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Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds

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Date Range
[1919-2019]
Collection
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
The fonds is arranged into two series, Administrative and Fall Fair, and contains newspaper programs, prize lists, prize tickets, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, newspaper supplements, entry forms, certificate of incorporation and a brief history on the founding of the fair.
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Collection
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Other Title Info
Title based on contents of fonds.
Creator
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association
Fonds No.
AF1
Accession No.
1971.17
1978.5
1983.65
1983.9
1988.1
1994.13
1994.7
2007.3
2020.12
2020.34
2020.6
Physical Description
17.5 cm of textual record, 39 photographs
Date Range
[1919-2019]
History / Biographical
Talk of forming a Bulkley Valley Agricultural Association to oversee the planning of an exhibition began in 1910 (Interior News, May 1910). Various names were used before incorporation, such as: Bulkley Valley Agricultural Association (Interior News, July 27, 1912), Bulkley Valley Agricultural Association and Farmer’s Institute (Omineca Herald, June 7, 1913) and Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition Association (Interior News, June 21, 1919). On July 14, 1919, the Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association was incorporated under the Agricultural Act. The mandate of the Association was to "advance the interests of agriculture and to hold an annual exhibition of agricultural products at Smithers, and to do all such other things the directors may decide for the advancement of the association, the farmers and farming." The first directors of the Association included A. Kilpatrick (President, Smithers), J. G. Wood (Vice-President, Telkwa), and L.B. Warner (Secretary Treasurer, Smithers), George Oulton (Smithers), A. J. Prudhomme (Telkwa), E. C. Barger (Telkwa) and William S. Henry (Smithers) (Interior News, June 21, 1919). Smithers held its first Fall Fair in Albert Park, September 30th, 1919. After several years the Fair became a three-day event, presenting a wide variety of exhibits including agricultural displays, livestock and logging shows, handicraft and homemaking exhibits, stage shows, and a midway. The Fair continues to this day, having been held every year since 1919 except for 1932-1933, 1938-1945, 1950-1952, and 2020.
Scope and Content
The fonds is arranged into two series, Administrative and Fall Fair, and contains newspaper programs, prize lists, prize tickets, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, newspaper supplements, entry forms, certificate of incorporation and a brief history on the founding of the fair.
Arrangement
Records were rearranged in September 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
Subject Access
Bulkley Valley Exhibition
Bulkley Valley Fall Fair
Geographic Access
Bulkley Valley
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Date Range
[1919-2019]
Collection
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
This series contains all records related to the Fall Fair. Records include prize lists, programmes, Interior News supplements, prize tickets, meeting minutes, newspaper supplements, and entry forms.
Collection
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Other Title Info
Title based on series contents.
Creator
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association
Fonds No.
AF1
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
1971.17
1978.5
1983.9
1994.13
1994.7
2007.3
2019.19
2019.20
2019.31
2020.12
2020.34
2020.6
Physical Description
13.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1919-2019]
Scope and Content
This series contains all records related to the Fall Fair. Records include prize lists, programmes, Interior News supplements, prize tickets, meeting minutes, newspaper supplements, and entry forms.
Subject Access
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association
Bulkley Valley Fall Fair
Geographic Access
Bulkley Valley
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
1914
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photo of Smithers' first school class in front of the Methodist Church. The adults, l to r, are school trustee Mr. Karus, teacher Miss Downey, and Methodist pastor Rev. C.E. Batzold. The students are (not in order) Dora Bannister, Harry Darling, Frank Smith, Tom Heisi, Donald Smith, Mae Brooks, Eil…
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Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P7363
Accession No.
unknown
Physical Description
1 photograph
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
1914
History / Biographical
The first formal school classes in Smithers were held in April 1914 in the recently-built Methodist Church, located at the corner of Queen and Broadway streets. The first class held 12 students and was daught by Miss Mary Downey, who later married Fred Watson. The church burned down in December of that year, and classes were held in various buildings until the construction of the Smithers Elementary School in 1915.
Scope and Content
Photo of Smithers' first school class in front of the Methodist Church. The adults, l to r, are school trustee Mr. Karus, teacher Miss Downey, and Methodist pastor Rev. C.E. Batzold. The students are (not in order) Dora Bannister, Harry Darling, Frank Smith, Tom Heisi, Donald Smith, Mae Brooks, Eileen Wilcocks, Grace Brooks, Alice Eggleston, Alice Smith, Mamie Gray and Flo Gray.
