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Series consists of correspondence created and received by Patrick McTaggart-Cowan in both his personal and professional life. Includes records that reflect his student days at UBC and Oxford, his professional life from when he first joined the Meteorological Service to when he retired from the Science Council in 1975, and correspondence after his retirement. Also includes correspondence relating to a number of projects, events or interests with which McTaggart-Cowan was concerned.

Financial records

Series consists of records relating to the personal finances of McTaggart-Cowan. Includes records that reflect income while serving in Newfoundland, household accounts, banking records, and purchases.


Series consists of a collection of artifacts accumulated by Patrick McTaggart-Cowan. Includes trophies, plaques, one print, and medals received by McTaggart-Cowan including the Order of Canada and Member of the British Empire. Series also includes a wooden replica of the university mace presented to McTaggart-Cowan in 1968.

Curriculum and instruction files

Series consists of records relating to the development and delivery of courses that constituted the Canadian Studies program including courses for the certificate in French Canadian Studies and a proposed French bilingual program. Records include correspondence, proposals, reports, course outlines, and other documents.

Senate - Registrar's correspondence

This series consists of records relating to the general conduct of Senate business by the Registrar as Secretary of Senate.

Activities, events and topics documented include setting agendas and meeting times, changes to minutes, preparation of supporting papers, transmittal of reports and other information to members of the University community, Senate elections, and Senate procedures.

Records include correspondence, draft minutes with some detailed accounts of discussion, notes, reports, Senate supporting papers, lists of committee members, and committee terms of reference. Two files contain correspondence regarding the replacement of Senate committee members who were unable to complete their terms.

Senate subject files

Series consists of records relating to various issues considered by Senate.

Activities, events and topics documented include the Admissions Crisis of 1968, which resulted in a student sit-in to protest the lack of transfer credit standards. The Ellis Report, described in another file in this series, was the University's response to that crisis. Examples of other topics include the appointment of a Dean of Graduate Studies and the development of a Co-op Studies Program.

Records include correspondence, Senate papers and minutes, reports, proposals, notes, and other documents.


Series consists of administrative correspondence between the Vice-President, Research and university departments on research-related issues, policy development, and proposals; local companies and international research organizations; and government ministries. Also included are Bruce Clayman's correspondence records when he held the joint position of Vice-President, Research/Dean of Graduate Studies.

Document types include correspondence and working papers, reports, minutes, and publications.


Series consists of records of committees associated with the Student Society. Included are committee appointments, correspondence and related material of the Anti-Calendar Committee, Departmental Student Unions Committee, Executive Committee, External Affairs Committee, Finance Committee, Frosh Orientation Committee, Medical/Health Services Committee, Presidential Search Committee, Services Commission, Student Court Judiciary Committee, Student Implementation Committee, Symposium Committee, and the University Centre Committee.

Student unions

Series consists of records of academic student unions. Included are publications, of the Archaeology Union, Computing Science Union, Economics and Commerce Union, English Union, Geography Union, Graduate Student Union, History Union, Languages Union, PSA Union, Psychology Union, and Women's Studies Student Union. Some Student Union files also contain the constitution, by-laws, and correspondence.

Clubs and affiliated groups

Series consists of records relating to Student Society sponsored clubs, and other affiliated groups. Included are club constitutions, club executive lists, club lists, club publications, and correspondence.

Administration and organization records

Series consists of records relating to the administration and organization of the Port Coquitlam Area Women's Centre. Records reflect the establishment of the centre, its functions and activities, and its internal organization. Also reflects the structural relationship of committees, and members. Includes the constitution, by-laws, minutes from general meetings and from the steering committee, records of other centre committees, membership lists, policies and procedures, annual reports, and centre statistics.


Series consists of correspondence created and received by the Port Coquitlam Area Women's Centre in carrying out their objectives. Records reflect general correspondence relating to centre programs, requests for information, association with other feminist groups, and the like. Also includes correspondence files relating to specific issues and topics such as Wages for Housework, the National Film Board, and letters of support for the centre.

Executive Committee

Series consists of records of the Faculty Association's Executive Committee. Records reflect a wide range of issues affecting the faculty at Simon Fraser University as well as more routine matters. Includes directories, financial statements, agenda and minutes of committee meetings, correspondence, and sub-committee reports.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committees

Series consists of records of standing and ad hoc committees of the Simon Fraser University Faculty Association. Includes correspondence, policy statements, reports, briefs, articles, agenda, constitution, by-laws, proposals, financial statements, and architectural plans.

Committee records

Series consists of records related to a number of committees established to review issues affecting the activities of Athletics and Recreation. These committees include the Visiting Committee on Athletics; the Student Affairs Committee; the Athletic Review Committee; the Athletics and Recreational Advisory Committee; and the Committee on Secondary Physical Education. Predominant document types include correspondence, agendas and minutes, reports, and tabled supporting documentation.


