Fonds UBCA-ARC-1036 - Walter Sage fonds

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Walter Sage fonds

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9.52 m of textual records and other materials.

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Born in London, Ontario, Walter Sage was educated at the University of Toronto (BA, 1910) and Oxford University, where he obtained his MA in history (1916). He later earned a Ph.D. from Toronto (1925). His first teaching position was at Calgary College in 1913 as a lecturer in history. After teaching there for two years, he went to Queen's University. Sage joined the faculty at the University of British Columbia in 1918 as an assistant professor of history, rising to head the department fourteen years later (1932). He continued serving as a head until his retirement in 1953. He became a leading authority on the history of British Columbia, writing numerous articles and delivering countless addresses on the subject. Sage participated in multiple historical associations accepting the presidency of the British Columbia Historical Association (1939), the Canadian Historical Association (1945), and the American Historical Association (Pacific Coast Branch) (1950). From 1944 he was a member of Canada's Historic Sites and Monuments Board until he died in 1963.

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The fonds contains fourteen series: Organizational Affiliations (1921to1963), Articles and Reviews (1921to 1956), Correspondence (1876 to1980), Personal Material (1904 to1960), Addresses and Writings (1914 to 1959), Subject Files (1936 to1956), Printed Material (1855 to1965), UBC (1931 to 1952), Sage Family (1915 to 1971), Research Files (19‐‐), Miscellaneous Material (19‐‐), Publications Collected by Sage (19‐‐), Printed Materials Collected by Sage (19‐‐), and Photographs (1913? to 1964) series.

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Materials in files 35-35 and 39-13a were transferred to the University Archives from UBC Rare Books and Special Collections in April 2019.


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Scanned images and bibliographic records for photographs 27.1 to 27.3 may be accessed through UBC Archives Historical Photograph Database.

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Other records relating to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada can be found in the fonds of Frederick William Howay (UBC Rare Books and Special Collections), Margaret Ormsby, Charles Humphries, and Margaret Prang.


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Includes: ca. 173 photographs, 1 album, 16 maps.

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