Subject Access
Methodist Church
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Notes
Back of the photo identifies Harry Darling as the tallest student (boy on far right) and Alice Eggleston as the girl with the fur boa toward the center of the front row.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images
Date Range
1913-1917
Collection
Gilbert Clarke Killam fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Fonds contains photographs of Smithers during the first four years of its existence as a settlement (1913-1917), taken by Gilbert Clarke Killam. Subjects include people, buildings, street and town views, landscapes/scenery, industry, and special events (plays, concerts, the Fall Fair, etc.)
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Collection
Gilbert Clarke Killam fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Gilbert Clarke Killam
Fonds No.
PF26
Accession No.
1979.7
1980.16
1980.26
1980.9
1981.1
1981.10
1981.13
1981.36
1981.37
1981.8
1982.1
1982.10
1982.19
1982.29
1982.30
1984.7
1985.17
1986.4
1987.1
1987.12
1987.14
1987.31
1988.19
1989.28
1990.210
1990.212
1990.32
1990.72
1992.33
1992.34
1992.9
1995.6
2004.60
2004.61
2004.62
2017.43
2018.2
2018.71
2019.22
Physical Description
276 b&w photographs
Date Range
1913-1917
History / Biographical
Gilbert Clarke Killam was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, on March 6, 1863 to John Killam and Lucy Anne Harris. He married Jennie Mary Sanderson (born in St. Petersberg, Prince Edward Island) in 1891 and together they had three sons: Arthur Sanderson, Gilbert Wallace, and Thomas Harold. The family lived in Pasadena, California for a number of years. Killam listed his trade as “architect.” In 1898, the Killam family moved to Dawson City, Yukon, where Gilbert worked as a Customs Agent while continuing to do some architectural work. From the Yukon, the Killams moved to Vancouver, BC, in 1911 and then to Smithers, BC, when it was first founded in 1913. Killam was active in the Smithers community affairs and served as treasurer of the Smithers Citizens’ Association. He also drafted plans in 1914 for a two-storey building on Main Street for the Gray Jewelry Co., and a home for R.G. Barnett on Second Avenue. Killam lived in Smithers from 1913 to 1917, photographing Smithers in its infancy. Killam used glass plate negatives, most commonly 5 x 7 and 8 x 10 inches in size, printing “Killam” or “G.C.K” on the negative to indicate authorship. In 1917, Killam enlisted in the Canadian Army while his wife, Jennie, remained in Seattle, Washington. He served in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force. Killam was demobilized in 1921, and not much is known about Killam after this time. He appears in the 1921 census in Victoria, BC, without his family, and by 1935, Killam was living in Palm Springs, California. Gilbert Clarke Killam passed away on October 27, 1945.
Custodial History
The original glass plate negatives “disappeared” for a number of years until 1954, when they were discovered in a building used as the post office. They were later given to Smithers' main photographer, Louis Schibli, who donated them to the museum in the 1980s. Various photos taken by Gilbert Clarke Killam were accessioned into the collection and added to this fonds over the years. In July 2020, all photos and albums in the database with Killam listed as the creator were transferred to this fonds. Most of these had previously been in the BVM visual records collection, although the souvenir photo albums (2004.61, containing photos P4534-P4569) had been part of the discrete items collection.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains photographs of Smithers during the first four years of its existence as a settlement (1913-1917), taken by Gilbert Clarke Killam. Subjects include people, buildings, street and town views, landscapes/scenery, industry, and special events (plays, concerts, the Fall Fair, etc.)
Arrangement
This fonds does not have a specific arrangement; photos are listed at item-level and ordered by their P numbers. The two photograph albums (2004.61 and 1992.34) have file-level descriptions, but all of their photos have been removed and listed as individual items.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Notes
Note that there may still be unidentified Killam photos in the collection that have not yet been made part of this fonds (likely due to not having Killam listed as a creator on the database).
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Date Range
1910-2011
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Records in the fonds reflect the functions of the Interior News, which included printing for other businesses, as well as publishing a weekly paper. Records include photographs, promotional materials, cheques, supplements, advertisements, sample circular letterheads, microfilm reels containing the …
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Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Creator
Interior News
Fonds No.
BF5
Accession No.
