F 93

Title:
Powell River Company Limited fonds. – [1900]-2003.

Extent: 13.35 m of textual records and other materials.

Administrative history:
At the turn of the century the Canadian Industrial Company owned pulp leases on Lot 450 in Powell River, British Columbia and the Pacific Coast Power Company owned the water of Powell Lake. These two companies merged in 1909, and a Minnesota firm Brooks and Scanlon purchased the rights to the pulp leases and the water of Powell Lake. They had working capital of $1,000,000 and in 1909 the Powell River Paper Company was incorporated.

It soon became apparent the initial investment of two paper machines would not be sufficient and more funds would be needed immediately to increase the capacity to four paper machines. Bonds were issued and the founders made personal guarantees for the required million and a half dollars. Skilled employees were brought in from the Crown Willamette Company in Oregon. In 1911 the company was renamed and incorporated as the Powell River Company. Norman Lang was acquired from Crown Willamette as manager under the condition Crown Willamette be allowed to purchase the majority shares of the Powell River Company.

The first roll of saleable newsprint was produced in April 1912. That year, the company started construction of the town that grew up around the plant site. Known as the “Townsite”, the community consisted of 401 individual homes for the employees. The Powell River Company hired Dr. Andrew Henderson as its physician and he built the first hospital, St. Luke’s, in 1913.

The company built Powell River’s first school, Henderson School, on Ash Street in 1913. The company also built Brooks School in 1926. Brooks was built as an elementary school and later became the community’s only secondary school.

The Powell River Company merged with MacMillian Bloedel in Dec 1959 and became known as MacMillan Bloedel & Powell River Ltd. Harold Foley, former president of the Powell River Company and other former directors of the Powell River Company, resigned as directors from the merged company in 1961. In 1966 Powell River was dropped from the name and the company became MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. In 1998 MacMillian Bloedel sold the plant and the site to Pacifica Papers. MacMillan Bloedel retained their timber rights, which included Stillwater Division, until they sold them to Weyerhaeuser in 1999. Weyerhaeuser sold these rights to Cascadia shortly after purchasing them.

Pacifica Papers divested themselves of the Powell River and Lois Lake dams and Powell River Energy was formed. In August 2001 Pacifica Papers sold the mill and plant site to Norske Skog Canada Ltd. With the increased holdings the name changed to NorskeCanada. In Oct 2005 the shareholders approved another name change, this time to Catalyst Paper Corporation.

Arranged and Described: Linda Wills in 2008

Scope and content:
Fonds consists of the textual records and other material created by the Powell River Co. and its successor, MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. from 1909 - 1992. Fonds includes history, minutes, correspondence, financial records, legal records, specifications, reports, personnel records, notes, speeches, lists, publications, manuals, pamphlets, statistics, a press release, manufacturing formulae, art, calendars, ephemera, maps, and photos. Fonds arranged in the following series:1)History; 2)Minutes, 1924, 1930, 1946-1950; 3)Correspondence1909-1999; 4)Financial records, 1910-1990; 5)Legal records 1905-1948; 6)Specifications, 1912-1923, 1959; 7)Reports, 1912-1992; 8) Personnel records, 1908-2001; 9)Notes, 1937-1972; 10)Speeches, 1949, 1964, 1975-1986; 11)Lists, 1920-1964; 12)Publications, 1923-1999; 13)Manuals, 1915-1971; 14)Pamphlets, 1930-1951; 15)Statistics, 1942-1989; 16)Press releases, 1959; 17)Manufacturing formulae, 1965-1971; 18)Art, 1930-1990; 19)Calendars, 1983-1987; 20)Ephemera, 1914-1988; 21)Maps; and 22)Photos.

Includes sous-fonds Powell River Twenty-five Year Club.

Notes: Title based on contents of fonds.
Title based on contents of fonds.
Donated by Rod Brown – no date [accession form not signed ] Tony Whitley -1971 [ accession from not signed ] Beryl Goddard in 1988, Ivy Foote in 1989, Don Rothwell in 1991, Curly Woodward in 1991, Norm Philip in 1991, Charles Hodson in 1991, Sheila Chesney in 1991, Curly Woodward in 1991, Golden Stanley in 1992, Margaret Bull in 1992, F. Mossman in 1992, Peter Remple in 1992, Mike Bigold in 1992, Hector Beauschene in 1993, MacMillan Bloedel in 1993, J. Veidermas in 1993, Elizabeth Rennie in 1993, Ivy Foote in 1993 and 1999, Nanaimo District Museum in 1994, Larry Rogers in 1998, Lloyd Morris in 1998, Dora Buse in 1999, Dave Ellis in 2001, Stan Davis in 2002, Peggy Bird in 2002, John Campbell in 2002, Charlene Boucier in 2003, Jean Medforth in 2003, Bob Spearing in 2003, Emma Lavez-Laroque in 2005, John Campbell in 2007, Graeme McMahon in 2007, W. Grant in 2007, Thomas Courtenay Powell in 2007, Catalyst Paper Corporation, Powell River Division in 2007, Ken Culos in 2008, Lucy Aprilis in 2008.

