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Letters from Helen
CA MRM 01170-1 · Series · 1938-1947
Part of Lawrence Broe fonds

Series consists of letters, photographs, and greeting cards, envelopes, and one postage stamp sent from Helen Waugh to Lawrence Broe between 1938 and 1947.

Lawrence Broe is referred to as "Larry" throughout the records in this series.

I-CARE Literacy Program
CA DCA S-001 · Series · 1977-2020

Series predominately consists of published materials by the I-CARE adult literacy program: the group's newsletter and later its annual publication featuring student writing. This series also includes additional textual records related to I-CARE's creation and early years, its operations, and various events.

The first I-CARE newsletter was launched in January 1979. It was called "The Nameless Newsletter" and was edited by Sheila Taillefer and Linda Ellwood. By July of that year, the newsletter was simply titled "I CARE", which would remain in place until the fall of 1982 when it was renamed "Breakthrough". Early editions of Breakthrough contained event announcements, meeting agendas and minutes, photocopied articles, information resources for tutors, crossword puzzles, activities, and artwork and graphics. The newsletter's tagline was: "A newsletter published for literacy volunteers in the Douglas College region." However, by the 1990s the target audience of the newsletter had expanded to include learners as much as tutors. In the September 1992 issue, Breakthrough started including a section called "Writing For Our Future" which featured short written works by students from the program. (Writing For Our Future was the name of a stand-alone, annual publication by I-CARE featuring student writing. It was launched in 1990.) Breakthrough has been published on a monthly and later quarterly basis, uninterrupted until the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in winter 2020.

Principal's Papers
CA DCA S-002 · Series · November 1966 - May 1981

Series consists of office files, correspondence, and other materials created, received, or collected by Wootton during his tenure as principal. These records relate to the development of academic programming and the early growth of the College, collaborations with other post-secondary institutions, community partnerships, service provision, and general administrative functions. Also included are reports on the state of post-secondary education in B.C. during the 1970s, environmental projects, and organizations like Council of College Principals, of which Wootton was chairman until 1976.

This series contains a diverse mix of records; it provides not only a record of Wootton's work as principal but also the broader context in which Douglas College took shape.

George C. Wootton
The Douglas Pinion
CA DCA S-003 · Series · April 1975 - April 1981

Series consists of copies of The Douglas Pinion from its launch in 1975 to its final run in 1981. In total there were 12 volumes of the paper (50 issues) and one spoof edition called The Douglas Onion. Three issues from Vol. 9 (Nos. 5, 6, and 13) are missing.

The Douglas Pinion
Aboriginal Gathering Place
CA DCA S-006 · Series · 1995 - 2012

Series consists of materials pertaining to the Aboriginal Gathering Place, which opened in April 2011 at the College's New Westminster campus. The Aboriginal Gathering Place is a venue for hosting traditional ceremonies, potlucks, and meetings. When not holding events, it is a quiet space to study, meditate, and meet fellow students.

In addition to proposal documents and a program for the space's grand opening (January 2012), this series also includes some records related to services for Indigenous students in the 1990s.

First Nations Advisory Committee
CA DCA S-007 · Series · August 1970 - February 1979

Series consists of materials pertaining to the Douglas College Institute of Environmental Studies. The majority of records in this series are copies of "Information Booklets" published by the Institute on a range of environmental and conservation topics. Other materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, planning documents, and reports.

Institute of Environmental Studies
Women's Studies
CA DCA S-008 · Series · January 1972 - May 1982

Series consists of materials pertaining to Women's Studies programs and services at Douglas College. These textual records include documentation charting the history of Women's Studies at the College (also called "Programs for Women" during its early years), as well as materials related to curriculum development, campus and community events, gender in post-secondary contexts, and more. This series contains memoranda, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, financial records, reports, and promotional materials such as flyers and program guides.

The predominant records creators contributing to this series are Lillian Zimmerman and Margaretha Hoek, the first coordinators of Women's Studies programming and services, and the early advisory bodies responsible for overseeing this area.

The scope of the series dates from the early inception of Programs for Women until the early 1980s.

Women’s Studies Advisory Committee
Student Governance
CA DCA S-009 · Series · September 1971 - March 1991

Series consists of materials pertaining to student government at Douglas College.

These include agendas, minutes, and supporting documents from early DCSS governing bodies such as the Douglas College Student Council (sometimes called the Tri-Council), the Mult-Campus Council, and the Senate. There are also records related to provincial and national organizations such as the Association of Student Councils Canada, the British Columbia Students Federation, and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

This series also contains materials related to the creation of the DCSS, The Other Press, society elections, student handbooks, clubs, professional development, social events, and more. These materials include correspondence, memoranda, nomination papers, reports, flyers and posters, questionnaires, draft constitutions and amendments, and ephemera.

Because the DCSS was represented on a number of college-wide boards, committees, and advisory councils, the Student Society possessed a number of related records such as agendas, minutes, and supporting documents. Although duplicate materials were culled from the Archives in 1986, this series retains records related to the activities of the Principal's Council, the New Westminster Campus Advisory Council, the Management Committee, and several other smaller committees.

