Fonds UBCA-ARC-1254 - Charles W. Humphries fonds

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Charles W. Humphries fonds

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5.47 m of textual records
77 3½" floppy discs & 1 CD (data) 451 MB or 3,723 files combined (Word formats).

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Charles Humphries earned his BA from McMaster University and his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He joined the Department of History at UBC in 1966, where he taught Canadian history. In addition to his academic activities, he was very active in preserving historic sites in British Columbia and Canada. He was a longtime supporter of the Vancouver Historical Society and the British Columbia Historical Federation. Through the 1980s and early 1990s, he was an active member of Canada's Historic Sites and Monuments Board and the BC. Provincial Heritage Advisory Board. A good part of Humphries' research focused on the recruitment of Canadian machinists to work in British munitions factories during World War I and the lives of Canadian miners. Other research interests included BC society during WWI, the Machine Gun Fund, and letters from the front. Humphries died on June 18, 2005.

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Fonds consists of materials which document and reflect Charles Humphries' involvement with the Historic Sites and Monuments Board, and the Provincial Heritage Advisory Board. The materials include correspondence, reports, minutes (published and unpublished), and agenda papers (published and unpublished). Research materials include typed notes from newspaper articles, photocopies of newspaper articles, papers, transcripts and photocopies from various Canadian and British archives, and copies of death and birth certificates. Fonds also includes some biographical materials. Fonds consists of the following seven series: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, British Columbia Provincial Heritage Advisory Board, Biographical, Research Materials, Teaching Materials, Correspondence, and Published Materials.

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First accruals transferred to the University Archives by Dr. Charles Humphries in 1989 and 1994. Additional materials transferred by his wife in 2007.


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Other records relating to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada can be found in the fonds of Margaret Ormsby, Margaret Prang, and Walter Noble Sage.

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