Fonds UBCA-ARC-1080 - Samuel Laycock fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Samuel Laycock fonds

General material designation

  • Textual record
  • Photographic material
  • Object

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

  • Source of title proper: The title is based on the contents of the fonds

Level of description


Reference code


Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


Physical description area

Physical description

1.95 m of textual records and other material

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Samuel Ralph Laycock, M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., L.L.D., Emeritus Dean of Education, University of Saskatchewan, author and broadcaster, was born in Marmora, Ontario, in 1891. His early school education was in Ontario, followed by work in the University of Toronto, where he took his B.A., graduating as a gold medallist. With interruptions because of war service, he taught high school and then lectured at the University of Alberta. During this time, he took his M.A. at the University of Alberta. He then proceeded to the University of London, where he took his Ph.D. in educational psychology in 1927. Later that year, he became a professor of educational psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. He became Dean of Education in Saskatchewan in 1947 and retired from that office in 1953. He later taught at the University of British Columbia as a lecturer in the Faculty of Education, and his association with education in British Columbia continued until he died in 1971.

Custodial history

Scope and content

Fonds consists of textual records and other materials created or acquired in Samuel Laycock's life and career and includes correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, photograph albums, diaries, course materials, published materials, and personal memorabilia. It is arranged in the following series: Writing, Personal, Correspondence, Subject Files, "The Family Life and Sex Education Information Service" (OTENA series), Educational Research Institute of British Columbia (ERIBC series) Survey, Publications, Photographs, and Memorabilia.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

The fonds was presented to the University Archives, following the intent of Samuel Laycock's Will, in April 1972.


A preliminary inventory was completed in 1972. The considerable bulk of material which arrived in some disorder reflected Laycock's interest in quickly disseminating information on chosen topics. Many of his subject files contained multiple mimeo and Xerox copies of his speeches and articles. The collection was given a preliminary sorting and cleaning and, by discarding duplicates, the material was reduced to approximately 1/4 the original size. The fonds was re-appraised and re-organized in 2004.
Most of the photographs remain unsorted - only those photographs with a direct bearing on Laycock's activities at UBC have been numbered and prepared for inclusion in the historical photograph database.

Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Please see finding aid for the file list.

Uploaded finding aid

Associated materials

Related materials


Physical description

Includes six photograph albums containing 1464 b&w prints of various sizes; 1249 loose b&w and colour prints of various sizes; ca. 2800 35mm colour slides; a commemorative wristwatch; twenty Canadian Army badges, buttons, and dog-tags; a Mason's badge with its leather case; and a ceremonial Mason's apron.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description


Accession area