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Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

  • 2000.1
  • Fonds
  • 3 April 1952 - 15 March 1993

Fonds consists of textual, photographic, cartographic, electronic and promotional films/video recordings related to the mining operations of Cassiar Asbestos Mining Corporation (CAMC) and creation of Cassiar townsite. CAMC records primarily consist of records related to mining operations including construction, engineering, daily mining operations, administration of CAMC, tallies of extractions, labour and union activities, corporate events and visits by dignitaries. Townsite records are primarily visual representations of townsite construction, including the creation of health, education and community services including Cassiar's private hospital, school, library, as well as townsite images. Photographs include documentation of natural and man-made landscapes within the Cassiar region of Northern BC. Other holdings include a near complete run of Cassiar's community newspaper.

Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd.

Manager's Photos - Prefab Lodges

Photograph depicts four buildings in trees at end of dirt road, mountains in background. Corresponding note on accompanying photo description page: "7. Prefab buildings for staff families and guest lodge. These buildings nearly completed."

Manager's Photos - Bunkhouse Buildings at Watson Lake

Photograph depicts five long buildings in flat area at Watson Lake Airport, power poles in foreground. Corresponding note on accompanying photo description page: "4. Group of buildings used as living quarters (not prefab). In fair condition. Many good windows and doors, and electrical fittings. Picture taken looking west."

Manager's Photos - Bunkhouse Buildings at Watson Lake

Photograph depicts four bunkhouse buildings leading to recreation hall at Watson Lake Airport. Power poles on left. Corresponding note on accompanying photo description page: "7. Same group of buildings as in picture No. 4 [see item 2000.1.1.2.236] showing steel building on the end [see item 2000.1.1.2.235]. Picture taken looking east. Note: There are at least as many more buildings again as shown in these snaps."

Manager's Photos - Prefab Staff Family Lodgings

Photograph depicts two long buildings visible behind small wood structure and steel drums. Rough dirt road in foreground, trees and hillside in background. Corresponding note on accompanying photo description page: "4. Prefabs for staff families. Both 48' x 20'. The 96' x 20' prefab is out of the picture to the right."

Manager's Photos - Men at Sand Flats Road Camp

Photograph depicts three men in hats standing at doorway to building. Steel drum and miscellaneous supplies on ground near mean, trees in background. Corresponding note on accompanying photo description page: "5. Sand flats road camp. L. to R. W. Lawton, assistant, W.H. Forrest B.C.L.S. Dept of Public Works supervisor, 'Mac' McKenzie our mine captain."

Manager's Photos - First Tents in Campsite

Photograph depicts two tent buildings at end of dirt road with snow on either side. Man and possibly dog can be seen in distance. Trees and mountains in background. Corresponding note on accompanying photo description page: "5. First two tents in tent campsite."

Manager's Photos - Cookery & Other Temporary Buildings

Corresponding note on accompanying photo description page: "7. Temporary buildings. First building is the cookery. Looking south." Photograph depicts numerous wood buildings down the left of snow-cleared dirt road, each with a small porch. The office and bunkhouse are also among the buildings (see item 2000.1.1.2.305). Wood piles lie in front of cookery, dump truck and dog can be seen at end of road, and another building is semi-visible on right. Tree-covered mountainside in background. See also items 2000.1.1.2.299 and 2000.1.1.2.301.

Manager's Photos - Temporary Buildings

Photograph depicts numerous wood buildings in a line, each with a small porch. The cookery, bunkhouse and office are believed to be among the buildings (see 2000.1.1.2.305). Steel drums lie in front of first building, and another building is semi-visible on right, opposite the others. Snowbank in foreground, trees and mountains in background. Photograph taken facing south. See also items 2000.1.1.2.286 and 2000.1.1.2.301

Manager's Photos - Dining Room Interior

Typed annotation in black ink on recto of photograph: "Looking over dining room from kitchen entrance". Photograph depicts three rows of long bench tables with white tablecloths and condiments. Bright light shines through five tall windows and one window in door.

Manager's Photos - Dining Room Interior

Typed annotation in black ink on recto of photograph: "View of dining room looking towards kitchen". Photograph depicts rows of long bench tables with white tablecloths and condiments. Kitchen can be seen trough doorways on opposite wall, as well as two large coffeemakers. Bright fluorescent lights shine on ceiling.

Manager's Photos - Dining Room Interior

Typed annotation in black ink on recto of photograph: "Looking towards the kitchen in the dining room". Photograph depicts side rows of bench tables with white tablecloths and condiments. Kitchen is visible through doorways in opposite wall. Three large coffeemakers stand against wall between doors. Fluorescent lights shine from ceiling.

