Fonds RBSC-ARC-1306 - Rolf Knight fonds

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Rolf Knight fonds

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1.35 m of textual records

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Rolf Knight obtained his B.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1959. He completed graduate work in anthropology at UBC (M.A., 1962) and Columbia University (Ph.D., 1968). He went on to teach at Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto.

Since 1972, he has published several books pertaining to working class history. Honours received by Knight include a Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Historical Association for work concerning regional history, and an award from the British Columbia Historical Federation for his autobiography of Homer Stevens in 1992.

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The fonds consists of manuscripts, research files and printed material relating to Knight's activities as a student and university professor in the field of anthropology. Included are manuscript copies of A Very Ordinary Life, Indians at Work, Along the No. 20 Line and transcripts of interviews with Bob Chestnut, Harvey Murphy, and John Smith. Fonds also includes a typescript copy of Knight's and a manuscript copy of an autobiography of Homer Stevens.

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The fonds was received from Rolf Knight in several donations, occurring in 1980, 1981, 1985, 1992, 1998, 2018, and 2019.


Records received in 1998 were arranged by Knight prior to donation, and their original order has been maintained.

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Finding aid updated by Ashlynn Prasad in 2018 to reflect new accruals.
Finding aid updated by Claire Williams in 2019 to reflect new accruals.

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