Fonds 30 - John Mennie fonds

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John Mennie fonds

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  • 1862-1937, predominant 1930-1937 (Creation)
    John Mennie

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0.5 cm of textual records
222 photographs : nitrate negatives ; 18 x 13 cm or smaller
6 photographs : glass plate negatives ; 12 x 16 cm and 8 x 16 cm
196 photographs : b&w prints ; 22 x 28 cm or smaller

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Biographical history

John Mennie was a radio operator in Alert Bay for Bull Harbor, Alert Bay Wireless and Alert Bay Radio between 1930 and 1937.

Custodial history

John Mennie's son donated the fonds in 1988. 8 prints were found in the archives' backlog, along with the entirety of the fonds' textual records; these were integrated with the fonds in 1999.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of various photographic materials and a small number of textual records. Glass plate negatives document totem poles, house fronts, street scenes, church groups, school groups, weddings, the local store and maritime subjects in Alert Bay. Textual records include a Christmas card from Alert Bay Radio and two small pamphlets of photography instructions printed by "J. Mennie, Developing & Printing Service." The oldest negative dates from 1862, though the identity of its photographer is unknown.

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Access restricted to some items in this fonds due to presence of culturally sensitive material. Consult archivist for details.

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Consult Archivist for details

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No further accruals are expected.

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BCAUL control number: UBCMOA-151

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  • Box: John Mennie fonds Box 1
  • Box: John Mennie fonds Box 2