Douglas College Student Society
CA DCA S-010 · Series · 1970 - 2004

Series consist of materials created for the promotion of Douglas College programs, services, events, and achievements. These materials were created by various successive internal offices tasked specifically with shaping the College's image, producing advertisements, coordinating with faculties and departments, drafting speeches, and documenting events. The series includes brochures, flyers, posters, publications, correspondence, news releases, memoranda, meeting agendas and minutes, course information, receipts and invoices, and much more.

Public Information Office
EVENT Magazine
CA DCA S-011 · Series · 1971 -

Series consists of materials pertaining to EVENT Magazine. These include correspondence, documentation related to writing submissions, and copies of the magazine.

EVENT Magazine
Twentieth Anniversary
CA DCA S-012 · Series · [May 1989] - November 1990

Series consists of materials pertaining to the College's twentieth anniversary celebration in 1989 and 1990. (The festivities began in September 1989.) These include event flyers, a bulletin called "Catch the Action," and a publication called "Twenty Years of Making a Difference." The Public Information Office was responsible for producing these items, while the festivities in general were overseen by the 20th Anniversary Steering Committee.

Public Information Office
CA DCA S-013 · Series · February 1997 - December 2007

Series consists of materials pertaining to the Douglas College International Model United Nations (DOUGIMUN). A model UN is "an academic simulation of the United Nations where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country." DOUGIMUN was formed after a delegation of four political science students, under the supervision of professor Marlene Hancock, attended the 1997 Cairo International Model United Nations. Hancock said this trip inspired her to form a similar event at Douglas College. The first DOUGIMUN conference was hosted in February 1999.

The records in this series include correspondence, conference handbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera.

Marlene Hancock
CA DCA S-014 · Series · October 1986 - April 1990

Series consists of materials pertaining to the work of the Charter of Rights Committee at Douglas College, which was formed to promote information across multiple disciplines about the Charter's many implications. These records include correspondence, bibliographies, meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, and more. The series captures the creation of a long-running course at the College called Human Rights and Canadian Society: Multidisciplinary Perspectives.

Charter of Rights Committee
Bill Morfey Papers
CA DCA S-015 · Series · December 1969 - March 1989

Series consists of materials created or collected by Bill Morfey during the course of his duties as College Bursar. In this role, Morfey was responsible for managing the College's financial affairs. Although it is helpful to understand Morfey's recordkeeping practices through this lens, not all the materials in his files are exclusively related to College finances. Morfey also sat on numerous internal and external committees, preserving his copies of minutes and supporting documents. This series provides snapshots of various College departments, programs, and services from throughout Morfey's almost 20-year tenure at the College. Materials in this series include correspondence, memoranda, reports, flyers, brochures, contracts and agreements, course information, balance sheets, budgetary information, architectural plans, and much more.

Bill Morfey
George Porges Papers
CA DCA S-016 · Series · September 1970 - February 1978

Series consists of materials created or collected by faculty member George Porges. The majority of these records are history and political science course descriptions, most of which were periodically revised between their original creation and 1975. These course descriptions include bibliographies, lists of support materials like films or documentaries, and occasionally correspondence or notes related to how the courses were revised and updated over time.

George Porges
Andy Andrews Papers
CA DCA S-017 · Series · September 1967 - October 1983

Series consists of records created or collected by Andy Andrews during the course of his career at Douglas College. The majority of these records document the development of programming and individual courses, including those that ultimately were never finalized or offered by the College. Andrews sat on multiple committees, including the Applied Programs Divisional Management Committee, and many records in this series capture administrative activities and changes between 1970 and 1983.

Andy Andrews
CA DCA S-018 · Series · March 1991 - June 2005

Series consists of materials created or collected by the Office of the Vice President, Educational Services. This position was established as part of the College's 1995 administrative restructuring, in which a “leaner” organizational model was implemented that included four new divisions: Educational Services, College Development, Instructional Services, and Finance and Administration. The Vice President, Educational Services was responsible for management of Student Services, Developmental Education, International Education, Community Programs, Contract Programs, and Learning Resources, and Admissions and Records. Educational Technology also became an important part of this portfolio.

Materials in this series include meeting agendas, minutes, and supporting documents pertaining to a number of committees associated with Educational Services at the College. (“Supporting documents” encompasses a range of records such as correspondence, memoranda, reports, and ephemera.) The two largest tranches of records in this series are related to the Technology, Planning and Management Committee (TPMC) and the Educational Technology Forum (ETF). The TPMC played an integral role in development of the College’s long-term educational technology plans and priorities, as well as reviewing and approving educational technology capital requests. Al Atkinson was committee chairman from its formation in 1997 until 2004, shortly before his retirement. The TPMC worked closely with the ETF, which was formed in April 1997, replacing the Teaching, Learning & Technology Roundtable. Its mandate was to promote the integration of educational technologies throughout the College and to advise the TPMC on priorities.

