Series MS-0677 - Frederick Longstaff papers

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Frederick Longstaff papers

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  • textual record
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  • cartographic material

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MS-0677

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  • 1851-1961 (Creation)
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    Longstaff, Frederick Victor, 1879-1961

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12.4 m of textual records, 1200 photographs, ca. 55 maps

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Frederick Longstaff was an army officer, architectural draughtsman and historian. He was interested in military affairs, naval history, mountaineering, the Anglican Church and the history of B.C. in general.

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Diaries, 1897-1961, correspondence, subject files, scrapbooks and household accounts. The collection reflects Longstaff's interest in military affairs, naval history, mountaineering, the Anglican Church, various youth organizations and the history of British Columbia in general. Frederick Victor Longstaff was born June 15th 1879 in Ben Rhydding, Ilkley, England. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge, and came to Canada in 1909 as a machine gun instructor seconded to the Canadian Active Militia. He settled in Victoria in 1911 where he practiced as an architectural draughtsman, in which capacity he was involved in the design of Saint John's, Quadra Street and the James Bay Anglican Hall. From 1921 until his death he devoted himself entirely to historical and geographical studies, publishing works on naval, local and ecclesiastical history. Longstaff died in Victoria in 1961. Jennie Long McCulloch Longstaff was born in Stratford, Ontario on July 5th 1879. She came to Victoria with her parents in 1885. She joined the staff of the King's Printer and rose to the position of Chief Clerk. In 1913 she became active in the Alpine Club of Canada where she met Frederick Victor Longstaff; they married in 1921. After marriage she retired and devoted her time to various cultural interests. She died in Victoria in 1957. Records include: diaries, 1897-1961, correspondence, subject files, scrapbooks and household accounts. The collection reflects Longstaff's interest in military affairs, naval history, mountaineering, the Anglican Church, various youth organizations and the history of British Columbia in general. Approximately 1,200 photographs of ships, mountains, family, and a world cruise of the Empress of Britain were transferred to Visual Records accession 198504-1. The photographs are arranged alphabetically as organized by Longstaff. Other photographs are in accession 198001-2. Maps were registered as M889132. A list of maps from the Longstaff collection is available in Map documentation file M856030, also known as finding aid CM/Z43. Please request this file from an archivist. Annotated copy of A Gazetteer of British Columbia, ca. 1913, is available in BC Archives unprocessed manuscript accession, 87-26. Related records available at the University of Victoria Archives and Special Collections, SC069, and the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, L816 and L1221.

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The records were presented by Major Longstaff in 1961.

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An annotated copy of A Gazetteer of British Columbia, ca. 1913, is available in accession 87-026 (91-3433-0478).

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Accession number(s): MS-0677; 198504-001; M856030; 74A-057; 74A-269

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