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Alexander Roy McDonell

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Date Range
[1910-1960]
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Records primarily reflect McDonell’s time as a Fisheries Inspector and include correspondence, newspaper clippings, receipts, tax records and photographs. This series also includes records collected by McDonell, which pertain to his son, John Donald McDonell. These records include photographs and c…
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF12
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
1984.3
1990.105
2009.22
2017.5
2017.46
Physical Description
12.5 cm of textual records
11 b&w photographs
Date Range
[1910-1960]
History / Biographical
Alexander Roy McDonell (Jr.) was born in Orillia, Ontarion on January 2nd, 1885, to parents Alexander Roy McDonell (Sr.) and Catherine Campbell. While McDonell first worked as a teacher in Ontario, he decided to move west to pursue other career options, moving to Hazelton, B.C., around 1910. Once in Hazelton, McDonell played for the Hazelton Hockey Team (1912-1913) and coached the Hazelton Baseball Team (1913), while also working as a timekeeper for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway near Hazelton. He later pursued work as a prospector, working in the Rocher de Boule Mine. He returned to Ontario briefly to marry his fiancée, Nellie Geneveive Cavanagh (born January 4, 1886) and together they moved back to Hazelton, B.C. On August 21, 1921, their son John (aka Jack) Donald McDonell was born. On June 8, 1923, the McDonells prematurely lost their daughter, May Geneveive McDonell, one day after her birth. Nellie passed away shortly after, leaving Roy to raise his then two-year old son, John. Thus, McDonell asked his sister, Margaret, a music teacher, to move to Hazelton to help care for his son. Roy McDonell was heavily involved in the local sports teams, coaching hockey teams and umpiring baseball games. He also worked as a fisheries inspector for the Department of Fisheries in Smithers, B.C. until his retirement around 1948. In May 16, 1943, McDonell’s son, John, was killed in a flying accident while serving as a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F.) in Scotland. On January 1, 1963, McDonell passed away in Smithers, B.C.
Scope and Content
Records primarily reflect McDonell’s time as a Fisheries Inspector and include correspondence, newspaper clippings, receipts, tax records and photographs. This series also includes records collected by McDonell, which pertain to his son, John Donald McDonell. These records include photographs and correspondence. Photographs depict Roy and John together, John in the R.C.A.F. and John’s funeral and grave.
Arrangement
Files 10 and 11 held numerous receipts kept by Roy McDonell. Considering the repetition of purchases and volume of such records, a sample of was taken and the rest destroyed. As well, files 10 and 11 contain tax records related to properties held in Mary McDonell’s name. However, these are arranged under Roy McDonell as the records seem to have been collected and held by him.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Allan Kilpatrick

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Date Range
[1920-1929; 1954]
Collection
Kilpatrick Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series includes items collected by or pertaining to Allan Kilpatrick. Records include correspondence from Norman Smithers (son of Alfred Smithers), savings account booklets, and items pertaining to the Smithers Hall Company, Limited, including a financial statement and share certificate.
Collection
Kilpatrick Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF20
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
1997.51
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
1 photograph
Date Range
[1920-1929; 1954]
Scope and Content
Series includes items collected by or pertaining to Allan Kilpatrick. Records include correspondence from Norman Smithers (son of Alfred Smithers), savings account booklets, and items pertaining to the Smithers Hall Company, Limited, including a financial statement and share certificate.
Notes
In one of the savings account booklets, “Royal Bank of Canada” is stamped over the originally printed “Union Bank of Canada.” This is because in 1925 the Union Bank merged with the Royal Bank of Canada.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Audiovisual material