1981.53
1982.34
2017.130
2017.136
2018.2
2020.34
2020.36
2020.6
2021.1
Physical Description
9 cm of textual records; 82 microfilm reels; 923 photographs; 24 boxes of negatives; 1000+ PDF files
Date Range
1910-2011
History / Biographical
Although it was initially established in 1907 as the newspaper for the nearby community of Aldermere, the Interior News transferred to Smithers in 1915 with Joseph Coyle as the editor. He remained editor until 1918 when the newspaper was sold to Lawrence Beverly (L. B.) Warner (nee Nyland), who published the paper out of his house in Smithers with the help of his wife, Margaret “Peg” Warner. In its initial years, the paper was hand set, five pages long, and cost ten cents. After Warner’s death on February 25, 1940, his wife, Margaret, and son, Kenneth (Ken) Warner, continued to publish the paper. Ken Warner sold the paper to Bill Yorke-Hardy, Keith Marshall, and Gary White, of North Central Press. In 1981, North Central Press sold The Interior News to Black Press, which still owns the paper to this day. For more detailed information, see Finding Aid.
Custodial History
It is unknown when and how exactly the 1910-2007 Interior News microfilm reels, which make up the bulk of this fonds, were donated. They were most likely microfilmed by the BC Archives. They were never given accession numbers. The 2007-2011 Interior News pdfs were donated to the Museum by the Interior News in July 2019. They were also never given accession numbers. Items from 1981.53 were donated to the archives by an unknown donor on August 19, 1981. They were originally processed by J.J. Horne in 1992. Items from 1982.34 were donated by Mary Wood in 1982. Items from 2020.6 were donated to the museum in 2007 by the Interior News and stored in the Old Works Yard building until being removed and processed in April 2020. On May 5th 2020 an accession form for them was signed by Grant Harris of the Interior News. Items from 2020.34 had previously been in the museum’s reference files, but were accessioned and added to fonds in August 2020. Items from 2020.36 and 2021.1 were found while cleaning Room 6 in September 2020-February 2021 and may have been among the items donated by the Interior News in 2007.
Scope and Content
Records in the fonds reflect the functions of the Interior News, which included printing for other businesses, as well as publishing a weekly paper. Records include photographs, promotional materials, cheques, supplements, advertisements, sample circular letterheads, microfilm reels containing the paper’s entire run from 1910 to 2007, and pdf files of the paper’s run from 2007 to 2011.
Arrangement
Fonds is arranged into four series. S1 contains the full run of the Interior News from 1910 to 2011, stored as microfilm and PDF files. S2 contains physical copies of supplements which were published alongside the Interior News. S3 contains ephemera produced by the Interior News, such as letterhead and cheques. S4 contains photographs and negatives which were produced by or submitted to the Interior News.
Subject Access
Interior News
Geographic Access
Bulkley Valley
Smithers, B.C.
Notes
All papers from 1910 to 2007 (minus most supplements) are available on Newspapers.com.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Joseph Allen L'Orsa map and photograph collection

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Date Range
1915-[1998?]
Collection
Joseph Allen L'Orsa map and photograph collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
architectural drawing
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Records reflect Joe L’Orsa’s interest in mining, environmentalism, and local history. Records consist of maps (including Axel Elmsted’s hand drawn maps), architectural drawings, photographs, a report entitled “The Social Effects of Rapid Growth: A Northern Sickness,” and a written history of the Ba…
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Collection
Joseph Allen L'Orsa map and photograph collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
architectural drawing
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Creator
Joseph L'Orsa
Fonds No.
C7
Accession No.
2000.45
2018.24
Physical Description
66+ photographs, 49 maps, 4 architectural drawings, 5 cm textual records
Date Range
1915-[1998?]
History / Biographical
Joseph (Joe) Allen L’Orsa (born March 4, 1939) was a prominent figure in the Bulkley Valley, best known for his environmental activism. He is credited with starting the area’s first environmental group, “Citizens Against Pollution,” which later became known as SPEC (Society for Pollution and Environmental Control). L’Orsa was instrumental in establishing Babine Mountains Provincial Park, and recorded both settler and Witsuwit'en (Wet’suwet’en) histories of the mountain range. He was also active in the Farmer’s Institute, the Hospital Society, and the Smithers Community Services Association, and ran for a seat on the School Board in 1978. Every Christmas he organized and local Christmas musical event which eventually became known as the Joe L’Orsa Coffeehouse, or simply ‘The Joe.’ In his later years L’Orsa worked as a constituency assistant, first for Bill Goodacre and then for former MLA Jackie Pement. He passed away on April 20, 1999 in Smithers, B.C. The Joe L'Orsa Cabin in Babine Mountains Provincial Park was named after him. For more detailed information, see finding aid.
