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Updated archives: Garnett Weston fonds

This week we’ve added a small group of material to the archives of Weston Garnett, a screenwriter, novelist and poet, born in Toronto in 1890 who eventually settled in East Sooke, Vancouver Island.  A little research on Weston proves interesting: he was the screenwriter for the 1932 film “White Zombie” which among Zombie aficionados is […]

Recently updated archives: Doris Shadbolt and Literary Storefront

Two archival collections at Rare Books and Special Collections which were updated over the summer: Doris Shadbolt fonds: Doris Shadbolt (1918-2003) was a well-known figure in the Canadian art world for her curatorial work at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and her seminal works on Emily Carr and Bill Reid.  A recent addition to this collection […]

The Ties that Bind- new resource on Chinese Canadians and the C.P.R.

A new online resource called The Ties that Bind gives historical information and images about the Chinese involvement in the building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, head tax and exclusion, and the eventually success of Chinese Canadians:

“The Ties That Bind: Building the CPR, Building a Place in Canada examines the struggle of the Chinese Canadian community to establish an identity and roots in Canada. Through archival evidence and research of the men who came from China to build the transcontinental railroad in the 1880s, and the use of oral testimony of their descendants, The Ties That Bind preserves a seldom told part of Canada’s history.”

The historical stories are told along side oral histories from head tax payers and the descendants of head tax payers.  There is also a special section of Learning Resources.

Thanks to Brad Lee for bringing this terrific new resource to our attention!

New online Labour collection at USask

Rare Books and Special Collections is well-known for our extensive collections on labour in British Columbia. We were excited therefore to see a new digital collection from the University of Saskatchewan on labour in that province.   The collection contains over 2,494 images or textual documents scanned from over 32 fonds and collections at 8 different […]