Fonds UBCA-ARC-1291 - Renee Chipman fonds

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Renee Chipman fonds

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  • 1910-1982 (Creation)

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3.88 m of textual records
ca. 520 photographs

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Renee Chipman (née Haweis) was born in London, England, in 1903 to parents Lionel Haweis and Lucy Mary De Vergette. She came to Canada with her parents at the age of three, first to New Westminster and later moving to Vancouver. Following various volunteer activities associated with the World War II effort, Renee Haweis joined the Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC). By November 1941, she had become a commissioned officer. In July 1942, she opened and was named the first commandant of the first Western Canadian CWAC Training Centre at Vermillion, Alberta. For her war efforts, Haweis was awarded the honour of Member of the British Empire in 1943. Later that year, she married William Wainwright Chipman. After her husband died in the late 1950s, Renee Chipman moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for the U.S. Defense Department. While there, she met Margaret "Ma" Murray, who convinced her to edit the Bridge River-Lillooet News in Lillooet, B.C. Keenly interested in history, Chipman was credited with creating the Lillooet Museum, of which she became a curator until she died in 1986.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, research/miscellaneous material, manuscripts/other writings by Chipman, subject file, collected printed/published materials and photographs.

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Items in Boxes 25-28, along with 3 photographs, were acquired from Joseph den Biesen, as part of a 2016 donation of Chipman/Haweis papers that had been in his family’s possession since Chipman’s death in 1986.


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Records relating to Renee Chipman's family can be found in the Haweis Family fonds. There are two separate fonds; the photographs are described by UBC Rare Books and Special Collections and textual records by UBC Archives.


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Boxes 1-24 were acquired with and initially included in the Haweis Family fonds.

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