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Telkwa Foundation fonds

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Date Range
1978-1987
Collection
Telkwa Foundation Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of material created by and related to the Telkwa Foundation, including its Certificate of Incorporation and Constitution, an Interior News article, its Charter, meeting minutes, annual reports, newsletters, and town economic development meeting minutes from Prince George in which th…
Telkwa Foundation fonds Fonds No. AF19 Physical Description: 3.6 cm of textual record Date Range: 1978-1987 Accession Numbers: 2020.6, 2020.14, 2020.23 Storage Locations: Box 86 Administrative History/Biographical Sketch The Telkwa Foundation (1976-c. 1987) was a non-profit, non-partisan, public
Collection
Telkwa Foundation Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
Telkwa Foundation
Fonds No.
AF19
Accession No.
2020.6
2020.14
2020.23
Physical Description
3.6 cm of textual records
Date Range
1978-1987
History / Biographical
The Telkwa Foundation (1976-c.1987) was a non-profit, non-partisan, public interest research group dedicated to environmentalism and social justice issues in Northwestern British Columbia. It was founded in late summer or early fall 1976 by Telkwa residents Tony Pearse and Jim Wright, in response to the planned construction of an oil pipeline from Kitimat to Edmonton, AB. The specific impetus for its creation, according to Tony Pearse, was a presentation and slideshow given in Smithers by Gary Gallon, director of the Vancouver SPEC, on issues in oil transportation. Initially a volunteer group, the Telkwa Foundation acquired a Canada Works Grant in spring 1977 allowing it to hire staff members for the Habitat North projects, which lasted until October 1978. It was officially incorporated under the Societies Act on November 6th 1978, with the aim “to develop and promote an ecologically-sound land ethic for the present and future development of northwestern British Columbia.” The organization held meetings, produced annual reports, published a monthly newsletter, gathered, analyzed and distributed research, gave public presentations and educational programs at schools and colleges, and tried to establish constructive relationships with federal, provincial, and local authorities. It disbanded in the late 1980s, at some point after July 21st 1987. In addition to the founders, members included Richard Overstall, Steve Whipp, Mike Morrell, Walter Taylor, Patricia Moss, Sheila Peters, Lynn Shervill, David Price, Ian and Kathy Anderson, Bill Horswill, Sally Moore, Bill Meltcalf, Ric and Karen Careless, Rick Olding, Doug Aberley, Ann Mclean, Irving and Rosemary Fox, Dave Gillespie, and Ros Pojar.
Custodial History
Items with 2020.23 accession numbers were donated by former TF member Richard Overstall on May 13th 2020. Items with 2020.14 accession numbers were donated by Pat Moss on May 1st 2020. These had previously been in her possession since her involvement with the Telkwa Foundation in the 1970s and 1980s. Item 2020.6.42 was found in a bound volume of newspaper supplements in the Old Works Yard storage building in April 2020. It was accessioned on April 23rd as an item in the BVM Discrete Items Collection. On May 1st it was transferred to the newly-created Telkwa Foundation fonds.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of material created by and related to the Telkwa Foundation, including its Certificate of Incorporation and Constitution, an Interior News article, its Charter, meeting minutes, annual reports, newsletters, and town economic development meeting minutes from Prince George in which the Telkwa Foundation is mentioned. The materials have mostly been kept in their original order, although some have been rearranged. The fonds is divided into the following series: S1 - Foundational Documents - Certificate of Incorporation, Constitution, Charter (1978) S2 - Meeting Minutes - April 1st 1978, June 24th 1978 agenda, July 11th 1978, February 9th 1979 (AGM) S3 - Annual Reports - 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978 (note: not all annual reports are available in whole) S4 - Newsletters - 1978-1984 S5 - Misc. - Interior News article (April 12th 1978), Prince George town economic development meeting minutes (October 20th 1978)
Geographic Access
Telkwa, B.C.
Prince George, B.C.
Bulkley Valley
Smithers, B.C.
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Village of Telkwa fonds

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Date Range
1962-1965
Collection
Village of Telkwa fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Records include auditor’s reports and financial statements for the Village of Telkwa.
Village of Telkwa fonds Fonds No. GF7 Accession No. 2017.36 Physical Description: 1 cm of textual records Date Range: 1962-1965 Administrative History/Biographical Sketch Euro-Canadian settlement in the Telkwa area began around 1904 in the nearby town site of Aldermere. Around 1907, many people
Collection
Village of Telkwa fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
GF7
Accession No.
2017.36
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Date Range
1962-1965
History / Biographical
Euro-Canadian settlement in the Telkwa area began around 1904 in the nearby town site of Aldermere. Around 1907, many people began to move down the hill to be closer to the juncture of the rivers and the anticipated route of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (GTP). The town site of Telkwa was soon surveyed and growing rapidly, with a hotel and church being constructed. By 1912, the village boasted a laundromat, real estate office, and a newspaper run by Joseph Coyle, among other businesses. However, the proposal of the GTP’s construction of a divisional point in Telkwa was met with local opposition; the company instead chose a location at the base of Hudson Bay Mountain which later became the town of Smithers. In 1914, Telkwa’ s boom ended abruptly as it suffered tremendous loss during a fire that started in Kennedy’s Pool Room and spread to other businesses. In total, 13 buildings in the village were lost and many others damaged. Many business owners chose not to rebuild in Telkwa, instead deciding to move to the growing town of Smithers. Today, the village has a population of approximately 1000.
Scope and Content
Records include auditor’s reports and financial statements for the Village of Telkwa.
Geographic Access
Telkwa, B.C.
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Bulkley Valley Brass Band fonds

