Fonds UBCA-ARC-1441 - Arthur Evan Boss fonds

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Arthur Evan Boss fonds

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  • Photographic material

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1 album (560 photographs : b&w)

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Arthur Evan Boss graduated from UBC as part of the Arts '21 class. He then completed an M.A. in Chemistry and wrote a thesis titled:"The solubility of certain inorganic salts in ethyl acetate" in 1923. Following graduation, he appears to have gone to the United States. The 1932 edition of the Graduate Chronicle listed him among the alumni with whom the organization had lost contact. However, in 1937 he was listed as a research chemist for the Columbia Alkali Corp. in Barberton, Ohio. According to the American Chemical Society, Boss died on May 18, 1949.

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After Boss’s death, it is presumed that the album remained with members of his family until 2010. An antique dealer in New Jersey then purchased it from an estate sale, and eventually offered it for sale to UBC Library.

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The fonds consists of an album created by former UBC student Arthur Evan Boss. It contains over 560 small black and white photographs, of which approximately the first half relate to UBC and taken between 1917 and 1924. The 232 UBC images include many views of students and student life at the original Fairview campus. As well as posed individual shots of students, there are many photographs of various student activities, including the annual class picnic. Although there is limited duplication of images already in the Archives, the photographs are, for the most part, unique, and a large majority of them have captions with enough information for identifying individuals. Images in the second half of the album lack detailed description and do not appear to relate to UBC.

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The album pages containing UBC images have been digitized and are available through UBC Library Open Collections UBC series 156.1/.

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