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Thomas and Mildred Laurie collection
General material designation
- Textual record
- Graphic material
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- Source of title proper: Title based on name of collector
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Dates of creation area
1940 - 2003 [predominantly 1940 - 1972] (Creation)
- Laurie family
Physical description area
2 cm of textual records
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Name of creator
Thomas Laurie and Mildred Laurie were a married couple who managed the B.C. Packers general store in Alert Bay for many years. Their daughters Leslie and Cathie attended the first local integrated school there in the 1950s, and their son Tom was born in Alert Bay in 1962. After leaving Alert Bay in 1964 the family moved to Powell River, where Thomas and Mildred ran the Columbia Store, and then to Ocean Falls, where they managed the mill store. The Lauries later relocated to Kitimat and then to Prince George, where they ran a motel for 22 years.
Scope and content
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
Immediate source of acquisition
Donated by Cathie Laurie (daughter of Thomas and Mildred Laurie) in memory of her parents on February 2, 2011.
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A portion of the photographs in this collection have been digitized and are available to view online.
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Credit materials to Thomas and Mildred Laurie.
Includes 2 cm of textual records, 175 photographs : b&w, 150 photographs : col, 24 photographs : col. negatives ; 35 mm, 58 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm
Photographs were removed from a magnetic photo album for preservation purposes, as the acidic pages and adhesives were causing the photographs to deteriorate. Each page of the album was photocopied before the photographs were removed so as to preserve contextual information and descriptive metadata written on the pages.
Copyright transferred to MOA by the Lauries.
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Copied from MemoryBC on November 24, 2015 by Katie Ferrante.
Revised December 9, 2015 (file list added)