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Cartographic Material
2000.1.2 · Série · 1952 - 1972
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

The Cartographic Materials series consists of maps, plans, schematics and blueprints documenting a wide variety of subject areas pertaining to both the operation of the Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd., and the company township of Cassiar, B.C.

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Accidents and Incidents
2000.1.1.3.01 · Dossiê/Processo · [ca. 1971 - 1991]
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

File contains images relating to Incident & Accident Investigations and Occurrences. The photographs are grouped into sets relating to separate incidents.

File contains photographs related primarily to the following subject areas: personnel vehicle accidents, mine vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, fires, and rock falls in the pit mine.

Identified objects include Euclid ore hauling trucks, Wabco ore haulage trucks, drill rigs, derailed train car, Clark forklift, dump trucks, twisted steel girder, and cat machine.

Locations identified include the townsite, mill building, pit mine, tramline, railroad, the powerhouse, the plantsite, and the underground mine.

The following is abbreviated description of the incidents documented in this file:

  • Photos and negatives of a rock slide in the pit mine, a flooding creek, a house severely damaged by fire, a parking lot in Cassiar, and what are speculated to be oil drums.
  • Various of Finning Tractor and equipment damage incidents, one occurred on 2 July 1981 because of HOS blade, another in Nov, 1987, and another in Oct. 1986. Also Euclid accidents, of which one occurred 29 May 1987
  • Photos of split fibre bags in snow, a damaged brown car in Cassiar parking lot, various Blast Hole Drill accidents, of which one occurred in pit in September 1985, and another planned blast that failed to detonate - powergel 'A' slurry failure on 10 June 1985.
  • a derailed train, and a young woman measuring damaged steel trellis.
  • Photos of Drill #707 fallen over in bank, a broken haulage truck, a fire damaged truck, and of Drill and Wzbco accident, #650 Haulage Truck accident on Oct. 24, 1990, and another accident near gas pump area involving truck on 5 Feb. 1987.
  • Photos of damaged tramline after avalanche with annotated envelope "Bill Zemenchick", a set of photos showing tramline trackrope incident in 1986, and a derailed tramline carts in discharge area on 6 October 1986.
  • Photos of Pressure Packer Accumulator Failure from the Plantsite in 1986, incident neraby Fibre Storage building involving #872 Forklift during 80s, another incident involving the #489 Hydraulic Shovel in the Mine during 80s.
  • Photos of broken windshield and overloaded bucket on 30 April 1985, a screw gun malfunction caused by outlet having 600v power source in 1985, incident caused injury.
  • Photos of "G" conveyor accident in April 1988, equipment damage in Underground mine in 1990, damaged screens in Mill, malfunctioning blade incident 11 Jan. 1992.
  • Photos of Cat Engine cracking, damaged garbage truck, Haulage Truck engine failure on 27 Oct. 1986, Truck #84 backed into trench on 17 Oct. 1990, a loader that caught fire 21 June 1989, a grader accident on 21 Nov. 1985, and Haul track #59 broken tie rod that caused significant equipment damage.
  • Photos of a fuel oil spill on 11 June 1990 in the Cassiar valley around plantsite.
  • Photos of ground failure in Cassiar open pit 22 June 1988, 5 May 1987, and 2 Sept. 1987.
  • Photos of damaged tires and damaged cart, a panfeeder accident in trench, shovel accidents on 6 March 1986 and 15 November 1986, Cylinder rod accident on 7 March 1986, manhole incident 9 April 1984, snow damage to building 29 March 1982, another loader engine fire on 3 Sept. 1987, and a broken tail light on 6 April 1988.
  • Photos of accident in Underground mine when drilling piece of shotcrete fell on 20 June 1991, incident of disconnecting sling from chute causing damage on 4 July 1990, and accident in open pit of machinery going off road on 14 January 1988.
  • Photos of Mine Garage Parts-room fire collection; 18 January 1986, also included are two photographs of a Euclid truck - kept with collection of context. Truck could have been used to transport debris.
  • Important collection of three photographs of scoop tram sabotage incident - "foul play" on 15 June 1990. The Scoop tram was used in the underground mine.

Some of the above accidents involved personnel and therefore access is restricted - See Archivist for accessibility.

Drill Bit Testing
2000.1.1.3.02 · Dossiê/Processo · 1978
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

File contains photographs depicting close view of drill bits used in the Cassiar mine. The photos were taken for documentary purposes during an evaluation procedure in which the bits were tested and compared. 32 of the photos are adhered to three reports containing detailed analysis of the condition and function of the drill bits used. Reports were addressed to "E. Komperdo / Assist. Mine Superintendent, Production," and were sent by "Bob Clark / Industrial Engineer" and "E. Isaaks / Engineer Trainee." All of the photos are heavily annotated on verso and recto, often documenting the date, bit number, drilling depth, and notes on general condition.

