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Occupy Vancouver Collection

  • MsC-146
  • Collection
  • 15 Oct. 2011-25 Nov. 2012

The collection consists of records associated to the Occupy Vancouver movement covering the years 2011 and 2012. It comprises records related to Occupy Vancouver Committees (General Assembly, Volunteer Coordinating Committee, Info Tent), photographs of activists and objects (teddy bear, pins, flags). The collection includes records associated with the court case between the City of Vancouver and Sean O’Flynn-Magee, Jane Doe, John Doe and other unknown persons. The records have been arranged in the following six series: Committee records (2011); Court case records (2011); Photographs and moving images (2011); Notebooks (2011); Publications (2012); Adbusters ([2011-2012]).

Occupy Vancouver

Andre Isakov labour oral history project collection

  • F-226
  • Collection
  • 2005

The collection consists of 2 complete interviews over 3 CDs conducted by Andre Isakov with Jack Munro and Francis (Frank) Wall and two additional CDs of excerpts of the same interviews.

Isakov, Andre

Gene Waddell SFU architecture collection

  • F-262
  • Collection
  • [1998]

Collection consists of an unpublished manuscript created by Gene Waddell for the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The manuscript exists in two different formats -- as a photocopied, physical copy and as digitized files. The physical copy is an unabridged version that can be accessed in the reading room, and the digitized files are text-searchable, PDF files that are accessible here in SFU AtoM.

Roy L. Carlson inteview collection (Terry Spurgeon collector)

  • F-135
  • Collection
  • 1995

In 1995, Terry Spurgeon was an Honours student in Archaeology at SFU, and past president of the Archaeological Society of British Columbia. He interviewed Roy Carlson on the occasion of Dr. Carlson's retirement from SFU that year. Dr. Carlson was a charter faculty member in the Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology. He played a pivotal role in establishing a separate Department of Archaeology.

The collection consists of Terry Spurgeon's interview of Dr. Carlson including audiocassettes, and a transcript. Also includes the fall 1995 issue of The Midden, published in honour of Dr. Carlson, and for which Terry Spurgeon served as guest editor.

Spurgeon, Terry

"Tides of Men" Oral History Collection

  • MsC-193
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1995-1996]

This collection contains 18 cassettes (approximately 27 hours) representing 10 interviews compiled for the oral history project that resulted in "Tides of Men: A Documentary on the Lives of Gay Men in British Columbia, 1936 to the Present.". The interviews are narratives of gay life in Vancouver, compiled approximately between 1995-1996 by Robert Rothon and Myron Plett.

Sterling Prize collection

  • F-175
  • Collection
  • 1993 - 2003

The Archives established the Sterling Prize Collection in 2000 at the suggestion of Professor Ted Sterling, who, with his wife Nora, established the Sterling Prize for Controversy in 1993. According to the terms of reference for the prize, it may be given for work in any field including—but not limited to—fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and education. The primary aim of the prize is to encourage daring, creative, controversial, unconventional, and non-traditional work at SFU that also meets high standards and is morally and ethically sound. An ancillary aim is to encourage the study, at SFU, of the role of the controversial. The prize is normally awarded to a member of the SFU community—students, faculty, staff, or alumni. The winner is selected by the Sterling Prize Committee, composed of faculty. student and staff representatives.

Dr. Sterling, Professor Emeritus at SFU, was the founder of the University’s computing science program in 1973, and is an expert in computational epidemiology and the social implications of computing. He was awarded an honorary degree by SFU in 2001.

For further information on Ted and Nora Sterling and the Sterling Prize, see the file "Background Information."

In 2000, the archivist asked each previous Sterling Prize winner to give the Archives a copy of his or her Sterling Prize lecture. Some winners were able to supply a prepared text; other winners spoke from notes and supplied these. The archivist added more information to the files including announcements, press releases, articles from Simon Fraser News, print-outs from the Sterling Prize website, (http://www.sfu.ca/sterlingprize/) and other documents. SFU Media and Public Relations gave the Archives a cassette copy of Russel Ogden’s lecture for 1995. Please note that there was no prize winner for 1996.

For a list of speakers included in the collection, see Access Points.