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Date Range
[1990s?]
Collection
Bulkley Valley Museum fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
This series contains two video cassettes: one with an episode of the Skeena Journal featuring the Bulkley Valley Museum, and one with a film and slideshow of the “Building the Railway” summer program.
Collection
Bulkley Valley Museum fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bulkley Valley Museum
Fonds No.
OF1
Series No.
S9
Accession No.
2018.15
Date Range
[1990s?]
Custodial History
All items were transferred from the Bulkley Valley Museum's internal files into the OF1 fonds.
Scope and Content
This series contains two video cassettes: one with an episode of the Skeena Journal featuring the Bulkley Valley Museum, and one with a film and slideshow of the “Building the Railway” summer program.
Subject Access
Bulkley Valley Museum
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Business Records

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Date Range
[1896-1935]
Collection
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston sous-fonds
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Scope and Content
Records primarily pertain to a multitude of mining companies and groups Campbell-Johnston compiled reports for in a number of mining divisions across British Columbia, including: Groundhog Mountain Coal Lands, Omineca, Kamloops, Nelson, Slocan, Yale, New Westminister, Quatsino, Vancouver, Similkame…
Collection
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston sous-fonds
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Fonds No.
PF9 SF1
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
1985.6
1985.25
1990.113
1990.135
1990.140
1990.209
Physical Description
74 cm of textual records
178 photographs
cartographic materials
Date Range
[1896-1935]
Scope and Content
Records primarily pertain to a multitude of mining companies and groups Campbell-Johnston compiled reports for in a number of mining divisions across British Columbia, including: Groundhog Mountain Coal Lands, Omineca, Kamloops, Nelson, Slocan, Yale, New Westminister, Quatsino, Vancouver, Similkameen, Osoyoos, Portland Canal, Queen Charlotte Islands, Alberni, Nicola and Comox.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

BVCAC bursary applications

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Date Range
1982-2013
Collection
Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
electronic record
graphic material
Scope and Content
This series contains bursary applications sent to the BVCAC from high school graduates intending on pursuing post-secondary education in the arts. Many applications include letters of recommendation and samples of the applicant’s work, in the form of drawings, photographs, poetry, short stories, ch…
Collection
Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
electronic record
graphic material
Creator
Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council
Fonds No.
AF27
Series No.
S4
Accession No.
2021.15
Physical Description
11 cm of textual/graphic material, 2 CDs
Date Range
1982-2013
Custodial History
Items donated from the Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council on May 19th 2021.
Scope and Content
This series contains bursary applications sent to the BVCAC from high school graduates intending on pursuing post-secondary education in the arts. Many applications include letters of recommendation and samples of the applicant’s work, in the form of drawings, photographs, poetry, short stories, choreography routines, and digital recordings on CD.
Arrangement
This series has been divided based on chronological order, with one file for every five years’ worth of applications (with the exception of the 1980s, which constitute a single file).
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Bulkley Valley
Notes
Both successful and unsuccessful applications are included, as well as (in many cases) letters of acceptance/rejection from the BVCAC and any further correspondence with the applicant.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

BVCAC events, programs, and projects

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Date Range
1987-2011
Collection
Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
This series contains material related to various events, programs, and projects carried out or funded by the BVCAC. The contents are primarily ephemera, such as posters, pamphlets, and tickets, but also include preparatory notes, cast lists, reports, correspondence, and other textual documents. In …
Collection
Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Creator
Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council
Fonds No.
AF27
Series No.
S5
Accession No.
2021.15
Physical Description
6 cm of textual/graphic material, 2 scrapbooks, 36 photographs
Date Range
1987-2011
Custodial History
Items donated from the Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council on May 19th 2021.
Scope and Content
This series contains material related to various events, programs, and projects carried out or funded by the BVCAC. The contents are primarily ephemera, such as posters, pamphlets, and tickets, but also include preparatory notes, cast lists, reports, correspondence, and other textual documents. In addition, this series contains 36 colour photographs of Missoula Children’s Theatre productions (Alice in Wonderland, Feb. 1993, and The Pied Piper, Feb. 1995) and two “Concerts for Kids” scrapbooks with newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera from the 1980s-1990s.
Arrangement
This series has been divided into files based on subject matter, including: Della Herman Theatre, 1999 tech workshop, Missoula Children’s Theatre, new logo contest, Alcan Arts Highway Project, variety shows (incl. Monty Python, Kaleidoscope, Show Tunes), dinner theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pink Fraud: The Wall, Christmas concerts, 25th anniversary CD release party, and Expanding Circles projects.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Bulkley Valley
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

