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Farris family collection
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Farris family collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1760
  • Collection
  • 1867-1998

The collection reflects the careers and interests of the Farris family, who were prominent members of the Vancouver elite. Their status as a family of lawyers and educated individuals often allowed them the opportunity to travel and attend noted events such as the Royal Ascot Racecourse, and encounter several distinguished individuals, such as Prime Ministers Louis St. Laurent and Pierre Trudeau, Lieutenant Governor Walter Owen, and Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The collection consists chiefly of correspondence, photographs, matters of estate, family history, notebooks, manuscripts, legal memorabilia, and family memorabilia of John Wallace de Beque Farris, Evlyn Keirstad Farris, John Lauchlan Farris, and Dorothy Farris.

Farris (family)

Keirstead Genealogy

File contains draft chapters and the final manuscript of the Keirstead genealogy researched and written by Dr. Elias Keirstead.


File contains travel postcards, tickets to the Ascot Races and an invitation to the King's birthday parade in 1949, plane tickets, one copy of the book, Cities of Canada by the House of Seagram, as well as legal memorabilia.

[Secret War Map of Northern France]

Map depicting the area around Arras, France. Lines drawn onto the map indicate Limits of Exploitation. Based on the area depicted, the map is either from World War I or World War II. Writing in the top right corner of the map indicates that the map was "Secret."

[Writings of Evlyn Farris]

File contains manuscripts written by Evlyn Farris, including a speech made to the University Women's Club of Vancouver, and other short writings entitled, "Squiggins the Squirrel," "The Reviving of the Rectory," and "Thursday."