Fonds UBCA-ARC-1115 - Logan Family fonds

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Logan Family fonds

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8.36 m of textual records and other materials.

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Professor of Classics at the University of British Columbia, Harry Tremaine Logan, was born on March 5, 1887, in Londonderry, Nova Scotia. He was educated at Vancouver High School; McGill University (Honours Classics, 1908); Oxford University (1908-11), where he was a British Columbia Rhodes Scholar; Presbyterian College (McGill, 1911-12); and New College Edinburgh (1912-13), where he studied Theology. Harry Logan and Gwyneth Murray met in Oxford in 1909 and were engaged to be married in 1911 when Logan returned to Canada. They were married in 1916, shortly after the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders arrived in England. Gwyneth Murray was born in 1888 in Oxford, England, the daughter of James Murray, the editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. She attended Oxford University for a short time but later moved to Cambridge University, studying mathematics and physics. From 1912 to 1916, she taught at the Perse School for Girls at Cambridge. Logan taught Classics at McGill University College of British Columbia from 1913-15 until his career was interrupted by war service. He later returned to Oxford, where he received his Master's degree in 1919. In 1920 Logan began teaching at the University of British Columbia, where he was successively Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor of Classics and Head of the Department of Classics until 1952. Professor Logan left the University of British Columbia in 1936 to become Principal of the Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School, Vancouver Island, where he remained until 1945. In 1946 he became Acting General Secretary of the Fairbridge Society in London, England, and Secretary between 1947-49. He returned to the University of British Columbia in 1949. His many activities with the University include his senate membership (1930-48); Member of the Board of Governors (1941-46); Trustee of the B.C. Canteen Fund; Editor, UBC Alumni Chronicle; and, notably, author of the first official history of the University, Tuum Est (1958).
During World War I, Logan served as a trooper in the King's Colonial Cavalry and King Edward Horse in Oxford (1908-11). Later, he was with the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and Canadian Machine Gun Corps (1915-18) as, successively, Lieutenant, Captain, and Major. He was mentioned in dispatches and won the Military Cross. In 1919 he prepared the official history of the Canadian Machine Gun Corps. He later commanded the 12th Canadian Machine Gun Brigade, Vancouver (1924-27), and the UBC Contingent, Canadian Officers Training Corps (1928-30), as Lieutenant Colonel. Harry Logan died in 1971.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, certificates, notes, photographs, printed materials, publications, diaries, minutes, financial materials, reports, the text of speeches, and manuscripts pertaining to Harry T. Logan and other members of the Logan Family. Fonds includes the diaries of John A. Logan, a pastor and Harry Logan's father. Fonds also includes Gwyneth Logan's work on the genealogy of the Logan family, as well as memorabilia from her university days and letters of condolence which she received on the death of Professor Logan.

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The fonds came to the Archives in many different accessions. Originally Professor Logan himself turned over materials of antiquarian or university interest from time to time. A larger group of papers came in following the completion of "Tuum Est". After the death of Professor Logan, his wife donated a few materials and at a later date the UBC Archives stored a group of the Logan papers for Barbara Tunis, daughter of the Logans. Some of the family materials were left with the Archives and others were taken by Mrs. Tunis to Ottawa. She returned some in small lots and donated one group to the Public Archives of Canada. A decision was then made to integrate the main divisions of the fonds in 1979 as the materials had been dis-arranged from any original order during their many transfers. The 1985 accessions have also been treated as one although they arrived at several different times.
Military memorabilia items in folder 11-51 donated by Ryan Dutschman in March 2018.


The fonds was re-organized in 1979, as the materials had been dis-arranged from any original order during their many transfers over the years.

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Selected photographs have been digitized and included in UBC Library Open Collections series UBC 99.1

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At the donor's request, access to some materials was restricted until 2004. In addition, some material relating to Fairbridge Farm School was restricted until 2021.

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Includes ca. 730 photographs, 2 scrapbooks, 2 sound recordings, memorabilia.

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