Accruals:

Accession number: 2009.79. – ( 1921-2009 ) – records pertaining to the Finishing Room. – Series 2

Accession number: 2010.12 –– MacMillian Bloedel Calendars 1980-1988 [not complete] - Series 19

Accession number: 2010.24 –- -14 coloured images of the crew when the Norske Canada Kraft Mill closed down in 2001 – Series: Photographs
Two notebooks record information regarding the filling of the oil tanks at the Mill. - Series 9.

10cm of textual records and 60 images - Publications - Series # 12 Sub-series 1:

Accession number: 2010.90: Manual: Technical Data and Tables- Series 13

Accession number: 2011.22 –– sale of home at 251 Oak Street from the Powell River Company to John Fraser. - Series 2

Accession number: 2012.71 - Series: Photographs
The series consists of a presentation box compiled by MacMillian Bloedel Ltd labeled ‘ Forest Facts and Photos. Includes 100 slides and information cards for each slide.

Accession Number: 2012.87. 1 – 51 –( 1926 ) photographs of the Snow Survey team. Series: Photographs

Accession Number: 2012. 107 – Manuscript of the history of the Brooks Scanlon History which includes all the permutations of the growth of the Company and includes the Powell River Company; employee survey and results of survey in 1954; booklets of labour agreements; booklets of Powell River Employee Sick Benefit Societies; calendar pads for 1949-1965 with hand written notes on the back page; correspondence regarding the merger with MacMillian Bloedel, and photographs. Series:

Accession Number: 2013. 58
Series: Publication A booklet that was made for the Finishing Room in 1987 upon the occassion of an employee's retirement. Includes 92 photographs of the employees. Series number 12.



Some records were not created by the Powell River Company, but have been included in the fonds for research purposes.

Includes 133 cassette tape recordings, approx. 400 maps and plans, and approx. 23,400 photographs.

Series level descriptions

Series 1

Title: History

Extent: 1.5 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of notes, an essay, and timelines recording the chronological history of the Powell River Company Ltd. from [1900] – 1975. Includes a corporate history of MacMillan Bloedel, 1983.

Notes: Title based on contents of series.


Series 2

Title: Minutes. – 1924, 1930, 1946-1950.

Extent: 2 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of a Board of Director’s resolution, 1924, minutes of a two-man conference re the boiler house extension, 1930; and minutes of supervisors’ dinner meetings from 1946 to 1950.

Notes: Title based on contents of series.


Series 3

Title: Correspondence. – 1909-1999.

Extent: 10 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of Powell River Company Ltd. general correspondence, 1909-1999; contract correspondence, 1910-1992; timber license correspondence, 1923-1930; and snow survey correspondence, 1937-1956. Also includes notices from the Powell River Company Ltd. to employees and tenants of the company from 1930-1969 including those of John Fraser of 251 Oak St, R. Evans at 1050 Ocean View and John Dunn of 1080 Ocean View Avenue, merging with Macmillian and Bloedel Company.

Notes: Title based on contents of series.


Series 4

Title: Financial records. – 1910-1990.

Extent: 4.83 m of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of the financial records of the Powell River Company Ltd. from 1910-1990. Includes cost estimates, taxes, disbursement statements, budgets, and receipts from 1910-1925, 1948; payroll records, 1910-1916; invoices, 1911-1914, 1922-1924; general ledgers, 1916-1960; authority for expenditures, 1916-1960; account codes, 1947, completion reports, 1940-1955; special expenditures, 1956-1962; insurance policies, 1925-1940; and annual reports, 1911-1990. Of interest is an invoice from Pinkerton’s Detective Agency, 1914, billing for “services and expenses in case of organizing paper makers”.

Notes: Title based on contents of series.


Series 5

Title: Legal records. – 1905-1930, 1948.

Extent: 17 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of Powell River Company Ltd. legal agreements, 1905, 1909-1914, 1925, 1930; and contracts, 1911-1930, 1948. Of interest is a G.H. Dawson’s affidavit with accompanying map, 1905, regarding the survey of Turnour Island for the Pacific Coast Power Co.

Notes: Title based on contents of series.


Series 6

Title: Specifications. – 1912-1923, 1959.

Extent: 2 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of Powell River Company Ltd. specifications for townsite buildings, school operating equipment, a fishing lodge, and mill machinery and equipment.

Notes: Title based on contents of series.


Series 7

Title: Reports. – 1912-1992.

