Fonds UBCA-ARC-1176 - Warren family fonds

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Warren family fonds

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2.08 m of textual records and other material.

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The history of the Warren family dates back to the 1700s in England. Harry Warren accumulated extensive documentation of the history of the Warren
family. Harry V. Warren was born in Anacortes, Washington, in 1904. He completed his B.A. (1926) and B.Sc. in geological engineering (1927) at UBC. In 1927 he went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and earned his doctorate in natural science in 1929. After completing post-graduate work at the California Institute of Technology, Warren returned to UBC as a lecturer in the Dept. of Geology and Geography in 1932. By 1945 he had been promoted to professor. Amongst his numerous outstanding contributions, Warren pioneered the study of biogeochemistry, in which plant life is used to help detect the presence of trace elements. He also studied the link between geology and medicine, particularly the impact of trace elements on health. Throughout his career, Warren received numerous honours as a scholar, teacher and amateur sportsman. Although he retired from the University in 1973, he remained active in multiple organizations and published a wide range of articles.

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Some materials transferred to the University Archives from the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives in 2002, by J.D. Chapman in 2007, and by Charlotte Warren (via UBC Athletics) in 2016.

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The fonds consists of family papers, genealogical material, manuscripts and correspondence documenting the history of the Warren family in England. Some of the family members represented in the fonds are Reverend Dawson Warren, Falkland G.E. Warren, and Charlotte Jackson. The fonds also includes biographical information about Harry Warren and copies of his publications to 1978.

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Selected photographs have been digitized and included in the UBC Library's Open Collections series UBC 184.1.

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Includes: 41 photographs, 9 albums, ca. 12 paintings: on rice paper and leaves.

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