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A man in uniform and a woman pose for a photo in front of totem poles

A man in uniform and a woman pose for a photo on a road situated between a fenced area featuring totem poles and the water’s edge featuring a float plane, wharf and the Camosun vessel. Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “Alert Bay BC”; “Alert Bay B.C.” Union Steamships Ltd.”; photographer’s stamp on verso: “W.E. Nicholson, 268 E. 10th, Vancouver 10, B.C.”

Ah Yee at Giscome

Photograph depicts four men standing in front of two log cabins. It is believed that these men are also featured at Meikle's Cabin in item 2009.5.3.17. Forest in background, miscellaneous items on ground in yard. Handwritten photo caption on verso and recto of this photo reads: "at Ah Yee at Giscome." It is believed that Ah Yee was the first Chinese store keeper at Giscome Portage in 1910.

Archdeacon W. H. Collison fonds

  • 2009.7
  • Fonds
  • ca.1870 - ca.1986

The Archdeacon W.H. Collison fonds consists of textual materials, maps, published materials and photographs all documenting Collison’s life and work with North Coastal First Nations communities in British Columbia. Types of records found within this fonds include manuscripts, sermon notes, correspondence, oral history summaries, monographs, cartographic items, photographs and postcards. The Collison fonds also includes some records created by his children and grandchildren as well as a family tree created in 1986. The Collison fonds has been divided into four series.

Collison, W.H. (Archdeacon)

Argillite dish

Intricately carved argillite dish featuring human faces at either end of its rectangular shape. Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “22-2”

Argillite dish

Intricately carved argillite dish inlaid with abalone shell. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “51-4”

Argillite dish

Intricately carved argillite dish featuring inlaid triangular pieces of stone or shell material around its perimeter and a series of seven faces within its centre. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “51-6”

Argillite dish

Intricately carved argillite dish inlaid with abalone shell. Imagery suggests a killer whale and man motif. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “51-2”

Argillite dish

Intricately carved argillite dish featuring inlaid triangular pieces of stone or shell material around its perimeter and a series of seven faces within its centre. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “49-1”

Arthur Wellington Clah carrying bundle and gun

Clah or T'amks [Tsimshian name] stands on wood platform in front of shovel and pickaxe leaning against building. Clah was a hereditary chief and Hudson Bay Company employee who helped missionary William Duncan learn the Tsimshian language.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: " 'Clah' or the pioneer missionary's [...?]"

Bark shredder and

Carved wooden bark shredder inlaid with abalone shell, used to soften and break up fibres of cedar bark. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “48-4”

Battle Hill

Image depicts the Battle Hill National Historic Site in Kitwanga, B.C.. The sign located there says: "The small knoll in the valley was a native fortress. Legends maintain that it was man-made: built to repel marauding coastal tribes. The hill was the scene of local tribal battles, and at one time was crowned with the defenders' buildings. Known as Dhawdezp, the unique mound is a prominent feature in the legends and history of the Indian people."

Bentwood box

A bentwood box sitting on a pedestal in front of a bookcase in the office of W.E. Collison. Handwritten annotation in pencil on verso reads: “Carved ‘hope chest’ sent to New York. The box was carved by -- Luke Watson Skidegate. The photo was taken in the office – not bad for a --”

Bentwood boxes and spoons

Two carved wooden bentwood boxes; one containing seven carved wooden spoons. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “49-5”

Billy Seymour Breaking Trail for Dog Team

Photograph depicts a man in snowshoes leading a line of dogs pulling supplies on a toboggan. The second figure, walking behind dogs, is believed to be a man named Fred Burden. Forest trees in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph reads: "Billy Seymour at toboggan". Billy Seymour was a South Fort George man of First Nations descent, employed by the Hudson's Bay Company, and well-known for his ability and endurance in land travel by foot.

Bridget Moran & Mary John at Cariboo College

Photograph depicts Bridget Moran standing behind Mary John in unknown room. Unidentified woman semi-visible on far right (see item 2008.3.1.19.2). Accompanying photo caption: "Caribou College, Quesnel, March /92".

Bridget Moran & Mary John at First Autographing

Photograph depicts Mary John seated to left of Bridget Moran at book signing table. Copies of 'STONE CREEK WOMAN' displayed in foreground, plants and bookshelves in background. Accompanying photo caption reads: "First Autographing Nov 12/88".

Bridget Moran & Mary John Autographing copies of 'Stoney Creek Woman'

Photograph depicts Mary John seated to left of Bridget Moran at book signing table. Copies of 'STONE CREEK WOMAN' displayed in foreground. Three unidentified individuals stand gathered around table. Bookshelves and computer in background. Accompanying photo caption reads: "Autographing - Woodward's - May 27/89. Taken by David Mah."

Bridget Moran & Mary John Standing in UNBC Courtyard

Photograph depicts Moran wearing regalia and linking arms with Mary John. Stone steps in background. The pair stands in the Agora courtyard at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Photo taken on the day Bridget Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Bridget Moran & Mary John Standing in UNBC Courtyard

Photograph depicts Moran wearing regalia and linking arms with Mary John. Stone steps in background. The pair stands in the Agora courtyard at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Photo taken on the day Bridget Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Bridget Moran Accepting Certificate of Merit

Handwritten annotation on recto: "Bridget Moran receives a Certificate of Merit from Don Sale and Naomi Miller of the B.C. Historical Federation Writing Competition Committee. May 13/89". Moran stands behind microphone, holding award, Don Sale and Naomi Miller on either side.

Bridget Moran at Anglican Church Learning Centre

Moran stands on sidewalk in front of building with signs reading "LEARNING CENTRE" and "ST. PAUL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH". Large iron bell sits in grass in foreground, forest in background. Photo believed to have been taken near Metlakatla Lake, B.C.

Bridget Moran at Metlakatla Lake, BC

Bridget Moran stands on road, unidentified buildings behind on either side. Lake and hills on opposite shore in background. Photo believed to be taken at Metlakatla Lake, B.C. Building on left speculated to be the St. Paul's Anglican Church Learning Centre.

Bridget Moran Autographing Books for Students

Photograph depicts Moran seated amongst standing group of unidentified women. Overhead machine and chalkboard in background. Photograph was taken at session of Aboriginal Women's Training Program at the Cowichan Campus, Malaspina University College, in Duncan B.C.

Bridget Moran in Group Discussion

Photograph depicts Moran seated on far left, in circle of women in classroom. Desk and chalkboard in background. Photograph was taken at session of Aboriginal Women's Training Program at the Cowichan Campus, Malaspina University College, in Duncan B.C.

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