Fonds UBCA-ARC-1256 - Kenneth F. Argue fonds

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Kenneth F. Argue fonds

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35 cm of textual records
23 photographs; b&w

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Kenneth Argue was a distinguished member of UBC's Faculty of Education and Department of University Extension from 1946 to 1974, specializing in educational philosophy and intellectual history. Born in Vegreville, Alberta, in 1906, he received a BA from the University of Alberta in 1931, a teacher's certificate the following year, an MA from Oxford in 1936, and a D.Ed. from Columbia University in 1940. Before arriving at UBC, Argue held several teaching positions (elementary, secondary, and post-secondary) in Canada and the United States. He also served several times as a consultant on education matters, notably in commissions of inquiry into the financing of education in Canada (1945) and the reorganization of the education system in Newfoundland (1947-49). He wrote a textbook, The Development of Education Theory, published in 1951, and was instrumental in developing UBC's B.Ed. Curriculum. In addition to his regular teaching duties, he taught summer courses on the history of education. He served as Director of Summer Session from 1954 to 1964. He also served with several education commissions and associations. Although he officially retired in 1971 and was named Professor Emeritus of Education in 1972, he continued to work as a sessional lecturer until 1974. Argue died in 1994.

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The papers of Dr. Kenneth Argue were turned over to Dr. William Bruneau, of the UBC Faculty of Education, by Mrs. Jean Argue, for transfer to the University Archives. They were sent to the Archives by Dr. Bruneau in 1997.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, reports, teaching materials, notes and manuscripts for speeches, and publications acquired by Kenneth Argue in his professional career, personal papers, clippings, and photographs. The photographs are of family members, and friends and colleagues from outside UBC. The materials are arranged in the following series: Publications and Speeches, Course Materials, Personal Papers, and Photographs.

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Photographs are stored separately in the Archives vault, UBC series 15.1. Please ask archives staff for access.

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Revised in June 2020.

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