Custodial History
Maps and photographs were collected and created by Joe L’Orsa and eventually passed down to his daughter, Nicole L’Orsa. She donated them to the Bulkley Valley Museum in 2018.
Scope and Content
Records reflect Joe L’Orsa’s interest in mining, environmentalism, and local history. Records consist of maps (including Axel Elmsted’s hand drawn maps), architectural drawings, photographs, a report entitled “The Social Effects of Rapid Growth: A Northern Sickness,” and a written history of the Babine Mountains recreation area. They have been arranged in three series: Maps and architectural drawings (S1), textual records (S2), and Photographs (S3).
Geographic Access
Bulkley Valley
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Date Range
1910-2011
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Series consists of the full run of the Interior News. Papers from 1910 to 2007 are available as microfilm, while papers from 2007 to 2011 are stored digitally as PDF files.
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Creator
Interior News
Fonds No.
BF5
Series No.
S1
Physical Description
82 microfilm reels; 1000+ PDF files
Date Range
1910-2011
Custodial History
It is unknown when and how exactly the 1910-2007 Interior News microfilm reels were donated. They were most likely microfilmed by the BC Archives. They were never given accession numbers. The 2007-2011 Interior News pdfs were donated to the Museum by the Interior News in July 2019. They were also never given accession numbers.
Scope and Content
Series consists of the full run of the Interior News. Papers from 1910 to 2007 are available as microfilm, while papers from 2007 to 2011 are stored digitally as PDF files.
Arrangement
Items are arranged in chronological order.
Subject Access
Interior News
Geographic Access
Bulkley Valley
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1914-1948]
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
File
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
File contains land assessement notices and other financial accounts.
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
File
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
C1
File No.
26
Accession No.
1982.34
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1914-1948]
Scope and Content
File contains land assessement notices and other financial accounts.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
1915-[1998?]
Collection
Joseph Allen L'Orsa map and photograph collection
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series consists of 66+ photographs and postcards depicting people, places, and events throughout the history of Smithers and the surrounding area. Topics include: Axel Elmstead, Bill Bruce, the Cope family, Gordon Harvey’s place, Jack Brewster, Ralph Dieter, the Walter Bucher residence, the Bush Mi…
Collection
Joseph Allen L'Orsa map and photograph collection
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Joseph L'Orsa
Fonds No.
C7
Series No.
S3
Item No.
P1600; P1596; P6030-P6049; P6073-6074; P6194-P6233; P6528
Accession No.
2018.24
Physical Description
66+ photographs
Date Range
1915-[1998?]
History / Biographical
Joseph (Joe) Allen L’Orsa (1939-1999) was a prominent figure in the Bulkley Valley, best known for his environmental activism and community involvement. He is credited with starting the area’s first environmental group, “Citizens Against Pollution,” and establishing Babine Mountains Provincial Park. For more detailed information, see fonds level description or finding aid.
Custodial History
Photos were collected and created by Joe L’Orsa and eventually passed down to his daughter, Nicole L’Orsa. She donated them to the Bulkley Valley Museum in 2018.
Scope and Content
Series consists of 66+ photographs and postcards depicting people, places, and events throughout the history of Smithers and the surrounding area. Topics include: Axel Elmstead, Bill Bruce, the Cope family, Gordon Harvey’s place, Jack Brewster, Ralph Dieter, the Walter Bucher residence, the Bush Mill, downtown Smithers, Driftwood school and its students, Glenwood Hall, Malkow Lookout, the Emil Mesich plane crash, aerial photos taken by the Ministry of Environment, Lands, and Parks, novelty postcards, and more.
Geographic Access
Bulkley Valley
Smithers, B.C.
Notes
Some photos, such as those in File 3 (Cope family), File 5 (Jack Brewster), and File 17 (aerials), appear not to have been scanned or uploaded to the database/online collections. In some cases it seems to be because the photos were not taken in Smithers (ex. Cope family) or possibly because there is a copyright issue (ex. aerials?). Some other photos, such as some of those of Bill Bruce (File 2) seem not to have been scanned because they are identical or very similar to other photos, or were deemed not of value (ex. photos of trees).
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
1905-1983
Collection
Simpson Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series includes photographs of Donald and Mary Simpson, their family and friends, and their mining claims on Hudson Bay Mountain. There is also a printed page with three pictures of the Victory Claim cabin in 1983.
Collection
Simpson Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF36
Series No.
S3
Accession No.
