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"Birds of Cortes and Mittlenatch Islands"

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Part Of
CIMAS ephemera collection
Description Level
File
Material Type
ephemera
Date Range
1993
Scope and Content
File contains two copies of the booklet "Birds of Cortes and Mittlenatch Islands, a checklist with seasonal graphs" by George Sirk, Christian Gronau and Fred Zwickel, published by the authors in 1993.
Part Of
CIMAS ephemera collection
Description Level
File
File Number
41
Material Type
ephemera
Date Range
1993
Physical Description
2 booklets : 12 pages
Custodial History
Found in files.
Scope and Content
File contains two copies of the booklet "Birds of Cortes and Mittlenatch Islands, a checklist with seasonal graphs" by George Sirk, Christian Gronau and Fred Zwickel, published by the authors in 1993.
Storage Location
Ephemera box
Storage Range
Ephemera box
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Building supplies catalogs

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Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1954
Scope and Content
File contains two building supplies catalogs.
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, Elmer
Fonds Number
2007.001
Series Number
11
File Number
12
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1954
Scope and Content
File contains two building supplies catalogs.
Storage Location
8-12
Storage Range
8-12
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Correspondence and ephemera re a new Cortes Island school

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Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1974-1977
Scope and Content
File contains a letter from George Gardener, principal of the Cortes Island school, and a letter and flyer about the proposed new school.
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Fonds Number
2007.001
Series Number
8
File Number
34
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1974-1977
Scope and Content
File contains a letter from George Gardener, principal of the Cortes Island school, and a letter and flyer about the proposed new school.
Storage Location
7-34
Storage Range
7-34
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Cortes Ecoforestry Society fonds

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Part Of
Cortes Ecoforestry Society fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
object
graphic material
ephemera
Accession Number
2017.011
Date Range
1988-2006
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of documents created and accrued by CES between 1988 and 2006, including financial statements, correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, maps, reports, legal documents, and publications. It includes 62 files arranged in thirteen series following the original order of the material.
Part Of
Cortes Ecoforestry Society fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Cortes Ecoforestry Society
Fonds Number
2017.011
Accession Number
2017.011
Material Type
textual records
object
graphic material
ephemera
Date Range
1988-2006
Physical Description
.6 m of textual records (2 boxes) 29 photographs : col.
Extent
0.6
History / Biographical
The Cortes Ecoforestry Society (CES) was incorporated in March 1999, under the following mission statement: "To work in partnership with the Klahoose First Nation, to gain community stewardship of the working forest lands on Cortes to create perpetual ecological and economic benefits for the entire community, and to serve as a model for sustainable ecoforestry." Preceding names for the organization include Cortes Island Forestry Committee (ca. 1988-1990), Cortes Island Forest Resource Committee (c. 1990) and Cortes Island Forest Committee (ca. 1991-1999). A draft document from October 1991 states that, "[T]he Cortes Island Forest Committee (CIFC) was formed in 1988. The purposes of the CIFC are to develop ecologically responsible and balanced forest use of Cortes Island forests, to develop a sustainable forest-based economy, to educate ourselves and the public regarding appropriate use of Cortes Island forests, and to work towards a broad based public consensus for the use of these forests." In July 1999 Klahoose First Nation and CES signed an unprecedented Memorandum of Understanding, stating that the two parties would work together to create a community forest that used eco-system forestry. In 1999 and 2000 the Cortes Ecoforestry Society began planning and preparing a community forest proposal. In 2003, volume was made available for small community tenures, including Woodlot Licences and Community Forest Agreements (CFAs). Klahoose supported the efforts to revitalize the community forest proposal and a small, voluntary advisory group was formed (Bruce Ellingsen, Chief Kathy Francis, Liz Richardson and Ron Wolda). To ensure the proposal was seen to be inclusive of all islanders, the proponent name was changed to the Cortes Island Community Forest advisory group. The community forest proposal stalled, and CES, which at one point had a membership of 400 residents supporting their goals, became less active. In May of 2011, the Cortes Community Forest Advisory Group was invited to apply for a Community Forest Agreement (CFA) by the Minister of Forests, and in September 2013 the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations issued a Community Forest Agreement to the Cortes Forestry General Partnership, which was established on June 2012. The Cortes Forestry General Partnership is managed and governed equally by two partners, the Klahoose Forestry No. 2 Limited Partnership (KF2LP) and the Cortes Community Forest Co-operative. The tenure agreement lasts for 25 years and encompasses 3,869 hectares of crown land, about 35% of the island. The Klahoose Nation holds ancestral tenure over Cortes Island. They are currently at stage 4 in the process of negotiating a treaty agreement with the province of British Columbia and Canadian government.
Custodial History
Donated to CIMAS on Dec. 16, 2017 by David Shipway.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of documents created and accrued by CES between 1988 and 2006, including financial statements, correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, maps, reports, legal documents, and publications. It includes 62 files arranged in thirteen series following the original order of the material.
Storage Range
1-1 - 2-35 Photograph Box
Name Access
Cortes Ecoforestry Society
Subject Access
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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"Cortes Island" informational booklet

