subseries consists of photocopied and hand-copied correspondence between Margaret Morse Nice and Louise de Kiriline Lawrence, between Nice and William Rowan, and between Nice and Althea Sherman.

"A Special Affinity: The Correspondence of Louise de Kiriline Lawrence and Doris Huestis Speirs"

Subseries contains material relating to an uncompleted book of correspondence between Louise de Kiriline Lawrence and Doris Huestis Speirs, tentatively titled, "A Special Affinity: The Correspondence of Louise de Kiriline Lawrence and Doris Huestis Speirs." It was to be co-edited Ainley and John Sabean. The subseries predominately consists of research material and correspondence relating to the writing and publishing of the book, correspondence between Lawrence and Speirs, and correspondence between Ainley and Speirs relating to travel and ornithology publication recommendations. It also contains archival reproductions of correspondence between Speirs and Roy Ivor and between Speirs and George Watson.

"Scientists vs. Government Experts: The wood buffalo controversy, 1920-1991"

Subseries contains research materials related to a talk given by Ainley and Tina Crossfield at the 7th Kingston Conference of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association in Ottawa, Ontario in 1991, entitled, "Scientists vs. Government Experts: The Wood Buffalo Controversy, 1920-1990." The material appears to have been in the process of being developed into a publication. Subseries consists of articles, including an edited article entitled, "Scientists vs. Government Experts: The Wood Buffalo Controversy, 1920-1991." Subseries also includes photocopies of correspondence, photocopied transcripts of House of Commons proceedings, Microfiche Report Series #104: "Dual Allegiance: the history of wood buffalo national park," notes, and a publication.

Women in science and engineering research

Subseries contains materials relating to Dr. Ainley's research on women in the fields of science and engineering. Ainley dedicated much of her career to this topic, which resulted in a number of publications. Subseries includes material relating to the submission and editing of Ainley's chapter, "Marriage and Scientific Work in Twentieth-Century Canada: the Berkeleys in Marine Biology and the Hoggs in Astronomy" in "Creative Couples in the Sciences" about the experiences of two scientific couples: Edith and Cyril Berkeley and Frank and Helen Hogg. Materials for this publication include correspondence, edited manuscripts, permissions form templates and a call and instructions for submissions. This subseries also includes research material for a review of Margaret Gillett and Ann Beer's book, "Our Own Agendas: Autobiographical Essays by Women Associated with McGill University," including notes, correspondence and short biographies of women from McGill University. Subseries also contains research on Canadian women in science including photocopied archival materials from various Canadian universities. This subseries also contains materials relating to Ainley's book, "Creating complicated lives: women and science at English-Canadian universities, 1880-1980" and Ainley's chapter, "Soaring to New Heights: Changes in the Life Course of Mabel McIntosh" in "Great Danes." Subseries consists of research relating to women in the Royal Society of Canada and on individual women scientists and engineers. Research materials consist of photocopies of published and archival research materials, correspondence, and applications for grans and ethics reviews. This subseries also contains approximately 80 overhead transparencies from presentations.

Catharine Parr Traill

Subseries contains Ainley's research material on Catherine Parr Traill (nee Strickland). The subseries includes research for and manuscripts of: the conference presentation and book chapter, "Science in Canada's 'Backwoods'?: Catharine Parr Traill" (originally titled, "Catharine Parr Traill (1802-1899): A Woman Science Writer in 19th Century Canada"); the conference presentation, "Women and the Popularization of Science: 19th-century Women Science Writers in Canada"; and the conference presentation, "Colonial Lessons: Catherine Parr Traill (1802-99) and Popular Science Education in Upper Canada"; and publication "Circulating Gendered Knowledge: Catharine Parr Traill's Colonial Science Lessons, 1836-1895." Subseries consists of photocopied archival material, research notes, overhead transparencies, correspondence, manuscripts, and articles.

Funding applications

Subseries consists of Dr. Ainley's requests for funding for a variety of projects throughout her career. Most of Ainley's research was funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants but she also applied for funding from other sources. These research projects include "First Nations Women and Environmental Knowledge in Northern North America - A Preliminary Investigation," "Biographical Research on Women Scientists in Canada," "Women and Scientific Work in Canada, 1890-1960," "Engendering Science: Twelve Biographies," "Women and Scientific Work in Canada. III. "Women's Work in Government and Industry, 1890-1990," "Engendering Canadian Scientists," and her research on Mabel McIntosh. Not all of these projects were accepted and funded. Subseries predominately consists of grant application forms and correspondence with granting agencies.