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Date Range
1971-1978
Collection
Bulkley Valley Brass Band fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of a Bulkley Valley Brass Band scrapbook (2011.39.1) covering the years 1971 to 1978, and three certificates (2017.133) presented to the BVBB by the Lakes District Music and Drama Festival in April 1972.
an unsuccessful attempt by the Smithers Rotary Club to form a community brass band. Whereas membership in the Rotary Band had been restricted to Smithers residents, the Bulkley Valley Brass Band widened its scope by welcoming members from Telkwa and Houston. It also sought to ensure its longevity by purchasing
Collection
Bulkley Valley Brass Band fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
AF20
Accession No.
2011.39
2017.133
Physical Description
1 scrapbook, 3 certificates
Date Range
1971-1978
History / Biographical
The Bulkley Valley Brass Band was founded in October 1970 after an unsuccessful attempt by the Smithers Rotary Club to form a community brass band. Whereas membership in the Rotary Band had been restricted to Smithers residents, the Bulkley Valley Brass Band widened its scope by welcoming members from Telkwa and Houston. It also sought to ensure its longevity by purchasing instruments which would be held by the band rather than by individual members, allowing them to be passed on to new members if their original users left the group or moved away. Anyone above the age of 12 was able to join, regardless of skill level. The BVBB’s director at its time of founding was Norman Atkins and its treasurer was Paul Sikkes, who also played trumpet for the band. The BVBB’s held its first concert, “An Evening at Home,” on December 12th 1970. It went on to participate in events such as Christmas Concerts, the Lakes District Music Festival, and the 1971 BC Centennial Celebrations Parade. The band won a great number of prizes in various music festivals. It was directed by Norm Atkins from 1970 until his death in early 1974. By January 1981 the band was in a state of abeyance due to a lack of local brass players. It does not appear to have been restarted.
Custodial History
Item 2011.39.01 was originally donated to the museum by Judi Adema in February 2011 and accessioned as part of the BVM discrete items collection. In June 2020 it was removed from this collection and added to the newly-created Bulkley Valley Brass Band fonds. Items numbered 2017.133 were originally collected by Jeanette Lough and eventually passed on to Ronald Toews, who donated them to the museum on December 8, 2017. They were added to the Smithers Community Band fonds (AF12). In June 2020 it was determined that they were not relevant to the fond topic and a separate fonds was created for the Bulkley Valley Brass Band.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of a Bulkley Valley Brass Band scrapbook (2011.39.1) covering the years 1971 to 1978, and three certificates (2017.133) presented to the BVBB by the Lakes District Music and Drama Festival in April 1972.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Houston, B.C.
Telkwa, B.C.
Notes
Fonds created June 3rd 2020.
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Peter Goruk fonds

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Date Range
1951-1996
Collection
Peter Goruk fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Scope and Content
Fonds includes textual records and photographs relating to Goruk’s employment with Canadian National Railways in the 1950s-1980s. Records include: an autobiography, items related to a railroad slide show held on January 27th 1996, traffic controllers membership cards, work orders and transfers, dai…
Collection
Peter Goruk fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Fonds No.
PF28
Accession No.
2010.24
2011.20
2018.5
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records; 38 photographs
Date Range
1951-1996
History / Biographical
Born in Bellis, Alberta on July 11th 1929, Peter John Goruk was transferred to Smithers in 1966 while working as a Canadian National Railway (CN) telegraph operator. During his career with CN, he travelled and moved frequently to places that would allow him to spend time outdoors. He fell in love with the Bulkley Valley and spent much of his time in the area exploring the mountains and rivers and documenting his travels through photographs and detailed journals. Later in life, he developed a love for the ocean and travelled frequently to the BC coastline. Peter continued to work for CN until his retirement in 1985. He was married and had two children, Geraldine (Britton) and Ronald. He passed away on January 8th 2002 at the age of 73.
Custodial History
Records were collected and/or created by Peter Goruk during his time as a Canadian National Railway telegraph operator and later donated to the museum by his daughter Geri Britton.
Scope and Content
Fonds includes textual records and photographs relating to Goruk’s employment with Canadian National Railways in the 1950s-1980s. Records include: an autobiography, items related to a railroad slide show held on January 27th 1996, traffic controllers membership cards, work orders and transfers, daily logbooks, operations manuals, job descriptions, daily operations records, newsletters, timetables, registers of train arrivals and departures, reports, overtime records, crew lists, a request for early retirement, records related to the November 2nd 1978 train derailment, a pamphlet of freight car types, a calendar sheet for 1800 to 2050, and a letter from the Local Chairman of the Rail Canada Traffic Controllers; as well as photographs of train crashes and derailments.
Subject Access
Canadian National Railways
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Telkwa, B.C.
Bulkley Valley
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School District No. 54 fonds

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Date Range
1918-2009
Collection
School District No. 54 fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
sound recording
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…
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
Collection
School District No. 54 fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
sound recording
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
2005.5
2003.9
2004.20
2009.66
2012.106
2017.2
2017.12
2017.18
2017.136
2017.91
2017.123
2017.135
2018.89
2019.40
2019.44
2020.6
2020.10
2020.27
2020.34
2020.36
2021.12
2021.15
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
1918-2009
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
Smithers, B.C.
Bulkley Valley
Lake Kathlyn, B.C.
Telkwa, B.C.
Quick, B.C.
Glentanna, B.C.
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Wilfred Watson fonds

