A.J.T. Taylor Collection
About the same time as the Howay and Reid bequests, Mrs. Alfred James Towle Taylor presented the library with her husband's Arctic collection, much of which had been assembled with the help of his friend, the Artic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson. Taylor, a native of Victoria, was born in 1887 and died in 1945. He was a prominent engineer in British Columbia involved in the building of the Lion's Gate Bridge, the British Properties, and the Capilano Estates. During World War II he was an advisor to the British Ministry of Production in London and New York, and for ten years was responsible for the Guinness interests in British Columbia.