Canadian Pacific Railway collection [graphic materials, textual records]

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Physical description
90 cm of textual records, 202 b&w photographs, 3 col. photographs, 10 postcards, 3 photographic col. reproductions of paintings, 1 30 x 30 cm print of a drawing, 1 b&w matte print.
Administrative history / Biographical sketch
The Canadian Pacific Railway Company was incorporated in 1881. Its original intent was to connect British Columbia to Eastern Canada. The company soon diversified, launching its own steamships and hotels beginning in the late 1880s. Further diversification took place in the late 1950s and 1960s, as management sought to make each operation self-supporting, creating separate enterprises for real estate, hotels, and oil and gas. In 1971, the company’s name was changed to Canadian Pacific Limited (CPL) to reflect its broader mandate. In 2001, Canadian Pacific separated into five separate and independent companies: Canadian Pacific Railway, CP Ships, PanCanadian Energy, Fording Coal, and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

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Scope & content
The collection consists of materials spanning the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century, including textual records such as company and employee administrative papers; publicity brochures, advertisements, timetables, menus, and ephemera relating to rail lines, shipping lines, and hotels; onboard publications, newspaper clippings, periodical articles, and correspondence; vessel and rail specifications; station, pier, and wharf information; and research materials relating to shipping, maritime, and rail history. The collection also includes postcards and graphic materials including artwork and photographs relating to employees, piers, wharves, stations, hotels, and vessels.
Physical arrangement was based on the manner in which the collection was found. The collection was physically arranged in the 2000s alongside the W. Kaye Lamb fonds. Files were re-housed from envelopes to folders for preservation purposes.
In 2022, the collection was intellectually arranged into series, but the physical materials have been left in the order in which they were found. Intellectual arrangement was determined based on the functions and operations of the Canadian Pacific Railway company and by methods of transportation. While most of the photographs were found arranged in a separate box by media type, it was determined that the photographs would best be arranged by intellectual order and series rather than media type.
Related materials
Donor information and deeds of gift suggest that this collection was likely a supplement to the William Kaye Lamb collection, possibly as supplementary materials related to his research.