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Part Of
CIMAS ephemera collection
Description Level
File
Material Type
ephemera
Date Range
[ca. 198?]
Scope and Content
File contains an informational booklet created by the Friends of Cortes through a grant from Canada Works. Topics include island geography, social and natural history, place names and tourist education.
Part Of
CIMAS ephemera collection
Description Level
File
File Number
39
Material Type
ephemera
Date Range
[ca. 198?]
Physical Description
1 booklet : 12 pages
Custodial History
Found in files.
Scope and Content
File contains an informational booklet created by the Friends of Cortes through a grant from Canada Works. Topics include island geography, social and natural history, place names and tourist education.
Storage Location
Ephemera box
Storage Range
Ephemera box
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Cortes Island newspaper clippings

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Part Of
Doreen Thompson fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
ephemera
Accession Number
2006.001
Date Range
1951-1975
Scope and Content
File contains newspaper clippings about a visit of the Whaletown School class to Vancouver; a "Whaletown Round-Up" column written by Gilean Douglas, 1956; a photocopy of an article about the purchase of Smelt Bay Park, 1973; and a craft store in Whaletown, 1975.
Part Of
Doreen Thompson fonds
Description Level
File
Fonds Number
2006.001
Series Number
5
File Number
3
Accession Number
2006.001
Material Type
ephemera
Date Range
1951-1975
Scope and Content
File contains newspaper clippings about a visit of the Whaletown School class to Vancouver; a "Whaletown Round-Up" column written by Gilean Douglas, 1956; a photocopy of an article about the purchase of Smelt Bay Park, 1973; and a craft store in Whaletown, 1975.
Storage Location
1-35
Storage Range
1-35
Name Access
Thompson, Doreen
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Part Of
Doreen Thompson fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
ephemera
Accession Number
2006.001
Date Range
[196?]
Scope and Content
"Mary Block" on verso
Part Of
Doreen Thompson fonds
Description Level
File
Fonds Number
2006.001
Series Number
5
File Number
6
Accession Number
2006.001
Material Type
ephemera
Date Range
[196?]
Scope and Content
"Mary Block" on verso
Storage Location
1-38
Storage Range
1-38
Name Access
Thompson, Doreen
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Cortes Island School yearbook, 1994-1995

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Part Of
CIMAS ephemera collection
Description Level
File
Material Type
ephemera
Date Range
1995
Scope and Content
File contains a Cortes Island School yearbook 1994/15. In 1995 Ed Piggott retired after 20 years as the school principal. Yearbook originally belonged to Lorena Teames.
Part Of
CIMAS ephemera collection
Description Level
File
File Number
40
Material Type
ephemera
Date Range
1995
Physical Description
1 booklet : 42 pages
Custodial History
Found in files.
Scope and Content
File contains a Cortes Island School yearbook 1994/15. In 1995 Ed Piggott retired after 20 years as the school principal. Yearbook originally belonged to Lorena Teames.
Storage Location
Ephemera box
Storage Range
Ephemera box
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Cortes Island Seafood Association

