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May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Accession Number
2004.002, 2004.003
Date Range
[ca.1910-1990]
Scope and Content
This collection consists of ten photograph albums (binders) compiled and annotated by May Ellingsen. The albums contain both original and reproduced photographs of Cortes Island and nearby islands, including Twin Islands and Hernando Island. They are accompanied by captions and additional textual information such as pre-emption records, reminiscences and newspaper clippings. Most of the photographs date from the early decades of the 20th century, depicting homes and buildings, pioneer families, community activities, schools, wharves, boats, logging and marine activity. Fonds consists of two series: Series 1 (The May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection, Vol. 1-9, Accession 2004.003) and Series 2 (The Manson Family Album, Accession 2004.002).
Part Of
May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2004.002
Accession Number
2004.002, 2004.003
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
[ca.1910-1990]
Physical Description
Ten photograph albums (binders) containing 152 original photographs and 482 reproductions.
History / Biographical
May Ellingsen was born on March 13, 1914 to George and Robina Freeman. Her maternal grandfather, Michael Manson, was the first person to pre-empt land on Cortes Island, claiming a quarter section on Gunflint Lake in 1886. May spent her childhood on Hernando Island, where her family homesteaded and logged, and on Cortes Island, where she attended the log school at Manson's Landing. In 1936 May married Elmer Ellingsen. They spent the next ten years in the Loughborough Inlet/Phillips Arm area while Elmer worked for his father's logging operations. During those years their children, Shirley, Bruce and Andy, were born. In 1946 the family moved to Von Donop Creek, where Elmer was logging. In 1950 they moved their float house, built at the time of their marriage, to Manson's Landing Lagoon and two years later, to its present permanent location on Hague Lake. May and Elmer devoted much time and energy to building their community. Amongst her many community activities, May ran the library at Manson's Hall. She had a strong interest in local history, researching the history of land pre-emptions on the island, collecting and annotating photographs from pioneer families and recording interviews with old timers. She was a founder of the Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society; the archives reading room is named in her honor. Historical materials and artifacts gathered by May formed the kernel of the museum's collections and archives.
Custodial History
May Ellingsen created the albums in the 1980s, and kept adding to them throughout the 1990s. She kept them at the Manson's Landing library and then at the museum from 1999. She officially donated them to CIMAS in 2004.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of ten photograph albums (binders) compiled and annotated by May Ellingsen. The albums contain both original and reproduced photographs of Cortes Island and nearby islands, including Twin Islands and Hernando Island. They are accompanied by captions and additional textual information such as pre-emption records, reminiscences and newspaper clippings. Most of the photographs date from the early decades of the 20th century, depicting homes and buildings, pioneer families, community activities, schools, wharves, boats, logging and marine activity. Fonds consists of two series: Series 1 (The May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection, Vol. 1-9, Accession 2004.003) and Series 2 (The Manson Family Album, Accession 2004.002).
Storage Location
Photograph Box #3
Storage Range
Photograph Box #3
Name Access
Ellingsen, May
Subject Access
Logging
Geographic Access
Hernando Island
Twin Islands
Cortes Island
Finding Aid
Item level finding aid for original photographs is available
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May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection: Album One

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May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
1908-1986
Scope and Content
Whaletown homes 1908-1950
Manson's Landing homes 1910 - 1986
Part Of
May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2004.002
Series Number
1
File Number
1
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
1908-1986
Physical Description
1 binder : 64 pages
Scope and Content
Whaletown homes 1908-1950
Manson's Landing homes 1910 - 1986
Name Access
Ellingsen, May
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Documents

Album 1-May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection.pdf

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May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection: Album Two

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May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
[1890s]-1981
Scope and Content
Henry Hague (1890s–1930s)
Froud family (1917)
Lambert family (1910–1930s)
Smith family (1917–1981)
Jeffery family (1940–1960)
McKay family (1930s–1940s)
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May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2004.002
Series Number
1
File Number
2
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
[1890s]-1981
Physical Description
1 binder : 81 pages
Scope and Content
Henry Hague (1890s–1930s)
Froud family (1917)
Lambert family (1910–1930s)
Smith family (1917–1981)
Jeffery family (1940–1960)
McKay family (1930s–1940s)
Name Access
Ellingsen, May
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Documents

Album 2-May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection.pdf

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May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection: Album Three