Atkinson was the first Vice President, Educational Services (1995-2004). He was succeeded by Blaine Jensen (2004-2015).

Albert Atkinson
SVES Documentation
CA SVE 02 · Series · 1973 - onwards
Part of Satellite Video Exchange Society fonds

This series consists of documentation produced by staff and volunteers at the SVES (later called Video Inn, Video In, and VIVO), from its founding in 1973 – current day. Videos from the 1970s primarily consists of informal events, including parties, dinners, and installations. Videos from the 1980s onwards primarily consists of documentation of organized events, including video screenings, workshops, lectures, artists talks, panels, and installations.

There is significant documentation of Signal + Noise, a multimedia festival organized by VIVO which ran between 2001 – 2011.

There is also documentation of other panels and political events in Vancouver. Notable events documented include: a symposium on “AIDS and Trade Unions” from the late-1980s; panels on gentrification and housing justice organized by The Mainlander in the mid-2000s; and the “Evening News,” a series of forums about political resistance to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Audio cassettes primarily document interviews and artist talks from the early-mid 1990s.

35mm slides primarily document parties, collective meetings, and art shows in the 1970s.

For a full inventory of tapes and material in this series, contact the archivist.

Collected materials
CA SVE SD-08 · Series · Aprox. 1969 - 1989
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of publications collected by Diamond, primarily consisting of pamphlets, newsletters, journals, magazines, bulletins, and newspaper issues. The presence of titles vary in range from multi-year runs to single issues. Primary topics include social movements of the 1970s and 1980s (including the socialist movement, the labour movement, feminism and women’s liberation, and the gay and lesbian movement), video and art theory, and current topics in the Canadian art world.

This series is a useful research collection for exploring and contextualizing the themes and political thought that Diamond was engaging with. As well, it contains issues of publications that Diamond’s writing was published in.

Sara Diamond
Political activities
CA SVE SD-07 · Series · Aprox. 1970 - 1995
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of materials pertaining to Diamond’s political activities outside of her work with the labour movement. This includes the feminist movement, Gay liberation, and solidarity actions. The bulk of the records pertain to Diamond's work with the Revolutionary Workers League in the 1970s. The RWL was formed in 1977 through the fusion of two Canadian-based Trorskyist parties, the Revolutionary Marxist Group and Groupe Marxiste Revolutionnaire. Diamond was active in organizing within the group until her resignation over the lack of engagement from the RWL to the concerns of the Gay Liberation movement.

Other activities present in the records include Bread & Roses, Amelia Productions, the first Canadian Lesbian Conference, Jews Against Zionism, and efforts to save the Vancouver Transition House. More records connected to Diamonds political activities can be found in series 04: Writings and Exhibitions.

Sara Diamond
The Banff Centre
CA SVE SD-06 · Series · 1992 - 2005
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of records pertaining to Diamond's time working at The Banff Institute between 1992 - 2005. In 1992, she was appointed director of the Television and Video Program at Banff. Diamond later led the creation of the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI), which she was the director of from 1995 - 2005. During her time at the BNMI, she oversaw extensive programming of institutes, conferences, recurring workshops, and annual exhibitions. With Sarah Cook, Diamond co-edited the book “Euphoria & Dystopia,” documenting the history of the BNMI and the events which moved through the space. Diamond also produced an unpublished manuscript titled “Flesh Eating Technologies,” containing work presented at a conference of the same title which occurred at the BNMI.

Sara Diamond
CA SVE SD-05 · Series · 1983 - 1996
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of records pertaining to Diamond's work as an arts educator. Diamond was employed by the Capilano College Labour Studies Programme between 1983 - 1990, and later worked at Emily Carr University between 1986 - 1992.

Materials primarily consists of background research for courses taught, and copies of assigned readings.

Sara Diamond
Writing and Exhibitions
CA SVE SD-04 · Series · 1979 - 2014
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of records pertaining to writing and exhibitions both produced by and featuring Sara Diamond’s work. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Diamond’s writing was published extensively in Canada. Major topics include labour history in B.C., media art criticism, the anti-censorship movement, and artist-run centre culture in Canada. Throughout this, she curated screenings and exhibitions and produced exhibition essays.

Series also consists of writings about Diamond’s career, and exhibition catalogues for shows her work appeared in.

The series is divided into two subseries:
Textual and photographic records
Audiovisual materials

Sara Diamond
Code Zebra
CA SVE SD-03 · Series · 2000 - 2008
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of records pertaining to the new media project Code Zebra. Code Zebra was a multi-layered project which Diamond produced as a co-production with BNMI between 2001 - 2004. It investigated visual representation of relationships and social interactions. Elements of the project included performances, exhibitions, workshops, games, fashion shows, and software development. It included the performance series “Habituation Cages,” in which notable artists and scientists would spend 24 hours locked in a monitored room, with all their conversations and actions recorded. Much of the activity was documented on and explored within the interactive website

The series is divided into two subseries:

  1. Textual and photographic records
  2. Audiovisual materials
Sara Diamond