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Part Of
Regional Director of Area I (Cortes Island) fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Accession Number
2008.001
Date Range
1991-1993
Scope and Content
File contains newspaper articles about pulp mill pollution and a publication by Rex Weyler, "Seafood and Pulp: Striking a Balance in the Georgia Strait".
Part Of
Regional Director of Area I (Cortes Island) fonds
Description Level
File
Fonds Number
2002.001.2
Series Number
6.5
File Number
34
Accession Number
2008.001
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1991-1993
Scope and Content
File contains newspaper articles about pulp mill pollution and a publication by Rex Weyler, "Seafood and Pulp: Striking a Balance in the Georgia Strait".
Storage Location
Ralph Nursall fonds: Box
Storage Range
Ralph Nursall fonds: Box
2-28
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Cortes Island Seafood Association

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Part Of
Ralph Nursall fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Accession Number
2008.001
Date Range
1991-1993
Scope and Content
File contains newspaper articles about pulp mill pollution and a publication by Rex Weyler, "Seafood and Pulp: Striking a Balance in the Georgia Strait".
Part Of
Ralph Nursall fonds
Description Level
File
Fonds Number
2008.001
Series Number
1.5
File Number
34
Accession Number
2008.001
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1991-1993
Scope and Content
File contains newspaper articles about pulp mill pollution and a publication by Rex Weyler, "Seafood and Pulp: Striking a Balance in the Georgia Strait".
Storage Range
2-28
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Ephemera from the Southern Cortes Community Association and the Whaletown Community Club

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Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1985-1997
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Fonds Number
2007.001
Series Number
11
File Number
41
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1985-1997
Storage Location
8-41
Storage Range
8-41
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"From Cortes Island Shores - a Seafood Cookbook"