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May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
1910-1968
Scope and Content
Hayes Family (1924–1930s)
Pickles Family (1930s–1964)
Misc. dead cougars & dead bears (1910-1968)
Picnics and Socials
Part Of
May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2004.002
Series Number
1
File Number
3
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
1910-1968
Physical Description
1 binder : 81 pages
Scope and Content
Hayes Family (1924–1930s)
Pickles Family (1930s–1964)
Misc. dead cougars & dead bears (1910-1968)
Picnics and Socials
Name Access
Ellingsen, May
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Documents

Album 3-May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection.pdf

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May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection: Album Four

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May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
1902-1969
Scope and Content
School annual reports
Cortes Island school (1902 to 1969)
Squirrel Cove School (1917-1948)
Whaletown School (1910-1968)
Seaford School (1925)
Von Donop Creek School
Whaletown and Manson's Landing Churches
Part Of
May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2004.002
Series Number
1
File Number
4
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
1902-1969
Physical Description
1 binder : 102 pages
Scope and Content
School annual reports
Cortes Island school (1902 to 1969)
Squirrel Cove School (1917-1948)
Whaletown School (1910-1968)
Seaford School (1925)
Von Donop Creek School
Whaletown and Manson's Landing Churches
Name Access
Ellingsen, May
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Squirrel Cove
Documents

Album 4–May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection.pdf

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May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection: Album Five

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May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
1903-1949
Scope and Content
"Logging, 1903-1949": The album contains reminiscences of Frank Gallinger's logging camp; a photograph of old-growth trees; logging camps (various locations) and group photos; photographs of hand logging with the use of springboards and logging with steam donkeys, tractors, power saws and horses (on the John Manson property); photographs of log booms (various locations), logging on Quadra and "haywire" logging on Hernando Island; and a newspaper clipping about horse logging (1984).
Part Of
May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2004.002
Series Number
1
File Number
5
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
1903-1949
Physical Description
1 binder : 45 pages
Scope and Content
"Logging, 1903-1949": The album contains reminiscences of Frank Gallinger's logging camp; a photograph of old-growth trees; logging camps (various locations) and group photos; photographs of hand logging with the use of springboards and logging with steam donkeys, tractors, power saws and horses (on the John Manson property); photographs of log booms (various locations), logging on Quadra and "haywire" logging on Hernando Island; and a newspaper clipping about horse logging (1984).
Name Access
Ellingsen, May
Subject Access
Logging
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Hernando Island
Documents

Album 5-May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection.pdf

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May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection: Album Six

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May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Scope and Content
Whaletown 1900–1961
Olmsted Family 1910–1982
Bill Emery 1925–1970s,
Misc. People, Roads, Gravel Pits,
Aldrich Family, Read Island 1908–1946 (1946 Earthquake)
Part Of
May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2004.002
Series Number
1
File Number
6
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Physical Description
1 binder : 71 pages
Scope and Content
Whaletown 1900–1961
Olmsted Family 1910–1982
Bill Emery 1925–1970s,
Misc. People, Roads, Gravel Pits,
Aldrich Family, Read Island 1908–1946 (1946 Earthquake)
Name Access
Ellingsen, May
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Documents

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May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection: Album Seven

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Description Level
File
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Scope and Content
Album Seven: Mike and John Manson families, 1895-1957 Contains: an excerpt from a Victoria Colonist article about Mike Manson's steamship "Thistle" [1907]; log of the "Thistle" [1891; history of Mike Manson's steam tug "Stella"; log of the 'Stella' [1895]; excerpts from the diary of John Manson [1902]; an account of John Manson's funeral by Rev. Alan Greene [1957]; photographs of the Manson family at their home on Cortes Island (McKay, Herrewig, and more...
Part Of
May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2004.002
Series Number
1
File Number
7
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Physical Description
1 binder : 96 pages
Scope and Content
Album Seven: Mike and John Manson families, 1895-1957 Contains: an excerpt from a Victoria Colonist article about Mike Manson's steamship "Thistle" [1907]; log of the "Thistle" [1891; history of Mike Manson's steam tug "Stella"; log of the 'Stella' [1895]; excerpts from the diary of John Manson [1902]; an account of John Manson's funeral by Rev. Alan Greene [1957]; photographs of the Manson family at their home on Cortes Island (McKay, Herrewig, and more...
Name Access
Ellingsen, May
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Documents

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May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection: Album Eight

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May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Scope and Content
Album 8, "Harbours and Marinas on Cortes Island", contains photographs of wharves and their surroundings in Whaletown, Manson's Landing, Cortes Bay, Marina Island, Camp/Subtle Island, and other nearby coastal areas.
Part Of
May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2004.002
Series Number
1
File Number
8
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Physical Description
1 binder : 70 pages
Scope and Content
Album 8, "Harbours and Marinas on Cortes Island", contains photographs of wharves and their surroundings in Whaletown, Manson's Landing, Cortes Bay, Marina Island, Camp/Subtle Island, and other nearby coastal areas.
Name Access
Ellingsen, May
Subject Access
Aquaculture
Ferries
Fishing
Postal services
Union Steamship Company
Water transport
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Documents

