Fonds 013 Wanham Board of Trade fonds

Wanham Board of Trade fonds. — 1929 – 1972. — 8.5 cm of textual records, 2 sound recordings.


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Agency History

Wanham Board of Trade was organized in April 1929. Its main object was to promote the area and consolidate actions for better roads, bridges and rail service. In the community the board planned locations for the garbage dump, the sports ground, water supply, streets and avenues. The Board worked with other Boards of Trade in the area and was a founding member of the Associated Chambers of Commerce of the Peace River District, which was formed in 1955. After more than 40 years of promoting the community of Wanham, the Board of Trade disbanded in 1972.

Custodial History

Ed Prevost, last president of the Board of Trade, left the records with Wally Tansem when he moved from Wanham. Ed Harrington, another past president, added two phonegraph records to the collection. Mr. Tansem donated the records to the archives in March of 2000.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, financial records, foundational documents from the Peace River Associated Boards of Trade, and newsclippings regarding the upgrading of roads in the Peace Country. The Whitecourt cut-off and the Friendship Train of 1948 are two major issues in this collection. Two phonograph records promote the Whitecourt cut-off.

Table of Contents

Series 013.01Minutes
Series 013.02Financial Records
Series 013.03Correspondence
Series 013.04Associated Chambers of Commerce
Series 013.05Publicity
Series 013.01Minutes. — 1929 – 1948; 1963 – 1972. — 2 cm of textual records.The series consists of one Cash Book with by-laws, minutes from 1929-1948, and membership lists in the latter half of the book; one set of loose-leaf minutes from September 1963 to April 1968, and the closing out minutesof a meeting on June 1, 1972.
Series 013.02Financial Records. — 1929 – 1959. — 2 cm of textual records.The series consists of one Cash Book with cash accounts, expenditures and receipts for 1929-1948, and one set of loose-leaf sheets showing cash accounts, bank accounts, fire hall accounts and membership lists from 1952-1959.
Series 013.03Correspondence. — 1947 – 1955. — 2 cm of textual records.The series consists of correspondence with the office of the Prime Minister, Members of the Legislative Assembley, the Department of Public works, fellow Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce, Newspapers, Tourist Associations and various businesses and personal supporters. Notices from the Boards of Trade Coast Outlet Committee and the Pave the #49 Highway Action Committee, as well as copies of newspaper articles regarding the issues are also included.
Series 013.04Associated Chambers of Commerce. — 1947 – 1955. — 2 cm of textual records.The series consists of constitution, by-laws, minutes and resolutions of the Peace River Associated Boards of Trade (a.k.a. the Central and Northern Chambers of Commerce); minutes, maps, data and the Statement of Policy adopted at the Highway Conference in Edmonton in December 1948; the 1949 Hudson Bay Route Association submission to the Royal Commission on Transportation; correspondence and reports of further meetings from the Peace River Continuing Committee of the Peace River Highway Conference and the Coast Rail Outlet Committee.
Series 013.05Publicity. — 1948 – 1950. — 0.5 cm of textual records, 2 sound recordings.The series consists of two phonograph records promoting the proposed highway 49, and copies of new articles from the Grande Prairie Herald Tribune and the Edmonton Journal regarding the issue of roads in the Peace Country. Specifically, the articles are on the Whitecourt cut-off and the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce “Friendship Train”, which spent a week touring 66 businessmen and chamber officials through the Peace Country.