Archives and Records Management Department

Collection about Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group

  • F-214
  • Collection
  • [1990] - 2004

The Simon Fraser Public Interest Group (SFPIRG) was established in 1981 as part of a movement of PIRGs established at universities across North America to advocate for social change. SFPIRG's mission is to engage students in social and environmental justice. Areas of work include education, action, research and community. SFPIRG is funded through student fees, is non-partisan, and is a registered non-profit organization. The collection consists of publications of the organization, including their newsletter Antithesis, and a number of special topic brochures, booklets, and leaflets.

British Columbia women's history audio collection

  • F-148
  • Collection
  • 1989

The collection consists of audio cassette recordings of the interviews and associated paper documentation (biographical forms and interview summaries) for each of the women who participated. Twelve women were interviewed. The names of the interviewers and interviewees are:

  • Beverly Ann Carlson interviewed by Anda Jones.

  • Bertha Cochrane interviewed by Linda Henderson.

  • Suzanne Crawford interviewed by Pat Newton.

  • Kathleen Dawson interviewed by Linda Cluelett.

  • Ann St. Clair Ecclestone inteviewed by Jane Ecclestone.

  • Jean Ferguson interviewed by Marsha Ferguson.

  • Melitha Rose Kraus interviewed by Laurie Doig.

  • Patricia Mazzarella Larson interviewed by Angela M. Larson.

  • Violet Piersma interviewed by Peter van Drongelen.

  • Florence Vilma Shannon; interviewer not recorded.

  • Miyako Shinkawa interviewed by Debbie Shinkawa.

  • Ilo Urquart; interviewer not recorded.

Note that there is no paper documentation for one of the interviewees (Ilo Urquart).

McPherson, Kathryn

Recycling collection (Vivien Leong collector)

  • F-183
  • Collection
  • 1988 - 1991

Collection consists of records relating to Vivien Leong's activities as a member of the Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG) Recycling Group and a member of the Communications Student Union. Collection includes agendas, minutes, correspondence, publications, posters, anti-calendars, and other documents.

Leong, Vivien

Indo-Canadian oral history collection (Hari Sharma collector)

  • F-77
  • Collection
  • 1984 - 1987

The Indo-Canadian Oral History Collection documents the histories of immigrants from the Punjab Province of India who came to Canada between 1912 and 1938. The project was initiated by Hari Sharma, Professor of Sociology at SFU, who conducted the interviews with the assistance of a graduate student.

The interview subjects, primarily Sikhs, discuss such topics as why they came to Canada, the journey to Canada, adjustment to Canadian society upon arrival, employment in Canada, family life, and their ongoing links with their country of origin. Appendices include an interview guide prepared by Hari Sharma and an article about the project.

Sharma, Hari

Maggie Benston collection (Sue Cox collector)

  • F-69
  • Collection
  • 1983

Sue Cox was an undergraduate student at SFU, who was a student in one of Maggie Benston's classes. The collection consists of handwritten class notes and reprints from Maggie Benston's first offering of the course, "Women, Science and Technology," (WS 204-3).

The collection consists of one file.

Cox, Sue

Hugh Keenleyside interview collection (Peter Stursberg collector)

  • F-137
  • Collection
  • 1980

Journalist Peter Stursberg interviewed Hugh Keenleyside as part of an oral history project for the Parliamentary Library and the National Archives of Canada. Dr. Keenleyside was a former chair of the B.C. Power Commission and played an important role in the development of hydroelectric power in B.C.

The collection consists of three files containing the complete transcripts of two interviews.

Stursberg, Peter

Dance in Vancouver interview collection (Karen Greenhough collector)

  • F-72
  • Collection
  • 1979

The Dance in Vancouver collection consists of interviews by Karen Greenhough with eight dance pioneers in British Columbia. The project was suggested by Greenhough's instructor, Iris Garland, SFU Professor of Dance, who obtained support through a Young Canada Works Grant.

The collection consists of seven interviews. Dancers interviewed include Kay Armstrong, Dorothy Hunter, Beth Lockhart, Grace MacDonald, June Roper, Josephine Slater, Dorothy Wilson, and Wynne Shaw. For one of the sessions, Greenhough interviewed two women (Dorothy Wilson and Wynne Shaw) at the same time.

