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Lady Aberdeen ephemera

Series consists of items related to Lady Aberdeen, the creator of the Council of Women. Items included are a history of the Council of Women, correspondence from Lady Aberdeen, and published material created by Lady Aberdeen.


Series consists of a scrapbooks collected by the Local Council of Women. There are four different books, dating 1936-39, 1952, 1962, and a large volume with dates ranging from 1936-1955. The scrap books include articles about the Council of Women clipped from newspapers, as well as other memorabilia, including annuals, ribbons, and photographs. The largest scrap book has an index, as well as photos.

New Westminster Credit Women’s Breakfast Club

Series consists of a book entitled “History of the New Westminster Credit Women’s Breakfast Club.” The Breakfast Club was organized on August 5, 1934, with the purpose of promoting the interests of women who were employed in the credit profession. The book contains an account of what the club did on specific dates, written by different club historians over the years. The book presumably belonged to a member of the Local Council of Women.

Miscellaneous records

Series consists of records collected by the Local Council during the course of their activities. The series includes correspondence, memos, program outlines, reports, and many other types of records created by both the New Westminster Local Council as well as the National Council of Women of Canada. The records demonstrate the large amount of communication and information sharing between the two levels of the Council of Women.

Common Programs

Series consists of “common program” records. A common program was an official meeting to which the public was invited to hear a speaker presenting on a specific topic. Each instance of common program contains different types of records, including correspondence, outlines of programs, expenses, and transcripts from the speakers. Topics included are Reproductive Technology and Homelessness.


Series consists of copies of published works including a copy of the Victoria Historical Review.

Bole family

Annual meeting reports

Series consists of reports created by the New Westminster Local Council of Women in order to record their annual meetings. The content of these reports include individual activity reports by the president, secretaries, and various committees, financial reports, and law and safety reports. The reports also contain lists of the elected members of the Council, and information on events that happened during the previous year. Copies of the reports were also created in order to provide them to the National Council of Women of Canada. There is also a folder of miscellaneous reports created by the Local Council on many different subjects, such as resolutions, reports from smaller committees, and reports created for other levels of the Council of Women.

Priscilla Galloway's scrapbooks

Series consists of two binders in which Dr. Priscilla Galloway collected family papers, letters, photographs and other memorabilia relating to the Peebles family. She has added annotations on sticky notes to most of the items in the binders.


This series includes photographs and slides taken by the family and studio portraits of family members. The majority of the images are from Nina and Harry's travels in the 1960's and 1970's, including images of them and their travel companions in England, the Rocky Mountains and Alberta, Victoria and various places in the United States. The series also includes images of the family and their house in New Westminster, events and locations in New Westminster, family member's involvement with community organizations, and school class pictures.

Architectural drawings

eries consists of records that pertain to the architectural specifications of the Westminster Trust Building. They document the proposed electrical alterations to the Westminster Trust Building. There is also a partial floor plan of the ground floor. Series contains two blueprints.


Series consists of records that pertain to the Westminster Trust Co.’s function as trustee and/or executor of wills. Individuals deposited their wills with the Company for safe-keeping. These wills were placed in Westminster Trust Co. envelopes and then sealed. Series contains three boxes of wills.

Stock certificates

Series consists of records that pertain to the sale, transfer, and cancellation of stock certificates of the Westminster Trust Co. Series contains two certificate books and a collection of loose certificates.

Stock transfers

Series consists of records that pertain to transfer of shares among the investors in Westminster Trust Co. The series contains two share transfer books.

Stock registry

Series consists of records that pertain to the issuance of shares to investors. The series contains one registry book.


Series consists of records that pertain to the motions, resolutions, and decisions of the directors and shareholders of the Company. There are also financial records appended to some of the minutes. A regular feature of the minutes is the recording of loans that were approved by the directors of the Company. The series contains six books of minutes.

Photographs and postcards

Series consists of photographs and postcards belonging to the Peebles family. There is also one file of film negatives.

Community Organizations

This series contains records primarily relating to the family's involvement in various community organizations. This includes Nina Chapman's involvement with various Parent Teacher Associations and the Pythian Sisters, the Marcia Atkinson's membership in the Ancient Order of the Foresters and The Odd Fellows, and Nina and Harry's roles in the Sapperton Pensioner's Association. The series contains meeting notes, newsletters, reports, membership cards, handbooks, correspondence, conference and convention programs, and a scrapbook. The series includes 5 sub-series: Parent Teacher Associations, Pythian Sisters, Ancient Order of the Foresters, Odd Fellows, and Sapperton Pensioner's Association.


Series consists of items of an ephemeral nature including a copy of the roll of recipients for The Good Citizen Metal published by the Native Sons of B.C., Tillicum, a copy of the Pioneers of Vancouver, Here Before the Train, published by the Vancouver Archives, a collection of poems entitled, Gems, by Billy Browne.

Bole family


Series consists of yearbooks created by the New Westminster Local Council of Women. The year books were released annually, and recorded the history of the council, past presidents, current officers, affiliated societies, life members, reports from the president, secretary and standing committees, financial statements, and the minutes of the annual meeting. The year books also contain advertisements from businesses in New Westminster.


The series consists of newspaper clippings, photographs, programmes, correspondence, certificates, a scrapbook, and an essay.

Photographs: prints

Series consists of a small number of photographic prints. These are photographs for which there are no negatives. The series consists of one file.

Income debentures

Series consists of records that pertain to the issue of debentures to investors. Series consists of income debentures in denominations of $100.00 and $500.00 dollars. They are filed by investor name. Series contains debenture certificates.


Series consists of a minutes book that contains the resolutions and decisions, and financial information of the business.

Personal items

Series consists of small personal items belonging to J. Lewis Sangster, which he collected during his time living in New Westminster, pertaining to New Westminster, his military service, his travels and correspondence. Items include newspaper clippings, tickets, membership cards, postcards, business cards and commemorative ephemera.

Sangster, J. Lewis

Research records

Series consists of material related to J.P. Bole's interest in history: a copy of his 1954 report to the Native Sons of B.C. his role of Grand Historian. The report contains an account of the naming of Belcarra where the Boles owned property. There is some material on the RCMP schooner, the St. Roch, including a letter from J.S. Matthews, Archivist for Vancouver, copy prints from the Vancouver Archives, and newspaper clippings regarding commemorative plaques established by the Native Sons of B.C.

Bole family

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