Fonds UBCA-ARC-1097 - Frank E. Buck fonds

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Frank E. Buck fonds

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2.95 m of textual records
c. 220 photographs
128 maps and architectural drawings

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Frank Ebenezer Buck was born in Colchester, England. He received his early schooling and initial training, mostly in the printing business and journalism. On coming to Canada in 1902, he worked as an associate editor on a newspaper. He maintained a private practice in landscaping work. Buck later entered Macdonald College, graduating with a BSA in 1911. Buck obtained a Diploma from Cornell University. From 1912 to 1920, he served as Assistant Dominion Horticulturalist in charge of landscape architecture and floriculture work at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. When the University of British Columbia required ornamental horticulturalists in 1920, Buck was selected to handle the tremendous task of landscaping the University campus. He was also active in town planning work and belonged to numerous associations. He officially retired from the UBC faculty in 1949 but maintained his interest in campus development in an advisory capacity.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, subject files and pamphlets arising from Buck's various interests (1920-1950). Buck organized most of his papers into subject files relating to his activities and arranged them in alphabetical order. The files, in many instances, contain correspondence, reports and memos. The fonds also includes maps, plans, and posters, as well as photographs.

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Maps and plans can be found in the Archives vault, cabinet 2, drawer 7. Please ask archives staff for access. Maps and plans are described in the finding aid.

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Photographs are digitized and available online in the UBC Library Open Collections (Series 29.1). In addition, they include a retrospective photo essay/album entitled "An Historical Report on the Development of the Campus Area of the University of British Columbia" (1950).

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