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Date Range
1992-1994
Collection
Wilfred Watson fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Contains historical writings by Wilfred Watson, including "Smithers" (memoirs of life in Smithers), "The Rise and Fall of Watson Store" (also called the "History of Watson's Store"), "The People of Smithers", and "The Bears of Alice Arms"
Collection
Wilfred Watson fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
Wilfred Watson
Fonds No.
PF21
Accession No.
1993.19.1
2017.130.5
2020.27
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
1992-1994
History / Biographical
John Wilfred Watson was born August 6, 1915 to Fredrick Stubbs and Catherine Mary Watson in Smithers, B.C. Wilfred married Stella Alberta [Albertina] McIntee in 1945, and lived in Smithers, B.C. He worked in the family business, the Watson's Store, and was proprietor of the Hudson Hotel, and the Lakeside Motel near Lake Kathlyn.
Scope and Content
Contains historical writings by Wilfred Watson, including "Smithers" (memoirs of life in Smithers), "The Rise and Fall of Watson Store" (also called the "History of Watson's Store"), "The People of Smithers", and "The Bears of Alice Arms"
Subject Access
Watson Store
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
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Alan Pickard fonds

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Date Range
2001-2020
Collection
Alan Pickard fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
electronic record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Fonds contains records related to Alan Pickard’s historical research. It is divided into two series based on the content of the research and the author’s own organization: Telkwa High Road History and Place Name Stories.
Zealand. He met his wife, Anne, while visiting Calgary en route to Europe. They moved to the Bulkley Valley in 1970, working here for a few months before moving to Kitimat for four years. Afterwards, they returned to Smithers and built a log cabin on Telkwa High Road. The two were frequent international
Collection
Alan Pickard fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
electronic record
graphic material
Creator
Alan Pickard
Fonds No.
PF23
Accession No.
2017.44
2019.23
2020.2
2020.41
Physical Description
1.71 GB of electronic records
Date Range
2001-2020
History / Biographical
Alan Pickard was born and raised in New Zealand. He met his wife, Anne, while visiting Calgary en route to Europe. They moved to the Bulkley Valley in 1970, working here for a few months before moving to Kitimat for four years. Afterwards, they returned to Smithers and built a log cabin on Telkwa High Road. The two were frequent international travelers, dividing their time between the Bulkley Valley and locations such as Alaska, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. Pickard began researching early settler history of the Bulkley Valley in 1998. He initially focused on the Telkwa High Road and the two telegraph lines that ran along it: the Collins Overland telegraph (1866) and the Yukon telegraph (1900). His interests then broadened to include early trails, roads and bridges, early (pre-1914) settlers, place names, and maps. Pickard’s use of original sources (books, archival records, etc.) in his research led to him collecting documents such as early mining claims, Hudson’s Bay Company and North West Company trading posts, and land surveys in the Bulkley Valley. Pickard’s research is a continuation of the work of other researchers, including local historian Lynn Shervill, author of “Smithers: From Swamp to Village,” and John Tupper Saywell. He also assisted Kate Smallwood with her book “Kate’s Selection,” published in 2005. In addition to his historical research, Pickard served as the Chairman of the Smithers Library Board, was a member of the Bulkley Valley Writers’ Group, contributed articles to the Interior News, staked mining claims, worked as an electrician, and wrote poetry (his volume being the first book printed by Bulkley Valley Printers). In 2005, Alan and Anne Pickard returned to New Zealand, where they currently reside.
Custodial History
Records were collected and created throughout Pickard’s research activities. Items were donated by Alan Pickard on June 29th 2017, July 22nd 2019, January 15th 2020, and October 18th 2020.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains records related to Alan Pickard’s historical research. It is divided into two series based on the content of the research and the author’s own organization: Telkwa High Road History and Place Name Stories.
Arrangement
Items have been retained in the original order established by their creator (Alan Pickard). Duplicate records and empty folders have been deleted. Original order of the file structure has been screencapped and can be referred to if needed.
Geographic Access
Bulkley Valley
Smithers, B.C.
Reproduction Restrictions
Records collected for reference by Alan Pickard may or may not be protected by copyright. These include PDF articles and images.
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Albert George Shepherd fonds

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Date Range
1971
Collection
Albert George Shepherd fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
The fonds contains Shepherd’s personal memoirs entitled “Rural Memories” and “History of Schools in District #54 (Smithers)".
. After selling his farm in 1948, he was employed by Bulkley Valley Collieries for a year, and also worked as a woods foreman for the TFM Mills in Telkwa, B.C. In 1951, he went into partnership with his father-in-law, Bob Phillips, for two years. He was elected as a school trustee in 1952 and, later
Collection
Albert George Shepherd fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
Albert George Shepherd
Fonds No.
PF13
Accession No.
1979.143
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Date Range
1971
History / Biographical
Albert George Shepherd was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 14, 1914. When he was four years-old, he moved to Hubert, B.C. with his family and was on one of the last wagons to cross the bridge at Hubert before it was washed out. His family moved to the Bulkley Valley to make their fortune in farming. Shepherd was educated at the only school in Round Lake, and later worked on Joe Bourgon’s farm in the early 1930s before purchasing his own farm in the Round Lake area. In 1938, he married Grace Phillips, a school teacher, and the couple had a son (James) and a daughter (Sally). Shepherd was the manager of the Bulkley Valley seed cleaning plant for two years; he later became the northern representative (McBride to Terrace) for the Canadian Farm and Loan Board. After selling his farm in 1948, he was employed by Bulkley Valley Collieries for a year, and also worked as a woods foreman for the TFM Mills in Telkwa, B.C. In 1951, he went into partnership with his father-in-law, Bob Phillips, for two years. He was elected as a school trustee in 1952 and, later, secretary-treasurer of the Smithers and District School Board. Although Shepherd retired in 1976, he was appointed provincial government representative to the board of directors of Northwest Community College in 1977; director of the Telkwa Barbeque; director of the Telkwa Skating Rink; and served as rector warden for St. Stephens Anglican Church. His leisure diversions included woodworking, gardening, and the collection of pioneer artifacts. He died in Telkwa, B.C., on February 16, 1981.
Scope and Content
The fonds contains Shepherd’s personal memoirs entitled “Rural Memories” and “History of Schools in District #54 (Smithers)".
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Francis Bell Chettleburgh fonds

