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Manager's Photos - Diesel Engine Foundations

Photograph depicts 8 men and possibly 1 woman working in construction area, mountains in background. Corresponding note on accompanying photo description page: "2. Pouring concrete for second Ruston diesel engine. In foreground is the first diesel foundation stripped of concrete form ready for engine. Looking west."

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.

Unknown Woman & Men at Mine

Photograph depicts a man and woman standing on what is believed to be an early mining bench. Two men with air track drill can be seen in background, one man father down on left, mountain range in background. Image slightly distorted due to poor quality of negative.

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 - Woman in Lab

Photograph depicts woman in white lab coat testing quality of asbestos fibre. Special lab instruments sit on counter top. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "1961".

1965 - Clark & Cario Working with Others in Lab

Photograph depicts man [possibly Paul Clark?] seated with two women at table in lab. Second man [possibly Lab Superintendent Ross Duddy?] seated at table in background. Miscellaneous equipment and supplies throughout. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Paul Clark / [Odett?] Cario".

1965 - Ross Duddy & Unknown Woman in Lab

Photograph depicts Ross Duddy with back to photographer, working at table in lab. Unidentified woman stands in right foreground operating unidentified machinery. Miscellaneous equipment and supplies throughout. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "ROSS DUDDY / LAB SUPER".

1965 - Unknown Women Conducting Lab Tests

Photograph depicts two women seated at lab table, facing away from photographer. Woman on right believed to be combing asbestos fibres to determine length and grade. Woman on left believed to be conducting standard lab tests (weighing filters, test tubes, or fibres).

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 - Skakun Family Seated on Couch

Photograph depicts woman holding infant, sitting next to man on couch. Ornamented coffee table in foreground; lamp, ornamented side tables, curtains, and painting in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "LEN SKAKUN / CAROL / BABY".

1965 - Skakun Family Seated on Couch

Photograph depicts woman holding infant, sitting next to man on couch. Ornamented coffee table in foreground; lamp, ornamented side tables, curtains, and painting in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of similar photograph: "LEN SKAKUN / CAROL / BABY".

1965 - Hilde Voss behind Snackbar Counter

Photograph depicts Hilde Voss (see item 2000.1.1.3.19.68) wearing white shirt, with unknown woman in snackbar. Counter and other individuals on left, cooking supplies in foreground. Interior window in background connected snackbar to poolroom. Eventually this snackbar was moved to poolroom, and liquor store located in original snackbar.

1965 - Hilde Voss behind Snackbar Counter

Photograph depicts Hilde Voss in left foreground, kitchen supplies on either side. Unknown man sits across counter on right. Other individuals seated in background in front of door and windows. Handwritten annotations on recto of photograph: "WAITRESS - HIELDA[sic?] VOSS".

1965 - Mrs. Navin & others in Library

Photograph depicts Mrs. Navin (wife of Dr. Navin - see item 2000.1.1.3.19.47) standing across unknown woman seated at librarian's table covered with books. Bookshelves in background, unknown couple sitting at table in left midground. Handwritten annotations on recto of photograph: "RIGHT / MRS NAVIN".

Community Album - Post Office

Photograph depicts unidentified men and women in front of yellow building with the signs "POST OFFCE / BUREAU DE POST / CASSIAR, B.C.", "NO PARKING". Three cars (one with siren on top) can be seen in foreground; forest in background.

Community Album - Helen Joseph at Air Sampling Station

Photograph depicts Joseph wearing safety gear while standing at testing equipment on raised sampling station. Sign below Joseph reads "DO NOT DISTURB / SAMPLING IN PROGRESS / PROPERTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL DEPT. / CASSIAR ASBESTOS LTD." Helen Joseph took air quality tests in the working areas and town (see item 2000.1.1.3.19.135). Power lines, unidentified building, and mountain base visible in background. Photo was taken during winter.

Clinton Creek Operations

Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd opened a second mine in 1967 at what became the one-industry town of Clinton Creek, Y.T. File contains photographs depicting different areas of operations at Clinton Creek. Locations include the mine, plant, town, tailings pile, main office, the 40 Mile River, and surrounding area. Town photos depict the grocery store, cafeteria, medical clinic, school, auditorium residential area, Connell Street and power house. File also includes aerial photographs and images depicting forest fighting, photographers capturing the tailings pile, asbestos samples, mining machinery, staff offices, and operations in the mill, lab, and garage.

Additional photographs integrated into file depict Clinton Creek's surrounding area, and three slides of a tailing pile explosion believed to be Clinton Creek.

1970 Labour Strike

File contains photographs depicting individuals at Cassiar on strike in the winter time, marching down roads, holding picket signs, carrying small children who hold signs, and driving cars covered with strike slogans. Many of the signs read "U.S.W.A. LOCAL 6536" (United Steel Workers of America).

  • Two photographs depict a man with a video recorder. Some photos feature plant buildings, two were taken at night. One photograph depicts a note that reads: "THERE WILL BE NO AFTERNOON SHIFT THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5th 1970."
  • Many photos depict areas in the mine showing snow impacts, fissures in the mountain, asbestos evidence and other environmental activity. The picket signs contain protests regarding contracts, safety, environment, and ethics.
  • Handwritten annotation on original envelope containing photographs: "Pictures 1970 Strike."
  • Integrated into file are fourteen photos from file marked "Mr. B. Pewsey" that depict an area where a large rock fell, measuring tape, and protest sign.
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