1983.17
2020.39
Physical Description
42 photographs
Date Range
1905-1983
Custodial History
Items in accession 2020.39 were in the ownership of the Simpson family for many years before being donated by Elizabeth Cameron, granddaughter of James Simpson, on October 2nd 2020. Photographs P1290-P1292 had been donated by the Cameron family in 1983. Donation information for photographs P3984-P3989 is unknown.
Scope and Content
Series includes photographs of Donald and Mary Simpson, their family and friends, and their mining claims on Hudson Bay Mountain. There is also a printed page with three pictures of the Victory Claim cabin in 1983.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
1914-1945
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is a paper sign reading "PATRONIZE YOUR LOCAL BARBER - When in Smithers visit Sandy" on both sides.
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Other Title Info
Title based on content.
Fonds No.
C1
Accession No.
2020.3.3
Physical Description
1 card
Date Range
1914-1945
History / Biographical
Sandy Gazely operated a barber shop in Smithers between 1914 and 1945.
Custodial History
Item was donated by Gerry Gebert in November 2019 and accessioned in January 2020.
Scope and Content
Item is a paper sign reading "PATRONIZE YOUR LOCAL BARBER - When in Smithers visit Sandy" on both sides.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
1918-2001
Collection
School District No. 54 fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
sound recording
textual record
Scope and Content
This fonds contains items pertaining to the history of School District No. 54, such as yearbooks, photo booklets, photographs, school newspapers, guest books, ledgers, oral histories, calendars, and editions of the Quarterly 54 newspaper. See series/sous-fonds-level entries for more in-depth descri…
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Collection
School District No. 54 fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
sound recording
textual record
Creator
School District No. 54
Fonds No.
GF3
Accession No.
1981.22
1981.28
1987.19
1990.26
1993.10
1993.15
1999.18
2002.5
2003.9
2004.20
2005.5
2009.66
2012.106
2017.12
2017.123
2017.135
2017.136
2017.18
2017.2
2017.91
2018.89
2019.40
2019.44
2020.10
2020.27
2020.34
2020.36
2020.6
Physical Description
13 cm of textual records; 198 photographs; 59 colour slides; 17 audio cassettes; 2 floppy discs; 156 MB of textual records (PDF/A)
Date Range
1918-2001
History / Biographical
Education in the Bulkley Valley was decentralized for the first half of the 20th century, with each school run by its own board of trustees. The Cameron Report, undertaken by Maxwell A. Cameron of UBC’s Department of Education in the mid-1940s, advised that the province’s 600+ school boards be consolidated into under 100. Thus, all schools in the Bulkley Valley area were consolidated into School District #54 in around 1947. This led to the gradual closing of the small rural schools and the bussing of children to Smithers, Telkwa, and Houston for their education. School District No. 54 covers the communities of Smithers, Witset, Telkwa, Quick, and Houston. As of 2020, it consists of five elementary schools (Telkwa Elementary, Walnut Park Elementary, Twain Sullivan Elementary, Silverthorne Elementary, and Muheim Elementary) and two high schools (Smithers Secondary and Houston Secondary). It formerly included Lake Kathlyn Elementary School and Quick Elementary School as well. The School Board’s office is located in Smithers.
Scope and Content
This fonds contains items pertaining to the history of School District No. 54, such as yearbooks, photo booklets, photographs, school newspapers, guest books, ledgers, oral histories, calendars, and editions of the Quarterly 54 newspaper. See series/sous-fonds-level entries for more in-depth descriptions of contents.
Arrangement
Fonds consists of one series (S1) for the Board of School Trustees and six sous-fonds, each focusing on a different school: Muheim Memorial Elementary (SF1), Smithers Secondary (SF2), Lake Kathlyn Elementary (SF3), Telkwa Elementary (SF4), Glentanna School (SF5), and Quick School (SF6). Sous-fonds for other schools will be added as necessary. In addition, sous-fonds 1 (Muheim Memorial Elementary) has a photograph (P) series.
Geographic Access
Bulkley Valley
Glentanna, B.C.
Lake Kathlyn, B.C.
Quick, B.C.
Smithers, B.C.
Telkwa, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Date Range
1905-1983
Collection
Simpson Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
This fonds contains written records, maps, photographs and a painting created by and/or related to Donald and Mary Simpson of Smithers, in particular their mining operations on Hudson Bay Mountain. It includes correspondence, reports, maps, and claim records regarding the Victory and Empire mines, …
Collection
Simpson Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Fonds No.
