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Frank Charnley fonds
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Files include letters sent to Frank Charnley from Viola, Annie and Lane Vlag, Nora Reardon-Parker, Evelyn Fleischman, Frances Christopherson, and copies of letters written by Charnley to various organizations regarding his scientific research and writing, to his daughter Frances, and to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Series is arranged primarily in alphabetical order by sender. Correspondence files also contain greeting cards and general correspondence from other family, friends, and organizations. Intermingled within a file of Father’s Day cards is a small notebook containing mathematical calculations.

Creative writing.

Series consists of unpublished manuscripts written by Frank Charnley including typescripts of three short stories, “St. Gamand Ridge”, “Clouds Over Zeda”, “The Magazines Reader Murder” and three poems, “The Immigrants”, “Confederation Blues” and “Poisson’s Law."

Frank Charnley fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1120
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1976

Fonds illustrates Frank Charnley's career and interests as a mathematician, sheep rancher, beekeeper and writer, as well as records relating to his family, predominately from his retirement years. Photographs showcase Charnley at his Barnston Island home, presumably in the 1960s. Fonds is organized into the following series: Correspondence; Mathematical notes; Creative writing; Beekeeping records; Sheep ranching records; Miscellaneous records; Photographs; University records; and Reports authored by Frank Charnley.

Charnley, Frank

Mathematical notes

Series consists of mathematical calculations and project notes as well as several unpublished articles in draft form. Topics featured within this series include quantum mechanics and binomial distribution.

Miscellaneous records.

Series consists of miscellany collected by Frank Charnley including various brochures, publisher lists, constitution and by-laws of the Surrey Co-Operative Association, a bumper sticker, vehicle insurance records, scientific reports, and other miscellaneous items.


Series consists of photographs taken of Frank Charnley, Beth Charnley, his daughter Frances, and an unidentified man at the Barnston Island home

Reports authored by Frank Charnley.

Consists of published reports authored by Frank Charnley on the subjects of fisheries, mathematics, and progress reports of the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo and the Pacific Fisheries Experimental Station in Prince Rupert. Several reports are published by the National Research Council of Canada.

Sheep ranching records.

Series consists of a daily log of Frank Charnley’s sheep ranching activities on Barnston Island, November 20, 1970 – August 6, 1971. The log book also includes mathematical calculations.

University records.

Series consists of examinations and an essay (“The manufacture of sulphuric acid in the chamber process”) written by Frank Charnley while attending University of British Columbia.

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