BVCAC funding applications

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Date Range
1985-2013
Collection
Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
This series contains applications for funding made by local artists and community groups, either directly to the BVCAC or to other organizations with the support of the BVCAC. It also includes posters and other ephemera for several of the events which were funded by the BVCAC. This series represent…
Collection
Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Creator
Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council
Fonds No.
AF27
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
2021.15
Physical Description
4 cm of textual/graphic material
Date Range
1985-2013
Custodial History
Items donated from the Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council on May 19th 2021.
Scope and Content
This series contains applications for funding made by local artists and community groups, either directly to the BVCAC or to other organizations with the support of the BVCAC. It also includes posters and other ephemera for several of the events which were funded by the BVCAC. This series represents the core work of the Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council.
Arrangement
This series has been divided into three files arranged in chronological order, as well as one separate file for the 2011 Arts and Culture Days applications (due to their extent).
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Bulkley Valley
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Coal Creek mine

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Date Range
[1928; 1987-1997]
Collection
Dirk Septer collection
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series includes research done by Septer regarding the location of a diamond drill in the Coal Creek area. Records include correspondence, essay drafts, notes and photocopies of maps.
Collection
Dirk Septer collection
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
C3
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
1991.226
2004.63
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
9 photographs: b&w
4 photographs: col.
8 negatives: b&w
12 colour slides
Date Range
[1928; 1987-1997]
Custodial History
It appears that the items were originally donated by Dirk Septer in 1991 but were renumbered during an inventory of the archives in 2004. The negatives were found in collections in February 2021.
Scope and Content
Series includes research done by Septer regarding the location of a diamond drill in the Coal Creek area. Records include correspondence, essay drafts, notes and photocopies of maps.
Notes
Black and white photographs are modern reprints.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Correspondence with Anderson family

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Date Range
[1944-1945]
Collection
Eva Anderson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series contains correspondence received by Eva Williamson from Carl Anderson's mother Lydia Anderson in Smithers.
Collection
Eva Anderson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF33
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
2019.38
Physical Description
1cm textual records
Date Range
[1944-1945]
Scope and Content
Series contains correspondence received by Eva Williamson from Carl Anderson's mother Lydia Anderson in Smithers.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Courtship and Marriage documents

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Date Range
1942-1945
Collection
Eva Anderson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series contains items related to the courtship and marriage of Eva Williamson and Carl Anderson including three photographs, an Emmanuel Church, Leeds parish leaflet, field service postcard from Carl to Eva, two ephemeral items commemorating the wedding, photocopy of the Application for Permission …
Collection
Eva Anderson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF33
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
2019.38
Physical Description
1cm textual records
3 photographs
Date Range
1942-1945
Scope and Content
Series contains items related to the courtship and marriage of Eva Williamson and Carl Anderson including three photographs, an Emmanuel Church, Leeds parish leaflet, field service postcard from Carl to Eva, two ephemeral items commemorating the wedding, photocopy of the Application for Permission to Marry, and photocopy of the Entry of Marriage.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Ephemera

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Date Range
[1928; 1950-1953]
Collection
Canadian National Railways fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series includes records created that are considered ephemera, including a box of souvenir photographs, four tourist’s maps and three booklets that mention the Bulkley Valley.
Collection
Canadian National Railways fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Creator
Canadian National Railways
Fonds No.
GF2
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
2009.67
2009.69
2010.2
2010.8
2010.9
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
20 photographs: b&w; 9 x 7 cm
Date Range
[1928; 1950-1953]
Custodial History
All items in this series were donated by Kerry Geunter to the Archives at different dates: 2009.67 (November 23, 2009), 2009.69 (December 7, 2009), 2010.2 (January 5, 2010), 2010.8 (February 23, 2010) and 2010.9 (March 17, 2010).
Scope and Content
Series includes records created that are considered ephemera, including a box of souvenir photographs, four tourist’s maps and three booklets that mention the Bulkley Valley.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Event Ephemera