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May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection: Album Nine

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May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Scope and Content
Album 9: Hernando Island and Squirrel Cove a) Hernando Island: contains a hand-drawn map of Hernando Island, and photographs of the pier, the locomotive used to haul logs, the logging crew at Stag Bay, the George Freeman home at Stag Bay, the logging camp on Hernando Island, residents of Hernando, and the Manson family when they lived at the George Freeman house. b) Squirrel Cove: contains photographs of the church, the First Nations reservation and residents including the Dominic family, the Forrest family and their store, the Cowan family, the boat shed, planer shed and sawmill which belonged to Val Nichols, the wharf, and the Squirrel Cove Community Hall.
Part Of
May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2004.002
Series Number
1
File Number
9
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Physical Description
1 binder : 116 pages
Scope and Content
Album 9: Hernando Island and Squirrel Cove a) Hernando Island: contains a hand-drawn map of Hernando Island, and photographs of the pier, the locomotive used to haul logs, the logging crew at Stag Bay, the George Freeman home at Stag Bay, the logging camp on Hernando Island, residents of Hernando, and the Manson family when they lived at the George Freeman house. b) Squirrel Cove: contains photographs of the church, the First Nations reservation and residents including the Dominic family, the Forrest family and their store, the Cowan family, the boat shed, planer shed and sawmill which belonged to Val Nichols, the wharf, and the Squirrel Cove Community Hall.
Name Access
Ellingsen, May
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Documents

Album 9-May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection.pdf

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May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection: original photographs from Albums 1 - 9

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Part Of
May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
graphic material
Accession Number
2004.003
Scope and Content
This file contains item-level descriptions of the original photographs in found in the nine albums of the Historic Photograph collection.
Part Of
May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2004.002
Series Number
1
File Number
10
Item Number
2004.003.001 - 2004.003.072
Accession Number
2004.003
Material Type
graphic material
Physical Description
72 photographs : b&w & col.
Scope and Content
This file contains item-level descriptions of the original photographs in found in the nine albums of the Historic Photograph collection.
Storage Location
Photo
Name Access
Ellingsen, May
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection

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May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
Series
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Accession Number
2004.003
Date Range
[ca. 1910-1960]
Scope and Content
Series consists of nine albums (binders) holding 554 photographs of Cortes Island and nearby islands, including Twin Islands and Hernando Island, with accompanying descriptions and with additional textual information such as pre-emption records, reminiscences and newspaper clippings. Most of the photographs date from the early decades of the 20th century, depicting homes and buildings, pioneer families, community activities, schools, wharves, boats, logging and marine activity. The majority of the photographs are copies, as indicated by the numbers assigned to them by the Campbell River Museum & Archives. There are 72 original photographs in the albums.
Part Of
May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
Series
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2004.002
Series Number
1
Item Number Range
2004.003.001 - 2004.003.072
Accession Number
2004.003
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
[ca. 1910-1960]
Physical Description
Nine photograph albums (binders) holding 554 photographs with accompanying descriptions.
Custodial History
May Ellingsen put this collection together in the mid 1980s. She collected hundreds of old photographs from 30 donor families which were then copied and catalogued by the Campbell River Museum in 1985, with funding from the Canada Council and Canada Works. (see "Musings", a publication of the CR Museum & Archives Society, Vol. IV #1, March 1985) The Campbell River Museum made negatives and two copies of the photographs; the originals were then returned to the donor families. One copy of each photo was given to May, who arranged them in albums and added her commentary. She continued to add to the albums through the 1990s, adding 72 original photographs and more descriptions. She kept the albums in the library in the Manson's Hall and then in the Cortes Museum when it opened in 1999. The albums were officially donated to CIMAS in 2004.
Scope and Content
Series consists of nine albums (binders) holding 554 photographs of Cortes Island and nearby islands, including Twin Islands and Hernando Island, with accompanying descriptions and with additional textual information such as pre-emption records, reminiscences and newspaper clippings. Most of the photographs date from the early decades of the 20th century, depicting homes and buildings, pioneer families, community activities, schools, wharves, boats, logging and marine activity. The majority of the photographs are copies, as indicated by the numbers assigned to them by the Campbell River Museum & Archives. There are 72 original photographs in the albums.
Subject Access
Logging
Geographic Access
Hernando Island
Twin Islands
Finding Aid
Item level finding aid is available for the 72 original photographs.
Copyright
The Campbell River Archives has negatives for the copied photographs in the Collection and makes prints on request for a charge according to their policy and according to the wishes of the donors. Donor/source cards were filled out by each family donating photographs and include restrictions on use in some cases. They are on file at the Campbell River Archives. CIMAS holds the copyright on the 72 original photographs in these albums.
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May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
Series
Material Type
graphic material
Accession Number
2004.002
Date Range
1912-1917
Scope and Content
Series consists of 80 photographs with typed explanatory captions, depicting scenes and activities relating to the Manson's Landing school, general scenes of Cortes Island, and James Nixon family of Twin Islands. Many of the the photographs have information written on their backs.
Part Of
May Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
Series
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2004.002
Series Number
2
Item Number Range
2004.002.001 - 2004.002.080
Accession Number
2004.002
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
1912-1917
Physical Description
80 photographs
Custodial History
May Ellingsen compiled this album from photographs in the possession of the Manson family and wrote the explanatory captions. The photographs of Manson's school were taken by Katherine Lettice, the teacher at the time; photographs of Twin Islands were taken by the Nixon family, who lived there and were friends of the Manson family. Photographs were turned over to May by Rose or John Manson. Some photographs were in May's possession as her mother, Robina (Manson) Freeman, was a daughter of Michael Manson.
Scope and Content
Series consists of 80 photographs with typed explanatory captions, depicting scenes and activities relating to the Manson's Landing school, general scenes of Cortes Island, and James Nixon family of Twin Islands. Many of the the photographs have information written on their backs.
Geographic Access
Twin Islands
Finding Aid
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MacFarlane's seed catalog and May Ellingsen's list of seeds to be ordered

