Fonds RBSC-ARC-1001 - Alcuin Society Fonds

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Alcuin Society Fonds

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the provenance of the fonds.

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5.12 m of textual records and other material

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The Alcuin Society is a non-profit organization devoted to the art of the book and fine book publishing. The society‟s aims are to further the interests of book collecting and promote the interest of fine books and reading. To achieve this end, the society is involved in the production of limited edition books, memorabilia and a society periodical, the Amphora. The society was established in 1965 in Vancouver in response to the initiative of one of the original society members, Geoff Spencer. Since its creation, the Alcuin Society has continued as a limited editions venture while actively promoting other book related interests including “authorship, book design and production, bookselling, book buying and collecting, printing, binding, papermaking, calligraphy and illustration.” (Alcuin Society Website)
The Alcuin Society is actively engaged in a wide variety of cultural activities, including book design competitions, educational events, awards and prizes. The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada and the Antiquarian Book Roadshow are the most prominent of these activities.
The Alcuin Society is a volunteer association, with members throughout Canada and the world. The Alcuin Society is governed by a Board, which is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting.

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The Alcuin Society Fonds reflects the activities of the society since its creation in 1965. The series consists predominantly of textual records, including administrative records, financial records, reports, correspondence, newsletters and promotional material. Also included are photographs, published material, brochures, and memorabilia. Correspondence is predominant throughout the fonds and in each series it is interfiled with related records.

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Records were donated to Rare Books and Special Collections from the Alcuin Society.
The Alcuin Society donated another box of records in 2010, three banker boxes of records in 2012 and yet another banker box of records in 2015 to Rare Books and Special Collections.


The fonds has been arranged into series according to subject. Series have been based on the creator's file classification and file content. When possible, the original arrangement of the records has been maintained.

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Select material in this series is restricted until 2070. Restricted files are identified in the file fist by the letter “R”.

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File list is available.

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Select Alcuin Society publications are catalogued individually in the UBC Library Catalogue.

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The records were received by the Rare Books and Special Collections Department in 4 accessions. The first accession was received, arranged and described in 1981. The second and third accruals were received July 2008 and June 2009 and processed June-August 2009. The original finding aid (1981), which described the first accession, was revised to incorporate the material in the second and third accruals.

For the second and third accrual, original order has been maintained in the physical arrangement. The intellectual arrangement, as reflected in the file list, has been imposed. Many items belonging to the same series are physically stored separately because the initial accession was processed prior to the receipt of the second and third accruals.

The fourth accrual, consisting of materials donated after 2009 was processed in June/July of 2018. Original order has been maintained in the physical arrangment, and files have been added to the existing intellectual arrangment, reflected in the finding aid available in this database.

Further accruals are expected.

General note

Includes the following photographs: RBSC-ARC-1001-PH-01-01 to PH-02-57, RBSC-ARC-1001-PH-02-01 to PH-02-37, RBSC-ARC-1001-PH-03 to PH-15 and RBSC-ARC-1001-PH-16 to PH-57.

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Photograph identifier: BC-1495

Physical description

Includes 400 photographs, 18 negatives, 1 seal, 1 set of woodblocks, 1 framed Coat of Arms, 1 VHS video cassette, 4 CDs.

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The fourth accrual was processed and the description was revised in July 2018 by Claire Williams.

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