Trailer Service
2000.1.1.3.03 · Dossiê/Processo · Nov. 1975 - Aug. 1976
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

File contains 20 slides date stamped between July and August 1976 and annotated “TRAILER SERVICE SUMMER 1976", depicting the construction and renovation of a mobile home, excavations, and structures believed to be wells or water boxes. File also contains 9 additional slides with no annotations, depicting mobile home and houses in winter. These 9 images are associated with materials dated Nov. – Dec. 1976 and it is likely that these photographs were taken in the winter of 1975-1976.

2000.1.1.3.04 · Dossiê/Processo · [ca. 1978]
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

File contains 6 slide presentations depicting training material for the operation of a P&H excavator published by the Harnischfeger Institute. The presentations depict an introduction to excavator controls and techniques for proper hoist motion, proper swing motion, concerning haulage units, proper propel motion, and proper crowd motion.

Cassiar Aerial Photographs
2000.1.1.3.13 · Dossiê/Processo · 1950 - 1992
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photographs depict aerial views of the Cassiar townsite, plantsite, tailings pile, mine road, bench and pit mine, mine buildings (tramline loading station, crusher, shop, and garage), and surrounding mountain range. Here "aerial" refers to photos depicting a large area and taken from the air or from a high point of elevation.

Waste in Mine Valley
2000.1.1.3.13.12 · Item · 25 October 1965
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts large swath of dark waste down mountainside to right of valley. The waste dump is believed to be visible at top of swath on right of image. Bench mining visible on the North and South peak in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Oct. 25 / 65 4:25 PM."

Townsite, Mill, & Ore Storage 1958
2000.1.1.3.13.01 · Item · 1958
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

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.

Mine, South East View from Airplane
2000.1.1.3.13.40 · Item · 1978
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts the Cassiar mine, switchback road in foreground, mountain range in background. Pit is visible behind the West peak. The new mine garage can be seen on West peak just above "#7 switchback" in centre of image.

Mine, South East View from Airplane
2000.1.1.3.13.42 · Item · 1978
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts the Cassiar mine, switchback road in foreground, mountain range in background. Pit is visible behind the West peak. The new mine garage can be seen on West peak just above "#7 switchback" in centre of image. Photograph was taken from the air, portion of plane visible in top left of image.

Mine, South East View from Airplane
2000.1.1.3.13.43 · Item · 1978
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts the Cassiar mine, switchback road in foreground, mountain range in background. Pit is visible behind the West peak. The new mine garage can be seen on West peak just above "#7 switchback" in centre of image.

Mine, East View from Airplane
2000.1.1.3.13.45 · Item · 1978
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts the Cassiar mine, switchback road in foreground, mountain range in background. Pit is visible to right of West peak. The new mine garage can be seen on West peak just above "#7 switchback" in centre of image.

Mine, North View from Airplane
2000.1.1.3.13.53 · Item · 1978
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts the Cassiar mine above valley, north mountain range in background. Tramline station and crushing plant visible to west of pit. Photograph was taken from the air, portion of plane visible in top left of image.

West Peak from Airplane
2000.1.1.3.13.54 · Item · 1978
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts the West peak of the Cassiar mine, pit partially visible below. Drill visible in left foreground at highest elevation of mine, north west mountain range in background.

Men & Bulldozer on Mining Bench
2000.1.1.3.15.01 · Item · 1953
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts two men standing on mining bench in mountainside, three boxes and what appears to be a long hose to the left. Third man and tractor plow can be seen in distance at end of bench. Photo caption next to printed copy of image in 1953 Annual Report: "Benches being prepared for mining."

Two Men in Mine
2000.1.1.3.15.05 · Item · [ca. 1955]
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts two unidentified men at high elevation on mountain. Trucks and tanks visible in background, hose (possibly of air track drill) in right foreground. Mountain range in background.

Dozer on Cliff
2000.1.1.3.15.11 · Item · [ca. 1958]
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts unknown man driving bulldozer on edge of mine area at high elevation. The dozer is an International model TD24 (manufactured between 1947 and 1955). A second man stands on edge of cliff, directing driver. Mountain range in background.

Two Dozers on Cliff
2000.1.1.3.15.12 · Item · [ca. 1958]
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts unknown men driving bulldozers on edge of mine area at high elevation. Dozers are Internationals, model TD24 (manufactured between 1947 and 1955). Mountain range in background.

