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Ray Williston fonds

  • 2000.13
  • Fonds
  • 1914 - 1999, predominant 1954 – 2001

Fonds consists of photographs, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and memorabilia, correspondence, reports and other textual material. The photographs relate to Mr. Williston’s life from childhood to the late 1990s, the scrapbooks document Mr. Williston’s years in political office, and the textual materials relate to both Mr. Williston’s public life and private interests.

Williston, Ray Gillis


Series consists of photographs relating to Ray Williston's life from childhood to recent times, air photographs of Prince George, photographs of Bangladesh, and a listing of photographs slated for use in Mr. Williston's biography "Forests, power and policy: the legacy of Ray Williston" written by Eileen Williston and Betty Keller.

Ray Williston's christening

Item is a photograph of Ray Williston, born in 1914, sitting on the lap of his maternal grandfather Peter McCalman. Mr. Williston's brother Norman and father Hubert are also in the photograph.

Boy’s Parliament

Item is a photograph of the Boy’s Parliament taken on the steps of the Legislature in Victoria. Mr. Williston is on the left in the second row from the front.

The cook on the summit

Item is a photograph of Gladys Williston sitting at a campfire during her and Mr. Williston’s Hope to Princeton trek in the summer of 1939.

Staff Princeton Schools 1939

Item is a photograph of the elementary and secondary school staff in Princeton in June 1939. Mr. Williston is first on the left in the front row. Bill Lucas (centre front row) and Cecil Ritchie (second from the left back row) also became school superintendents.

Initial training school graduates

Item is a photograph of the graduating class of the Initial Training School in Edmonton in the spring of 1944. Mr. Williston is second from the left in the front row.

Service flying training school

Item is a photograph of graduates of the Service Flying Training school in Calgary taken on October 27, 1944. Ray Williston is third from the left in the front row.

Memos & Letters

File contains miscellaneous memos and letters by and to Mr. Williston in private life.

Memos and Papers

Series consists of one file of miscellaneous memos, correspondence and carbon copies of letters written by and directed to Mr. Williston as a private citizen.


Series consists of miscellaneous addresses and speeches given by Mr. Williston and miscellaneous articles and reports written by Mr. Williston.


Series consists of one file of correspondence between BC Premier W.A.C. Bennett and Mr. Williston.


File contains newspaper clippings, photographs, programmes, cards and other miscellaneous memorabilia relating to Mr. Williston’s public life dated from April 15, 1954 to December 1955.

Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous Ephemera

Series consists of scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings about Mr. Williston’s political career and invitations, programs, menus and other miscellaneous ephemera accumulated by Mr. Williston and his wife in his role as a government minister. Scrapbooks are arranged in chronological order, the first of which is indexed and paginated.

Ray Williston being sworn in as Minister of Education

Item is a photograph of Mr. Williston being sworn as Minister of Education on April 14, 1954. From left: Aide-de-Camp Pennington, Lieutenant-Governor Clarence Wallace, Mrs. Wallace, unknown, Mr. Williston, Premier W.A.C. Bennett and Provincial Secretary Wesley Black.

Memoranda of Agreement

File contains two memorandum of agreements between Birger Strid and Bernard Gore, acting on behalf of Dr. Wenner-Gren and the Government of the Province of British Columbia.

Social Credit Cabinet

Item is a photograph of the Cabinet taken in late February 1956 days before the resignation of Lands & Forests Minister Robert Sommers. From left: Highways Minister P.A. Gaglardi; Education Minister Ray Williston; Trade, Industry & Fisheries Minister R. Chetwynd; Health Minister Eric Martin; Agriculture Minister Ken Kiernan; Premier Bennett; Attorney-General R. Bonner; Provincial Secretary W. Black; Mr. Sommers; Labour Minister L. Wicks and Public Works Minister W. Chant.

Board of Governors BC Centennial Committee

Item is a photograph of the BC Centennial Committee Board of Directors, wearing their centennial blazers, taken with Lieutenant-Governor Frank Ross in 1957. From left: Mr. Williston, Provincial Archivist Willard Ireland, Alderman Bill Orr of Vancouver, Mr. Ross, Deputy provincial secretary Laurie Wallace, Assistant to Mr. Wallace name unknown, Theodore Adams representing BC Municipalities, Minister of Mines Ken Kiernan and UBC Professor Dr. Malcolm McGregor.

Finlay Forks 1

Item is a photograph of Finlay Forks trader Roy McGregor, pilot Ian Watt and British resource development designer Percy Gray in March 1957 after the first leg of Grey’s flight over the Rocky Mountain Trench.


File contains newspaper clippings, a newsletter and an invitation dated from July 16, 1958 to July 18, 1959 and loose newspaper clippings from November 19, 1957 to March 1, 1958, and an envelope of newspaper clippings from The Sun newspaper from June 6th to 12th, 1959 relating to Mr. Williston’s public life.


File contains three maps of the Project area.

Finlay Forks 2

Item is a photograph of Percy Gray and pilot Ian Watt gassing up their plane at Finlay Forks before continuing their survey of the Rocky Mountain Trench in March 1957.

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