Saunders family fonds
 
        Saunders family fonds [textual record, graphic material, cartographic material]. -- 1914- [ca. 1973].
8 cm of textual records
63 photographs
2 maps
 
        Shelby McCall Saunders was born in 1884 in Austin, Texas. He graduated as a civil engineer from Tulane University in New Orleans. Mary Weltha King was born in New York City in 1904. The date of their marriage is unknown. As a captain in World War 1, Saunders served as a divisional supply officer. After the war, Saunders was an executive officer of the Allied High Command mission in south Russia and later as the representative for the New Orleans Association of Commerce for the Levant, Turkey and the Black Sea area. His decorations include the Belgian Legion of Honour, Croix de Guerre with Star, Russian Cross of St. George, the Chevalier Crown of Romania, and the US Army General Service Medal with four bars. The Saunders moved to Canada in 1929, first to Vancouver and later to Nanaimo. Saunders purchased the Nanaimo Lumber Company. Later, he built the Pygmy Pavillion, a popular dance venue. He also owned several properties in Nanaimo including Haslam Hall and 545 Prideaux which he converted to rental units. He was active in many community associations including: the Chamber of Commerce, Navy League of Canada, Nanaimo Yacht Club, Princess Louisa Inlet Association, Branch 10 Royal Canadian Legion, Ashlar Lodge AF and AM, Nanaimo Shrine Club and several others. The couple resided at 370 Stewart Avenue for many years. Shelby Saunders died in Nanaimo in 1965; Mary died in Vancouver in 1973. The couple had no children.
        Material was donated by Robert French who received it from Art Stranberg, who was a close friend of the Saunders.
        Fonds consists of records generated and accumulated by Shelby and Mary Saunders in the course of their personal and business lives. Fonds is arranged in the following series: 1) Business papers; 2) Personal papers; 3) Photographs and 4) Miscellaneous.
        Title based on the contents of the fonds.
        Some documents are in other languages.
        Arranged into series by Archives staff.
 
Series 1.
 
        Business papers [textual record]. -- 1952-1960.
2.5 cm of textual records

        Series consists of papers related to the properties owned by Pygmy Recreations (Block 54, Lots, 5-8, 14-17, Section 1, Plan 584). This property was the site of the Pygmy Pavilion dance hall and later, bowling alleys. The property was sold to Famous Players Canadian Corp Ltd. in 1960.
        Title based on the contents of the series.
 
Series 2.
 
        Personal papers [textual record]. -- 1914-1975, intermittent.
3.5 cm of textual records

        Series consists of personal documents of Shelby and Mary Saunders including a 1914 Driver's License for Shelby, Mary Saunders' Canadian Record of Landing (1929), a Romanian driver's license (1921), Mary's Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (1950), a statutory declaration about a baseball signed by Babe Ruth, appraisals of the Saunders personal property, the log book from the Saunders boat, a guest book, Mary's will and several other documents.
        Title based on the contents of the series
 
Series 3.
 
        Photographs [graphic material]. -- [ca. 1936-1973].
63 photographs

        Series consists of photographs of people, sites and events associated with Shelby and Mary Saunders. Includes images of the Pygmy Pavilion, Pygmy bowling lanes, Haslam Hall, 545 Prideaux, Commercial Street, harbour views, Shelby and Mary, Beban Horse Race Track, and 370 Stewart Avenue.
        Title based on the contents of the series.
        Item level descriptions of select photographs available.
 
Series 4.
 
        Miscellaneous [textual record, cartographic material]. -- [ca. 1920-1945]
2 cm of textual records 2 maps

        Series consists of holiday cards, miscellaneous letterheads and two maps of Europe during World War 2.
        Title based on the contents of the series.
 
Photograph List.
 
File 1. 370 Stewart Avenue
File 2. Bronze statues
File 3. Kitchen, 370 Stewart Avenue
File 4. Cottages, 370 Stewart Avenue
File 5. Dining room, 370 Stewart Avenue
File 6. Living room, 370 Stewart Avenue
File 7. Bedroom, 370 Stewart Avenue
File 8. Miscellaneous interior views, 370 Stewart Avenue
File 9. Exterior of 370 Stewart Avenue