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Date Range
2018
Collection
Smithers Public Library fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series includes two colour posters, one for Smithers 2nd Annual Pride Celebration (May 26 2018) and one for "A prideful children's story time" event run by the Library (June 2 2018)
Collection
Smithers Public Library fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Smithers Library
Smithers Pride
Fonds No.
GF6
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
2017.35
Physical Description
2 posters
Date Range
2018
Scope and Content
Series includes two colour posters, one for Smithers 2nd Annual Pride Celebration (May 26 2018) and one for "A prideful children's story time" event run by the Library (June 2 2018)
Subject Access
Smithers Public Library
Smithers Pride
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Jean Maskiewich

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Date Range
[1954-1977]
Collection
Kilpatrick Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series includes items collected by and pertaining to Jean Maskiewich. These include postcards and a letter of thanks and photographs regarding Maskiewich being crowned as Queen during The Rotary Club of Smithers’ Winter Carnival Queen Contest.
Collection
Kilpatrick Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF20
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
1997.51
Physical Description
1.5 cm of textual records; 5 photographs
Date Range
[1954-1977]
Scope and Content
Series includes items collected by and pertaining to Jean Maskiewich. These include postcards and a letter of thanks and photographs regarding Maskiewich being crowned as Queen during The Rotary Club of Smithers’ Winter Carnival Queen Contest.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Lake Kathlyn Elementary School

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Date Range
1964-1977, 2001
Collection
School District No. 54 fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series includes 165 photos of Lake Kathlyn Elementary School, its staff, and students, primarily during the 1960s and 1970s. Subjects include children playing outside, making arts and crafts, playing musical instruments, and dressed in historic costumes; class photographs from 1967 to 1977; and 42 …
Collection
School District No. 54 fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Lake Kathlyn Elementary School
Fonds No.
GF3
Series No.
SF3
Item No.
P5273-P5280
P5543-P5545
P7734-P7821
P7730-P7750
P7889
Accession No.
2017.2
2005.5
2020.36
Physical Description
165 colour and b&w photographs, 2 floppy discs, 0.2 cm textual records
Date Range
1964-1977, 2001
History / Biographical
Lake Kathlyn Elementary was established in 1960 to accommodate the growing population of Smithers. It taught Kindergarten to Grade Seven to children from as far west as Witset. The school was built on land purchased from Floyd Laughlin and initially had two classrooms teaching Grades 1-5. Grades 6 and 7 were added in 1962. The school expanded throughout the ‘60s to include additional rooms, a covered play area, and a gymnasium. Lake Kathlyn Elementary School was absorbed into Smithers’ boundaries in 1979. On April 12, 2016, the School District 54 Board of Trustees voted to close the Elementary School at the end of June because of the loss of funding initially given for diminished enrollment.
Custodial History
Various; see Finding Aid.
Scope and Content
Series includes 165 photos of Lake Kathlyn Elementary School, its staff, and students, primarily during the 1960s and 1970s. Subjects include children playing outside, making arts and crafts, playing musical instruments, and dressed in historic costumes; class photographs from 1967 to 1977; and 42 unidentified headshots of students and staff members. Other items include a typed page on the history of Lake Kathlyn School, and 3 photos, 2 floppy discs and a short write-up about a Witsuwit’en blanket feast held at Lake Kathlyn School on November 30th 2001.
Geographic Access
Lake Kathlyn, B.C.
Notes
The 42 headshots have not been scanned or given P numbers or database entries as there is no information known about the subjects. They may still be made available to researchers who are interested in them.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Life in Smithers

