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Digital Media series

Includes papers and emails exchanged between James Birren and James E. Thornton and other miscellaneous documents. Please ask archives staff regarding access to digital copies.

Thesis series

Series includes James E. Thornton's theses; An Educational Program for Economic-Opportunity Migrants: A Case Study in Program Development in Adult Education (1971), An Exploratory Study of the Educational Deficiencies of Occupationally Unstable Economic-Opportunity Migrants (1967) & The Conceptualization of an Experimental Field Study in Adult Education: A Dissertation Proposal (1970).

Audiovisual series

Recorded talks and interviews with various academics including James E. Birren, Klause Shroeder Kazifas Moor'oka, Allan Thomas, Yoshiyuki Matsuda, Sol Rubinstein and Bill Griffith.

China Tour series

In 1978 James Thornton participated in an adult educators’ visit to the People’s Republic of China. Organized by UBC’s Adult Education Department and the Centre for Continuing Studies, the objective of the tour was to examine how the newly-formed Chinese Government after the fall of the “Gang of Four” would use forms of formal and informal adult education programs and professional training initiatives to repair China’s social fabric and revitalize economic structures devastated by the “cultural revolution”. Shortly after the UBC group arrived in Shanghai in the summer of 1978, they were joined by a group from the University of Alberta and then continued on a three-week tour of China.

This series includes 746 slides taken during the trip, a group photograph and a short description of the tour from Thornton’s autobiography. The slides have been removed from their original boxes and transferred into slide sleeves and put into file folders. The original descriptions from the slide boxes have been transferred to the file descriptions.

Research series

Includes material on the "James E. Birren Project," Third Age Scholars proposal, data on the Japan Project and other research materials.

Course Materials series

Course syllabus, bibliography and associated materials for Guided Autobiography and Forms of Life Review, Educational Gerontology and a report on ADED 525.

Collected papers

The series contains materials belonging to Ian McDonald’s father, Leslie (Les) McDonald, and other figures involved in IBEW Local 213. Materials relate predominantly to the activities of IBEW Local 213, though some papers also relate to Les McDonald’s involvement in various sports and community organizations, his writings and his personal correspondence.

Materials within the series include notebooks, postcards, letters, newsletters, newspaper articles and issues, legal documents and photographs. Relative to the ‘Thesis Research’ series, many more materials are original or copies made at the time the originals were created.

Diary series

Series consists of single diary created during the trip to the Henley Regatta (1955).

Historical Material series

Series consists of textual material relating to the historical development and significant technological accomplishments of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The materials found in this series include a newspaper clipping and an opening ceremonies program.

Photographic Material series

The Photographic Material series contains a large number of prints and negatives in both black and white and colour, as well as, a small amount of colour slides. These images document the structural development of the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building as well as, presenting images of their original facilities on campus. Also finding photographic representation in this series are various student exhibits, events and research projects; departmental projects; faculty, staff and student composites and portraits; technological installations; student awards and competitions; social and intercollegiate events; class notes and visual aids; and press shots. As well, the photographic material presents different perspectives of student involvement both within the Department itself, and as part of the University as a whole. Finally, the images, along with the few accompanying pen and ink layout sketches, depict the process of photography itself within the Department.
The majority of photographs were found in a chronologically and numerically organized state located either within the envelopes of their corresponding negatives or else in sticky back photo albums. Those not housed in such a way were found loosely contained among the textual material within metal filing cabinets or cardboard boxes. The first 644 sets of photographic prints were found to have numerical identifiers (written in ink or pencil and located either on the print itself, the original envelope in which it was found or beneath or above its placement within sticky back albums). These numerical identifiers correspond directly to available negatives. The slides were found labeled in a topically organized state within plastic sleeves housed within ring binders.
Original numerical identifiers of both photographs and negatives span sequentially from #41 to #730.

Mosher Books series

Series documents Fredeman's interest in the 19th-century American publisher Thomas Bird Mosher and his involvement in publishing Philip Bishop Mosher's bibliography and contains correspondence, research materials, and drafts of the bibliography.

Audiovisual Materials series

Series consists of four photographs showing William Fredeman, Norman Colbeck, and Roland Lanning with the Colbeck Collection and two video cassettes of interviews with Norman Colbeck and Mabel Colbeck.

