Fonds F0613 - Crown Lumber Company Ltd. fonds

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Crown Lumber Company Ltd. fonds


  • 1905-1982, predominant 1905-1956 (Creation)

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110 architectural plans. -- 7.5 cm of textual records. -- 7 photographs

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Administrative history

Staples and Company Ltd. was established in 1905 by Otis Staples, a prominent lumberman from Wycliff, British Columbia, as a retail lumber outlet for the lumber mill he owned in the British Columbia interior. Staples was the first president and C.W. Rowley the vice-president. The first company building was at 10th Avenue and 9th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta and later the main office of the firm was in the Grain Exchange building. In its first year the company set up branches in Calgary, Olds, Bowden, High River, Innisfail, Okotoks and Stavely. By 1907 an office in Stettler oversaw the company's rural yards. The company name was changed to Crown Lumber Company in 1909, and in 1911 it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Western Lumber Company. By 1912 the company had fifty- two retail yards in the west and two of these were in Calgary. Canadian Western was acquired by Crown Zellerbach Corporation of San Fransisco in 1953. The management of Crown Lumber Company for its first fifty years was in the hands of E.T. Chritchley, managing director, and his assistant, R.J. McLean. The company's head office was amalgamated with that of Security Lumber Company, a Saskatchewan subsidiary of Canadian Western Lumber Company, in 1956 and the new office was located in Moose Jaw. Crown Lumber bought out Security Lumber in 1958. The office moved again to Calgary in 1960, to Vancouver in 1973 and back to Calgary in 1979.


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Gifts of Crown Stores Ltd., Crown Zellerbach Canada Ltd., and Harry F. Chritchley, 1965-1985.

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The fonds consists of architectural plans and specifications for houses, farm and other buildings; incorporation documents (1905, 1909); menu for a managers' banquet (1913); legal agreements (1919-1956); correspondence (1971-1982); reports (1956); history of branches and of the company (1972, nd); lumber tables (nd) and newsclippings. Includes Security Lumber Co. records: bylaw (1910), letters patent (1910, 1922), correspondence (1921-1956), sales schedule (1909-1911), and history of company. Also includes history of Crown Zellerbach.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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No finding aid, but the photos have been digitized.

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Title based on contents of records.


M 7344 is unappraised.


NA 1290 is a copy of a plan.


Link added to Archives Photographs on October 10, 2018.


Includes file 97 from M-4843 Riveredge collection

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018




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