North American and Australian indigenous knowledge and science

Subseries reflects Dr. Ainley's extensive research on indigenous science and traditional knowledge and how it transferred to European settlers in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Much of this research culminated in Dr. Ainley's unfinished monograph project "Re-explorations: new perspectives on gender, environment and the transfer of knowledge in 19th and 20th century Canada and Australia." Material is, predominately, arranged by individual, with files largely consisting of bibliographies, articles and notes about and by the individual on topics related to the environment and interaction with indigenous peoples. Subseries also contains research notes, interviews, and correspondence. As much of Ainley's research focused on women, see subseries on women in science and engineering research (2002.14.1.5) for related materials.

Research and Publications

Subseries consists predominantly of publications and draft publications written by Cole Shirvell. Also includes maps, photographs, raw data, field notes, and correspondence and reports regarding field work.

Shirvell, Cole

Envirocon and Alcan

Subseries primarily consists of reports and publications created by Envirocon Limited, the environmental consultants contracted by Alcan for the Kemano Completion Project environmental assessment. Also includes records created by Envirocon, Alcan, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans regarding joint meetings and Envirocon's scientific methodology.

Shirvell, Cole

Nechako River Court Action

Subseries consists of records concerning the Nechako River court action that began in 1980 and ended in 1987 with a settlement agreement. The case (Attorney General of Canada vs. Attorney General of British Columbia vs. Alcan Aluminum) was in regard to the increased need for water rights to the Nechako River as a result of Alcan's Kemano Completion Project.

Shirvell, Cole

Nechako Fisheries Conservation Program

Subseries consists of material relating to the Nechako Fisheries Conservation Program, predominantly publications and reports. Includes some correspondence between NFCP and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Also includes air photo maps of the Nechako River from 1990.

Shirvell, Cole

British Columbia Utilities Commission Kemano Completion Public Review

Subseries consists of records relating to Shirvell's participation in the British Columbia Utilities Commission public review of the Kemano Completion Project. Includes Shirvell's notes and submission to the review panel, copies of submissions from other DFO scientists, correspondence relating to the review, copies of exhibits submitted for the review, and BCUC reports.

Shirvell, Cole

Energy, Mines and Resources

Subseries consists of documents and correspondence regarding the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources and issues about mining, energy generation, and pipelines in northern British Columbia. Includes correspondence about the state of energy in Canada; wind, solar, and other forms of alternative energy; conservation of energy; use of nuclear power, coal, oil, and natural gas in Canada; and general inquiries about the oil and gas industry. Also includes correspondence regarding proposed mining projects, particularly in northern BC; the development of pipelines in Canada; the environmental impacts of mining and pipelines; and inquiries and statements of opinion about proposed pipelines such as the Kitimat-Edmonton pipeline, the Mackenzie Delta pipeline, and the Alaska Alcan pipeline. Supplemental records accompany much of the correspondence and include reference material, newspaper articles, and informational reports.


Subseries consists of correspondence relating to the Department of Environment (Environment Canada), the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), and environmental issues. Includes correspondence regarding Ministry of Environment programs and procedures; the Canadian forestry industry; forestry licenses; pollution and legislation controls for industry pollution; oil spills; polychlorinated biphenyl pollution; floods and flood control mechanisms; dams and stream diversions; trapping legislation; and wildlife conservation. Also includes correspondence regarding inquiries intro fisheries management legislation and policies; fisheries licensing; salmon fisheries issues; inquiries and statements of opinion about the yearly seal hunt; whale conservation; the economic zone off-shore fishing limits; small craft harbours; sport fishing; and the roe herring fishery. Contains speeches given by the Minister of Environment or given on his behalf and news releases from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Island Cache

File contains slides depicting Island Cache on Cottonwood Island in Prince George, B.C.

PGE Grade

File contains slides depicting the grade for what was formerly the Pacific Great Eastern, and is now known as British Columbia Railway.

Trail - Rossland

File contains slides depicting a trail, and other areas, near Rossland, B.C.

Lillooet Area

File contains slides depicting places in the Lillooet area.

Lillooet - Howe Sound

File contains slides depicting places around and between Lillooet and Howe Sound.


File contains slides depicting locations in and around Bralorne, B.C.

Divide Lakes

File contains slides depicting images of and around Divide Lake.

Junction Range

File contains slides depicting places in and around the Junction Sheep Range Provincial Park south-west of Williams Lake.

Kamloops - Lillooet

File contains slides depicting places in and around the Kamloops and Lillooet regions.


File contains slides depicting places in Kitimat, B.C.

Kitwanga - Meziadin

File contains slides depicting places in and around the areas of Kitwanga and Meziadin Lake Provincial Park.

Likely - Horsefly

File contains slides depicting places in and around the areas of Likely and Horsefly, B.C.

Mackenzie Town

File contains slides depicting places in and around Mackenzie Town.

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