Extent: 2.08 m of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of reports written for and by the Powell River Co. Ltd. and MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. from 1912-1992. Includes weekly letters, 1925-1931; plant extension report, 1930; property reports, 1912, 1923; capital report, 1913; fire report, 1913; equipment reports, 1920, [1945], 1947, 1948, 1954; dam report, 1940; mill visit, 1954; employee opinion survey, 1954;townsite house appraisal, 1954; snow survey reports, 1938-1992; and daily record of mill operations, 1923-1999.

Notes: Title based on contents of series.
Snow survey reports remain in the same order as they were filed in original binders.


Series 8

Title: Personnel records. – 1908-1960, 2000-2001.

Extent: 1.28 m of textual records.
133 cassette tape recordings.

Scope and content:
Series consists of Powell River Company Ltd. personnel records including salary records, 1911-1960; job descriptions and operating orders, 1908-1916, 1944, 1955; employee discharges, 1944, 1946; employee accidents, employee discipline actions, 1974-78, oral history transcriptions, 2000-2001; and the matching oral history cassette tapes.

Accrual: employee survey and results of survey in 1954,

Notes: Title based on contents of series.
Employee records are restricted by donor.
Employee salary records restricted by donor.



Series 9

Title: Notes. – 1937-1993

Extent: 4 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of the contents of two books of notes compiled by the Water Rights Branch, Dept. of Lands and Forests, Province of BC from 1937-1972, and two note books from the maintenance of the oil tanks.

Accrual: The back covers of a pads from 1949-1965 with handwritten notes on the back pages pertaining to number of employees amongst other details.


Notes: Title based on contents of series.
Notes remain in the same order as they were filed in original notebooks.


Series 10

Title: Speeches. – 1949, 1964, 1975-1986.

Extent: 2 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of a speech re removing world trade barriers, 1949; addresses by chief executive officers and chairman of the board of MacMillan Bloedel and Powell River Co. Ltd., 1964; and AGM addresses to shareholders by various chairmen of the board, MacMillan Bloedel Ltd, 1975-1986.

Notes: Title based on contents of series.


Series 11

Title: Lists. – 1920, 1926-1964.

Extent: 2 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of Powell River Company Ltd. lists including types of oil for air compressors; store inventories, 1912; cruise inventory, 1921; timber licenses, 1925; director’s house equipment, 1926; list of employees, 1942, 1947, 1972; wage schedules, 1946; shift days, 1947; list of drawings for sulphite mill extension, 1947;company telephone directories, 1964-1972; and pulp lease estimates list.

Notes: Title based on contents of series.


Series 12

Title: Publications. – 1923-2003

Extent: 3.3 m of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of Powell River Company Ltd. and MacMillan Bloedel & Powell River Co. Ltd publications including short histories, employees’ handbooks, and WW II newsletter to employees. Also include Powell River Company Ltd. publication ‘The Digester”, 1923-1959; MacMillan Bloedel publications: employee handbooks, newsletters, and general information; brochures for public consumption, laboratory bulletins, 1958-1960; The Digester, 1960-1965,; MacMillan Bloedel & Powel River Co. Ltd. Newsletter, 1964-1966; MacMillan Bloedel News, 1967-1977; Penstock, 1976-1993; MacMillan Bloedel Journal, 1986-1999; paper samples, 1977; and non-company publications, 1924-1980.

Also included are two sub-series: John Campbell’s correspondence and research that he did when writing Hulks: The Breakwater Ships of Powell River and Emma Levez-Larocque’s “ People of the White City”

Accruals: Booklets pertaining to labour agreements.


Notes: Title based on contents of series and sub-series.

Sub-Series1: John Campbell – 2002-2003, 2009

Extent: 2 m of textual records. 15 technical drawings 69 photographs

Scope and content:
Sub-series consists of John Campbell’s research when he wrote HULKS:
The Breakwater Ships of Powell River. Includes legal documentation, correspondence outgoing and incoming to individuals and organizations, research files, reports, plans, fact sheets, manuscript drafts, publications, technical drawings, ephemera and photographs.
Sub-series also consists of articles written by Campbell for insertion in Mill publications. Includes research material for ‘ Weather Modification’ and the ‘Mill Horses.’

Notes: Title based on contents of sub-series.

Arrangement: Records were kept in the order received.
Some records restricted by originators.


Sub-Series2: Emma Levez-Larocque 2005

Extent: 152 audio cassette tapes, transcriptions.

Scope and Content:
Sub-series consists of the research that Ms. Levez-Larocque did when she
wrote “ People of the White City. “ Includes 152 audio cassette tapes and
transcriptions.

Notes: Title based on contents of sub-series

Arrangement: Cassettes arranged alphabetically by surname as are transcripts.

Series 13

Title: Manuals. – 1915-1971.

