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Vancouver Institute fonds
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- Textual record
- Sound recording
- Moving images
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- Source of title proper: The title is based on the contents of the fonds.
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- Vancouver Institute
Physical description area
2.01 m of textual records.
639 audio recordings.
203 video recordings.
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The Vancouver Institute was established in 1916 to serve as a liaison between 'town and gown' to provide general public interest lectures. As the first constitution states, "The objects of the Institute shall be the study and cultivation of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Music and kindred subjects employing lectures, exhibitions, publications and other means as may from time to time be deemed advisable." Organizations of a similar nature, such as the Women's University Club, the Art, Historical and Scientific Society, and the Archaeological Institute, were affiliated with the Institute. Each affiliated society was required to elect two representatives to sit on its Council. These societies initially provided various speakers. All lectures were accessible to the public and were initially presented at the Assembly Hall at the old Fairview campus of British Columbia. In 1925 the University was moved from Fairview to the new Point Grey site. The Institute organizers attempted to find quarters to remain close to the downtown audiences. However, they were eventually forced to follow the University to Point Grey in 1929. Free meetings, free discussions after lectures, financial support of the devoted few, and university affiliation and accommodation have been and remain characteristics of the Saturday night Vancouver Institute lectures.
M.Y. Williams maintained the records and made an initial arrangement of the papers up to 1956, which arrived at UBC Archives in two boxes, separated into correspondence, financial records, notebooks, miscellaneous papers, plus the constitution and history records. The third box, which contained the material of the 1960s was arranged more or less chronologically, with separated folders for the correspondence and financial records of each year. In some instances the papers were arranged according to the particular speaker to which they pertained. Mr. Williams' original arrangement was retained.
Typescripts of lectures were acquired from various sources, and integrated with the rest of the fonds in 2010.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of constitutions, minutes, correspondence, financial records, programs, scrapbooks, speeches, membership lists, clippings, and assorted other material relating to the administration of the organization. In addition, the fonds includes recording of lectures delivered to the Vancouver Institute. It is arranged in the following series: history, constitution, minutes, correspondence, financial records, programs, membership records, newspaper clippings, series papers, and lectures.
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Location of originals
Lectures on audio and videotape are stored separately in the Archives vault.
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Please see finding aid for the file list.
Uploaded finding aid
Further accruals are expected.
For information on current lectures and programmes, consult the Vancouver Foundation website.
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Name access points
- Williams, M.Y. (Subject)