Fonds UBCA-ARC-1014 - Esther Birney fonds

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Esther Birney fonds

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  • Photographic material

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39 cm of textual records
12 photographs: b&w

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Esther Birney (née Bull) was born in 1908 in London, England, active in a Trotskyist group. She met Earle Birney in London while studying at the University of London (1935/36). She returned to Canada with him, and they were married in 1940. Esther Birney received a degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto. She remained active in this field until 1978. She and Earle Birney were divorced in 1977.

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The fonds consists of correspondence with family, friends and with Earle Birney (1952-1994). It also includes articles, notes, photographs, and miscellaneous papers. There is a file folder of correspondence generated by Earle Birney to other correspondents.

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Photographs are stored separately and are described in the UBC Historical Photographs Database Series 7.1.

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Revised in June 2020

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