Dozer on Cliff, Close View
2000.1.1.3.15.14 · Item · [ca. 1958]
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts unknown man driving bulldozer near edge of mine area at high elevation. Dozer is an International model TD24 (manufactured between 1947 and 1955). Valley and mountain range in background.

Shovel & Haul Trucks
2000.1.1.3.15.15 · Item · [ca. 1958]
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts cable-operated shovel loading Kenworth haul truck on road in mine area at high elevation. Pickup truck in background, four unidentified men are gathered around second Kenworth truck in foreground. Valley and mountain range in distance.

Old Mine Garage
2000.1.1.3.15.19 · Item · [1962?]
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts bulldozers, car, and fuel tanks in front of two-door garage on edge of mine area. Unidentified machinery can be seen behind garage. Mine valley crosses midground, western mountain range in background. What appears to be framing measurements are annotated on verso.

Waste Stripping Operations
2000.1.1.3.15.21 · Item · 1961
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts benches of Cassiar's open mine. Men can be seen standing near machinery speculated to be blasthole drills in bottom left of image. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Waste Stripping Operations on McDame Mt. Ore Mining in lower right Corner.", on verso: "1961".

International Harvester Payhauler Dumping Waste
2000.1.1.3.15.24 · Item · 1961
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts ore haul truck at dump in mine, mountain range in background. Photo also features driver and a second unidentified man standing in front of truck. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Int. Harvester Payhauler Model 95 dumping stripping waste at 6565 Elevation", on verso: "1961".

Tramline
2000.1.1.3.17 · Dossiê/Processo · [ca. 1955] - 1977
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

File contains photographs featuring the tramline at Cassiar which ran from the crushing plant at the mountain mine to the plantsite in the valley (a drop of 427 meters). The first ore was originally transported by truck to the plant until the gravity chute was built in 1953. This chute was replaced with the first aerial tramline model in 1956, which was succeeded by the second model in 1975. This file also includes one photo of the original gravity chute, and one photo depicting a tramline worker.

Additionally there is a collection of eighteen photographs of tramline cars that were being surveyed for damage and condition, and another collection of six photographs of tramline study. The results of this study determined that there was variances in load sizes of the buckets caused by extra material falling off the panfeeder.

North View of Tramline from Valley
2000.1.1.3.17.009 · Item · 1962
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts tramline in a strip cleared of trees on McDame Mountain, bucket in foreground. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "#2 SECTION LOOKING NORTH". Photograph was glued to cardboard backing with the annotation: "1962".

Plantsite
2000.1.1.3.18 · Dossiê/Processo · 1953 - 1989
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

This file contains operations at the plantsite:
Below is synopsis of the item level descriptions (see each item for further description)

  • locations depicted at Plantsite: mill building, dry rock storage building, tailings pile, gravel pit, power house, and office.
  • delivery and installation of a Caterpillar engine, welding repairs underway on a Rustin Diesel Engine in the power house, staff portrait taken by the main office building, and fibre testing
    Not done to item level but integrated into subseries file:
  • Photographic negatives included depict milling and packaging machinery in the mill building.
  • 93 slides depicting various activities and equipment at the plantsite including: dry rock storage, screens, collectors, loading trucks, bagging, pallets, tailing pile, lab work by engineers, lab equipment, fibre testing, and fibre samples.
  • photographs of conveyor foundations, tailings equipment, Grizzly truck, containers from site mechanical inspection, and portable crushing plant in June 1991.
  • photos of fibre samples from lab - on display
  • collection of photos of 1970 Mill modification Program of April 1978
  • collection of photos from 1961 and 1962 of plantsite lab and asbestos samples. file labeled "Suter - Webb VU Graph Analysis" and "Suter - Webb and Turner Comb Analysis"
  • Pressure Packer modification photos done by Chapman Industries in 1986
  • Powerhouse equipment from 1979
  • additional 43 slides of inside the mill in June 1978. Slides were used at a board meeting.
  • negatives of inside of mill
  • A photo album of 162 photographs depicting various operations at the plantsite including: drill dust collector, outdoor surroundings, conveyors, and the mine site. (album was originally labelled "Cassiar Plantsite).
Infrared dryer
2000.1.1.1.10 · Dossiê/Processo · 1963
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Two large black and white prints of infrared dryers annotated on recto "Thompson Pipe and Steel Company Bulk Material Dryers Van Dorn Iron Works Company" and bearing on verso the ink stamp of a photographer from Cleveland, Ohio.

