"The Calverley Collection represents half a lifetime of dedicated work by the late Dorthea Horton Calverley of Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Mrs. Calverley set out to bring together, in an organized fashion, as much material (books, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, magazine articles and original pieces of writing) as she could find to illuminate the history of her beloved Peace River country. The heart of her work is contained in 30 binders entitled History Is Where You Stand. The School District's Resource Centre made a major contribution to the organization of the materials in the early 1970's. The Calverley Collection is now the property of the City of Dawson Creek and is housed in a secure location within the Dawson Creek Municipal Public Library.
In its entirety, the Calverley Collection consists of more than 250 books, 30 large binders full of documents and ten archival boxes -- all full of materials related to the natural and human history of the Peace River area. Among the documents in the collection are indexed transcripts of interviews with more than 100 old-timers, dictionaries of the Cree and Beaver languages and databases relating to the homestead era in the district. ... Approximately 500 articles selected from the Calverley Collection and supplemented by articles written more recently by local authors are now being transferred to the Internet. Additional information will be added over the next few years. Long term plans call for the addition of photographs and audio clips to the mix as time and funding become available."