Fonds RBSC-ARC-1327 - Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation fonds

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Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation fonds

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26.85 m of textual records and other materials.

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Leon Koerner was born in Moravia in 1892. In 1920 he became a partner, along with his brothers, in the family firm, J. Koerner Timber Industry. Leon married Thea Rosenquist, an actress from Vienna, in 1921. Following a trip to Vancouver in 1939, and because of the war in Europe, Leon and Thea settled in British Columbia. The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation was established in 1955 by Leon and Thea Koerner to contribute to the educational, social, and cultural development in British Columbia and Canada. In 2015, the foundation transitioned from being a grantmaker to an endowment called the Leon and Thea Koerner Legacy Fund which is to be held by Aqueduct Foundation. This endowment will support the Leon and Thea Koerner Award, that began in 2016 and is administered by the BC Arts Council, serves to continue the Koerner legacy and support the same developments in British Columbia that the foundation had. The LTK award is awarded through a peer review process.

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The fonds consists of records chronicling the development of the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation from 1955 to 2015. It includes grant applications, reports and related correspondence pertaining to the Foundation's activities. Box 96 contains personal items related to Koerner that decorated the foundation offices.

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Box 82 files 18-19 are restricted due to containing personal information.

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Inventory available. PDF document attached.

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Leon Koerner fonds.


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Created by Roy Schaeffer June, 1992. Revised by Eric Walerko January, 2016.

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