Fonds UBCA-ARC-1207 - Department of Botany fonds

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Department of Botany fonds

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1.06 m of textual records

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The Department of Botany was established at UBC in the early 1920s. The Department of Biology split into the Departments of Botany and Zoology. In 1940, Botany was again reorganized into the Department of Biology and Botany and remained in this form until the mid-1960s, when it again became the Botany Department. For background information about this development, refer to Box 5-1. After the split, the biological functions of the Department were assumed by the Life Sciences Council, which was responsible for restructuring the relationships between the life sciences. In explaining this new arrangement, the UBC Calendar (1985/86) states: "Biology is not treated as a department but a field of study. Programmes are sponsored, and instruction is offered cooperatively by the Departments of Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Oceanography, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Physiology and Zoology."

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Fonds covers an extended period, beginning with administrative material, which includes departmental budgets dating back to the early 1920s and continuing through the 1950s. There are also some departmental minutes from the 1940s and 1950s and most of the 1960s. There are records about the construction and renovation of the Biological Sciences Building, minutes from the various committees on which department heads sat, and material about UBC's Botanical Garden. There is also a brief but useful series of records concerning the Life Sciences Council's implementation and early history.

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Bulk of records acquired from the UBC Department of Botany in 1984 and 1985. The B.A. honours thesis and accompanying commentary included in the Departmental Records series was given to the Archives by Dr. Iain Taylor, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Botany, in September 2015.


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Revised June 2020

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