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Thomas and Mildred Laurie collection British Columbia
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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

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

Salmon barbecue

Photograph of salmon being barbecued over an outdoor flame. An unidentified woman is standing in the background.

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

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

Two women and a table of salmon

A woman stands next to a table holding a fillet of salmon ready for barbecuing. Another woman sits at the table preparing other fillets for cooking. Trees and blooming shrubs are visible in the background, as is a structure that may be an outhouse.

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