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Collection C0201 - Wilkie Wanless's lumber industry collection

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Wilkie Wanless's lumber industry collection


  • [ca. 1950]-1989 (Creation)

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1 cm of textual records. -- 7 photographs

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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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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

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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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The material is in English.

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

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Title based on contents of records.


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


Link added to Archives Photographs on February 10, 2016.

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Friday, March 04, 2016




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