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Riverview Hospital (Coquitlam, BC) Series
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Photographs

The series consists of photographs predominantly depicting aspects of social and administrative life at Riverview Hospital and the School of Psychiatric Nursing as well as and Colony Farm. The photographs in the series portray the everyday social life of Riverview Hospital staff and volunteers as well as events, meetings, gatherings, and kinds of work they undertook. Additionally the series depicts scenes of Riverview Hospital's many buildings in varying states of completion, portraits of prize winning livestock (Holstein cattle, Clydesdale and Belgian horses), scenes during periods of flooding at Colony Farm, and equipment, vehicles, and technology used by the Hospital.

The glass plate negatives in Subseries 01 and 04 are known to have been taken by W.J. Moore, a prominent Vancouver photographer. It is possible that the entire collection was taken by W.J. Moore, although it has not been possible to confirm. Some photographs in Subseries 02 are thought to depict the Provincial Hospital for the Insane in New Westminster. Photographs in Subseries 04 are also thought to depict the Dominion Experimental Farm in Agassiz, B.C.

Record types consists largely of silver gelatin negatives in large format cellulose acetate sheets and cellulose acetate film strips. The subseries also contains a collection of glass plate negatives, chromogenic colour negative film strips and large format sheets, silver gelatin DOP prints, a photograph album, and a scrapbook.

Riverview Hospital Plans and Drawings

This series consists of copies of large format architectural plans of the buildings and grounds of Riverview Hospital, as well as some engineering drawings of drainage and water systems.

The drawings and plans depict Essondale, the Boys Industrial School (BISCO), Crease Clinic, East Lawn, and the proposed Female Chronic Building.

Riverview Hospital Publications and Communications

This series consists of publications and communications created by Riverview Hospital and related agencies, including the titles Association News - News of the Essondale Branch of the B.C. Government Employees Association; Connections; Insight - Riverview Hospital Staff Newsletter; the Leader; Mental Health Branch Newsletter, Mental Health Services News, Outasight, Riverview Hospital Review, the Provincial and the Riverview Hospital Volunteer Association.

Record types include letter size booklets and photocopies of publications.

Riverview Hospital Administrative and Event Records

This series consists of records related to the administration and operation of Riverview Hospital as well as some of the official events and programs organized by the hospital. The series is arranged in two subseries:

SS1: Administrative records
SS2: Event records

Records in this series include manuals, directories, inventories, regulations, procedures, correspondence, programmes and invitations.

British Columbia. Riverview Hospital

News Clippings

This series is the clipping collection accrued and maintained by the Riverview Hospital Historical Society. It includes original and copied newspaper clippings related to Riverview Hospital. This series also includes correspondence from the office of the Executive Director of Riverview Hospital on the topic of specific news articles and events. Record types in this series include newspaper clippings, photocopies, printed website content, one scrapbook, and one poster.

Riverview Hospital Historical Society

Reference Materials

This series consists of assorted materials collected for reference purposes by the Riverview Hospital Historical Society and originally acted as a reference library when the Society ran its museum. It contains publications, clipped articles, studies, DVDs, transcripts, and pamphlets. In addition to its reference collection, the series contains a subseries of the scholarly communications and theses arising from research undertaken at Riverview Hospital. Many publications are originals; however this series also consists of copies of articles.

For newsletters created by Riverview Hospital that were an original, distinct collection from the museum library collection, see Series 03: Riverview Hospital Publications and Communications. For newspaper clipping files that also were an original, distinct collection from the museum library, see Series 06: News Clippings.

School of Psychiatric Nursing Records

This series consists of records created and accumulated by the School of Psychiatric Nursing at Riverview Hospital. It includes administrative and financial records that informed the operation of the School, annuals (yearbooks) of each graduating class of the School, the publications accumulated from national psychiatric nursing organizations, as well as graduation and departmental photographs.

Record types in this series include manuals, reports, policies, handbooks, staff lists, event programmes and invitations, minutes, study notes, yearbooks, and publications.

British Columbia. School of Psychiatric Nursing

Personal Collections

This series consists of records that were original personal fonds and collections acquired and preserved by the Riverview Hospital Historical Society's during its existence. It contains the personal collections of nurses, doctors, general staff, British Columbia's first Provincial Botanist, and a patient at Riverview Hospital. Each file includes records such as study notes, photographs, ephemera, correspondence, newspaper clippings and pamphlets.

The series consists of 15 files, each corresponding to its original creator or donor: Ken Baker, Loretta Barnet, Ultan Patrick Byrne, Jean Campbell, Edna Colvin, John Davidson, Sheila Dumore, William Headridge, Alyce Hockin, Lois Kaldestad, Catherine Murray, Judy Pendry, Dorothy Pocock, Hazel Shepard, and Georgina Bernice Petty.

Colony Farm Records

This series consists of records related to the construction and operations on Colony Farm at Riverview Hospital. The materials relate to the original construction planning and dyking done to create Colony Farm, as well as some of the early auction and sale records of cattle and horses.

Record types include correspondence, financial records, agreements, receipts, a certificate, and policy material.

District of Coquitlam Parks and Recreation Department records

The series documents the activities that Cunnings was involved with and led during his tenure at the District of Coquitlam Parks and Recreation Department and the development of the Department over time.

The series is arranged into thirteen files according to subject, and consists of textual records, photographs, ephemera, and newspaper clippings detailing sports, recreational programs and classes, parks and facility development, and events and initiatives undertaken by the Department, such as BC Summer Games, and Coquitlam Centennial celebrations.

Cunnings, Don

Personal and professional records

The series consists of records created and accumulated by Cunnings and reflect his personal and professional interests. These records were accumulated by Cunnings for the purposes of reference and posterity rather than documenting the activities of the District of Coquitlam Parks and Recreation Department during his tenure.

The personal records consist of a letter of appointment as well as a selection of documentaries used by Cunnings as reference. His professional records contain photographs, ephemera, and correspondence generated in the course of Cunnings' positions as a gymnastics teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes, the Division Head of Essondale's Crease Clinic Recreation Therapy Department, and as a founding member of Coquitlam Search and Rescue (SAR).

Cunnings, Don

Provincial Mental Hospital Annuals

The series consists of 4 graduation annuals from the Training School for Nurses at the Provincial Mental Hospital, Essondale covering the years 1944 to 1947.

British Columbia. Provincial Mental Hospital, Essondale

Photographs

The series consists of 5 graduation portraits of unidentified nurses from the Training School for Nurses at the Provincial Mental Hospital (Essondale), as well as a portrait of an unidentified staff nurse, and a group portrait of unidentified men presumed to be the teaching staff of the Training School for Nurses.

The Stride Studios

Diploma, Transcript, and Staff Card for Helena Regehr

The series consists of a diploma and transcript for Helena Regehr from the Training School for Nurses at the Provincial Mental Hospital, Essondale. The series also includes a staff card for Helena Regehr.

British Columbia. Provincial Mental Hospital, Essondale