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Thomas and Mildred Laurie collection English
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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

Laurie family

Two men in ceremonial dress, Alert Bay

Portrait of two men in ceremonial dress, one of whom is holding a carved and painted stick. The men are standing in front of a painted board and sheet, in a filed in Alert Bay, BC. Based on the content of related images in this file, this photograph was likely taken at an outdoor event and/or salmon barbecue.

Painted sheet at Alert Bay event (?)

Photograph of a painted sheet and small portion of a painted board that are displayed in a field in Alert Bay, BC. Based on the content of related images in this file, this photograph was likely taken at an outdoor event and/or salmon barbecue.

Performers, Alert Bay

Photograph of performers behind a tall wooden board/wall. One is dressed like an animal, possibly a wolf, with a mask and furry costume. Two other performers stand nearby. Based on the content of this and related images in this file, this photograph was likely taken at an outdoor event in Alert Bay, BC.

Painted sheet at Alert Bay event (?)

Photograph of a painted sheet and small portion of a painted board that are displayed in a field in Alert Bay, BC. Based on the content of related images in this file, this photograph was likely taken at an outdoor event and/or salmon barbecue.

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