Series 1 - Letters from Helen

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Letters from Helen

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  • Textual record
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  • Source of title proper: Title derived by the archivist from the overall contents of the series.

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CA MRM 01170-1

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  • 1938-1947 (Creation)

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5.6 cm of textual records
1.5 cm of graphic material

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

Custodial history

Records were deposited into a wall of Lawrence Broe's basement, where they remained until ca. 2012, when renovation by new owners revealed the letters. They were donated to the Maple Ridge Museum and held unprocessed until their rediscovery in 2020. They have since been accessioned, described, and digitized.

Scope and content

Series consists of letters, photographs, and greeting cards, envelopes, and one postage stamp sent from Helen Waugh to Lawrence Broe between 1938 and 1947.

Lawrence Broe is referred to as "Larry" throughout the records in this series.

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Physical condition

Some of the records are in good to excellent condition given their previous environment, but most have been damaged mildly to severely by pest activity and moisture.

Immediate source of acquisition

Donor names unknown. Likely owners of the former Broe home at the time of donation.


Records are arranged by type and chronologically for ease of use and to mimic the way Lawrence Broe would have received them. This arrangement was imposed by the archivist as the records arrived in plastic bags with no particular order. File 5 consists of undated materials.

A postage stamp and envelope are found in File 6. While they were initially loose in their container, they were re-associated by the archivist using markings on both pieces to determine their relationship.

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  • English

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    All records in the series have been digitized in PDF format to allow remote access and protect delicate physical originals from further damage.

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    No further accruals are expected.

    General note

    As this series contains materials pertaining to an extramarital affair, we ask that users consult the archivist or director of the Maple Ridge Museum & Community Archives prior to publishing any of its contents.


    All records have received dry surface cleaning from archivist, using brushes and sponges, before placement in polypropylene sleeves. For records that have had pieces disconnect, all extant parts have been included in the appropriate sleeves.

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