Fonds UBCA-ARC-1558 - Laurenda Daniells fonds

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Laurenda Daniells fonds

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1.36 m of textual records.
45 photographs.

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Laurenda Daniells, the first Archivist of the University of British Columbia, was born in Winnipeg in 1923. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in social work in 1945. Her first job was with the protection division of the Children’s Aid Society of Winnipeg. In May 1948, she married Roy Daniells, who was appointed as the head of the English Department at the University of British Columbia and moved with him to Vancouver. They purchased an empty lot on Allison Road in the University Hill neighbourhood, where they built one of the first homes in the progressive “West Cost Modern” style. They had two daughters, Susan and Sara, and the family travelled extensively to Europe and Africa. In 1959-1960, during Roy’s sabbatical supported by a Canada Council grant, she and the family spent a year in Europe. Laurenda also served three terms as a school board trustee and did a considerable amount of volunteer work. In 1969, Laurenda entered the one-year Library Science degree programme at UBC. Upon graduation, she continued with a six-week archival management course at the Public Archives of Canada. In 1970, she was appointed the first University Archivist at UBC Library’s Special Collections Division. In this position, Laurenda worked to bring some order to the institution’s historical records and eventually had established the University Archives on firm foundations.
During her time at UBC, Laurenda also served as the Faculty Association executive and the University Senate. She also did a one-year term as president of the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of B.C.In 1988, Laurenda retired with “University Archivist Emerita.” Afterwards, she continued her volunteer work, in particular, with the University Hill United Church. In her eighties, she enjoyed writing and began recording her life stories with the Brock Hall Life Writers Group. In 2016, these stories were collected in her published memoir, Royal Blood. Laurenda passed away on Wednesday evening, 4 January 2017.

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The fonds consists of records made and received by Laurenda Daniells in her professional and personal life. The fonds documents her involvement and participation in conferences, and various professional archival associations, such as ACA, SAA, ARMA, etc., and Vancouver Historical Society. Also included are records of Laurenda’s time with the UBC’s Faculty Association and her research on university archives policy and copyright. The fonds contain incoming and outgoing correspondence to family, friends, and colleagues from other organizations. Textual records are memorandums, meeting agendas and minutes, reports, programmes, proposals, notes, drafts, papers, proposals, surveys, newspapers, a speech by Daniells, correspondence, and photographs.
Fonds is arranged in the following series: Committees and Conferences series; Faculty Association series; Archives Policy and ACA Survey series; Copyright in Institutions series; Vancouver Historical Society series; Personal Materials series; and Photographs Series.

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Other related materials can be found in the Roy Daniells fonds. Academic Women’s Association fonds, University of British Columbia Librarians and Archivists Association fonds, ARMA Vancouver Chapter fonds.


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Sources of information for the description in the finding aid include not only the records contained in the fonds themselves but also the article by Erwin Wodarczak entitled Laurenda Daniells, University Archivist Emerita (1923-2017).

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