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Nanaimo Literary Institute fonds
Nanaimo Literary Institute fonds [textual record]. -- 1863 -1864, 1878 -1892.
6 cm of textual records

The Nanaimo Literary Institute was established in 1863 to foster reading and cultural pursuits. In 1864-5, a hall was built at the south-west corner of Bastion and Skinner Streets. This building later became City Hall. The first president was C.S. Nicol, General Manager of the Vancouver Coal Mining and Land Company. Mayor Mark Bate was President for many years and City Clerk Samuel Gough was Secretary-Librarian from at least 1882. In 1890, when the Institute was in financial difficulty, its books were transferred to the YMCA, which offered to keep a free reading room.

The cashbook and minutes were deposited in the City Hall Vault at an unknown date. In 1992, they were transferred to the Nanaimo Community Archives. The constitution file was donated to the Nanaimo District Museum in an undocumented transaction and transferred to the Nanaimo Archives in 1993.

Fonds consists of records which document the creation and functions of the Literary Institute. The fonds is arranged in three series: 1) Constitution; 2) Minutes and 3) Cashbook.

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Series descriptions available.
Some documents are fragile; photocopies available.

Series 1.

Constitution [textual record]. -- 1863-1964.
.5 cm

Series consists of a documents including the Society' constitution, rules for the librarian of the Institute, list of members and officers, list of periodicals available to members, a program of the cornerstone ceremony, list of documents contained within the cornerstone and information about the building.

Title based on contents of the series.
Use photocopy only.

Series 2.

Minutes [textual record]. -- 1880-1891.
2 v.

Series consists of the minutes of the Literary Institute Society's meetings and the minutes of the Debating and Elocution Class. The latter volume also includes hall rental details.

Title based on the contents of the series.

Series 3.

Cashbook [textual record]. -- 1878-1886.
1 v.

Series consists of a cashbook which records revenues and expenses. Also includes receipts and invoices from local and regional merchants.

Title based on the contents of the series.
The binding is separating from the pages; use caution when handling.
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