Series consists of team schedules for both the intercollegiate athletic and recreation programs. Information recorded on the schedules include date of games/meets, opponents, host cities, and start times.

Workshop and course records

Series consists of records related to the operation of both athletic and recreation workshops and courses. Activities and topics documented include sports clinics; the establishment of a coaching specialist program; government fitness and training centres; the Task Force on Active Health Sciences and Leisure Studies; general education activity classes; the establishment of athletic credit courses; and sports camps and summer programs. Predominant document types include correspondence, clinic notes and handouts, reports, program postings, financial statements and recommendations, program rationales, course proposal forms, and course descriptions.


Series consists of the personal and professional correspondence of Cunningham as well as miscellaneous documents apparently kept by Cunningham for their historical value in depicting the early years at SFU. Documents relate to such topics as the opening of the University, administrative and teaching matters, student protests, and the Friends of SFU (a U.S.-based fund-raising organization).

SFU Historical Essays

Cunningham asked several early faculty and other members of the SFU community to write down their recollections of the early years of the University. He had hoped that the University would produce a collection of essays to mark its 20th Anniversary. On the advice of an anonymous referee, the University decided against publishing the work. Cunningham considered other ways of producing the volume, but died before he could complete the project.

Series includes rough drafts and final drafts of essays selected for the volume by Cunningham. Essays are listed by individual author. Series also includes correspondence about the project, essays not selected for the proposed volume (submissions by Cunningham, G. Bursill-Hall, T. Finlayson, M. Gibbons, E. Harden, A. Hean, D. Roberts, W. Vidauer, and L. Wilson), and a collection of historical essays by Archie MacKinnon.


Series consists of minutes of meetings of the executive council of the Simon Fraser Student Society together with agenda, papers, and relevant correspondence. Records reflect a wide range of issues affecting the student body at Simon Fraser, such as the PSA Strike, and the day to day operation of the Student Society. Also covered are budget allocations and student clubs.

Senate Committees

The Senate operates through a system of standing and ad hoc committees. As of 2003, there are 24 Senate committees, but the number of committees has varied over time. Senate determines the membership and method of appointing or electing members to the committees. Most Senate committees have ex-officio administrators as chairs and only a few have Vice-chairs.

Standing committees with delegated responsibilities to perform duties on behalf of Senate usually report to Senate at yearly intervals. Temporary committees report to Senate by the date stated in the charge to the committee.

This series consists of records relating to the meetings and activities of the various Senate Committees.

Records include terms of reference; membership lists; and agendas, minutes, and supporting papers including correspondence, reports, briefs, course proposals, policies, statistics, lists, publications, drafts, notes, working papers and other documents.

General fundraising

Series consists of records arising from the administration of ongoing fund raising activities of the Development office, including annual fund drives. Series includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, promotional literature, and other materials.

Progressive Conservative Party

Series consists of records compiled by W.A.C. Bennett as an active member of the federal Progressive Conservative Party. Activities documented are election campaigns and the 1948 Yale by-election for which W.A.C. Bennett was a candidate. Included are lists, statements, notices, newspaper clippings, 1948 poll statements, a map, minutes, memoranda, newsletters, pamphlets, reports, manuals, and correspondence addressed to W.A.C. Bennett as secretary-treasurer of the Yale Conservative Association.

B.C. Progressive Conservative Association

Series consists of records relating to Bennett's association with the B.C. Progressive Conservative Association and his first successful election campaign in 1941. Included are correspondence, file notes, lists, statements, receipts, a certificate, ballots, minutes, resolutions, memoranda, proposals, pamphlets and transcripts.

Post-Premier alphabetical file

Series consists of Bennett's alphabetical files generated after he left the Premier's Office on September 13, 1972. Included are correspondence, invitations, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, minutes and a statement. Also included are Social Credit Records consisting of ephemera, a memorandum, correspondence, newspaper clippings, a report, campaign thank you letters and a transcript.

Bennett and Social Credit Party background

Series consists of materials relating to W.A.C. Bennett's family background and to the development of the Social Credit Party in B.C. Includes transcribed interviews with family members, copied documents such as death certificates, copies of Social Credit Party papers, copies of Bennett's speeches, interviews with Bennett, and research correspondence.


Series consists of records relating to Bennett's funeral arrangements, funeral service, memorial service and memorial fund. Included are lists, programs, a press release, letters, notes, newspaper clippings, a folder and pamphlets.

Departmental correspondence

Series consists of W.A.C. Bennett's correspondence with the provincial departments of Agriculture, the Attorney-General, Education, Finance, Health and Welfare, Labour, Lands and Forests, Mines, Municipal Affairs, Public Works, Trade and Industry, and with the Premier's Office. Included is some South Okanagan constituent correspondence. There is a gap from May 13, 1948 to June 14, 1949 when W.A.C. Bennett was not the M.L.A. for South Okanagan.

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