Fonds RBSC-ARC-1727 - Hubert Bunce, Sr. fonds

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Hubert Bunce, Sr. fonds

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  • 1957 - [2012] (Creation)
    Bunce, Hubert William Ferdinand, Sr.

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1.45 m of textual records

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Dr. Hubert William Ferdinand Bunce was a forest researcher active in the Canadian forestry industry for many years. He was born in London, England in 1932 and came to Canada in 1955. He received a Masters of Forestry from UBC in 1960 and a doctorate in forestry from Syracuse University in 1967. In the early years of his career, he worked for CanFor and Columbia Cellulose. In 1972, he joined Reid, Collins & Associates, a Vancouver based forestry consulting company. He worked with Reid Collins for 21 years, during which time was involved in many international and Canadian based projects, including the multi-year project for the aluminum manufacturer Alcan, looking at the effects of emissions from their Kitimat aluminum smelter on the health of surrounding forests. After retiring from Reid Collins in the late 1990s, Hubert worked as part owner of the Blue Mountain Woodlot near Maple Ridge, BC.

Bunce was actively involved with a number of national forestry committees, including the Canadian Forest Inventory Committee (CFIC), the Assessing & Standardising Metrification committee, and the Forest Terminology and Usage committee. He was also involved with the BC Forest History Association, the Association of BC Forest Professionals, and the British Columbia Forestry Association.

Bunce was a Registered Professional Forester (BC), Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (GB), and Life Member of the Commonwealth Forestry Association (GB).

He was married (Jill) with three children: Hubert Jr., Christopher and Sarah.

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Fonds consists of documents spanning Bunce’s career in the forestry sector, covering both his paid and volunteer work. The bulk of the material relates to his work as a forestry consultant at Reid, Collins & Associates and his work on several national forestry committees. Additional material relates to his years as a graduate student, his early career, his involvement with various professional associations, and his years as part owner of a woodlot near Maple Ridge, BC. Also included are articles he published and notes from presentations that he gave.

The archivist removed some documents that had come with the original donation, but that did not have significant value. These included duplicates, published material available elsewhere, personal documents (such as hotel reservations and journal subscription receipts), and loose documents that had no context. Also removed were documents that contained personal and/or confidential information, such as school transcripts of individuals besides Bunce and private documents of company's for whom Bunce did consulting work.

Some works that Bunce had collected, but not authored, were removed from this fonds and added to the library’s general collection.

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The fonds was donated in 2014 to UBC by Hubert Bunce's son (Hubert Bunce, Jr.) after Bunce's death. The material had remained in Bunce Sr.'s home prior to coming to UBC.


The arrangement, file groupings, and file names of the material reflect the state of the material as it had been stored by Bunce in his filing cabinets. These files were organized into series that were created by the archivist to help provide easier access to the material.

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Finding aid prepared by Katie Ferrante (March, 2015).

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