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Part Of
CIMAS ephemera collection
Description Level
File
Material Type
ephemera
Date Range
[197?]
Scope and Content
File contains a copy of a cookbook compiled and produced by Joan Disney and Joanne Saunders for the benefit of the building maintenance fund of the Cortes Island Community Church Mission. The booklet consists of photocopied pages, 14 cm x 22 cm in size, tied together with blue yarn.
Part Of
CIMAS ephemera collection
Description Level
File
File Number
23
Material Type
ephemera
Date Range
[197?]
Custodial History
Donated by Ian Disney in 2012.
Scope and Content
File contains a copy of a cookbook compiled and produced by Joan Disney and Joanne Saunders for the benefit of the building maintenance fund of the Cortes Island Community Church Mission. The booklet consists of photocopied pages, 14 cm x 22 cm in size, tied together with blue yarn.
Storage Location
Ephemera - Box 1
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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Part Of
Gilean Douglas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
graphic material
cartographic material
ephemera
Accession Number
1999.001
Date Range
1904-1993 (predominant 1948-1993)
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the personal records of Gilean Douglas which were produced and received during her personal and literary activities. There is some material dating from Douglas's early life, but the bulk of it dates from 1948 to 1993 and directly concerns her life on Cortes Island. Because of Douglas's involvement in the public life of the island, and her interest in local history, her papers contain a great deal of information about the political, community and social life of Cortes Island, particularly the Whaletown area. Fonds is composed of eighteen series: Manuscripts; Correspondence; Literary Records; Regional Director for Area I (Cortes Island); Women's Institute; Women's Auxiliary of the Anglican Church; School District #72; Whaletown Community Club; Channel Rock; Research; "The Log" of the Columbia Coast Mission; Journals and Notebooks; Illustrations and Sketches; Ephemera; Clippings; Maps; Albums; Photographs.
Other Title Info
Title based on contents of the fonds.
Part Of
Gilean Douglas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Douglas, Gilean
Fonds Number
1999.001
Accession Number
1999.001
Material Type
textual records
graphic material
cartographic material
ephemera
Date Range
1904-1993 (predominant 1948-1993)
Physical Description
1.9 m of textual records; ca. 2,352 photographic records (1147 prints : b&w and col. - ca. 560 negatives : b&w and col. negatives ; 35 mm and 14 x 11 cm or smaller - 645 slides : col. slides ; 35 mm); 1 cm of graphic material; 8 maps.
Extent
1.9
History / Biographical
Gilean Douglas was born in Toronto, Ont. In 1900. Orphaned at the age of 16, she began to work as a free-lance writer and photographer. Over her lifetime her work appeared in more than 200 publications, often published under pseudonyms (Grant Madison, Armoral Kent and Jill MacLean). Douglas published eight books of poetry and three books of non-fiction, and, from 1961 to 1992, wrote a regular column, “Nature Rambles”, for the Victoria Times-Colonist. In 1939, following the collapse of her third marriage, Douglas moved from Ontario to an isolated cabin in the mountains near Hope, B.C. Her first two books of nature writing (one published under the name Grant Madison) document her life there. Her cabin was destroyed by fire in 1947 and two years later she moved to a 138-acre waterfront homestead on Cortes Island with her fourth husband, Philip Douglas, (née Major). Her marriage ended in 1953, but she remained there until her death in 1993. Her home at Channel Rock was isolated, with no road access and no electricity. Douglas had a large garden, and supplemented her writing income by selling produce and plants. She was a volunteer Weather Observer for Environment Canada for 33 years, receiving several awards for her service. Starting in the 1960s, her writing centered increasingly on her life at Channel Rock. Her "Nature Rambles" columns and book "The Protected Place" reflect her life on the island. During her years on Cortes Island, Douglas took a leading role in community affairs and local politics. She held office in several community organizations and acted as a school trustee. As a member of the Women's Institute, she held local, district, provincial and national office, edited a book on its history, and was awarded a Life Membership in 1989. Douglas was a member of the first Cortes Island Advisory Planning Commission and represented Cortes on the Regional Board of Comox-Strathcona as Alternate Director from 1968 to 1973 and as Director from 1973 until 1977. List of Book Publications: 1952 Now the Green Word (Wings Press, Mill Valley, Ca.) 1953 Poetic Plush (The Story Book Press, Dallas, Texas) 1953 River For My Sidewalk (by “Grant Madison”; J. M. Dent & Sons, Toronto, Ont.) 1954 The Pattern Set (Quality Press, Montreal, Quebec) 1959 Modern Pioneers (a history of the Women's Institute, ed. by Douglas; Evergreen Press) 1967 Seascape With Figures (Prairie Press, Iowa City, Iowa) 1973 Now In This Night (Harlo Press, Detroit, Mi.) 1978 Silence Is My Homeland (Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, Pa.) 1979 The Protected Place (Gray’s Publishing, Sidney, B.C.) 1982 Prodigal (Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, B.C.) 1984 River For My Sidewalk (by Gilean Douglas; Sono Nis Press) 1985 Kodachromes at Midday (Sono Nis Press) 1992 Seascape With Figures - Poems Selected and New (Sono Nis Press)
Custodial History
Upon Douglas’ death in 1993 her papers were gathered from her house by her literary executor, Gillian Milton. Douglas’ will directed that her papers and photographs be turned over to the University of British Columbia (Douglas’ primary beneficiary), after being examined and used for literary purposes including publication or biography. Accordingly, Milton inventoried the records, and with Andrea Lebowitz made use of them for a biography and anthology of the writings of Douglas, "Gilean Douglas: Writing Nature, Finding Home" (Lebowitz and Milton, Sono Nis Press, 1999). The textual records were turned over to University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections in December 1999; the photographic records in 2002. By agreement with UBC, the records and photographs which have to do primarily with Cortes Island were turned over to the Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society (Manson's Landing, B.C.) in 1999.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the personal records of Gilean Douglas which were produced and received during her personal and literary activities. There is some material dating from Douglas's early life, but the bulk of it dates from 1948 to 1993 and directly concerns her life on Cortes Island. Because of Douglas's involvement in the public life of the island, and her interest in local history, her papers contain a great deal of information about the political, community and social life of Cortes Island, particularly the Whaletown area. Fonds is composed of eighteen series: Manuscripts; Correspondence; Literary Records; Regional Director for Area I (Cortes Island); Women's Institute; Women's Auxiliary of the Anglican Church; School District #72; Whaletown Community Club; Channel Rock; Research; "The Log" of the Columbia Coast Mission; Journals and Notebooks; Illustrations and Sketches; Ephemera; Clippings; Maps; Albums; Photographs.
Name Access
Douglas, Gilean
Subject Access
Women's Institute
Columbia Coast Mission
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Related Material
Gilean Douglas fonds at the University of British Columbia Library (Special Collections) Cortes Island Ratepayers Association fonds Gorge Harbour Community Hall fonds Whaletown Community Club fonds Whaletown Women's Institute fonds Regional Director of Electoral Area I (Cortes Island) fonds
Copyright
Copyright for Douglas's published writings is held by the University of British Columbia. Permission to use Douglas's manuscripts for publication purposes must be obtained from the University of British Columbia or from Gillian Milton, literary executor for the estate of Gilean Douglas.
Arrangement
Wherever possible, Douglas’ system of arrangement has been retained, and original groupings of material have been maintained. Other material has been arranged according to type.
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The Island Rag, Vol. 1, Issue 2