Greenhough, Karen

Women's labour history interview collection (Sara Diamond interviewer)

  • F-67
  • Collection
  • 1978-2016, predominant 1978-1980

The Women's Labour History Project documents the histories of women who were active in the trade union movement in British Columbia from 1890s onwards. The project was initiated by Sara Diamond, an undergraduate history student at SFU, who conducted the interviews. She received financial support from the British Columbia Summer Youth Employment Fund. Additional funding was received from many other sources, including The Canada Council, and the Federal Department of Human Resources. Diamond provides a description of her research methodology in a report included as Appendix A1, "Women's Labour History Project" (available in the hard-copy finding aid only).

The collection consists of 43 interviews conducted by Sara Diamond with women in the labour movement in British Columbia. The women discuss their childhoods, family lives, careers, social issues such as childcare and birth control, economic situations such as the depresssion and post-war employment, and the working conditions that led them to become union activists. A summary of each interview is provided in Appendix 1, "Women's Labour History Project" (available in hard-copy finding aid only).

The collection contains audio recordings and transcripts.

Diamond, Sara

Kenneth Strand interview collection (Gordon Hardy collector)

  • F-138
  • Collection
  • 1977

Collection consists of an interview (audio recording and transcript) of Dr. Kenneth Strand by Gordon Hardy.

Strand was Acting President of Simon Fraser University from August 1968 to September 1969, and was President of the University from September 8, 1969 to September 1974. Gordon Hardy is a former student of Simon Fraser University. Mr. Hardy first interviewed Dr. Strand for the "The Peak" when Dr. Strand was named Acting President in 1968. The present interview was conducted in 1977 for the SFU Alumni Magazine, "Afterthoughts."

The interview is on Side A of the cassette tape. It is approximately 45 minutes long. Unfortunately the interview ends rather abruptly in mid-sentence, because the tape ended. Side B of the tape contains a short (about 10 minutes) interview of Gordon Hardy by the Library Assistant for Archives. This interview provides some background on Mr. Hardy's interview with Dr. Strand. Both interviews were conducted in offices, and consequently the background noise and interruptions detract from the interview.

The transcript of the interview is available.

Hardy, Gordon

Pauline Jewett interview collection (Peter Stursberg collector)

  • F-136
  • Collection
  • 1976

Peter Stursberg was a journalist who interviewed Pauline Jewett for his book on Lester B. Pearson. Dr. Jewett was President of SFU from 1974 to 1978. She was a former university professor and a member of Parliament.

The collection consists of 2 audio cassettes and the transcript of the interview.

Stursberg, Peter

Association of University and College Employees collection

  • F-120
  • Collection
  • 1974 - 1992

Collection consists of records reflecting the administration, organization and activities of AUCE #2 as well as AUCE's provincial organization. Includes constitution, by-laws, articles of agreement, contracts, financial statements, reports, correspondence, memoranda, ephemera, newsletters, handbooks, and bulletins.

Archives and Records Management Department

Columbia River Treaty audio collection

  • F-227
  • Collection
  • 1974

Collection consists of records available in multiple formats relating to the 14-lecture series "Canadian-American Relations: Perspectives on the Columbia River Treaty" held at Simon Fraser University in 1974.

The Columbia River Treaty was an agreement between Canada and the United States for flood control and the construction of dams for the generation of hydroelectricity. Four dams were constructed - three in Canada (Mica, Arrow, and Duncan) and one in the United States (Libby). The treaty was signed in 1961 but was not ratified by the Canadian Parliament. The treaty was so controversial that a Protocol was drawn up, which eventually defined the monetary terms and operational procedures without changing any of the physical plan. The Protocol was agreed upon in 1964.

The lecture series was organized through the combined efforts of the Canadian Studies Program, the Department of Continuing Studies, and the Alumni Association and was chaired by Professor George Cook of the History Department. Each lecture was given by a person who had been closely connected to the Columbia River Treaty. Admission to attend the lectures was free. All lectures were held in the East Concourse Cafeteria, SFU (Burnaby campus).

Collection consists of audio recordings of the Columbia River Treaty lecture series advertised by Simon Fraser University as "a series of talks and panels designed to increase public understanding of this issue in Canadian-American relations on the international, national, regional and local levels and from the political, legal, economic, geographic and social aspects." The collection also consists of transcripts compiled by BC Hydro (Dania Robinson) in 2011 from the audio recordings of the Columbia River Treaty lecture series. Due to variable audio quality, the transcripts are not a full disclosure of the lectures. Researchers are advised to review access copies of the original audio recordings.

