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Collection C0201 - Wilkie Wanless's lumber industry collection

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Reference code

ACU GBA C0201

Title

Wilkie Wanless's lumber industry collection

Date(s)

  • [ca. 1950]-1989 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

1 cm of textual records. -- 7 photographs

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Wilkie William Alexander Wanless, 1917-2010, of Calgary, Alberta, was an airman during the Second World War and participated in the famous Great Escape at Stalag Luft III prison camp. After the war he became a travelling salesman in the wholesale lumber industry. In his retirement he collected information and photographs of the industry.

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Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Wilkie Wanless and Mel Finkbiner, 1989-1991.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

The collection consists of essays about the histories of Arrow Lumber Sales Ltd.; Gunther’s Building Supplies Ltd.; Mel’s Lumber and Building Supplies Ltd., formerly Contractor’s Building Supplies; Northern Eau Claire Construction Materials, formerly Eau Claire and Bow River Lumber Co.; Revelstoke Companies Ltd. ; and Spray Lakes Sawmills (1980) Ltd. Authors include Jack Peach, Manny Martin, and possibly Wilkie Wanless himself. Includes views of the Northern Eau Claire Lumber and Building Supplies office and a salesman conducting a “rumpus room clinic” for Mel’s Lumber; and group portraits of gatherings of Alberta Timber Council and Western Retail Lumbermen’s Association.

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No restrictions on access.

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Language and script notes

The material is in English.

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No finding aid, but some of the photos have been digitized.

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Note

Title based on contents of records.

Note

89.086 and 89.087 were also brought in by Wilkie Wanless but are described as parts of other fonds.

Note

Link added to Archives Photographs on February 10, 2016.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Friday, March 04, 2016

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