Material was originally collected and donated to the Archives by a number of individuals, including former British Columbia Provincial Apiarist John Corner; Ministry apicultural specialist John Gates; British Columbia Honey Producers Association members John Boone, Grace Fuhr, and Doug McCutcheon; and SFU faculty member Mark Winston (Department of Biological Sciences). Subsequent accessions were donated to the SFU Archives by the Association's John Boone (between 2007 and 2012), Doug McCutcheon (in 2006, 2008, and 2011), and Mark Winston (2015).
Scope and content
The Apiculture (beekeeping) collection is an artificial grouping of documentary materials relating to the methods, science and culture of beekeeping. The collection was established by the SFU Archives as a complement to its other holdings relating to apiculture, such as the fonds of the British Columbia Honey Producers' Association (F-147), and the papers of SFU faculty member Mark Winston (F-174).
The collection consists of publications, conference proceedings, minutes, correspondence, photographs, and moving images. Material includes government publications, correspondence and registers of provincial beekeepers in British Columbia; published research articles, presentations and reports; course outlines and course material relating to the Bee Masters program and honey judging in British Columbia; photographs of various BC beekeeping activities and personalities; copies of meeting minutes and other records of various beekeeping associations in British Columbia and Canada; moving images featuring beekeeping activities and topics; and various subject files relating to the history of beekeeping in BC.