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Date Range
[1946-1977]
Collection
Eva Anderson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series contains six photographs Eva and Carl Anderson and extended Anderson family during their life in Smithers as a married couple.
Collection
Eva Anderson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF33
Series No.
S4
Accession No.
2019.38
Physical Description
6 photographs
Date Range
[1946-1977]
Scope and Content
Series contains six photographs Eva and Carl Anderson and extended Anderson family during their life in Smithers as a married couple.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Mariam (Mary) Uriel McDonell

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Date Range
[1912-1954]
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Records were collected by Mary McDonell and reflect her career as a teacher and time in the Naval Service. Records include University and Department of Education certificates, Smithers Cemetery deed of land, certificate of service and photographs.
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF12
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
2017.5
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
1 b&w photograph
Date Range
[1912-1954]
History / Biographical
Mariam (Mary) Uriel McDonell was born in Orillia, Ontario on February 18, 1896, to parents Alexander Roy McDonell (Sr.) and Catherine Campbell. She received a B.A. at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and taught primarily in Saskatchewan, specializing in Commercial Work. She would frequently accompany and travel with her brother, Alexander Roy, on fishing trips in the summer. McDonell served in the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service from 1943 to 1945. She permanently moved to British Columbia in 1955. Mary passed away in Smithers, B.C., on November 17, 1979.
Scope and Content
Records were collected by Mary McDonell and reflect her career as a teacher and time in the Naval Service. Records include University and Department of Education certificates, Smithers Cemetery deed of land, certificate of service and photographs.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Martha Dahlie

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Date Range
[1929-1944], 1972; digitized 2017
Collection
Dahlie Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Series contains records pertaining to Martha Dahlie, including school reports, as well as her birth certificate, certificate of Canadian citizenship, and certificate of marriage to John Goudy.
Collection
Dahlie Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Fonds No.
PF22
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
2017.94
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
13 MB of electronic records
Date Range
[1929-1944], 1972; digitized 2017
History / Biographical
Martha Dahlie served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Women’s Division, as a Medical Clerk in Vancouver, B.C., from June 1942 until the end of 1944. She married John Aldred Goudy, a gunner for the Royal Canadian Navy Fisherman’s Reserve (RCNFR), on December 24, 1943 at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church in Vancouver. They had four children: Linda (b. 1945), Sylvia (b. 1951), Norman (b. 1954) and Kathryn (b. 1955). Martha worked for more than 40 years at what was once the only doctor’s office in Smithers. She received Canadian citizenship on March 29, 1972. John Aldred Goudy passed away February 7, 1999. Martha died on February 26th 2007, aged 84.
Scope and Content
Series contains records pertaining to Martha Dahlie, including school reports, as well as her birth certificate, certificate of Canadian citizenship, and certificate of marriage to John Goudy.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Reproduction Restrictions
The school reports in the fonds should be considered before being reproduced.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Muheim Elementary School

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Date Range
1933-1934; 1938; 1940-1942; 1967-1970s
Collection
School District No. 54 fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
electronic record
Scope and Content
Series contains records pertaining to the Muheim Elementary School, including past iterations of the School such as Smithers Elementary School and Second Elementary School. Records include five Smithereen yearbooks (1933-1934 [digital only], 1938, 1940, 1941, and 1942), a centennial photo booklet c…
Collection
School District No. 54 fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
electronic record
Fonds No.
GF3
Series No.
SF1
Item Number Range
P6311-P6369, P7976-P8001
Accession No.
1981.22
1981.28
1990.26
2002.5
2003.9
2017.36
2017.135
2020.36
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records; 59 colour slides; 31 b&w photographs; 156 MB of textual records (PDF/A)
Date Range
1933-1934; 1938; 1940-1942; 1967-1970s
History / Biographical
Smithers Elementary School, also known as Smithers Public School, was built circa 1915 as a two-room, two-storey building on Third Avenue South. Two more rooms were later added to create an L-shaped building. The school taught grades one through seven. It was used as a temporary hospital during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. Another two-storey building was later constructed on the same grounds by the local contractor, Ernie Hann. In the early 1950s the original building was demolished and replaced with a new eight-room school, renamed Muheim Memorial Elementary in 1959 after the School District’s first secretary, Alex Muheim. New facilities, including a gymnasium, four new classrooms, a staff room, and a library, have since been added, with the whole school receiving a renovation in 1979.
Scope and Content
Series contains records pertaining to the Muheim Elementary School, including past iterations of the School such as Smithers Elementary School and Second Elementary School. Records include five Smithereen yearbooks (1933-1934 [digital only], 1938, 1940, 1941, and 1942), a centennial photo booklet containing five photographs, and 26 photographs (P7976-P8001) and 59 colour slides (P6311-P6369) depicting the school in the late 1960s and 1970s.
Subject Access
Smithers Elementary School
Smithers Public School
Muheim Memorial Elementary School
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

