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.
Map depicts the jurisdictions of the various Indian treaties in existence in 1966, including the boundaries of: no surrenders, exempted-royal proclamation, no valid surrenders, land and hunting rights surrenders, and land surrender only. The whole of Canada is depicted in this map.
Subseries reflects Dr. Ainley's extensive research on indigenous science and traditional knowledge and how it transferred to European settlers in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Much of this research culminated in Dr. Ainley's unfinished monograph project "Re-explorations: new perspectives on gender, environment and the transfer of knowledge in 19th and 20th century Canada and Australia." Material is, predominately, arranged by individual, with files largely consisting of bibliographies, articles and notes about and by the individual on topics related to the environment and interaction with indigenous peoples. Subseries also contains research notes, interviews, and correspondence. As much of Ainley's research focused on women, see subseries on women in science and engineering research (2002.14.1.5) for related materials.
Item consists of the Kohklux map originally created by Chief Chilkaht Kohklux of Tlingit in 1852. This is one of the earliest known maps of the southern Yukon. Map originally inserted into a book about the map.
File consists of research materials concerning First Nations science primarily in the Yukon but also in northern BC, North West Territories, and Native Americans in Alaska. File includes tourism promotional materials from the Yukon and Alaska.