Russian Mine Tour
2000.1.1.1.13 · Dossiê/Processo · [between 1951 and 1992]
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photographic negatives depict men on tour in unknown locations in Russia. Images depict urban areas, mining areas, construction of buildings, railway, mineral samples, and equipment including dump truck and electric shovel. Also includes images of area speculated to be a mine pit. Men on tour are dressed in formal attire.

Handwritten annotation in pencil on envelope containing negatives: "Russian 'Asbest' Mine Slides" "7 copies of each - 23 negatives - 161 prints".

Dry Rock Storage Construction
2000.1.1.2.12 · Dossiê/Processo · 1953 - 1958
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

This file contains photographs of the construction of the dry rock storage building in 1953. The two photographs included in this collection depict the trusses of the building during construction.

View of Crusher Construction Site from Above
2000.1.1.2.2.13 · Item · 1963
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Men can be seen working on site, building tools and supplies scattered throughout. Handwritten caption beside this photo reads: "View showing various levels of foundations". A chute of some kind extends from high level to men near bottom. Dirt road at site, and tree-covered valley can be seen in background. Construction of a long structure near the edge of the excavation area can be seen in midground; this is believed to be conveyor "B".

Work Crew Eating Outside in Cold Weather
2000.1.1.2.2.25 · Item · 1963
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Handwritten caption beside this photo reads: "Work crew eating in open at 10˚ below zero, evicted from Lunchroom, due to damage to, from falling rock." Men are shown sitting in snow. Various metal materials in foreground, snow-covered mountainside in background. It is believed that power lines are also visible in background.

Blasthole Drill
2000.1.1.2.2.35 · Item · 1963
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Four construction workers stand to left of blasthole drill number "604" among many empty cardboard boxes. Mountain range can be seen in background.

Lowering Crusher Pinion into Place
2000.1.1.2.2.39 · Item · 1963
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Handwritten caption beside this photo reads: "Placing Crusher Pinion; Pitman; weight approx. 20 tons". Man stands on top of a very tall, red peice of equipment believed to be a crusher pitman. Boom of crane is visible in foreground, and two other men stand on a high level of the crusher building. Crusher foundations, an unidentified building, and mountain in background.

Erecting Steel Framework of Crusher Building
2000.1.1.2.2.41 · Item · 1963
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Handwritten caption beside this photo reads: "Erection of steel framework of Building". Red rectangular equipment stands enclosed in wood frame, which is also being enclosed in the much larger steel frame of the crusher building. Men are working on site, and boom of traveler crane can be seen on right. Other buildings at crusher plant are visible at top of mountain in background.

View of Bin and Pan Feeder
2000.1.1.2.2.44 · Item · 1963
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Handwritten caption beside this photo reads: "View of Bin and Pan Feeder". Interior view of crusher building. A square, snow-covered object is being lowered by crane into building.

Construction Workers on Top of Crusher Building
2000.1.1.2.2.47 · Item · 1963
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph depicts the steel sheeting of the crusher building underway. Three men stand on platform suspended by cables close to roof of crusher building. Three other men can be seen working on the roof of the building, one walking, one sitting, one lying on his stomach very close to the edge. All are wearing safety gear. Cassiar mountain range in background.

Conveyor "B" & Propane Tank from Below
2000.1.1.2.2.50 · Item · 1963
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Handwritten caption beside this photo reads: "Conveyor 'B' from below, & Propane Tank." Conveyor sits on tall steel framework and encased in steel sheeting, elevated over gravel area and propane tank. Conveyor structure stands to right of snow-covered slope. It is believed that the crusher building stands in background.

Propane Tank & Completed Conveyor "B"
2000.1.1.2.2.52 · Item · 1963
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Conveyor sits on tall steel framework, encased in steel sheeting, and stands to right of snow-covered slope. Propane tank sits on log structure below conveyor. Snowy mountains in background. See also item 2000.1.1.2.373. Handwritten caption below this photo reads: "Project completed - at 52˚ temp."

First Mill
2000.1.1.2.03 · Dossiê/Processo · 1964
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Photograph collection of early mill construction. Various annotations note retaining ribs, pouring ribs, pouring retaining walls, the west wall, steel work, transformer house, and furnace pad.

Retaining Wall at Crusher Site
2000.1.1.2.03.05 · Item · 9 July 1964
Parte de Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. fonds

Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "RETAINING WALL POUR JULY 9/64." Photograph depicts construction workers among machinery near retaining wall under conveyor of crusher building. Crane stands on left, front end loader and back hoe tractor in foreground on right. Mountainside in background.