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Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
ephemera
Date Range
1979
Scope and Content
File contains a copy of a local publication, The Island Rag.
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Fonds Number
2007.001
Series Number
11
File Number
28
Material Type
ephemera
Date Range
1979
Scope and Content
File contains a copy of a local publication, The Island Rag.
Storage Location
8-28
Storage Range
8-28
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Jeanette Hiebert, Regional Director sous-fonds

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Part Of
Regional Director of Area I (Cortes Island) fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
Material Type
textual records
electronic records
ephemera
Accession Number
2019.015
Date Range
2003-2008
Scope and Content
Sous-fonds consists of records created or collected by Jeannette (Jenny) Hiebert during her term as Regional Director. It includes minutes of APC meetings, correspondence, records of public hearings, records related to bylaw and zoning changes, parks, aquaculture, and forestry issues, and material about the impending division of the Regional District of Comox-Strathcona into two separate districts.
Part Of
Regional Director of Area I (Cortes Island) fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
Fonds Number
2002.001.4
Accession Number
2019.015
Material Type
textual records
electronic records
ephemera
Date Range
2003-2008
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records 1 CD
History / Biographical
Jeanette (Jenny) Hiebert served as Regional Director for Area I, Regional District of Comox-Strathcona, for one term, from 2005-2008
Custodial History
Donated to CIMAS by Jenny Hiebert in 2019.
Scope and Content
Sous-fonds consists of records created or collected by Jeannette (Jenny) Hiebert during her term as Regional Director. It includes minutes of APC meetings, correspondence, records of public hearings, records related to bylaw and zoning changes, parks, aquaculture, and forestry issues, and material about the impending division of the Regional District of Comox-Strathcona into two separate districts.
Storage Range
7-16 - 7-31
Name Access
Hiebert, Jeanette
Hiebert, Jenny
Subject Access
Regional District
Local governments
Advisory Planning Commission
Aquaculture
Zoning
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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Part Of
Linnaea School fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
textual records (electronic)
ephemera
Accession Number
2014.001
Date Range
1987-2014
Scope and Content
Fonds contains six oversize photograph albums, administrative documents, ephemera, newsletters, yearbooks, and articles created by Linnaea School. It is arranged in seven series: Administrative records; Creative projects; Linnaea Learner; Yearbooks; Publicity materials; School photo descriptions; and Linnaea School photograph albums. Electronic records include an overview of Linnaea; Linnaea philosophy and curriculum, and class and attendance lists.
Part Of
Linnaea School fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Linnaea School
Fonds Number
2014.001
Accession Number
2014.001
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
textual records (electronic)
ephemera
Date Range
1987-2014
Physical Description
Six (6) large photo albums : 48.25 cm x 64.75 cm .1 m of textual records
Extent
.75 m
History / Biographical
Linnaea School was a small independent school located on Linnaea Farm, a land trust with 315 acres of forests, fields, organic gardens and lake-front which is governed by The Linnaea Farm Society, a registered non-profit. Linnaea School offered its holistic, community-based approach to education for 23 years, from 1987 until its closing in 2010. The school was founded by Donna Bracewell in 1987. It expanded from a first-year enrollment of eleven students to take in close to half of the island's school-age children. Linnaea offered a program of creative, nature-based, alternative learning for Kindergarten to Grade 6. Strong academics were enhanced by farm classes, environmental and outdoor education, mentorship programmes, music classes and service projects. A notable project was the annual spring musical play. Bracewell left in June, 2009 to take a teaching position in Vietnam and the school closed a year later.
Custodial History
Records were donated to CIMAS on 22 October 2014 by a representative of Linnaea Education Centre/Linnaea Farm Society. An accrual of electronic records was donated by Donna Bracewell in 2019.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains six oversize photograph albums, administrative documents, ephemera, newsletters, yearbooks, and articles created by Linnaea School. It is arranged in seven series: Administrative records; Creative projects; Linnaea Learner; Yearbooks; Publicity materials; School photo descriptions; and Linnaea School photograph albums. Electronic records include an overview of Linnaea; Linnaea philosophy and curriculum, and class and attendance lists.
Storage Location
Small Box 3 Oversize boxes L1 - L6
Storage Range
Small Box 3: 1-16 to 1-31 Oversize boxes L1-L6
Name Access
Linnaea School
Subject Access
Education
Schools
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Documents

