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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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Subject files

The series consists of Columbian Newspaper clippings and B&W photographs arranged by subject. The files were created by Columbian staff members and accessed to provide information about a given person or subject.

Columbian Company

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.