Collection 81 - Thomas and Mildred Laurie collection

Alert Bay Community House, woman, and outdoor salmon barbecue Women in front of Alert Bay Community House Two women in front of Alert Bay Community House Two women and a table of salmon Fishing Fleet, Alert Bay, 1957 Fishing Fleet, Alert Bay, 1957 Fishing Fleet, Alert Bay, 1957 Shop at Alert Bay Man posed with a truck Taxis parked on the street with people next to them Govenor [sic]and Mrs. Michner [sic], Alert Bay Governor and Mrs. Michener with short totem at Alert Bay Promenade, Alert Bay B.C., Canada Totem pole and cannon, Alert Bay, B.C., Canada Ferry, Port Hardy (?) Soccer field, Alert Bay, BC (?) Longhouse, Alert Bay, BC Chief Councillor, Jam. Sewid and Tom Ohmeid, Fort Rupert Mrs. Sewid and daughters Children performers and band at outdoor event
Results 1 to 20 of 167 Show all

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Thomas and Mildred Laurie collection

General material designation

  • Textual record
  • Graphic material

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title based on name of collector

Level of description


Reference code


Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • 1940 - 2003 [predominantly 1940 - 1972] (Creation)
    Laurie family

Physical description area

Physical description

2 cm of textual records
407 photographs

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator

(1912 - 2008)

Biographical history

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.

Custodial history

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

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Donated by Cathie Laurie (daughter of Thomas and Mildred Laurie) in memory of her parents on February 2, 2011. 


Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

A portion of the photographs in this collection have been digitized and are available to view online.

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Credit materials to Thomas and Mildred Laurie.

Finding aids

Associated materials

Related materials


Physical description

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.

Alternative identifier(s)

Accession number


Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Copied from MemoryBC on November 24, 2015 by Katie Ferrante.
Revised December 9, 2015 (file list added)

Language of description

Script of description


Accession area

Related people and organizations

Related genres

physical storage

  • Box: Thomas and Mildred Laurie collection 1