Although there is no mention of the Smithers Citizens’ Association disbanding, it is assumed that once Smithers was incorporated as a village in 1921 the Association ceased to be.
The constitution stated the object of the Association was the “advancement of the town of Smithers and its development along progressive lines.” Membership was an annual fee of five dollars and was open to those who owned property or held a business license. The executive members consisted of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and five additional members. The original executives included W.P. Lynch (President), H.G. Smith (Vice-President), T.T. Dunlop (Secretary), G.C. Killam (Treasurer), J.M. Adams, J.W. Turner, W.S. Henry, T.L. Carr and H.P. Jones. The Association seemed to be primarily funded through membership dues, donations and fundraising events.
The Smithers Citizens’ Association held an organizational meeting on October 29, 1913, where a committee was formed to write a constitution. The constitution was adopted on December 1, 1913, and the first annual meeting of the Association was held on December 8, 1913.
This fonds was previously held by the Municipality of the Village of Smithers and the Corporation of the Village of Smithers. Records were last held by Gordon Williams Sr. and kept in the Hoskins Ford vault. They were donated to the Archives in 1988 on the condition that they would continue to be kept in a vault.
Scope and Content
Fonds provides evidence of the Associations efforts to expand and improve Smithers. It is organized into three series: Administrative, Financial and Public works and economic development.
The arrangement is artificial as original order has been lost. In 1991 when the collection was initially processed the records were maintained in their original order. However, some point afterward (possibly 2003) the records were rearranged for unknown reasons. Records were rearranged physically and intellectually in October 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.