Fonds RBSC-ARC-1161 - Olea Davis fonds

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Olea Davis fonds

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4 m of textual records;743 photographs

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Olea Davis was born in Buffalo, New York. She studied at McGill University, the Ecole des Beaux Arts (Montreal), the Ontario College of Art (Toronto) and at the Vancouver School of Art. Davis founded the British Columbia Potters' Guild and taught ceramics at the University of British Columbia. During World War II she established the Allied Officers Guild in B.C. She also designed and promoted the dogwood lapel ornament as a fund raiser for a wartime women's auxiliary. In 1956 the dogwood was adopted as the official floral emblem of B.C.

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The fonds consists of records pertaining to her life and pottery work in the form of correspondence (1931-1977), clippings, printed material, photographs, and diaries. The fonds also includes information on the Allied Officers Club of Vancouver. Correspondence with her husband, Dr. H.R.L. Davis, includes over 500 letters (1940-1944) and includes information about the Canadian armed forces in Britain.

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RBSC staff created a file level finding aid for the fonds in 1986, available as a PDF through this database. This was updated with an addendum in April of 2019 to reflect the accrual to the fonds.

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An accrual in the form of one binder of slides was donated to the fonds in 2010 by the Potters Guild of British Columbia. This has been added to the fonds and the finding aid and description have been updated by the archivist in April of 2019.

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Description updated to reflect accrual by Claire Williams in April 2019.

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