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Date Range
[1913-1946]
Collection
Francis Bell Chettleburgh fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Records were create and collected in the course of Chettleburgh’s work as a mining engineer. Records include reports and maps of mining claims.
Church in Vancouver, BC. Their first son, Desmond Francis, was born on July 11, 1914, in Telkwa. They had a second son, Terrence Robins, born in 1915, and a third, Raymond John, who was born June 28, 1917, but died shortly after on July 1, 1917. Around 1920, Chettleburgh moved the family to Prince George
Collection
Francis Bell Chettleburgh fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
textual record
Fonds No.
PF10
Accession No.
1990.70
1990.76
1990.135
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
17 cartographic materials
Date Range
[1913-1946]
History / Biographical
Francis Bell Chettleburgh was born in London, England on January 7, 1884. His mother was Rosa Chettleburgh. He moved to British Columbia in the early 1900s and worked as a mining engineer. Chettleburgh married Grace Helen Day, born December 6, 1885 in Norwich, England, on October 31st, 1913, at Christ Church in Vancouver, BC. Their first son, Desmond Francis Chettleburgh, was born on July 11, 1914, in Telkwa, BC. They had a second son, Terrence Robins Chettleburge born in 1915. Raymond John Chettleburgh was born June 28, 1917, but passed away shortly after on July 1, 1917. Circa 1920, Chettleburgh moved the family to Prince George to work as head of Rattenbury Lands Ltd.
Desmond passed away at the age of 23 on January 23, 1938. Grace Helen passed away at the age of 72 on February 7, 1958. Chettleburgh remarried to Edith Catherine Weir, born in Carlo, Ireland on May 6, 1889. Chettleburgh passed away in April 4th, 1963 in Victoria, BC. Edith Catherine passed away May 12, 1975 in Vancouver, BC.
Custodial History
Willard Tompson bought the papers of Francis Bell Chettleburgh at an estate sale. Since, these records are not related to Tompson or his work, they have been separated and arranged under their own fonds (see: PF9 for Willard Tompson fonds).
Scope and Content
Records were create and collected in the course of Chettleburgh’s work as a mining engineer. Records include reports and maps of mining claims.
Arrangement
No original order exists, and record are artificially arranged.
Related Material
Willard D. Tompson fonds (PF9)
A family photo of the Chettleburghs exists in the Dirk Septer collection (C3).
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Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds

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Date Range
[1919-2021]
Collection
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
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.
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
Collection
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
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
1983.9
1983.65
1988.1
2007.3
1994.7
1994.13
2020.6
2020.12
2020.34
Physical Description
18 cm of textual record, 39 photographs
Date Range
[1919-2021]
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 Fall Fair
Bulkley Valley Exhibition
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Bulkley Valley
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Ernest Mostyn Hoops fonds

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Date Range
[1910-1957]
Collection
Ernest Mostyn Hoops fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Fonds is arranged into two series: Personal papers and Photographs. Personal papers include legal, financial, and miscellaneous records.
the future town of Smithers. There Ernest met his wife, Theresa (Terry) Kelly. They married and made their first home in Aldermere prior to the building of the railway in 1914. They then moved to Telkwa, where their only child, Sheila, was born in 1916. Ernest Hoops worked as a notary public, operated
Collection
Ernest Mostyn Hoops fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF24
Item Number Range
P5796-P5832
Accession No.
2017.94
2017.114
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
25 negatives
36 photographs
Date Range
[1910-1957]
History / Biographical
Ernest Mostyn Hoops came to the Bulkley Valley from Ireland, with his brother Brabazon Muchamon Mostyn Hoops, and sister, Constance Eileen Mostyn Hoops. Hoops worked as a notary public and was in partnership with Thomas Thorp, operating an insurance business. Additionally, Hoops invested in mining and land.
Hoops married Theresa (Terry) Kelly after meeting in Smithers. Their only child, Sheila Hoops, was born in Telkwa in 1916, and raised in Smithers, B.C. Once Hoops retired, he and Terry moved to White Rock, B.C. For further information, see finding aid.
Custodial History
Karen Langlois' mother, Sheila Hoops, saved these records before transferring them to Karen in 1977.
Scope and Content
Fonds is arranged into two series: Personal papers and Photographs. Personal papers include legal, financial, and miscellaneous records.
Arrangement
No original order was perceived when records were processed. Legal and financial records have been kept together but reordered chronologically, while miscellaneous records were separated and made into their own file.
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James Ernest Kirby fonds