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May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1945
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2007.001
Series Number
4
File Number
12
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1945
Storage Location
4-36
Storage Range
4-36
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May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
[ca. 1940s]
Scope and Content
File contains a journal (written on lined paper) kept by May Ellingsen during the 1940s, written while she was living at Phillips Arm and Von Donop Inlet.
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2007.001
Series Number
4
File Number
2
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
[ca. 1940s]
Scope and Content
File contains a journal (written on lined paper) kept by May Ellingsen during the 1940s, written while she was living at Phillips Arm and Von Donop Inlet.
Storage Location
4-26
Storage Range
4-26
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Drawing pad with May Ellingsen's artwork

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May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[19-?]
Scope and Content
File contains a drawing pad with artwork by May Ellingsen.
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2007.001
Series Number
4
File Number
16
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[19-?]
Scope and Content
File contains a drawing pad with artwork by May Ellingsen.
Storage Location
4-40
Storage Range
4-40
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May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 19??]
Scope and Content
File contains loose pages with water colours by May Ellingsen.
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2007.001
Series Number
4
File Number
17
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 19??]
Scope and Content
File contains loose pages with water colours by May Ellingsen.
Storage Location
4-41
Storage Range
4-41
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May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1958
Scope and Content
File contains a notebook in which May Ellingsen kept a journal.
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2007.001
Series Number
4
File Number
3
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1958
Scope and Content
File contains a notebook in which May Ellingsen kept a journal.
Storage Location
4-27
Storage Range
4-27
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May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
2001
Scope and Content
File contains Shirley (Ellingsen) Cole's reminiscences of life in Von Donop; notes from a meeting about logging in Von Donop; and interviews with May, Elmer, Bruce and Andy Ellingsen and with Norah Cowan Thompson.
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2007.001
Series Number
5.2
File Number
67
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
2001
Scope and Content
File contains Shirley (Ellingsen) Cole's reminiscences of life in Von Donop; notes from a meeting about logging in Von Donop; and interviews with May, Elmer, Bruce and Andy Ellingsen and with Norah Cowan Thompson.
Storage Location
5-67
Storage Range
5-67
Subject Access
Logging
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May Ellingsen's notes on Cortes history

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May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
[ca. 198?]
Scope and Content
File contains May Ellingsen's notes on Cortes history, including pre-emptions, a trip to Mexico, and information about Squirrel Cove and Redonda Island.
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
File
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Fonds Number
2007.001
Series Number
5.2
File Number
88
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
[ca. 198?]
Scope and Content
File contains May Ellingsen's notes on Cortes history, including pre-emptions, a trip to Mexico, and information about Squirrel Cove and Redonda Island.
Storage Location
5-88
Storage Range
5-88
Geographic Access
Squirrel Cove
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