Fonds RBSC-ARC-1697 - Richard Herring fonds

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Richard Herring fonds

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163 cm of textual material. - 3742 photographs. - 90 film reels. - 2 videocassettes.

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Richard ("Dick") M. Herring was born April 27, 1931 in New York City, to parents Frederick M. Herring and Constance Herring Harrison.

He graduated from high school in 1948 in Newtown, Connecticut, and went on to earn a degree from the University of Michigan School of Forestry. He served in Korea with the US Marine Corps and the Black Watch.

Over the course of his professional forestry career he worked as a logger, forester, prospector, senior executive, and consultant. His work took him all over the world, from the tropics to the forests of Alaska, British Columbia, and the high Arctic. He worked in Alaska for Alaska Lumber and Pulp, and then for Canadian Forest Products Ltd., first as Woodlands Manager in Chetwynd, BC, and then as Manager of Mainland Logging Division on the coast. After leaving CFP he worked as a consultant, first for Stewart Ewing and Associates and then independently. He was a long-standing member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry.

In addition to travelling extensively, he enjoyed bagpiping, sailing, hunting, fishing, and shooting. He championed the conservation of wildlife and the preservation of First Nations culture. Other interests included military history, food, wine, and whiskey.

He died April 15, 2012 in Vancouver, BC.

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Fonds consists primarily of textual materials related to Herring's forestry career. Materials related to his extensive interest in the forestry industry are also present, including documents related to various lectures and conferences in which he participated. Materials include correspondence, reference materials, maps, blueprints, financial documents, handwritten notes, and more.

Also included in the fonds are photographs, slides, and moving images; some of these are images related to forestry, while most show scenes related to Herring's personal interests and travels, many of which involve hunting and fishing, or attending Highland games and other cultural celebrations and events.

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Within the fonds, some series have been arranged on the basis of format, in cases where they were originally arranged in such a way. These include the photographs, slides, and moving images series. Some photographs and slides, however, can also be found in other series, where their original locations have been respected. The forestry series was the only one that was explicitly arranged and labelled by the creator; in all other cases, series have been imposed by the archivist while attempting to identify and respect original order whenever possible. In almost all cases, file titles have been transcribed from the creator's own files.

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Mr. Herring's map collection is housed at Simon Fraser University Library.

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Photograph identifier: BC-2156

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Film and Video Identifier: RBSC-ARC-1697-SPFilm-1-90 and RBSC-ARC-1697-SPVT-1-2

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