Series MS-2924 - Correspondence and subject files

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Correspondence and subject files

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  • textual record
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  • cartographic material
  • multiple media

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  • 1903-2006; 2013 (Creation)

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9 m of textual records and other material

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Donated by Gerald Smedley Andrews' daughters Mary and Kris Andrews in three accessions; 2010.40 (95-3721) acquired January 26, 2010, 2013.12 acquired March 4, 2013 and 2016.34 acquired March 16, 2016.

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The series consists of correspondence and subject files generated by Gerald Smedley Andrews in the course of his personal, wartime, professional and volunteer activities in Victoria and other parts of British Columbia, and to a lesser extent, in other parts of Canada and overseas. The records date between about 1903 and 2013. The series consists of correspondence (letters, cards, telegrams and postcards and the wartime correspondence between G.S. and J.E. Andrews); research notes; lists; pamphlets and brochures; journal articles; newspaper articles and clippings; newsletters; minutes; financial reports; receipts; legal documents; tax assessments; membership cards; membership directories; nominal rolls; photographs and negatives; lists of slides; texts of speeches; questionnaires; memoranda; ; correspondence registers; annual reports; invitations; resumes; graphs; diagrams; calculations; manuals; invoices; programmes; a small watercolour painting, essays; draft manuscripts; expense claims; grant applications; job applications; by-laws, certificates and orders-of-service. The series includes some records bearing government stamps and file numbers from Andrews' files as Surveyor General and Director of Surveys and Mapping and other government positions. These include personal correspondence interspersed throughout the records, as well as one discrete file (container 953721-0002, folder 21) of selected correspondence, memoranda and confidential records. The records reflect Andrews' broad range of interests and activities. They are a rich source of historical, geographical and biographical information, particularly about British Columbia and British Columbians, about surveying and surveyors, and about aerial survey photography, mapping and photogrammetry. The records also reflect Andrews' involvement with the town of Atlin, British Columbia and its pioneer resident Thomas Frederick Harper Reed (for whom Andrews acted as executor and whose estate and cabin Andrews inherited). Andrews organized the records into files or envelopes by correspondent or subject, then filed alphabetically.

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The original order of the files was maintained, except where files were clearly out of sequence.

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Some records are in French or German.

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Access restriction: because government records are intermingled with Andrews' private records, access to this series is restricted and requires a research agreement.
Conservation restriction: Nitrate negatives have been removed for cold storage and are not available.

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Accession number(s): 2010.40 (95-3721); 2013.12 and 2016.34.


Negatives and some colour prints removed to cold storage.

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Includes ca. 772 photographs and ca. 50 maps

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