Old Church records

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Date Range
2003-2014
Collection
Bulkley Valley Museum fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
architectural drawing
Scope and Content
Series consists of meeting minutes, financial records, reports, correspondence, promotional material, concept art, architectural and technical drawings, and a photo album relating to the renovation, reopening, and usage of the Old Church and its Garden in the early 2000s.
Collection
Bulkley Valley Museum fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
architectural drawing
Creator
Bulkley Valley Museum; Old Church Project Committee
Fonds No.
OF1
Series No.
S4
Accession No.
2018.15
2020.8
2021.15
Date Range
2003-2014
History / Biographical
St. James’ Anglican Church was constructed in 1913 and served as a spiritual and community center for the town of Smithers for over 60 years. It fell into disrepair after the parish of St. James moved to a new building on Princess Street in 1975. Beginning in the early 2000s, a dedicated and dynamic group of volunteers worked to renovate and reopen the Old Church as a community hall. This vision was realized in 2005, with a public garden opening beside the Church the following year. Administered and maintained by the Bulkley Valley Museum, the revitalized Old Church remains a popular venue for weddings, lectures, parties, meetings, concerts, and performances.
Custodial History
All items were transferred from the Bulkley Valley Museum's internal files into the OF1 fonds, except for the card from 2021.15, which was donated with BV Community Arts Council records in May 2021 and then transferred to this fonds.
Scope and Content
Series consists of meeting minutes, financial records, reports, correspondence, promotional material, concept art, architectural and technical drawings, and a photo album relating to the renovation, reopening, and usage of the Old Church and its Garden in the early 2000s.
Arrangement
The Series is divided into seven Files: - F1) Bulkley Valley Museum-related material (meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.) - F2) Financials - F3) Reports - F4) Promotional Material - F5) Drawings - F6) Old Church garden - F7) Photographs
Subject Access
St. James Anglican Church
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Personal materials

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Date Range
1945, 1958
Collection
Simpson Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series includes legal documents relating to the personal residence of the Simpson family, and personal items created by Donald and Mary Simpson such as poetry, memoirs and a painting.
Collection
Simpson Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF36
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
2020.39
1983.56
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records, 1 painting
Date Range
1945, 1958
History / Biographical
Donald and Mary Simpson moved to Smithers shortly after their marriage in 1915 and made a home at Lot 37, Block 75. In addition to their mining operations, both members of the couple had artistic pursuits: Mary painted pastels and played musical instruments, while Donald wrote poetry and short stories.
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. The photocopies of Mary Simpson's memoirs (1983.56) were donated by Cameron Bordon in 1983 and were part of the BVM discrete items collection before being transferred to the new Simpson family fonds.
Scope and Content
Series includes legal documents relating to the personal residence of the Simpson family, and personal items created by Donald and Mary Simpson such as poetry, memoirs and a painting.
Arrangement
Series has been divided into two subseries: SS3) Legal Documents and SS4) Personal Items.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Less detail

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