Document types include reel to reel, audio cassette tapes, digital (mp3 format) as well as transcripts (paper and PDF formats) of the audio recordings.

Pacific Tribune Photograph collection

  • MsC-160
  • Collection
  • 1972-1992

The Pacific Socialist Education Association’s Pacific Tribune Photograph Collection comprises over 40,000 35-mm images taken for the weekly Vancouver labour newspaper Pacific Tribune. The images cover a twenty-year period, from 1972 to 1992, one of the most active periods in British Columbia’s labour history.
Included in the collection are images from some of the most tumultuous events involving British Columbia’s labour movements:

  • the province-wide campaign against insurance rate increases introduced by the new Social Credit government in 1976
  • the opposition to federal wage controls that culminated in a one-day national work stoppage in 1976
  • the historic Solidarity movement in 1983
  • labour’s campaign — that also included a one-day work stoppage in 1987 — against government legislation that severely curtailed the right to organize unions and bargain collectively

The collection is also a rich source of images from political and other social movements, including:

  • rallies and campaigns for human rights
  • internationally recognized Vancouver walks for peace during the mid-1980s
  • anti-poverty and housing movements
  • womens' rights
  • First Nations' movements
  • environmental campaigns

Pacific Tribune

Simon Fraser University Childcare Society collection (Mary Wilson collector)

  • F-229
  • Collection
  • 1972 - 2006

The collection consists of material kept by Mary Wilson to document the evolution of child care at SFU. Collection includes letters, minutes, reports and other documents as well as a short history of early child care at the University in which Wilson explains the importance of each document in the collection.

Wilson, Mary

Department of Women's Studies collection

  • F-62
  • Collection
  • 1972 - 1992

The collection consists of agendas and minutes from the Women's Studies Coordinating Committee and the Women's Studies Graduate Committee. The collection also includes a proposal for a minor in Women's Studies and a correspondence file that contains letters exchanged between Lolita Wilson, Assistant to the Vice-President, Academic and the Committee on the Status of Women of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). The latter file also contains a copy of Wilson's 1972 report, "Women at Simon Fraser University."

Archives and Records Management Department

Union of Socialist Geographers collection

  • MsC-188
  • Collection
  • 1972-1977

In September of 1974, 12 members of the SFU Geography Department voted to form a Vancouver chapter of the Union of Socialist Geographers (USG). For the first few years this chapter, comprised of both faculty and graduate students, was responsible for collecting, editing and publishing content for issues of the USG newsletter. Eventually, volumes comprised of multiple issues of newsletters were produced and the first few of these were also published from SFU. By 1978, however, support from the Geography department at the University was waning. M. E. Eliot Hurst, a key founding member of the USG, was replaced as Chair of the Department of Geography and graduate students were leaving, so the Minnesota chapter stepped in to become the principle organizing and publishing collective for volumes 5 and 6.
Superseded by a splinter group, the USG fizzled out of existence around 1981. In the years since, several original members of the Union have worked to collect and digitize original published content, though it remains incomplete. SFU Special Collections and Rare Books holds 17 issues of the USG newsletter, representing volumes 1-4 in their entirety and portions of volumes 5 & 6. A few more issues can be found at the website for the Antipode foundation (https://antipodefoundation.org/2017/06/28/usg-newsletter-archive/).
This collection is comprised of miscellaneous contextual records that serve to illustrate some of the atmosphere and attitudes towards socialist geography that existed at SFU in the 1970’s. There are source project reports that clearly inspired SFU students to develop their own geography project in Vancouver; notes and memos from within the SFU Department of Geography discussing the relative merits of a socialist geography course or agenda; a compilation of collaborative papers generated by USG members for presentation at a conference; and minutes from meetings of the Vancouver chapter of the Union of Socialist Geographers.

