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W. Peter Ward fonds
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Infant Mortality Project subseries

Subseries consists of research notes and annotated German-Language articles on Infant Mortality between 1880 and 1940. The Infant Mortality Project looked at the changing medical understanding of infant mortality before WWI. Ward pursued a professional and personal interest in this project, but it did not reach the publication stage.

Family Reconstitutions Project subseries

Subseries consists of records related to the Family Reconstitutions Project, including censuses, maps, tax assessment rolls, and research notes. The Project was a series of family reconstitution studies for the cities of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and Perth, Ontario, in the 18th and 19th centuries. Ward pursued a professional and personal interest in this project, but it did not reach the publication stage.

Birth Weight Project subseries

Subseries consists of records on the Birth Weight Project. Ward researched tax assessment rolls, ledgers, in-patient and out-patient records, etc., for the following cities: Boston, Dublin, Edinburgh, Vienna, and Montreal. Separate studies were also conducted on the cities of Utrecht and Bologna. Ward’s research on the Birth/Newborn Weight Project was the foundation for the book, Birth Weight and Economic Growth: Women’s Living Standards in the Industrializing West. The code book for the Utrecht birth weight database (file 7-5a) was added in December 2014. NOTE: The Birth Weight Project records on Bologna are expected in a future accrual.

Correspondence series

The series consists of Ward’s professional and personal correspondence. In addition, the series contains incoming and outgoing letters about publications, students, and his areas of interest. In the accession, there was a large aggregation of chronologically ordered Correspondence records. That chronological order was retained.

Teaching and Research Materials series

Series consists of syllabi, transparencies, handouts, and lecture notes relating to the courses Ward taught. Ward kept the correspondence relating to class participation, assignments, and research with other Teaching Materials. Thus, the correspondence is kept in this series, not in the Correspondence series. Also included are photographs, prints and slides, acquired from various sources and used as illustrative material.

Between 1982 and 2011, Ward taught H329 most frequently in 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2002. Additionally, it is noteworthy that the series also contains records on the Honours students he advised and the applications submitted to the UBC HSS Grant and Hannah Institute.

A floppy disk can be found in Files 17-21. The diskette contains an Excel spreadsheet which tracks the economic history of an undefined city and a PowerPoint presentation which details Canada`s economic history. The CD in Box 26 includes digital images used in Ward’s book A History of Domestic Space: Privacy and the Canadian Home.

Chinese Head Tax Project subseries

Subseries consists of research notes and digital data assembled by Ward and Dr. Henry Yu for the Chinese Head Tax Project. This comprehensive project involved digitizing more than 96,000 entries to the Chinese Head Tax Register.

Publications and Conferences series

Series consists of drafts, finished copies, and publication details of Ward’s articles and books. The series also contains conference papers, listings of attendees, maps of the cities visited, and programs from each event. Dr. Ward added copies of published book reviews in April 2013. File 23-7 was added in 2015.

W. Peter Ward fonds

  • UBCA-ARC-1547
  • Fonds
  • 1966-2020

Fonds consists of personal and professional materials of Ward’s related to his career. The fonds is divided into four series: Project series (1980-2020); Publications and Conferences (1966-2009); Teaching and Research Materials (1992-2003), and Correspondence series (1978-2001).

Ward, W. Peter

Projects series

Predominantly, the series consists of records relating to the long-running Birth Weight Project. However, in all these projects, Ward sought to understand the history of human welfare and its social determinants.

The Clean Body: A Modern History subseries

Subseries consists of research and materials relating to Ward's book The Clean Body: A Modern History published by McGill-Queen's University Press in November 2019. This book represents a synthesis of scholarship on the history and development of personal hygiene in Canada, Europe, and the U.S. Types of records in the sub-series include journal article photocopies, research notes, correspondence, publicity materials, manuscript copies, and chapter drafts of the book. Photocopied documents retained by the archivist include some sort of annotations by Ward. This project included some digital-born materials saved by Ward on a USB removable memory drive. Records saved as files on the drive included various journal articles or chapters in addition to a master bibliography for the project created in the software EndNote. Other *file formats included are Microsoft Word Documents (.docx and .doc), Microsoft Excel Documents (.xlsx and .xls) and PDFs.

Some of the records in this subseries are in Italian, French, and German.

Please ask archives staff regarding access to digital-born materials. To access EndNote files, users need to run the EndNote software on their devices.