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The Prince George Oral History Group Collection

Accession No. 2004.
The Prince George Oral History Group Collection features oral history interviews on audiocassette, many with typed transcripts, made by community volunteers who have a shared interest in preserving the history and memories of the people in our region. Interviews fall into the following four general categories: the Carbutt Collection (a set of taped interviews and broadcasts by Jack Carbutt of CKPG Radio in Prince George); the University Women’s Group Collection; the Regional Pioneers Collection and the General Anecdotes Collection. The mandate of the PGOHG is to create a recorded collection of the memories and studies of those who “lived the history” of this area. These recordings may be about days gone by or simply about events which were significant to the community, even though they may have happened more recently. The PGOHG uphold the belief that the stories and memories of “the average everyday person” are often of as much interest as accounts of the events more commonly thought to form our history. This collection consists of 200+ audio cassettes and associated transcripts.

Living Landscapes: The Red Rock Community History Project

Accession No. 2004.14.1.20
The history of Northern British Columbia is still for the most part unwritten and unrecorded and resides in the living memory of its people. A Man’s Country, an unpublished memoir written by Norah Banbery Doherty who along with her Irish immigrant husband Irwin Doherty, settled in Red Rock, B.C. from 1938 to 1960, provided the catalyst for further enquiry into the mid-20th century history of this community. The Red Rock Community History Project was conducted by a team of UNBC students and coordinated by the University’s Northern BC Archives. In order to preserve a community’s “collective memory” twelve oral history interviews were conducted with long-time Red Rock area residents to record their memories of life during this period; as well, over 200 photographic images were also collected and digitized to accompany these oral histories.

Prince George Architecture: The Trelle Morrow Interview Collection

Historical Geographer J. Kent Sedgwick compiled this interview with retired architect Trelle Morrow, B.A., B. Arch., Retired Member of the Architectural Institute of B.C. Mr. Morrow was a graduate of the UBC School of Architecture, who established a practice in Prince George in 1956 and worked on many local and northern projects until he retired in 1997.  This interview was the basis for J. Kent Sedgwick’s publication: Reflections on Architects and Architecture in Prince George 1950-2000 published by the College of New Caledonia Press (2007). This collection consists of 1 audiocassette, 1 CD-R copy and 1 transcript. Mr. Sedgwick’s publication is also available in Special Collections.


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