Erica Hernandez-Read, MAS
Interim Head Archivist
Kim Stathers, MAS, MLIS
Sarah Giesbrecht, MAS, MLIS, MA
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 2:30-3:30
Lecture Theatre 8-164, Teaching Lab Bldg, UNBC
Like much of the province, northern BC and the Cariboo were transformed by automobility during the years 1925-1975, both concretely and in terms of how they were perceived by visitors and residents. A new geography of competition emerged along highway verges, as businesses offered food, gas, lodging, and more to the motoring public. Roadsides came to be festooned with scenic pullouts, viewpoints, and a constellation of natural and historical attractions. Even seemingly anti-modern sites (and sights) such as pastoral rural scenes, wilderness parks, and heritage sites were intertwined with a complex network of fixed infrastructure and flexible consumer technology.
This presentation examines motoring’s crucial role in shaping common experiences of the region’s landscapes and communities. It shows that the motoring public’s travel patterns, viewing habits, and popular tastes inexorably affected the places they passed through. It also emphasizes that the costs and benefits of this transformation were unevenly distributed: some places in BC accelerated ahead in the fast lane, while others were bypassed or left stranded off the road.
Northern BC Archives & Special Collections has been featured the University Affairs article "Archives are adapting to an era of digitization and decolonization" by Erika Thorkelson (Sept. 18, 2019).
Image: 2009.10.3.29 - 'Drying Oolichan at Fishery Bay' Nass River Valley area, c. 1925
The Fred Jeffery Collection consists of three photograph albums comprising a total of 303 b&w photographs all dating ca.1924-1933. The subject matter consists primarily of the fishing industry, river & landscapes, salmon cannery images (housing, people, workers, machinery, boats) on the Nass River and North Pacific Coast. Album photographs also include images of the Canadian Pacific Railway in both Vancouver and Sicamous, BC., as well as, images of the Legislative Assembly buildings in Victoria, the 1924 Special Service Squadron ships in Vancouver, early construction of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and town overviews of Yokohama, Japan (pre WWII).
Image: 2014.10.1.435 - Image of land surveyor Arthur Holland viewing Northern BC landscape.
The Archives has recently completed the digitization and finding aid project for the Arthur Holland Land Surveying Collection. The collection consists of 475 images, most of which were taken primarily from 1909 to 1915 by Holland while working in the Central Interior of Northern British Columbia.
Image: 2002.1.9.1.035 - Skeena Riverside View of Inspection Train, Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, c. 1912
Access is now available to the records of the Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum, which amounts to over 13 meters of textual, cartographic, photographic materials and ephemera related to diverse aspects of rail operations from railways operating in Northern BC. The majority of this collection contains material created by the Canadian National Railway and its predecessors that spans 100+ years and documents rail transportation history developments.
This project was completed with financial contributions by Canadian National Railway and an anonymous private foundation.
Finding aid creation for the The Fred Jeffery Collection and the Arthur Holland Land Surveying Collection was made possible through the efforts and financial support of both private individuals (Jay Sherwood) and a number of organizations including: The Historical and Biographical Committee of the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors; Northern Regional Group of British Columbia Land Surveyors; Underhill Geomatics Ltd., in Memory of Ivan Royan, BCLS; Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia; Robert Allen, BCLS (Life Member), CLS (ret.); Chapman Land Surveying Ltd.; Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors Lower Mainland OIP Group; McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd., Kitimat; McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd., Prince George; Scott Pengelly, BCLS; Vector Geomatics Land Surveying Ltd.; Sandra Wards, BCLS, CLS, Peng; Strait Land Surveying Inc.; Steven E. Wong Land Surveying Inc.
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