Fonds UBCA-ARC-1064 - Angus family fonds

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Angus family fonds

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32 cm of textual records.
5 photographs.

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Henry Forbes Angus (1891-1991) was born in Victoria, B.C. While attending high school, he also spent part of the 1906-07 school year at the Lycée Descartes in France. He graduated from McGill University in 1911, and then in 1914, he went to Oxford University. His studies were interrupted by war service, but he returned to Oxford and obtained his MA in 1919. In 1919 Angus joined the University of British Columbia faculty as an assistant professor of Economics. From 1930 to 1956, he served as head of the Department of Economics, Political Science and Sociology. Angus was also a Dean of Graduate Studies from 1949 to 1956. Among his many roles and responsibilities, he was also a member of the Rowell-Sirois Commission on Dominion-Provincial relations, a member of the Royal Commission on Transportation, and Chairman of the Public Utilities of B.C. From 1940 to 1945, Angus was seconded to work in the Canadian Department of External Affairs. He also worked for full rights for Japanese-Canadians in the inter-war years and vigorously opposed their incarceration and suspension of rights during the Second World War.
Annie M. Angus (wife of Henry Angus) was formerly a Trustee and Chairman of the Vancouver School Board and a volunteer worker. Other family members include Henry Dunckley (Angus' grandfather), who was editor of the Manchester Examiner Times (1855-1889), William H. Dunckley (his uncle) and Mary E. Angus (his mother).

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The bulk of these materials was received in several accessions from 1973 to 1977. Unfortunately, the provenance of the certificates in the Henry Forbes Angus series is unknown.
File 4-2 was received from Annie Angus in November 1982.
Files 4-3 and 4-4 were received from the Angus family in June 2003.

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The fonds consists of four series. The first consists of the papers of Henry Forbes Angus and include an autobiography, reports, memorabilia and photographs. The second series, which pertains to the career of Annie Angus, includes reports, speeches, and notes relating to her work in the Vancouver School Board, the Children's Aid Society of Vancouver, and the University of British Columbia. The third series consists of older family papers, including original letters to Henry Dunckley, who was editor of the Manchester Examiner and Times (1855-1889). This series also includes letters to William Angus, William H. Dunckley, and the diaries of Mary E. Angus. The final series is primarily composed of books and articles by Henry Angus relating chiefly to economics, immigration, and university government.

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One photograph has been digitized and included in the UBC historical photograph database. UBC 67.1/1.

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Please see finding aid for the file list.

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An Anne Angus fonds is available at the City of Vancouver Archives Fonds AM351 - Anne Angus fonds.

Digitized Audio
UBC Library Open Collections, AT 456 Anne Angus being interviewed by Gillian Campbell

UBC Library Open Collections, AT 886 Interview with Anne Angus


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Last revised in June 2020.

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