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Date Range
[1885-1965]
Collection
James Ernest Kirby fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of journals, autobiographic writings, a Boy Scouts guidebook, notes, a certificate and an accounts ledger. The fonds is arranged into three series: Mining Recorder, Personal writings and Photographs.
the purpose of RAD in a practical sense and following discussions with the AABC educator. This involved the re-naming of the series; re-location of items within the series; the removal of the Bulkley Valley Fall Fair (Telkwa Barbecue) 1919 program to an individual accession (later to be included in the Telkwa
Collection
James Ernest Kirby fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
James Ernest Kirby
Fonds No.
PF1
Accession No.
1971.2
1983.52
2007.6
2012.101
Physical Description
11 cm of textual record
Date Range
[1885-1965]
History / Biographical
Born in Rochester, Kent, England in 1865, James Kirby enlisted with the British Army at the age of 14 as a French horn player. He served with the army in Gibraltar, and in India during the Afghan war. He emigrated to Canada in 1892, moving to Metlakatla, B.C. to live with an aunt and uncle. He served as a Constable under the Indian Agent in Metlakatla, later taking up a similar position in Port Essington. By 1900 he was transferred to Hazelton, and in 1908 was appointed Mining Registrar and Supreme and County Court and Clerk of the Peace, in addition to his police duties. Kirby’s son, Ernest, was born in Hazelton in 1906, and in 1918 the family relocated to Smithers. James Kirby served on the early Smithers Citizens Association, as well as the board of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital. As Mining Recorder, Kirby held considerable authority within the local community. He was responsible for registering claims, issuing free miner’s certificates, and enforcing government legislation pertaining to mining. Records maintained by his office were used to assess the productivity of the district, which could influence government decisions on expenditures like road and trail development, and investment in smelting technology. Kirby served as Mining Recorder until 1931. James’ first wife, Annie Goodman Kirby, was born in 1878 in Nova Scotia to Icelandic parents. She had lived in British Columbia since 1890 and worked in tailoring until 1902, after which she became a housewife. This shift in occupation may mark the year her and James married. Annie died on November 21, 1921, and is buried in Smithers, B.C. at Block 2; Lot 1. She died just three years before her son Ernest’s death in 1924. James Kirby remarried in December 24, 1925, to Caroline Jane Humphrey. Ernest died at age 17 (Block 2; Lot 1) from accidental drowning in Tatalaska Lake, just west of Francois Lake. He was remembered in an obituary in the Omineca Herald newspaper as an “extremely popular and promising youth.” In honour of his memory, James Kirby handed out peppermints, a favourite of Ernest’s, earning himself the title “The Peppermint King.” James celebrated his 100th birthday on February 25th 1965 with a dinner party at the Smithers Restaurant, at which he received gifts from local notables and officials. Kirby died later that year.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of journals, autobiographic writings, a Boy Scouts guidebook, notes, a certificate and an accounts ledger. The fonds is arranged into three series: Mining Recorder, Personal writings and Photographs.
Arrangement
Additional file in fonds called "Odds and Ends" and numbered 1971.2.3 consists of a correspondence record, addresses and the 'railway robbery in London' notes. Recommend describing and accessioning this file.
Boy Scout book from 1983.52 was originally processed by B. Wilson in 1992.
Re-arranged by Wendi Croft, October 20, 2003 in order to more appropriately follow the purpose of RAD in a practical sense and following discussions with the AABC educator. This involved the re-naming of the series; re-location of items within the series; the removal of the Bulkley Valley Fall Fair (Telkwa Barbecue) 1919 program to an individual accession (later to be included in the Telkwa Barbecue Fonds) and the removal of the books (on Boy Scouts and Veterinary medicine) to the Artifact database due to their non-archival nature.
Re-arranged once again by Manda Haligowski, September 2016, to better reflect archival principles and practices.
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Interior News fonds

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Date Range
1910-2011
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
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 …
in Aldermere, outside of Telkwa. It was financed by the North Coast Land Company. After briefly moving to Hazelton and founding the Omineca Herald, Coyle returned to Aldermere and resumed publishing the renamed Interior News. He moved his offices to the Main Street of Smithers in 1913, sensing that the newly
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Creator
Interior News
Fonds No.
BF5
Accession No.
1981.53
1982.34
2017.130
2017.136
2018.2
2020.6
2020.34
2020.36
2021.1
Physical Description
9 cm of textual records; 82 microfilm reels; 1000+ 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
Smithers, B.C.
Bulkley Valley
Notes
All papers from 1910 to 2007 (minus most supplements) are available on Newspapers.com.
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Calderwood Realty Fonds

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Date Range
1929-2001
Collection
Calderwood Realty Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
cartographic material
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created and/or used by R.W. Calderwood Agencies during its time as a joint real estate and insurance business. These include a ledger book from 1949-1951 containing various receipts/cheques and a Deed of Land (1943), a trace mail receipt booklet from 1995-2001, a Notarial …
Protest from 1929, mining claims from 1935, partnership agreements, mortgages, revocations of power, bills of sale, and land sale agreements covering the period from 1939 to 1965, and correspondence from 2006. There is also a pamphlet with maps of Smithers, Telkwa, and Bulkley Valley, courtesy
Collection
Calderwood Realty Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
cartographic material
Creator
Calderwood Realty
Fonds No.
BF6
Accession No.
2020.30
2020.34
Physical Description
78 cm of textual records; 1 map pamphlet
Date Range
1929-2001
History / Biographical
R.W. Calderwood Agencies was founded in 1939 by Roy Calderwood, who had purchased a small business that dated back to 1914. It originally offered both real estate and insurance services including life, fire, accident, and even war insurance (the last during World War II). Following Roy’s death in 1953, his wife Marge ran the business until 1979, when she split it into two separate branches. The insurance branch was managed by Mary-Alice Finch and became part of Bulkley Valley Insurance in 2006. The real estate branch, managed by Charlie Northrup, became Calderwood Realty and is still in business today.
Custodial History
Items were donated, probably by Calderwood Realty, at some point between 2001 and 2015. No donation form has been found. Fonds number BF6 was probably assigned between 2016 and 2018. The accession number 2020.30 was given on June 22, 2020. Item from 2020.34 had previously been in the museum’s reference files, but was accessioned and added to fonds in August 2020.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created and/or used by R.W. Calderwood Agencies during its time as a joint real estate and insurance business. These include a ledger book from 1949-1951 containing various receipts/cheques and a Deed of Land (1943), a trace mail receipt booklet from 1995-2001, a Notarial Protest from 1929, mining claims from 1935, partnership agreements, mortgages, revocations of power, bills of sale, and land sale agreements covering the period from 1939 to 1965, and correspondence from 2006. There is also a pamphlet with maps of Smithers, Telkwa, and Bulkley Valley, courtesy of Calderwood Realty.
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Chapman Family fonds

