Fonds UBCA-ARC-1537 - Sybren Henrik de Jong fonds

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Sybren Henrik de Jong fonds

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  • Photographic material

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1.46 m of textual records
12 photographs (b&w)

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Sybren de Jong was born October 20, 1908, in Ashern, Manitoba, Canada, and moved to East Kildonan, Winnipeg, in his early teens. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1931. He proceeded to teach as a Demonstrator at the University of Manitoba for the next four years. From 1936 to 1940, Sybren assisted as a surveyor and helped produce the Topographical Survey of Canada. In 1938, he was commissioned as a Dominion Land Surveyor to continue the project. However, after working on the Dominion Land Survey, he returned to the University of Manitoba to complete his Master's degree in Civil Engineering and graduated in 1940. For three years, he taught as a Demonstrator of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. From 1944-1945, he was an official Lecturer at the University of Toronto and in 1945-1967, de Jong taught Civil Engineering as an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. In 1967-1968, he attended the University of Ohio at Columbus, earning his Doctorate of Applied Science and subsequently obtaining a full Professor. He continued to teach at UBC until he retired in 1975. He died in 1983. Sybren was published extensively in the Engineering Journal and the Canadian Surveyor. And he co-authored a book with Semih Tezcan in 1965 entitled, The Electronic Computer in Surveying Adjustment at the University of British Columbia. His significant fields of interest never changed throughout his career: from his BSc. to his Ph.D.; they remained Geodetic Science (in particular Photogrammetry) and Civil Engineering.

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The fonds consists of personal and professional materials created and collected by Sybren de Jong. The fonds is divided into five series:
• Publications (1940-1975)
• Lectures and Course Notes (1944-1975)
• Projects series (1955-1966)
• The Professional Life series (1960-1977)
• The Photographs series (1954)

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Boxes 1-5 were acquired in the first accrual. Boxes 6-7 were added in 2014.

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