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Thomas and Mildred Laurie collection

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  • 1940 - 2003 [predominantly 1940 - 1972]

The collection includes material relating to Alert Bay that was created or collected by Thomas and Mildred Laurie, as well as photographs and textual records created or received by James Barclay Williams, who bequeathed the records to Mildred Laurie. The collection includes a photo album, photographs, postcards, correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and a calendar. Photographs document Alert Bay and the surrounding area, including the B.C. Packers store, Christ Church, the native cemetery, St. Michael’s Residential School and Preventorium, Canada Packers, Hardy Bay, totem poles, a long house, and the Nimpkish Hotel. Photographs also document local events, including potlatches, weddings, an outdoor salmon barbeque, BC centenary celebrations in 1958, native ceremonies, and a visit by the Governor General.

The material is arranged in the following files:

01 - James Barclay Williams – Correspondence and press clippings, 1968-1972
02 - James Barclay Williams – Photographs, [1908?]-1967
03 - Mildred Laurie - Photo album photographs, [194-]-1974
04 - Mildred Laurie – Photographs and postcards, [194-]-[199-]
05 - Slides and negatives, 1952-1972
06 - Pamphlets, ephemera, and press clippings, 1947-2003
07 - James Barclay Williams – Photo album, 1940-1941

Promenade, Alert Bay B.C., Canada

Commercial postcard printed with a photograph of a wooden promenade in Alert Bay, B.C. A number of people are walking on the promenade, which sits at the bottom of a small hill. A number of structures and a totem pole are visible on the hillside. A handwritten annotation on the verso of the photograph reads: "The first building is the [?] hall & the 2nd building is the b[?] house, they are right across from the store. The house on the hill is the bookkeeper's house."

Children performers and band at outdoor event

Photograph of a group of children in ceremonial dress and a brass band at an outdoor event, possibly a potlatch. An unidentified man is standing prominently in the foreground of the image. A stamp on the verso of the print indicates that it was printed in 1958.

Mildred Laurie

Mrs. Sewid and daughters

Photograph of a woman identified as Mrs. Sewid and four younger women identified as her daughters. All five of them are in ceremonial dress. They are standing outside, with a group of spectators behind them. It is not clear what type of event they are at. A stamp on the verso of the print indicates that it was printed in 1958.

Mildred Laurie

Chief Dan George(?) with two women and a child

Photograph of a man who appears to be Chief Dan George with two women in masks and ceremonial robes. One woman is holding a young boy. Based on handwritten annotations from the album in which this print was originally housed, the woman holding the boy is Lily Alford Jolliffe(?), granddaughter of Chief Sewid. The photograph was taken indoors. A stamp on the verso of the print indicates that it was printed in 1958.

Mildred Laurie

Wally & Florentina Jolliffe(?)

Photograph of a bride and groom, standing indoors. Handwritten annotations in the album in which this print was originally housed identify the couple as Wally and Florentina Jolliffe(?). A stamp on the verso if the print indicates that it was printed in 1959.

Mildred Laurie

Wally & Florentina Jolliffe(?)

Photograph of a bride and groom, standing outside in front of a line of cars. Handwritten annotations in the album in which this print was originally housed identify the couple as Wally and Florentina Jolliffe(?). A stamp on the verso of the print indicates that it was printed in 1959.

Mildred Laurie

Fishing boats, Alert Bay (?)

Photograph of a bay with a line of docked fishing boats. Handwritten annotations on the verso of the print read: "Straight across from our house." A stamp on the verso indicates that it was printed in 1957.

Mildred Laurie

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