General & Community Operations

Subseries consists of photographic material pertaining to the following subject areas: mine operations; plant operations;labour strike 1970s images; townsite operations of the company towns of Cassiar and Clinton Creek (including community activities associated therein and townsite development); as well as, images of mines not owned by Cassiar Asbestos Corporation, but which are believed to have been used for operational research purposes.

Townsite, Mill, & Ore Storage 1958

Photograph depicts the Cassiar valley. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "1958 [1961 crossed through]", on recto: "Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Limited. Cassiar B.C. Townsite in foreground mill and ore storage in left middle ground," "Toronto set". It is believed that this photograph was made into a post card.

Townsite & Plantsite, 1958

Photograph depicts the Cassiar townsite in foreground. Mill, dry rock storage building, and tailings pile can be seen in background. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "1958 [1961 crossed through]."

Townsite & Plantsite, View Facing East

Photograph depicts the Cassiar plantsite in foreground, including the mill, dry rock storage building, tailings pile, and many other buildings. Townsite in midground, mountains in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Cassiar."

Cassiar Valley, Tree Silhouette

Photograph depicts the Cassiar townsite behind shadow in foreground. Plantsite can be seen including the mill, dry rock storage building, tailings pile, and many other buildings. Mountains in background. Handwritten annotation on recto: "<- 13 1/2" ->". (This photograph was made into a promotional poster.)

General Operations Albums

File includes six aggregations of photographs which have been assembled in this file in order to maintain the integrity of each group by keeping the photos arranged together, though each group features operations pertaining to multiple files in this subseries. Includes groups featuring photos from 1961, 1965 1971, a helicopter trip, a community album, and a workplace album. Photographs depict images pertaining to the following operations at Cassiar, B.C.: mining, milling, maintenance, labratory tests, and tramline and town operations. Images featuring operations of the company town include the grocery store, bank, churches, school, library, lounge, pool, theater, community center, outdoor recreation, hospital, dentist, cafeteria, bus route, residences, air strip, firehall, laundromat, park, police, and newspaper.

1961 - Movie Projectors

Photograph depicts man seated on stool between two carbon arc Horton movie projectors. These were 16 mm French projectors, and were located at the Cassiar Recreational Center. They were used before the new movie theater was built in the late 1970s. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "1961".

1961 - Community Centre

Photograph depicts long wood building speculated to be the Community Centre at Cassiar, B.C. Sports net stands in right foreground. Flag pole, barrel, and stand of trees can be seen in front of building. Mountains in background. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "1961".

1961 - Bar & Snackbar

Photograph depicts long wood building believed to be the bar and snackbar at Cassiar B.C. Two men can be seen standing on one of three porches to building. Pole, car, and trees in foreground; unknown buildings and mountain base in background. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "1961".

1965 - Tommy Lobbes & others in Company Store

Photograph depicts women, men, and children standing in store, some pushing grocery carts. Two women stand near till, one wearing long white professional jacket. Young man named Lobbes stands behind counter on far right, wearing white shirt. Store appears to be stocked with groceries and general supplies. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "RIGHT TOMMY LOBBES".

1965 - Marg McKenzie & others in Company Store

Photograph depicts woman in right foreground with shopping cart, selecting an item from shelf. Unidentified men, women and child can be seen in background. Store appears to be stocked with groceries and general supplies. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "RIGHT MARG MCKENZIE".

1965 - Unknown Woman & Men in Company Store

Photograph depicts two men purchasing items in foreground, facing away from photographer. Unknown woman stands at till behind counter in midground, wearing long white professional jacket. Stocked shelves on wall in background. Store appears to be stocked with groceries and general supplies.

1965 - Jack Nitti & Others in Company Store

Photograph depicts man, women, and young child in store, some pushing carts. Man believed to be Jack Nitti stands behind counter in right midground (see item 2000.1.1.3.19.40). Store appears to be stocked with groceries and general supplies. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "RIGHT JACK NITTI".

1965 - Bar & Snackbar

Photograph depicts building containing Cassiar's bar and snackbar, visible across ball field. This building originally housed school classrooms, movie theater, barber shop, and rec centre with three pool tables. Private liquor store originally located in far right of building. Liquor store was known to be the only legal bootleg liquor business in the province at the time, before it was transferred to Cassiar's government liquor store and replaced with a Sear's office. Catholic church and other buildings are visible behind trees in right midground. Road and field in foreground, valley and mountains in background. Community Centre located behind photographer, out of frame, curling rink on photographer's right.

1965 - Ball Game by Bar & Snackbar

Photograph depicts men's ball game in foreground, spectators and cars visible behind backstop net. Bar and snackbar building in right midground, trees and mountain base in background. See item 2000.1.1.3.19.52 for information regarding bar and snackbar building.

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