Fonds UBCA-ARC-1006 - John M. Turnbull fonds

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John M. Turnbull fonds

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17 cm of textual records and other material

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John "Jake" Turnbull was born in Montreal. He graduated from McGill University in 1897 and soon after came to British Columbia as a mining engineer. In 1915 he was asked by University of British Columbia President F.F. Wesbrook to advise the University on the establishment of a mining education program. He was offered the post of head of the Mining Department and, in accepting, became the second appointment to the University. From that date until 1945, when he retired, Turnbull headed the Department of Mining and Metallurgy in the Faculty of Applied Science. Turnbull was active in his emeritus years, frequently coming to campus to give special lectures. His last visit to the campus was in 1979 when at the age of 101, he lectured on the mining industry in British Columbia at the turn of the century.

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The fonds consists primarily of undated course notes (metal mining, coal and placer mining, mining machinery, and mine surveying); printed material; blueprints; and photographs. The photographs include class portraits from the Mining Short Courses at UBC (1917-1920) and also images of the mining industry from around the province in the early 1920s.

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Includes ca. 475 photographs: photoprints, glass slides, negatives: 20.5 x 25.5 or smaller; 3 architectural drawings; 1 film reel: 16 mm.

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