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Thomas and Mildred Laurie collection

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  • Collection
  • 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."

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

Tall totem pole, Alert Bay, BC

Photograph of a totem pole in Alert Bay, BC. This pole has been called the world's tallest totem pole, though this is a disputed fact since it is actually comprised of two pieces. The pole is not specific to a particular family, but represents multiple tribes of the Kwakwaka'wakw. The pole was completed in the late 1960's and raised in 1973. It is located near the Big House.

Mildred Laurie

Gov. General and Mrs. Mitchner [sic] visit to Alert Bay [event in longhouse]

Photograph of former Canadian Governor General Roland Michener and his wife at an event in the Alert Bay, BC longhouse. The couple is standing at what appears to be the head table. Two children are at the table, shaking hands or exchanging gifts. Title based on annotations in the album that originally housed this print.

Mildred Laurie

Gov. General and Mrs. Mitchner [sic] visit to Alert Bay [event in longhouse]

Photograph of an event in the Alert Bay longhouse. Though not pictured in this image, the former Canadian Governor General Roland Michener and his wife were in attendance. This image shows one end of the longhouse interior, with two thunderbird poles and additional carvings and paintings. The central fire is also visible.

Mildred Laurie

Gov. General and Mrs. Mitchner [sic] visit to Alert Bay [event in longhouse]

Photograph of an event in the Alert Bay longhouse. Though not pictured in this image, the former Canadian Governor General Roland Michener and his wife were in attendance. This image shows one end of the longhouse interior, with two thunderbird poles and additional carvings and paintings. The central fire is also visible.

Mildred Laurie

Gov. General and Mrs. Mitchner [sic] visit to Alert Bay [event in longhouse]

Photograph of dancers at an event in the Alert Bay longhouse. Though not pictured in this image, the former Canadian Governor General Roland Michener and his wife were in attendance. This image shows one end of the longhouse interior, with two thunderbird poles and additional carvings and paintings. The central fire is also visible.

Mildred Laurie

Gov. General and Mrs. Mitchner [sic] visit to Alert Bay [event in longhouse]

Photograph of dancers at an event in the Alert Bay longhouse. Though not pictured in this image, the former Canadian Governor General Roland Michener and his wife were in attendance. This image shows one end of the longhouse interior, with two thunderbird poles and additional carvings and paintings. The central fire is also visible.

Mildred Laurie

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