Linnaea School Overview.pdf

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May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds

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Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
graphic material
sound recording
cartographic material
ephemera
Date Range
1892-[ca. 2005]
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the personal, business and research records of May and Elmer Ellingsen. Textual records include personal and business correspondence; financial and legal records; information about local history; records and newsletters of various community organizations; records created by John Manson and by the St. James Ladies' Guild; maps; ephemera; and clippings about Cortes Island people and events. Fonds also includes photographs of the Manson family and other island people and places, and cassette tapes of oral history and music. Fonds is arranged in 14 series: Correspondence; Financial records; Elmer Ellingsen records (business and personal); May Ellingsen personal records; Local history subject files; John Manson records; St. James Ladies' Guild records; Community organizations and services records; Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society records; Maps; Ephemera; Clippings; Photographs and Audio tapes. Records from Accessions 2017.003 and 2019.002, which were processed after the other material had been arranged, have been interfiled.
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Ellingsen, Elmer
Fonds Number
2007.001
Material Type
textual records
graphic material
sound recording
cartographic material
ephemera
Date Range
1892-[ca. 2005]
Physical Description
3 meters of textual records 726 photographs 21 audio cassette tapes
Extent
252 cm
History / Biographical
Elmer Ellingsen (1913-2002) was born in North Vancouver to Sigurd and Gladys Ellingsen. After graduating from high school, he took a short course in business at Sprott Shaw College. In the early 1930s Elmer worked in logging and became a strong supporter of the trade union movement. He also had classical piano training in school, later turning to popular music; he played for many dances and parties until well into his eighties. May Ellingsen (1914-2012) was born in Vancouver to George and Robina Freeman. Her maternal grandfather, Michael Manson, was the first person to pre-empt land on Cortes Island, in 1886. May grew up on Cortes and Hernando Islands until grade six, then moved to Vancouver with her family to finish her schooling. May and Elmer met on Cortes in 1935 and were married on August 1, 1936. They built a float house and spent the next ten years in the Loughborough Inlet/Phillips Arm area where Elmer worked in his father's logging operations. While there, their children Shirley (1939), Bruce (1940) and Andy (1941) were born. In 1946 they moved to Von Donop Creek, where Elmer formed a logging partnership with Mike Herrewig and Scotty McKenzie. In 1950, he formed a new partnership with Erne Anderson for logging in the Whaletown area, and moved the floathouse to Manson's Landing lagoon. Two years later their floathouse was moved to its present location on Hague Lake. After travelling from home to various logging operations, Elmer retired from logging. He bought a D8 Caterpillar tractor, backhoe and gravel truck and worked for the next forty years excavating, delivering gravel and moving things. He often worked with BC Hydro and BC Tel on pole installation, repair and maintenance. Both Elmer and May were very active in community life. They sponsored weekly movie nights through the 1950s and square dancing in the sixties. May's many involvements included the Ladies' Guild, Women's Institute, Ratepayers Association, Post Office, Vancouver Regional Library development and Cortes Island Days. Elmer was a leading promoter of bringing ferry and hydro service to the island; he helped renovate Manson's Hall in the late 1970s, lobbied for road paving and helped initiate the Cortes Island Firefighters Assoc. in the 1980s. Both were founding members of the Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society.
Custodial History
Records were collected from the home of May and Elmer Ellingsen by Andy and Susan Ellingsen and by Bruce Ellingsen and donated to CIMAS. There are eight accessions in this fonds: 2007.001, 2007.002, 2007.003, 2007.005, 2008.002 and 2010.001, 2018.002 and 2019.002.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the personal, business and research records of May and Elmer Ellingsen. Textual records include personal and business correspondence; financial and legal records; information about local history; records and newsletters of various community organizations; records created by John Manson and by the St. James Ladies' Guild; maps; ephemera; and clippings about Cortes Island people and events. Fonds also includes photographs of the Manson family and other island people and places, and cassette tapes of oral history and music. Fonds is arranged in 14 series: Correspondence; Financial records; Elmer Ellingsen records (business and personal); May Ellingsen personal records; Local history subject files; John Manson records; St. James Ladies' Guild records; Community organizations and services records; Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society records; Maps; Ephemera; Clippings; Photographs and Audio tapes. Records from Accessions 2017.003 and 2019.002, which were processed after the other material had been arranged, have been interfiled.
Storage Range
1-1 - 1-8
Name Access
Ellingsen, Elmer
Ellingsen, May
Subject Access
Logging
Ferries
Transportation
Women's Institute
Water transport
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Hernando Island
Related Material
May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection (2004.002)
Arrangement
Original order unknown; archivist has arranged records.
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Muriel and William Whiting fonds