Evelyn T. Palmer and Leigh Hunt Palmer science collection

  • F-182
  • Collection
  • 1971 - 2003

Collection consists of biographical information on the Palmers including an article from SFU Comment magazine; a binder (refiled in folders) on the history of the Department of Chemistry prepared by Evelyn T. Palmer; a group of files about the Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture Series (files F-182-0-0-0-4 to F-182-0-0-0-25 ) as well as reel-to-reel tapes and cassette recordings of the lectures; and a binder (refiled in folders) on various Faculty of Science lecture series organized by the Palmers. Collection includes correspondence, programs, posters, publications and other documents.

Palmer, Evelyn T.

Women's movement collection (Marge Hollibaugh collector)

  • F-73
  • Collection
  • 1969 - 1970

Collection consists of two scrapbooks. One scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and other material that documents the Abortion Caravan to Ottawa in 1970. The second scrapbook documents Janiel Jolley as a protest candidate of the Simon Fraser Student Society for Miss Canadian University Beauty.

Hollibaugh, Marge

The Pedestal newspaper collection

  • F-272
  • Collection
  • 1969-1975

Collection consists of digital copies of a complete run of The Pedestal, a feminist periodical published by the Vancouver Women's Caucus and edited by the Pedestal collective. The periodical referred to itself as a women's liberation newspaper and later as a lesbian-feminist newspaper; it published non-fiction, personal stories, poetry, reviews, letters to the editor, news of the women's movement, informational resources, a dream page and a calendar of events. It was distributed to individual subscribers, women's groups and sold by members at demonstrations and political events, and was available at bookstores and other locations around Vancouver. The Pedestal engaged in debates with members and readers over homosexuality, socialism and relationships with men, and addressed political issues such as abortion, childcare, education, anti-imperialism and patriarchy.

Contributors include Liz Briemberg, Colette Connor, Deb Dubelko, Susan Dubrofsky, Pat Feindel, Barb Finlayson, Eileen Hausfather, Pat Hoffer, Nym Hughes, Beth Jankola, Sylvia Lindstrom, Judi Morton, Jean Rands, Anne Roberts, Diane Schrenk, Sharon Stevenson, Marcy Toms and Dodie Weppler.

Volume VI, Numbers 3 and 4 were published under the title Women Can.

Women's movement collection (Candace Parker collector)

  • F-165
  • Collection
  • 1969 - 1976

In 1970 Candace Parker was a member of the Vancouver Women's Caucus and a graduate student at the University of British Columbia. For a sociology class, Parker and Sibylle Klein wrote an essay, "Developing An Ideology: the Feminist Movement in North America," which drew upon Parker's experiences in Women's Caucus. Candace Parker was also interviewed by Frances Wasserlein and the transcript of that interview is contained in the Frances Wasserlein fonds, F-162.

The collection consists of research material collected by Candace Parker in the course of preparing her essay plus some additional feminist literature acquired afterwards. Includes notes and drafts, news clippings, reprints, broadsheets, position papers, briefs, newsletters, and newspapers.

Parker, Candace

Simon Fraser University poster collection

  • F-211
  • Collection
  • 1969 - 2005

Collection consists of SFU campus posters promoting the university or advertising social and academic events on campus, and departmental programs. Also included are departmental strike posters related to the 1969 strike in the Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, and a "Shift Shell" bumper sticker related to the 1966 protest about the Shell Gas Station on campus.

Archives and Records Management Department

Women's movement collection (Anne Roberts collector)

  • F-166
  • Collection
  • 1969 - 1975

Fonds consists of material acquired by Anne Roberts as a member of Vancouver Women's Caucus. Includes minutes, correspondence, flyers, pamphlets, reprints, news clippings, briefs, position papers, copies of The Pedestal, and other documents.

Roberts, Anne

Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology collection (Norman Swartz collector)

  • F-131
  • Collection
  • 1969 - 1970

Norman Swartz joined the Department of Philosophy at SFU in 1967 and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1998.

During Swartz's early years at SFU, the Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology Department was in academic and administrative turmoil, which culminated in the Department being placed under trusteeship by the University administration and eight faculty members going on strike.

Various faculty members, administrators and students produced documents to support their points of view during the PSA crisis. As he explained in his autobiographical notes, Swartz collected all of the PSA material that circulated around the University and that reached his desk from 1969 to 1970. Collection includes correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings and other documents related to the ongoing events in the PSA Department at this time.

Swartz, Norman

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