Fonds - Charles W. Humphries fonds

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Charles W. Humphries fonds

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    • 1804 - 2004 (Creation)
      Humphries, Charles W. (Charles Walter)

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    5.47 m of textual records
    95 floppy diskettes (3.5")

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    Charles Humphries earned his B.A. from McMaster University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He joined the Department of History at UBC in 1966, where he taught Canadian history. In addition to his academic activities, he was very active in the preservation of historic sites in British Columbia and across Canada. He was a longtime supporter of the Vancouver Historical Society and the British Columbia Historical Federation. Through the 1980's and early 1990's he was an active member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, and the B.C. Provincial Heritage Advisory Board. A good part of Humphries' research focused on the recruitment of Canadian machinists to work in British munitions factories during World War I and the lives of Canadian miners. Other research interests included B.C. society during WWI, the Machine Gun Fund, and letters from the front. Humphries died on June 18, 2005.

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    Fonds consists of materials which document and reflect Charles Humphries' involvement with the Historic Sites and Monuments Board, and the Provincial Heritage Advisory Board. The materials include correspondence, reports, minutes (published and unpublished), and agenda papers (published and unpublished). Research materials include typed notes from newspaper articles, photocopies of newspaper articles, papers, transcripts and photocopies from various Canadian and British archives, and copies of death and birth certificates. Fonds also includes some biographical materials. Fonds consists of the following seven series: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, British Columbia Provincial Heritage Advisory Board, Biographical, Research Materials, Teaching Materials, Correspondence, and Published Materials.

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    First accruals transferred to the University Archives by Dr. Charles Humphries in 1989 and 1994. Additional materials transferred by his wife in 2007.


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        Other records relating to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada can be found in the fonds of Margaret Ormsby, Margaret Prang, and Walter Noble Sage.

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        BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-837

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