Correspondence series

Series consists of William Fredeman's personal and professional correspondence and is organized into two sub-series: Alphabetical (arranged by correspondent or subject) and General Correspondence (arranged in chronological order).

Subject Files series

Series documents Fredeman's various activities, projects, and interests and contains correspondence, reports, copies of articles, clippings, and a journal. The materials are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Miscellaneous series

Series includes a set of index cards, compiled by Fredeman, listing Pre-Raphaelite publications and related materials. The other item is a stamp of the Journal of Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic Studies logo.

Colbeck Collection series

Series documents the acquisition and cataloguing of the Norman Colbeck collection and contains a photocopy of the catalogue's original manuscript, correspondence, and minutes of the Colbeck Catalogue Committee. Also included is some of Colbeck's correspondence that had come into Fredeman's possession.

Committees series

Series consists of minutes and related papers and correspondence of the various committees involved with the administration and the facilitation of the editorial decision-making policy of the UBC Press. Such committees include the Publications Management Committee, later known as the President’s Advisory Committee – UBC Press (a name change made effective December 10, 1970), which had as its mandate to establish, maintain, keep under review, and change broad policies governing a publications program for the University Press, and to advise and assist the Director of the University Press in implementing these policies. This latter directive is being carried out specifically through the appointment of an Editorial Sub-committee consisting of Consulting Editors, the Chair of the Committee and other Committee members as required in individual instances. The Advisory Committee was also to receive from and approve the Director’s annual Press report before its submission to the UBC President and Board of Governors. Other committees included in this series are the UBC Press Production Meeting, the A.I.R. Committee on Publications, the Publications Committee, and the Non-Academic and Service Departments Liaison Council. Types of materials found in this series include minutes, correspondence, reports, memoranda, and papers relating to the decisions and actions of the Press’ committees.

Grants, Awards, and Programs series

Series consists of correspondence, grant and membership applications, invoices, printing and editing estimates, financial statements, application questionnaires, certificates of merit, and program descriptions.

Administration and Organization series

Series consists of correspondence, membership applications, announcements, proposals and incorporation notices about the formation and development of the UBC Press.

Other Publishers, Agents and Distributors series

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  • 1968-1977, 1980-1981, 1983-1987, 1990-1996
  • Part of UBC Press fonds

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda of agreement, invoices, contractual agreements, requests for proposals, cost and profit analyses, marketing proposals and promotional announcements.

Financial series

The UBC Press is financed in two ways: the operating overhead costs of the Press are supported by an annual budget from the university, which is granted to the Press in its capacity as a University Department. This financial relationship, which has continued since 1971, forms the most significant continuing portion of the university's support for the Press. The second portion of Press financing is a fund of Trust and other monies used for the production costs of the books published by the Press. In addition to a small, accumulated surplus, these funds come to the Press annually from earnings from permanent Trust funds, grants from the Canada Council, the University and private donors, and returns from the sales of Press books. In the past, it has been the university's policy that budgeting of the journals and yearbooks produced by the Press be financed separately with a self-balancing budget. Series consists of annual reports, interdepartmental memoranda, sales analyses, invoice overviews, year-end balance sheets, correspondence, minutes of meetings, journal vouchers, income statements and summaries of annual expenses.

Correspondence series

Series consists primarily of the correspondence of the Senior Editor, Executive Director, and General Manager of UBC Press. It is arranged in three sub-series: Jane C. Fredeman and Tony Blicq sub-series, Bill C.Y. Li sub-series, and Institute of Pacific Relations subseries

Published Works series

Series consists of correspondence with authors, layout development, publication permission files, financial statements, mechanical production consideration (i.e. paper and print quality; paperback reprints and new editions), fundraising petitions, gratis copy files, contract files, editing notes and Press reader reviews, and marketing campaigns. Series is arranged alphabetically by author and by publisher.

Reviews series

Series consists of correspondence with published authors, review lists, newspaper clippings and promotional tour updates.

John Ridington material series

Series consists of a handwritten journal created by John Ridington during his family's trip to Canada by ship (1889), publications and copies of sketches by Ridington, clippings relating to Ridington, and bound copies of his speeches and articles (1911-1945).

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