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Northern BC Ephemera Collection
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Barkerville ephemera

File consists of: Barkerville Historical Park pamphlet (1961?) Postcard of St. Saviour's Church, Barkerville, "one of BC's oldest churches" (2 Aug. 1964) An informational booklet about St. Saviour's Church, Barkerville (2 Aug. 1964) Theatre Royal, Barkerville playbill (2 Nov. 1966) Theatre Royal, "The Legend of Fanny Bendixon" playbill (1983) Barkerville Schedule of Events (1983)

Ellesmere Island Expedition clippings

File consists of eight newspaper clippings, seven of which are a series of articles on the findings of the Oxford University Ellesmere Land Expedition, with the eighth being a photograph of the Expedition’s winter quarters in Etah, Greenland. Five of the articles were written by the expedition leader, Mr. Noel Humphreys and the other two were written by members of the Expedition, Mr. Moore and Mr. Haig-Thomas. The articles were originally published in the “Times” of London but the clippings appear to be from the “New Zealand Herald”.

Humphreys, Noel

Port Essington, B.C.

Consists of copies of lot plans, a blueprint of the townsite of Port Essington, and an article on Port Essington from the 15 November 1984 edition of the Prince Rupert Daily News.

Plan of Port Essington

Plan of Port Essington consists of an architectural plan for the townsite of Port Essington compiled from plans in Land Registry and described as Composite Plan 537 (originally deposited October 17th 1893). Depicts Skeena River, Hocsal River, individual lots and streets, the B.C. Fishing and Packing Co. Ltd., a graveyard, and the Anglo British Columbia Packing Co.

Stone Creek Hotel

Stone Creek Hotel was a motel in Stoner, BC, located 23 miles south of Prince George. File consists of: 1962 Stone Creek Hotel calendar Correspondence from Roy and Lorraine Santics, owners of Stone Creek Hotel, to family members Photograph of Santics family Empty Stone Creek Hotel matchbook Stone Creek Lodge drink coaster Stone Creek Hotel ashtray
*Clipping ad for the Stone Creek Hotel
Some of the items in this file contain imagery of vintage "pin-up girls".

Port Essington: A Town Remembered

"Port Essington: A Town Remembered" consists of copies of 4 black & white photographs of Port Essington, taken in October 1984 by Nancy Robertson, and published on page 13 of the 15 November 1984 edition of The Daily News, Prince Rupert's newspaper. The page caption reads as follows : "Port Essington : a town remembered - These photos are from an aging Port Essington taken in the fall month of October by photographer Nancy Robertson. Once a thriving community, Port Essington stands derelict at a Skeena estuary with only occasional visitors."

Gwen Abram manuscript chapter

Item is two photocopied chapters from Gwen Abram's biographical manuscript entitled "Bone to Soup: A Memoir by Gwen Abram". The chapters are titled "Wood and Snow: Adventures in Prince George; Walls Come Tumbling Down" and "Fun at College: Prince George college sit-in".

John McCormick Cariboo Letter January 31, 1869

Item consists of a letter written by John McCormick to a person named James; it is not made clear if James is a friend or relative. In both his letter to James, John McCormick makes several references to Victoria. His familiarity with Victoria suggests that he may have travelled from Victoria to Barkerville to mine for gold. In his letters to James, John McCormick describes having no money and living under poor conditions. He mentions the great fire that swept through Barkerville and that he lost nothing due to its distance from his house. McCormick also mentions that the Indians are dying quickly of Small Pox in Victoria.

Prince George & Vanderhoof musical performance ephemera

File consists of music programs, brochures, and news clippings from performances in Prince George and Vanderhoof. Some of the concerts were organized by the Prince George and District Drama and Music Association, the Prince George Concert Association, the Prince George Concert Group, the Prince George Cantata Singers, Alaska Music Trail, Overture Concert Association, and the Nechako Community Arts Council.

Peace River Power brochure

Item is a BC Hydro brochure promoting hydroelectric power projects in the Peace River area. Includes information about the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, the Portage Mountain Generating Station, the Williston Lake reservoir, and employment statistics relating to the projects from 1968.

CP Rail Ferry Services pamphlet

Item is a Canadian Pacific Railway "CP Rail" pamphlet for ferry services in British Columbia for the following locations: Vancouver, Nanaimo, Seattle, Victoria, and Port Angeles. Also advertises an "Alaska cruise" on the Princess Patricia from Vancouver to Skagway, with stops at Prince Rupert, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Juneau, and Bartlett Cove.

John McCormick Collection

Collection consists of two letters written by John McCormick to a friend describing his experiences in Barkerville and the gold mining conditions on Williams Creek.

McCormick, John

Alaska Highway seasonal greeting card

Item is a printed seasonal greeting card. Includes a printed image of an Alaskan Highway view from Dawson Creek and an outline map of the Alaska Highway. Printed card inscription states "Major and Mrs. C.C. Clitheroe Rae Pauline and David Charles Send Greeting and Best Wishes for Christmas 1944 and the New Year 1945".

Queen Charlotte Islands ephemera

File consists of: 1961 Letter of appointment for Walter George Freshwater (1929-2014) to be Manager at the Queen Charlotte City branch of CIBC 1961 CIBC pamphlet for the Queen Charlotte City branch Queen Charlotte Islands Telephone Directory (15 April 1961) Queen Charlotte Islands Chamber of Commerce By-laws (ca. 1961)

Archaeo Research Ltd. reports

File consists of digital scans of the following reports regarding indigenous land use:

  • Archeo Tech Associates. "An Aboriginal Sustenance Impact Assessment of the Quesnel River Gold Development Project, near Quesnel, B.C.". Prepared for the Mine Review and Permitting Branch, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. December 1993.
  • Archeo Tech Associates. "An Aboriginal Sustenance Impact Assessment of the Kemess South Gold-Copper Project: A Status Report". Prepared for El Condor Resources Ltd. September 1995.
  • John Dewhirst and Archaeo Research Ltd. "Tsilhqot'in Use and Occupancy of the Xeni Gwet'in Claim Area, 1793-1864". Prepared for Chief Roger William, Xeni Gwet'in First Nation Government and Woodward & Company. 4 August 2005.

Placer mining in British Columbia ephemera

File consists of items found within the book "Placer Mining in British Columbia" (1931), which now resides in our Special Collections: Photograph depicting a creek within a extensive mountain range. Handwritten annotation in upper right corner reads: “Cassiar Yukon Properties Quartz Creek” and an arrow pointing downwards towards a creek (2 copies) Photograph depicting rocky valley. Handwritten annotation along top and bottom of recto reads: “600’ Channel; Wing Pit” Telegram from A.J. Marion to Joseph T. Mandy sent from Telegraph Creek, BC, on May 17 (1968?) re: mining start dates in Dease lake, Lower Post and McDames 6 scraps of paper with handwritten mining notes
*“Mining in focus” by Bruce Ramsey, 1968 handwritten notes

Port Essington, BC

Consists of a black & white copy of an artwork depicting a street of Port Essington. Two identifiable buildings along the street are the Hotel Essington and a church.

Northern BC Ephemera Collection

  • 2001.1
  • Collectie
  • 1869-2005

Collection consists of accumulated material relating to Northern BC. This material includes unpublished grey literature, discrete textual records with limited provenance, and other ephemeral items.