Fonds UBCA-ARC-1059 - International House fonds

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International House fonds

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  • Photographic material

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3.78 m of textual records.
ca. 100 photographs.

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Administrative history

Established in 1953, the International House Club was formed by an amalgamation of the International Students' Club and the International House Committee. In 1954, the university assigned the club an army hut in Acadia Camp and local service clubs donated money, labour, and furnishings. The club undertook a fund-raising project to erect its own building. With a sizable donation from the Vancouver Rotary Club and a site donated by the university, International House began construction in 1958. The following year Eleanor Roosevelt opened International House. In 1964, the International House Association - B.C. Chapter was amalgamated with International House. International House carries out a number of programmes, both by itself and together with other institutions and government bodies, and plays host to many student organizations and events. These programmes and services have sought to ensure that students from abroad are adequately oriented toward the university and the community and that Canadian students also benefit from broadened international experience.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, reports, minutes, publications and clippings, financial records, and photographs. The materials are arranged in the following series, according to a block-numeric system established at International House in 1972: 10.000 - History, Objectives and Policies, 11.000 - Administration, 12.000 - Services and Programmes, 13.000 - UBC Campus Organizations, 14.000 Vancouver Area Organizations, and 15.000 Canadian and International Organizations.

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The materials have been arranged according to a block-numeric central filing system established at International House in 1972 (see file # 1‐19 Filing Code). Files not bearing these numeric codes have been placed in the order they most likely would have been filed according to the filing system.

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These are institutional records and subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Researcher access to these records is subject to review. To organize access please contact us at UBC Archives.

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Other records relating to the International House can be found in the International House Association, BC Chapter fonds.


Further accruals are expected.

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