Jaan Veiderma Collection. - - 1945, 1980-1995. - - 12.5 cm of textual records.

Jaan Ulo Veiderma ( 1925 - 2005 ) was born in Estonia. In 1941 when the Russian communists took over his country he escaped in 1943 to Finland. He served in the Finnish Navy but when he realized that the young men of Estonia might be forced to go back to Germany and serve in Hitler’s SS ( (Shutzstaffel) or Praetorian Guard which was Hitler's personal bodyguard unit) he escaped in a coal ship and after three days with no food or water was found on the ship by the dock workers. He was taken to an immigration camp and eventually went to the University of Stockholm where he took chemistry courses and where he met his wife. They had a daughter, Margareta, and emigrated to Canada in 1951. They moved to Powell River in 1953 the same year that their second child ( Hans 1953-2007 ) was born. A chemist by trade he worked at the Powell River pulp and paper mill for MacMillian Bloedel Ltd in the lab as a pulp tester until his retirement in 1990. In the late 1980’s he became interested in local environmental issues and worked with the Enviro Fair Committee in 1989 and 1990. He wrote letters to MacMillian Bloedel regarding the elimination of chlorinated organics and collected material regarding this interest. He researched the effects of the local incinerator. He was also active in the burgeoning recycling movement and in politics.

The collection consists of trade papers and booklets, mimeographed articles from publications, newletters, newspapers,pamphlets and handouts.

Title based on contents of collection.

Archives Notes: Left in the original order of the donor.

Series description available.


1. Environmental Issues- - 1983-1990 - - 9.5 cm of textual records.
The series consists of publications pertaining to chlorinated organics, carcinogens in the work space, the effects of incineration, the bleaching of pulp, acid rain, waste management and recycling.

Title based on contents of series.

2. Government. - - 1976 – 1983. - - 1cm of textual records
The series consists of pamphlets written to constituents and include Jack Pearsall Liberal M. P. for the Coast Chilcotin riding which was changed to the Comox-Powell River riding in 1978, Ray Skelly, New Democratic Party, M.P. Comox-Powell River and New Democratic Party member, Don Lockstead, MLA for Powell River.

Title based on contents of series.

3. Ephemera. - - ?1945, 1984-?1995. - - 1cm of textual records
The series consists of a booklet about the history of the 16th Battalion Canadian Scottish Regiment, MacMillian Bloedel Ltd booklets: 1. “ An explanation of Groundwood Test Values” 2. “Welcome to Powell River Tour information” 3. “ The Tistika Story” as well as a poster for Powell River Salmon Week and BC Standard Labour Agreement for 1986.

Title based on contents of series.

Accession number 1993. 139

Fonds number 162

Updated: 2012-Mar-16