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Date Range
[1907-1941]
Collection
Chapman Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Fonds includes a license, a poem, diaries, and photographs. The fonds is arranged into one series titled Diaries.
. Katie Chapman continued to run the farm with Fred Griffin after her husband’s death. She later purchased a house in Telkwa and lived there until her own death in 1974. Chapman Lake, between Smithers and Babine Lake, is named after Charlie. Scope and Content Fonds includes a series titled Diaries
Collection
Chapman Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Creator
Chapman Family
Fonds No.
PF4
Accession No.
1981.14
1981.29
1982.13
1987.13
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
22 photographs: b&w
Date Range
[1907-1941]
History / Biographical
Charles (Charlie) Alexander Chapman was born on April 5, 1872 in Wellington, Ontario to William and Helen Chapman, who had emigrated from Scotland the previous year. He had eight siblings. Chapman moved to British Columbia sometime before 1901, appearing in that year’s census as a miner in the Kootenays. He became a prominent Glentanna rancher and a pioneer of the mining industry in the Bulkley Valley. Notably, he worked with his friend James Cronin on the Babine Bonanza mining property, and served as a foreman at Cronin’s ranch, which he eventually took over. Katherine (Katie) Eugene Chapman, nee Hamilton, was born in 1886 in Bellville, Ontario to William and Ellen Hamilton. She came to Smithers in 1916 as a Private Secretary to Alan K. Kilpatrick, Divisional Superintendent of the Canadian National Railway. She also worked various other jobs, including teaching at Driftwood School. Charlie and Katie were married on May 6, 1918. The two founded the Chapman-Chapman ranch, which they ran together until Charlie’s death in 1931. Katie Chapman continued to run the farm with Fred Griffin after her husband’s death. She later purchased a house in Telkwa and lived there until her own death in 1974. Chapman Lake, between Smithers and Babine Lake, is named after Charlie.
Scope and Content
Fonds includes a license, a poem, diaries, and photographs. The fonds is arranged into one series titled Diaries.
Arrangement
Records were rearranged intellectually in October 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
Related Material
Cronin Family fonds (PF11) includes correspondence written by Charles Chapman while working as a foreman for the Babine Bonanza Mining & Milling Co.
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Lynn Shervill fonds

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Date Range
[1910s-1940s], 1981-1986
Collection
Lynn Shervill fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
The fonds reflects the research conducted by Lynn Shervill for his book, “Smithers: From Swamp to Village.” The fonds is arranged into a single series: Research records. Records primarily include newspaper clippings, hand-written research notes and correspondence. There are also 10 negative copies …
time Lynn became invested in the community’s local history. Shervill was on the Town of Smithers’ 60th Anniversary Committee, and authored a book for the anniversary titled, “Smithers: From Swamp to Village.” Both Lynn and Shelia were active environmental and social justice campaigners (Telkwa
Collection
Lynn Shervill fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
Lynn Shervill
Fonds No.
PF27
Accession No.
1996.184
2021.1
2020.35
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records; 10 negatives; 3 b&w slides
Date Range
[1910s-1940s], 1981-1986
History / Biographical
Lynn Shervill was born in December 1946 and graduated from Western University’s journalism program, beginning his career as a reporter for the London Free Press. By 1988, Shervill had received an RN diploma from the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, B.C., and proceeded to spend the following 10 years working at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital in Smithers, B.C. Lynn worked to establish both the Smithers Cancer Care Unit at Bulkley Valley District Hospital and a palliative care program. He has been on the board of the BV Hospice Society for many years, working mostly in grief support and NavCare – a program to support the frail elderly.
Shervill and his wife, Sheila Peters married in 1978, moving to Driftwood Canyon. In his spare time Lynn became invested in the community’s local history. Shervill was on the Town of Smithers’ 60th Anniversary Committee, and authored a book for the anniversary titled, “Smithers: From Swamp to Village.” Both Lynn and Shelia were active environmental and social justice campaigners (Telkwa Foundation, Amnesty International, Driftwood Foundation, Smithers Human Rights Society).
Lynn Shervill and Sheila Peters created the Creekstone Press in 1988, a printing business where local authors could have their materials published. As of 2019 it had published 21 books. Lynn and Shelia moved to Powell River in 2019.
Custodial History
Records were collected and created by Shervill while conducting research for “Smithers: From Swamp to Village.”
Scope and Content
The fonds reflects the research conducted by Lynn Shervill for his book, “Smithers: From Swamp to Village.” The fonds is arranged into a single series: Research records. Records primarily include newspaper clippings, hand-written research notes and correspondence. There are also 10 negative copies and three black-and-white slides of photos used in From Swamp to Village.
Arrangement
Records are artificially arranged.
Subject Access
Gilbert Clarke Killam
Coyle, Joseph
Duhamel, George
Hoskins, Stephen
Hankinson, Cecil
Hanson, Olaf
Jack Joseph
Kelly, Joe
Sealy, Jack
Simpson, Donald
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
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Sheila Peters fonds

