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How do I donate a historical object to the Coquitlam Archives?

Barb Wood’s collection of pen and ink drawings, commissioned by the City of Coquitlam in the early 2000s, is now housed in the City Archives.

Barb Wood trained as an architect and fine arts.

In 1980, the Halifax native started an art business in Vancouver and became a partner in a co-op and a printmaking gallery on Granville Island.

There she became famous for her etchings, and her commercial work was in high demand for her distinctive style; collectors, corporate clients and municipalities have requested his skills, including the city of Coquitlam.

Today, his pen and ink etchings, concept drawings and models commissioned by the municipality in the early 2000s, notably for the 100th anniversary of Maillardville and the city’s fire and rescue service , are in the Coquitlam Archives.

In fact, the Barb Wood collection was one of 23 donations made last year to the division, which also received

  • save by Dr. Thomas G. Gaunt, who worked at the Crease Clinic and Essondale Provincial Psychiatric Hospital, 1934-1970 (donated by his granddaughter)
  • the Westwood Racecourse Collection (1964-1969) created by the Sports Car Club of BC and collected by Ken Haywood
  • community photographs by Coquitlam County. Craig Hodge, a Centennial Secondary graduate who, before being elected, worked for regional newspapers for decades
  • additions to the fund Hoy/Scott Creek WaterShed Society, Canadian Federation of University Women Coquitlam and the Burquitlam Community Association
  • plans, notebooks and reports of the city planning and development department

Archivist Jamie Sanford – who took over last October from Emily Lonie, now the executive director of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation – told the News from the three cities that donations to the Archives mean that residents of Coquitlam, as well as researchers around the world, can better understand how the city has changed by studying historical documents and photographs.

Currently, Coquitlam Archives holds approximately one million images and 200 linear meters of textual records at its base on Pinetree Way, in the same building as the downtown branch of the Coquitlam Public Library.

And, this year, Archives staff, including Lea Rae (Assistant Archivist) and Kristin Simmonds (Archives and Records Officer), plan to bring as many holdings online as possible, given the demand for digital content.

According to Sanford’s annual report, which was presented to city council in committee on January 17, Quest, the Archives’ online search portal, saw a 58% increase over 2020 – likely due to increased interest in historic projects since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

In 2021, Quest had over 60,000 page views from some 11,000 viewers across Canada, as well as the US, UK, India, Brazil and Australia.

“Digital preservation will be a big priority for us this year,” said Sanford, a native of Hertfordshire, England, who holds a master’s degree in archival science from UBC and a bachelor’s degree in history from SFU, and has worked as city archivist. of Richmond and Vancouver, as well as Library and Archives Canada.

The goal of digitization, Sanford said, is to make Coquitlam’s history more accessible.

Burnaby resident Sanford said that because the city’s archives division is relatively new, it has the latest technology to get collections online safely and quickly.

Com. Hodge, former chair of the board of the Coquitlam Heritage Society, paid tribute to Lonie who started the Archives in 2013, with support from Jay Gilbert, Coquitlam’s director of intergovernmental relations and legislative services, and Lauren Hewson , responsible for information, confidentiality and administrative services.

“The Archives has grown with the requests and the number of items held,” he told the committee, noting the Archives’ online exhibit last year, titled Rising Waters: The Great Flood of 1948, was often mentioned last November when Sumas Prairie was swept away.

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Do you have a piece of history about Coquitlam that needs to be preserved? Donate it to Coquitlam Archives. The office (1171 Pinetree Way) is open by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment on other days of the week. Dial 604-927-3900.