Fonds UBCA-ARC-1439 - Allon Peebles fonds

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Allon Peebles fonds

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50 cm of textual records
190 photographs
1 photo album
3 DVDs (data)

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Allon Peebles was born on October 20, 1900, in New Westminster. He graduated from UBC in 1920 and earned a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. Peebles taught economics at the University of California and later at Columbia. He also worked with a committee in the United States on the costs of medical care. He married Noeline Bruce in 1926, and they had three daughters: Priscilla, Jane, and Noeline. A medical and labour research economist, Peebles was chairperson of B.C.'s first Health Insurance Commission in 1936 and helped fashion the B.C. Hospital Insurance Service. Peebles and Harry Morris Cassidy wrote the 1936 Health Insurance Act. In 1941, Peebles went to Ottawa as the first executive director of the Unemployment Commission and was in charge of the labour department's research and statistics. In addition, he wrote several books on medical facilities, insurance and care. After retiring from the labour department in 1947, Peebles entered a private business in Chatham, Ontario. He died in Ottawa on March 13, 1962.

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This fonds consists of records relating to Dr. Peeble’s family and professional life, including correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs and pamphlets, photographs, and DVDs. This fonds also includes records relating to various family members, created and acquired by Allon Peebles’ daughter Priscilla Galloway. The fonds is arranged into eight series, which include, Condolence Letters and Budget Book, Reports and Publications, Correspondence, Family History, Event and Travel Memorabilia, Photographs, Multimedia, and Certificates.

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Donated to the University Archives by Allon Peebles’ daughter Dr. Patricia Galloway.


The arrangement of this fonds mostly follows the organization done by Allon Peebles’ daughter Priscilla Galloway, especially in the case of the five family history binders and albums prepared by her. These have been placed in folders in the same order as found in the albums and binders. Handwritten post-it notes and printed information written by Patricia Galloway, are included in several of the files. Post-its have been placed on separate sheets and interleaved with the materials to which they were initially attached. Typed notes have been left in the order in which they were placed initially among the material.

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Oversize photographs 153.1/16 & 153.1/ 17 are located in the archives vault, cabinet 2, drawer 14.

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