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Date Range
1988-2018
Collection
Sheila Peters fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
electronic record
sound recording
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Scope and Content
Fonds reflects the writing and recording activities of Shelia Peters. Arranged into 5 series: 1. Digital items, 2. Research and drafts, 3. Publications, 4. Ephemera, 5. Maps
Canadian newspapers and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Both were active environmental and social justice campaigners (Telkwa Foundation, Amnesty International, Driftwood Foundation, Smithers Human Rights Society). In 1998, Creekstone Press was founded and has published 21 books to date. Both Lynn
Collection
Sheila Peters fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
electronic record
sound recording
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Other Title Info
based on contents
Creator
Sheila Peters
Fonds No.
PF31
Accession No.
2019.8
Physical Description
9 optical character discs (CDs) containing 51 .mp3 files and 1 PowerPoint
5cm textual records
1cm ephemera
1 Word Document
3 maps
Date Range
1988-2018
Publication
Creekstone Press
CICK Smithers Community Radio
History / Biographical
Sheila Peters was born in Powell River, BC in 1953. After graduation from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Journalism in 1976, she made her way to a job at the Interior News in Smithers, where she met R. Lynn Shervill, a journalism graduate from the University of Western Ontario. (Lynn grew up in London.) They married in 1978 and lived in Driftwood Canyon, where they raised their two sons, for most of the next 42 years. Lynn wrote Smithers: From Swamp to Village which was published in 1981 to celebrate Smithers 50th anniversary. Previously he worked at several Canadian newspapers and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Both were active environmental and social justice campaigners (Telkwa Foundation, Amnesty International, Driftwood Foundation, Smithers Human Rights Society). In 1998, Creekstone Press was founded and has published 21 books to date. Both Lynn and Sheila are involved in the whole publishing process, which features regional writers in a variety of genres. Sheila started publishing her writing in the mid-nineties. Her poetry and fiction has appeared in many Canadian journals. Tending the Remnant Damage (Beach Holme 2001) is a linked collection of short stories; Canyon Creek: A Script (Creekstone 1998) tells the story of the eviction of a Witsuwit'en (Wet’suwet’en) family from its homesite near Smithers; weather from the west is a collection of poetry published in collaboration with images by visual artist, Perry Rath; A Taste of Ashes is a novel set in both Smithers and Guatemala; Shafted is a mystery set in Smithers; The Bathymetry of Lax Kwaxl is a chapbook of sonnets published by Leaf Press. She has also been a regular contributor to Northword, a regional arts and culture magazine. From 2015 to 2018 she hosted In the Shadow of the Mountain, a CICK radio show featuring (mostly) local and regional writers. In 2018, she began a series of essays (including some from Lynn) about the Driftwood watershed to celebrate their 40 years living beside the creek. They’ve been published on her blog at www.sheilapeters.com. She also participated in installations, performance, and art projects:
"Marginal" (poetry) performed in Tribute to the Babines (audio-visual Driftwood Foundation production), Smithers, 1990
"A Height of Land" (one-act play) produced in Smithers and Hazelton, 1992
“an open drawer” – an interactive installation of artifacts, poems, and photographs shown in “A Stitch in Time” at the Smithers Art Gallery, May/June 2001
“Beetles probes 1, 2, and 3” (poems) accepted for display in Red and Blue Beetle Art in Vanderhoof, June, 2007 and subsequent tours.
“I taught myself to drive” Joint installation with photographer Virginia Pohl at 5314: a Celebration of Connection and Nurturing at the Smithers Art Gallery plus 50 handmade chapbooks April 2009
“still waters” (poetry) installed at Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park June 2010
“Pine Cycle” (poetry) words for a choral composition by Diane Berry to be premiered in Victoria in February 2012. Sheila and Lynn moved to Powell River in 2019.
Scope and Content
Fonds reflects the writing and recording activities of Shelia Peters. Arranged into 5 series: 1. Digital items, 2. Research and drafts, 3. Publications, 4. Ephemera, 5. Maps
Arrangement
Items do not have an original arrangement.
Geographic Access
Driftwood, B.C.
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
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Smithers' Bakery fonds

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Date Range
1932; [1944-1954]
Collection
Smithers' Bakery fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds contains a ledger and a letter to Quon Fee Quan, possibly Tong’s grandmother.
after living in Aldermere and Telkwa. In 1922, Tong sponsored his great- nephew Mah Wing Sheek, who was known as Little Wing. Sheek’s father (and Tong’s nephew) was Mah Chong, who owned a laundry business in Smithers, and passed away in 1938 at the age of 49 from a heart attack. Sheek eventually took
Collection
Smithers' Bakery fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
Mah Yoke Tong
Mah Wing Shek
Fonds No.
BF1
Accession No.
1971.67
2012.63
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
1932; [1944-1954]
History / Biographical
Smithers’ Bakery originated as City Bakery & Confectionary, opened by Stanley C. Jones in 1913 and located on 1st Avenue and Main Street. In 1918, Lee Jackman, manager of the Hotel Bulkley dining room, leased the building to open a coffee shop and bakery. This business was later purchased by Mah Yoke Tong in 1919. Tong was born December 14, 1870, in Bai Sha Tong village in Taishan County, Guangdong, China. He arrived in Smithers in 1915 after living in Aldermere and Telkwa. In 1922, Tong sponsored his great-nephew Mah Wing Sheek, who was known as Little Wing. Sheek’s father (and Tong’s nephew) was Mah Chong, who owned a laundry business in Smithers, and passed away in 1938 at the age of 49 from a heart attack. Sheek eventually took over his uncle’s business and the bakery became colloquially known as Wing’s Chinese Bakery. Tong passed away on February 11th, 1955. Sheek passed away in the late 1980’s and the building was purchased by Spicer and Romieu Accounting & Insurance.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains a ledger and a letter to Quon Fee Quan, possibly Tong’s grandmother.
Arrangement
Records were intellectually rearranged in September 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
Notes
Records are written in Chinese and English. The letter has an English translation available in the file.
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Willard D. Tompson fonds

