Collection 007 - West Vancouver Archives collection

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West Vancouver Archives collection

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  • Multiple media

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WVAN 007

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Physical description

ca. 685 photographs and other material

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Biographical history

In keeping with the Canadian archival tradition of "total archives," the Corporation of the District of West Vancouver's Archives holdings comprise corporate and community records. With the incorporation of the municipality in 1912, the creation and collection of corporate records began. From 1980, the West Vancouver Museum & Historical Society collected community archival material from residents, transferring these records to the District in 1994 with the opening of the West Vancouver Museum and Archives in the Gertrude Lawson House. The Archives continues to accept, preserve and make available both corporate and community records.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of materials pertaining to West Vancouver or collected by West Vancouver organizations and residents. The collection arrangement is based on the form of the materials:

Series 1: Photographs
Series 2: Newspapers
Series 3: Maps
Series 4: Documents and ephemera
Series 5: Reference publications
Series 6: Oral histories
Series 7: Information files
Series 8: Art
Series 9: Sound and moving image recordings

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Immediate source of acquisition


On February 25, 2004, a decision was made by the archivist to combine a number of West Vancouver Museum and Archives collections into one collection with multiple series. Most of the materials included in the combined collection were gathered by the West Vancouver Historical Society, under the guidance of Rupert Harrison, or by community archivists after the establishment of the West Vancouver Museum and Archives facility.

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  • English

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Physical description

Includes: 3 m newspapers, microfilm and microfiche, 92 maps, technical drawings, and architectural drawings, 40 pamphlets, 100 documents and ephemera, 58 oral histories, ca. 430 newpaper clipping files, 3 works of art.

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Rules for Archival Description



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Created March 29, 2010

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