Extent: 43 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of manuals used and/or produced by the Powell River Company Ltd., the MacMillan Bloedel and Powell River Co. Ltd. and MacMillan Bloedel Co. Ltd. Includes accident prevention manuals [1969-1976 ] policy manuals; performance manuals; rules, 1926-1970; training manuals, 1966- [1978-]; instruction manuals, 1932-1949, 1991; information manuals, 1915-1951; technical bulletins, 1931-1958, technical papers, 1934-1950; employee manual [1976-1983 and data sheets, 1940, 1942, 1945, 1957-1958.

Notes: Title based on contents of series.

Accrual: Manual: technical data and tables 1939-1962



Series 14

Title: Pamphlets. – 1930, 1932, 1951.

Extent: 1 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of pamphlets collected re snow surveys, 1930, 1932, and 1951.

Notes: Title based on contents of series.


Series 15

Title: Statistics. – 1942, 1944, 1952, 1977.

Extent: 8.5 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of Powell River Company Ltd. wage rates, 1942; production summaries, 1944; water analysis, 1952; and Powell Lake Hydro Development statistics, 1977.

Notes: Title based on contents of series.


Series 16

Title: Press release. – 1959.

Extent: 1 item.

Scope and content:
Series consists of Powell River Company Ltd. press release announcing one million safe man hours, 1959.

Notes: Title based on contents of series


Series 17

Title: Manufacturing formulae. – 1965-1971.

Extent: 2.5 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., Powell River Division manufacturing formulae from 1965-1971. Also includes recipes for digester lining.

Notes: Title based on contents of series


Series 18

Title: Art. – [193-], [1990].

Extent: 3 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of illustrations from The Digester , [193-] and cartoons illustrating the retirement of Quentin Bye, [1990].

Notes: Title based on contents of series.


Series 19

Title: Calendars. – 1980-1988.

Extent: 5 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of MacMillan Bloedel illustrated calendars from 1983-1987.

Notes: Title based on contents of series


Series 20

Title: Ephemera. – 1914-1988.

Extent: 1 cm of textual records.

Scope and content:
Series consists of Powell River Company Ltd. and MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. ephemera from 1914-1988. Includes a postcard, menus, Christmas cards, leaflets, business cards, envelope, and tour sheets.

Notes: Title based on contents of series.


Series 21

Title: Maps and plans

Extent:

Scope and content:


Notes: Title based on contents of series.


Series 22

Title: Photos

Extent: over 23,000


Scope and content:


Notes: Title based on contents of series.

Accrual: Accession Number: 2012.87. 1 - .51
Includes 51 negatives and 16 positive images of the snow survey team in 1926.
( Archives notes: the negatives were nitrates and deteriorating. They have been scanned and destroyed with the permission of the donor )

Accession Number: 2012.107
Includes 3 8 x 10 photographs of employees receiving their 25 year club honour. Includes Earl Courte, Ned Prissinotti, Pete Pitton.









Powell River Twenty-Five Year Club sous- fonds: -- 1944 – 1974 - - 54 cm of textual records.

The Powell River Twenty-Five Year Club was started in 1944 by the Powell River Company to honour long time employees. A banquet and gifts were given to those employees who had completed twenty-five years of continuous work. Up until 1969, the Club also undertook sending in-memoriam donations to the Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and often sent flowers to the bereaved families. In 1970,MacMillian Bloedel Ltd regretfully informed the members that for the first time since its inception, the dinners would not be held due to the poor economic climate.

The fonds consists of records of the Powell River Twenty-Five Year Club. Includes Bylaws, minutes, correspondence, financial records, reports, permits, lists and booklets.,

Title based on contents of fonds.

Series description available.

Series:

1. By-Laws. -- 1944,1961 - - 1cm of textual records.

Series consists of the Clubs first By-Law draft and other editions.

Title based on contents of series.

2. Minutes.-- 1944 – 1974 - - 10 cm of textual records.

Series consists of minutes.

Title based on contents of series.

3. Correspondence. -- 1945 – 1970 - - 10 cm of textual records.

Series consists of correspondence including letters from Harold and Joe Foley, Bob Scanlon and A. DeLand.

Title based on contents of series.

5. Financial records. -- 1949 – 1969 - - 3cm of textual records.

Series consists of financial statements and selected receipts.

Title based on contents of series.

4. Reports. - - 1947 – 1952 -- 1cm of textual records.

Series consists of reports.

Title based on contents of series.

5. Pemits. - - 1961-1964. - - 1cm of textual records

Series consists of permits for use of buildings and alcohol.

Title based on contents of series.

6. Lists. -- 1945 – 1973. - - 25cm of textual records.

Series consists of lists of members.

Title based on contents of series.

7. Programes/Booklets. - - 1947 – 1963. - - 3cm of textual records.

The series consists of programmes and booklets.

Title based on contents of series.

Sous - fonds of Powell River Company fonds # 93



Updated: 2013-Sep-20