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Part Of
Muriel and William Whiting fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1919-[ca. 1960]
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created by Muriel and William Whiting and includes correspondence, official documents, business records, recipes, notes and ephemera. It is arranged in three series: Correspondence; Documents; and Subject files.
Part Of
Muriel and William Whiting fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Whiting, Muriel and William
Fonds Number
2018.003
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1919-[ca. 1960]
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
Extent
12 cm
History / Biographical
Muriel Horner Whiting (1882-1977) and William Henry Evans Whiting (1853-1927) settled on Cortes in about 1918, having purchased 58 acres of land in Whaletown (present-day 1474 and 1416 Robertson Rd.) from Charles Allen. Their son Basil Evans Whiting was born in 1923. William Whiting was considerably older than Muriel; he died in 1927 and is buried in the old Whaletown cemetery. After his death, Muriel supported herself by raising poultry and eggs for sale and by taking in boarders. Her only son, Basil, joined the Royal Canadian Navy just before the outbreak of World War II. He lost his life at the age of 19, when the destroyer HMCS "Ottawa" was torpedoed and sunk on Sept. 13,1942. His war medals are in the Cortes Island Museum Artifacts Collection. Muriel remained on Cortes until the late 1960s; she died in Whiterock in 1977. Although the Whiting house burned down in 1982, remnants of the homestead remain: a tumble-down barn built of hand-split cedar boards, a few old apple trees and some hardy garden survivors such as japonica, mock orange, and St. Johnswort. The yellow primroses in the Museum garden are descendents of her flowers.
Custodial History
This material was found stored in the barn on the former Whiting property in 1971. It was passed down through several owners of the property before being donated to the museum by Sabina Leader-Mense in 2018.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created by Muriel and William Whiting and includes correspondence, official documents, business records, recipes, notes and ephemera. It is arranged in three series: Correspondence; Documents; and Subject files.
Storage Location
Small Box 3
Storage Range
1-1 - 1-25
Name Access
Whiting, Muriel and William
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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Old Cortes Island store receipts

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Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1920-1935
Scope and Content
File contains receipts from Ewart's store in Squirrel Cove and the Thompson store in Whaletown.
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Fonds Number
2007.001
Series Number
11
File Number
3
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1920-1935
Physical Description
Ephemera
Scope and Content
File contains receipts from Ewart's store in Squirrel Cove and the Thompson store in Whaletown.
Storage Location
8-3
Storage Range
8-3
Geographic Access
Squirrel Cove
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Pamphlet on the official opening of the Cortes Island Jr. Secondary School

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Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1979
Scope and Content
File contains a pamphlet on the official opening of the Cortes Island Jr. Secondary School.
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Fonds Number
2007.001
Series Number
8
File Number
35
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1979
Scope and Content
File contains a pamphlet on the official opening of the Cortes Island Jr. Secondary School.
Storage Location
7-35
Storage Range
7-35
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