Fonds - Gladys Young Blyth fonds

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Gladys Young Blyth fonds

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    • 1970- 2000 (Creation)
      Blyth, Gladys Young

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    1035 photographs
    2 cm of textual records
    6 maps

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    Gladys Olive Young was born on December 29, 1920 in Squamish and was raised in Bella Coola. She moved to Port Edward in 1951 from Victoria with her husband Alex Blyth, and there they raised eight children. Gladys was involved with numerous community activities, served on the local school board for six years, founded and co-published the Port Edward newspaper "Mainland News" and later the Port Edward Journal. As a writer and photographer, she published A History of Port Edward, Salmon Canneries: British Columbia North Coast, When God Opens the Door, and A History of Wales Island, B.C. and Eagle Point Lodge. She has also authored two works of fiction: Someone to Walk With, and Summer at the Cannery. In 1977 she started the North Coast Fishing Exhibit and in 1985 the exhibit was moved to North Pacific Cannery in Port Edward. As curator, Gladys was instrumental in the establishment of the North Coast Marine Museum, later re-named North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site and continues to offer her services as a consultant based on her broad knowledge of local history. In 1989 Gladys received the B.C. Senior Citizen of the Year award.

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    The fonds consists of photographs, slides, negatives, maps, and textual records created and gathered by Gladys Young Blyth. These contain local scenes such as lighthouses, totem poles, Seafest activities, fish boats, crab traps, North Pacific Cannery, Kwinitsa Station, and the seaplane base at Seal Cove. The maps and sketches are of Kitselas, Port Essington, Union Passage and Tuwartz Inlet, Otter Passage to Bonilla Island, Work Channel, and a copy of the plan of the Kit-Kah-Tla Indian Reserves Coast District, 1891-1892. Her reference notes refer to the Hudson's Bay Company, First Nations, Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, the pictograph at Tyee, and the net building industry.

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    The records were donated to the archives by Gladys Blyth.


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        P980-002-016; P989-011-4343 to 4392; P985-020 to P985-027; P990-12-5907; P995-042-8088 to 8252; P995-043-8253 to 8453; P1998-003 to P1998-004; P2004-060-6652 to 6670; 2005-025; 2009-013

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        Created on May 17, 2014

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