PF36
Accession No.
1983.17
1983.56
2020.39
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records, 4 maps, 42 photographs, 1 painting
Date Range
1905-1983
History / Biographical
Donald Cameron Simpson was born in Scotland in 1871 and immigrated to Canada with his family at age 14. In the early 1900s he and his brother James began working on the Victory and Empire mining claims on Hudson Bay Mountain. He married English immigrant Mary Smith (b. 1871) in 1915 and they moved to Smithers shortly afterwards. The couple continued to operate their mines throughout the 1920s and the first half of the 1930s. Donald died in 1936 and Mary moved to Vancouver in 1954, where she died four years later. The Empire claim was sold, but the Victory claim remained in the family until 2019.
Custodial History
Items in accession 2020.39 were in the ownership of the Simpson family for many years before being donated by Elizabeth Cameron, granddaughter of James Simpson, on October 2nd 2020. They were entered into the newly-created Simpson Family fonds on October 6th 2020. The photocopied memoirs from accession 1983.56, as well as photographs P1290-P1292 (1983.17) and P3984-P3989, were retroactively added to the Simpson Family fonds on October 6th. The memoirs had originally been donated by Cameron Bordon in 1983 and were part of the BVM discrete item collection. Photographs P1290-P1292 had been donated by the Cameron family in 1983.
Scope and Content
This fonds contains written records, maps, photographs and a painting created by and/or related to Donald and Mary Simpson of Smithers, in particular their mining operations on Hudson Bay Mountain. It includes correspondence, reports, maps, and claim records regarding the Victory and Empire mines, a handwritten mineral information reference book, several poems and a story written by Donald Simpson, memoirs and a painting by Mary Simpson, a 1945 Municipal Land Assessment and 1958 Demolition Agreement for the Simpsons’ home, and photographs of the Simpsons, their extended family, and their mining claims.
Arrangement
The fonds has been arranged into three series: S1) Mining Records, containing documents and maps relating to the Victory and Empire Mines, S2) Personal Materials, containing records relating to the Simpsons’ home as well as personal writings and art by the Simpsons, and S3) Photographs, containing photos of the Simpsons, their extended family, and their mining claims.
Geographic Access
Hudson Bay Mountain
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
January 27, 1914
Collection
Alfred Smithers, scrapbook pieces
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is a bulletin about the progress taking in place in Smithers, B.C. and in British Columbia in general.
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Collection
Alfred Smithers, scrapbook pieces
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
C1
File No.
File 84
Item No.
1992.1.13
Accession No.
1992.1
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
January 27, 1914
Scope and Content
Item is a bulletin about the progress taking in place in Smithers, B.C. and in British Columbia in general.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Date Range
December 1917 - February 1919
Collection
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Collection
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
BF2
Series No.
S1
File No.
File 3
Item No.
1971.35.2
Accession No.
1971.35
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
December 1917 - February 1919
Subject Access
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
December 1919 - September 1920
Collection
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Collection
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
BF2
Series No.
S1
File No.
File 1
Item No.
1971.35.1
Accession No.
1971.35
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
December 1919 - September 1920
Subject Access
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
October 1914 - February 1920
Collection
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Collection
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
BF2
Series No.
S1
File No.
File 2
Item No.
1971.35.3
Accession No.
1971.35
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
October 1914 - February 1920
Subject Access
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Description
Metal wrench. One end has one head that is 2.8cm wide, the other end has two heads, each approximately 2cm wide. "G70" stamped on one side.
Title
Madison Plow Company G70 Implement Wrench
Manufacturer
Madison Plow Company
Other Names
farm wrench
implement wrench
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
AGRICULTURE TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Place Of Manufacture
Madison
United States
Wisconsin
Start Date
1910
End Date
1951
Period or Date Notes
Dates based on Madison Plow Company operations, as per http://www.historicmadison.org/Madison%27s%20Past/Places/Walking%20Tours/IndustrialTour2.html (accessed November 2017).
Description
Metal wrench. One end has one head that is 2.8cm wide, the other end has two heads, each approximately 2cm wide. "G70" stamped on one side.
History Of Use
G70 wrench is listed in Madison Plow Company for their wood and steel frame transplanters, cultivators, planters, and disc harrows. It is only one of two wrenches that have been attributed to the Madison Plow Company. (Source: http://www.wrenchingnews.com/sell-page/sell.html, accessed November 2017).
Length
18.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
2017.118.1
Type of Record
Museum Artifact

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