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Date Range
[1896-1967]
Collection
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Fonds primarily reflects the business activities of Tompson while working as a geologist for Lost Resources Mining Syndicate, relating to the review of Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston’s mining claims.
for the Calgary-based Telkwa Gold Corporation; initial drilling and detailed mapping followed, with actual drilling commencing in 1996. Tompson served as Vice-President to the Corporation (as of 1999) while his son Ken was its President (as of 1996). In 2001 Willard Tompson retired to Vernon, BC. He passed away
Collection
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF9
Accession No.
1985.6
1985.25
1990.113
1990.135
1990.140
1990.209
Physical Description
76.2 cm of textual records
178 photographs
41 cartographic items
Date Range
[1896-1967]
History / Biographical
Willard Dudley Tompson was born November 26, 1926 in Mexico, Missouri. He served with the U.S. Army, stationed in Berlin from 1945 to 1946. Tompson moved his family to Vancouver in 1962 to pursue a career as a geologist in mineral exploration. In 1974, he relocated to Smithers, BC. By 1999, Tompson was Vice President of Telkwa Gold Corporation and retired to Vernon, BC in 2001. Tompson passed away on January 30, 2015.
Custodial History
The papers of Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston, and his daughter Maisie Armytage Moore, were collected by Tompson during his contract with Lost Resources Mining Syndicate to investigate the mining claims of Campbell-Johnston.
Tompson bought the papers of Francis Bell Chettleburgh at an estate sale. Since, these records are not related to Tompson or his work, they have been separated and arranged under their own fonds (see: PF10).
Scope and Content
Fonds primarily reflects the business activities of Tompson while working as a geologist for Lost Resources Mining Syndicate, relating to the review of Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston’s mining claims.
Fonds is arranged into two sous-fonds:
1. Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston
2. Amy Campbell-Johnston Hurley
Records include reports, correspondence, maps, pamphlets and photographs.
Related Material
Francis Bell Chettleburgh fonds (PF10)
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Bulkley Valley Museum fonds

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Date Range
1961-2017
Collection
Bulkley Valley Museum fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
moving image
architectural drawing
sound recording
Scope and Content
This fonds contains material created and used by the Bulkley Valley Museum during the course of its day-to-day activities, from the time of its inception as a historical society in the early 1960s up to and including the present. These are primarily textual records such as meeting minutes, staff re…
outing in Telkwa. Furthermore, there is an increasing amount of born-digital material (Word docs, PDFs, images) which have yet to be fully processed into the fonds. Arrangement This fonds was first arranged around 2018 by Manda Haligowski and was rearranged in spring 2021 by Holly Peterson. In its
Collection
Bulkley Valley Museum fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
moving image
architectural drawing
sound recording
Creator
Bulkley Valley Museum
Fonds No.
OF1
Accession No.
2010.5
2017.22
2017.63
2017.71
2017.72
2017.128
2018.15
2020.8
2020.27
2020.35
2020.36
2021.1
2021.3
2021.15
Physical Description
13 boxes of textual and graphic material; 1 box photographs; [] architectural plans; 2 videocassettes, 1 CD, [] digital records
Date Range
1961-2017
History / Biographical
The Bulkley Valley Museum (BVM) was founded in large part by Ernest Hann, an early pioneer who amassed a large collection of documents, photographs and artifacts representing local settler history. This became the core collection upon which the Museum was built. The first public displays of artifacts opened in 1967 in the newly-constructed Smithers Public Library. However, it was not until 1971 that the Bulkley Valley Historical & Museum Society was officially incorporated. With space becoming limited in the Library, the Museum was moved in 1974 to the historic Central Park Building, which had once served as Smithers' government building, courthouse, and jail. The Museum first shared a room with the Smithers Art Gallery before receiving its own space. Today the BVM collects, preserves and presents items of historical and cultural significance from Smithers and the Bulkley Valley and is enjoyed by over 5000 people per year.
Custodial History
All items in this fonds were retained by the Museum as internal records following their initial creation and use, and were accessioned and entered into the OF1 fonds upon being found in collections.
Scope and Content
This fonds contains material created and used by the Bulkley Valley Museum during the course of its day-to-day activities, from the time of its inception as a historical society in the early 1960s up to and including the present. These are primarily textual records such as meeting minutes, staff reports, exhibit plans, correspondence, policies, financial documents, curator diaries, guest books, scrapbooks, and membership lists. The fonds also includes photographs, pamphlets, posters, floor plans, 1 CD of oral history recordings, and 2 videocassettes. Furthermore, there is an increasing amount of born-digital material (Word docs, PDFs, images) which have yet to be fully processed into the fonds.
Arrangement
This fonds was first arranged around 2018 by Manda Haligowski and was rearranged in spring 2021 by Holly Peterson. In its current form, the OF1 fonds is divided into nine series: - S1) Office of the Curator - S2) Board of Directors - S3) events and promotions - S4) Old Church - S5) guest books/lists - S6) scrapbooks - S7) maps and plans - S8) photographs - S9) audiovisual materials. Series 1, 2, 3, and 4 have been further subdivided into subseries and/or files; see their Arrangement fields for more details.
Subject Access
Bulkley Valley Museum
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
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