Fonds UBCA-ARC-1317 - James E. Thornton fonds

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James E. Thornton fonds

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1.28 m of textual records and other material.

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James E. Thornton (b. 1927) received his MA (1967) and Ph.D. (1972) in Adult Education from the University of Michigan. From 1969 until his retirement in 1992, Thornton taught in the Administrative, Adult and Higher Education Department at the University of British Columbia. His research interests concern the impact of educational, social and economic programs on the development and well-being of older adults. Current research interests are education for the third age: second careers, retirement, leisure activity, ageing in the workforce, and life-span learning and education. At UBC, Thornton introduced a graduate course in educational gerontology and ageing themes. From 1980 to 1990, he served as co-ordinator for the Faculty of Graduate Studies Committee on Gerontology. The Committee encouraged teaching and research programs in faculties, schools and departments.

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The fonds consists of biographical material (1993-2012), copies of Thornton's thesis (1967) and dissertation (1971), copies of his papers (published and unpublished), books, reports and reprints, as well as audio/visual material.
Included in the biographical material is a self-published autobiography, entitled "Telling My Life Story - ... a journey of discovery".

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Acquired from James Thornton by the University Archives in several accessions – the most recent in 2020.


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Selected prints are included in UBC Library's Open Collections UBC 114.1.

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Includes 1 audiocassette, 7 videocassettes, 3 DVDs, 167 photographic prints, 746 photographic slides.

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