Collection C4 - Coquitlam Heritage Society collection

Dudney [i.e.Dewdney] Trunk Road from corner Flint Road Round House, Coquitlam Houses Clearing Roads, Meridian Centre Construction Work, New Bridge, Pitt River Houses in forest clearing New Houses, Coquitlam Commercial Hotel, Coquitlam Construction Work, New Pitt River Bridge Lobby, Commercial Hotel, Coquitlam Coquitlam Agricultural Hall Bar, Commercial Hotel, Coquitlam Dining Room, Commercial Hotel Trainyard panorama Telegraph Exchange Alexander Windram in uniform Dorothy Shiefke Giant sturgeon caught by T. Gowans Windram Family picnic at Brunette Creek Andrew and Elsie Windram Elsie Windram and Betty Henderson at the corner of Brunette and Blue Mountain Windram Family picnic at Brunette Creek John and Alex Windram with Alex McGregor on Brunette Creek Coquitlam Rangers W.R.P. Coquitlam Agricultural Hall Municipal Hall Canadian Western Lumber Company aerial photograph Mary Mackin Mary Mackin tugboat Isabella Stewart tugboat
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Coquitlam Heritage Society collection

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  • Moving images

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  • 1990-2013 (Creation)
    Coquitlam Heritage Society
  • 1990-2013 (Accumulation)
    Coquitlam Heritage Society
  • 1891-2013 (Creation)

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1533 photographs : b&w, sepia, col. ; various dimensions
2 m of textual records
39 videocassettes : master, SP, col., MiniDV
1 scrapbook

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Administrative history

Coquitlam Heritage Society officially registered as a non-profit on September 25, 1984. They began operating in the lower level (basement) of Mackin House in June 1993. The initial objectives of the CHS were to restore Mackin House and turn it into a heritage house museum. The renovations were completed in 1999 and CHS opened Mackin House Museum to the public.

Today, CHS offers numerous services to Coquitlam’s residents. In addition to yearly exhibits in Mackin House, the CHS offers seasonal tours of the Fraser Mills Train Station and CP Rail 1970’s Caboose in Heritage Square. They also operate year-round as a Tourism Information centre for the City of Coquitlam. Yearly exhibits in Mackin House run from September to June. They also set up rotating exhibits across the community and provide a variety of events and workshops for all ages.

The CHS's collection includes local artifacts of importance as well as the oral histories of community members. Their mission is to preserve, honour and promote Coquitlam’s heritage.

Custodial history

The collection was accumulated by the Coquitlam Heritage Society (CHS) over the past 30 years. When the City of Coquitlam Archives was founded, the CHS decided it was a more logical repository for its collection of archival material. A transfer was negotiated and the collection was transferred to the City of Coquitlam Archives in July, 2014.

Scope and content

The collection consists of material accumulated by the Coquitlam Heritage Society over the course of its existence. The collection includes the following: records related to Fraser Mills (later the Canadian Western Lumber Company, then Crown Zellerbach) including ledger books, journals, statements, photographs, and various other records; records related to the lumber industry in Coquitlam; photographs of historic Coquitlam; glass plate negatives by W.J. Moore and Richard Broadridge; material related to the administration of the Coquitlam Heritage Society itself; and miscellaneous records related to Coquitlam's history

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The collection has been arranged as follows:
Series 1- Photograph Collection
Series 2- Records of Lumber Companies and Mills
Subseries 1- Fraser Mills Company
Subseries 2- Canadian Western Lumber Company Limited
Subseries 3- Crown Zellerbach Ltd.
Subseries 4- Columbia River Lumber Company
Subseries 5- Fletcher Challenge Canada
Subseries 6- British Columbia Lumber & Single Manufacturers Association
Subseries 7- Fraser Mills Sash, Door and Shingle Company Limited
Subseries 8- Comox Logging and Railway
Series 3- Maillardville records
Series 4- School District No. 43 Parent Teacher Association records
Series 5- New Horizons Oral History Program records
Series 6- Coquitlam Heritage Society Administrative records
Series 7- Assorted historical records
Series 8 - The Corporation of the District of Coquitlam records

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  • English

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Associated materials

For records relating to photographer W.J. Moore, see City of Vancouver Archives Fonds AM54- Major Matthews Collection, Series S4- Collected photographs
For records relating to photographer Richard Broadbridge, see Vancouver Public Library Special Collections Historical Photograph collection as well as City of Vancouver Archives Fonds AM54- Major Matthews Collection, Series S4- Collected photographs


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