Fonds consists of the records of W. Murray Sadler which are related to the Interior University Society. The Interior University Society was incorporated in 1987 after organizational efforts initiated by Tom Steadman, Bryson Stone and Charles McCaffray. The society’s objectives were to promote the establishment of a university in Prince George, B.C., later to be known as the University of Northern British Columbia. The first president of the society was Prince George lawyer W. Murray Sadler. The Society launched a membership campaign in 1987, retained the services of Dr. Urban Dahllof to undertake a feasibility study, and conducted a survey to determine the support level in northern B.C. for a university. In October, 1988, the society’s proposals and studies were presented to the provincial cabinet. In 1989, an Implementation Planning Group was established, chaired by Horst Sander. The planning group completed its study and reported to the government in December of 1989, recommending a full-status university be established in the north.
Photograph taken in front of the 'icebergs' at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C.
Label affixed to verso reads: “Interim Governing Council 2000: Back Row: Tom Steadman, Hans Wagner, Charlie Lasser, Murray Sadler, Bruce Strachan, Front Row: John Chapman, Margaret Warcup (Dediluke), Anne Martin, Walter Harwood”.
The fonds consists of minutes of executive meetings (1988-1989), Board of Directors meetings (1988-1989), annual general meetings (1988-1989), and a public meeting (1989); administration files including constitution, incorporation documents, and annual financial reports; correspondence, including that of the IUS presidents Elsie Gerdes and W. Murray Sadler and of various IUS committee members, and letters of support; reports, speeches, and records of membership campaigns and various programs of IUS committees; news releases and studies, including briefs to the provincial government; correspondence with the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council relating to the establishment of an Aboriginal Studies Faculty; records and reports of the Implementation Planning Group; clippings; photographs of IUS meetings and activities; and, ephemera.