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Major Matthews' Early Vancouver

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Item Number EarlyVan_v1_059 Re-enactment of City Hall after the fire. Click for full image
Re-enactment of City hall after the Great Fire.
Detail from Item # EarlyVan_v1_0059.

Item Number Port P567 Photograph of The Archivist at Work 1941
The Archivist at Work. Benjamin Leeson, photographer.
Item # Port P567

Written between 1931 and 1956, the seven-volume Early Vancouver represents years of arduous labour by Vancouver’s first City Archivist, Major James Skitt Matthews. For years, this popular resource documenting Vancouver’s early history was available only in hard copy in the Archives’ Reading Room. We are pleased to now make it available online, as a new, fully searchable 2011 edition.

About the Early Vancouver Project

Volume 1

About Major Matthews

Volume 2

About the 2011 Edition/Copyright/Citation Info

Volume 3

Gems From Early Vancouver

Volume 4


Volume 5

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Volume 6


Volume 7


This project was made possible with support from the Vancouver Historical Society and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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