Collection C10 - Alain Boire collection

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Alain Boire collection

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  • 2000 - 2016 (Accumulation)
    Boire, Alain Joseph
  • 1908 - 2016 (Creation)
    Boire, Alain Joseph

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Physical description

1.15 m of textual records
233 photographs : multiple processes ; b&w and col. ; multiple dimensions
46 contact sheets : b&w and col. ; multiple dimensions
1.71 MB of digital textual records
1.19 MB of digital photographs
368.12 MB of digital video materials
6 embossing seals : grey and blue metal ; multiple dimensions
2 CD-Rs : 4 KB of digital audio materials
1 map : b&w ; photocopy ; annotated ; 61 x 231 cm
1 glass milk jar lid : cardboard, red and blue ink

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Biographical history

Alain (Al) Joseph Boire (1957-) is an author, founding member and first president of the Maillardville Residents' Association (MRA), and an active and passionate advocate for the Maillardville community.

Boire was born in Maillardville on October 15, 1957. He was raised in a French Canadian family and spent his formative years in the Maillardville community. He attended Notre Dame de Lourdes school, St. Thomas More Collegiate, Ecole Montgomery Middle School, and Centennial School. Boire became a professional home inspector, and resided in Maillardville for most of his life.

Boire has been active in the Maillardville community in many ways. In 1981-1985, he was the Director of Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, and during 2000-2005, Boire served as the director of Village Credit Union. Concerned with the developments in the community, Boire and a group of neighbours joined and founded the MRA in 2005, where Boire became the first president. The MRA was very active between the years of 2005 and 2011 and Boire was instrumental in starting long-standing community initiatives, such as its "Clean Up Maillardville" days, an Adopt-a-Street program, a Forum on Crime and a community website and directory. Boire was a founding member of the Maillardville Commercial and Cultural Revitalization task force committee on the MRA. Additionally, Boire joined the board of Place Maillardville Community in 2006, where he was Executive Director from 2011 to 2013.

In 2009, on behalf of the MRA, Boire completed research into the history of Maillardville for the community's centenary. On their website they published ten short biographies each month on a specific decade in Maillardville's history. Over the next seven years Boire intermittently returned to the project. In honour of Coquitlam's 125th anniversary in 2016, Boire completed his research and published his book, "With Hearts and Minds: Maillardville, 100 Years of History on the West Coast of BC."

Boire was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012. In 2018, Boire and his family moved to Smiths Falls, Ontario.

Custodial history

The materials were accumulated and created by Al Boire for his book about the history of Maillardville, "With Hearts and Minds." The collection also includes materials from Caisse Populaire that were given to him when the assets were sold to VanCity Credit Union. The remainder of the collection was accumulated by Al Boire in the course of exercising his duties on a number of boards and organizations like the Maillardville Residents' Association and Place Maillardville. They were transferred to the City of Coquitlam Archives in 2018.

Scope and content

The collection consists largely of research materials and notes created in the preparation of Boire's book "With Hearts and Minds" published in 2016. The remainder of the collection consists of materials collected by Boire from Caisse Populaire Maillardville Credit Union, as well as accumulated material pertaining to Boire's involvement in several community initiatives, such as the Maillardville Residents' Association, Maillardville revitalization and planning, and Place Maillardville.

Materials include correspondence, photographs, administrative records, interviews, reports, handwritten notes, clippings, advertising and professional materials, newsletters, research materials, prints, postcards, ephemera, a map, embossing seals, a lid from a glass milk bottle, and other documents. The collection also includes a manuscript copy of "With Hearts and Minds."

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Physical condition

Some photographs in the collection were pasted back to back to a sheet of paper; removing them would have damaged the records so the archivist kept the photographs in their received state.

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The collection did not have any discernable original order; therefore, the archivist re-arranged the collection into three series based on function to increase the ease of use by researchers.The archivist used formal titles whenever possible, but some file titles are supplied.

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  • English
  • French

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    Boire's manuscript, the CBC broadcast in his research materials, as well as some photographs are under copyright.

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    The archivist removed actively rusting inorganic materials and removed certificates, newspaper clippings, and photographs from acidic wood pulp paper backings to reduce degradation.

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