Fonds 01170 - Lawrence Broe fonds

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Lawrence Broe fonds

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CA MRM 01170

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  • 1938 - 1947 (Creation)
    Broe, Lawrence
    Maple Ridge
    Lawrence Broe is the creator of the fonds in that he accumulated the received letters in a dedicated space.
  • 1938 - 1947 (Contribution)
    Waugh, Helen
    Maple Ridge
    Helen Waugh is the creator and writer of all the records in Series 1.

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5.6 cm of textual records
1.5 cm of graphic materials

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(4/4/1882 - 25/6/1949)

Biographical history

Lawrence Broe was born in Buxton, North Dakota, USA to John Larson Broe and Serena Broe (nee Satre). The family settled in Anyox, British Columbia when Lawrence was a child. Broe would become a doctor and Chief Medical Officer in Anyox until 1921, when he relocated with his young family to Yarrow and finally Hammond, where he became the first doctor in the area.

Broe married May Alice Elliott on September 11, 1913 in Okanagan Landing and the pair had a son, Howard Elliott, born ca. 1916.

Broe remained a doctor until his death from a cerebral hemorrhage at New Westminster on June 25, 1949.

Custodial history

The contents of the first series of this fonds were received by Lawrence Broe and deposited over time behind a wall of the unfinished basement of his home. They remained there as the property changed hands over time until renovations by new owners ca. 2012 revealed the records. They were informally donated to the Maple Ridge Museum, where many were photocopied and separated into plastic bags, where they were kept in the Director's office until their chance rediscovery in 2020. This led to a full accessioning, arrangement, and digitization starting in February 2021.

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The fonds currently consists of a single series titled "Letters from Helen", which contains 5 files of letters from Helen Waugh to Lawrence Broe, and 1 file of photographs and greeting cards. The records span 1938-1947.

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Physical condition

Some of the records are in excellent condition, while most items have been mildly to severely damaged by pest activity and moisture within the wall where they were kept. The damage in some cases affects the legibility.

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As the records in Series 1 were kept in a wall in an unknown fashion, there was no discernable original order when they arrived in reusable plastic bags. The arrangement of the records by type and chronologically was chosen by the archivist for both ease of access and to mimic how Lawrence Broe would have received them. There are a number of letters for which the dates can not be inferred with confidence, and so they have been grouped together.

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  • English

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    All records in Series 1 have been digitized in PDF format to enable remote access and prevent damage to physical records.

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    No further accruals are expected to the fonds or Series 1.


    All records currently in the fonds have received basic dry surface cleaning from the archivist using brushes and sponges and were inserted into polypropylene sleeves. In cases where the paper has crumbled, all extant pieces are included.

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