Title and statement of responsibility area
Freeman Tovell fonds
General material designation
- textual record
- graphic material
- multiple media
- cartographic material
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the fonds.
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Statement of scale (cartographic)
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Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
[ca. 1983-2011] (Creation)
- Tovell, Freeman, collector
Physical description area
5.3 m of textual records, 24 microfilm reels and ca. 4100 photographs
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Name of creator
Freeman Tovell was educated in history at the University of Toronto and at Harvard. In 1945 he entered Canada's diplomatic service, the Dept. of External Affairs, where he held various posts, including that of Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia. He retired in 1980, moved to Victoria, and resumed his study of history. He has written on Spanish explorations of the British Columbia coast and has translated the journals of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra. He died on March 7, 2011 in Victoria.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of copies of documents concerning Spanish exploration, settlement and missionary work collected by Freeman Tovell for research purposes. This material was microfilmed around 1987. The fonds also includes research material compiled by Freeman Tovell during the research and writing of his book "Far Reach of Empire", a book about the Spanish exploration of British Columbia's coast. The records contain multiple drafts of the book as well as research material, including photographs and maps, articles and subject files ca. 1987 to 2011. In addition the fonds includes 30 cm of Freeman Tovell's correspondence files.
Immediate source of acquisition
Records donated by Freeman Tovell in 1988, 1995, 2010, by Rosita Tovell in 2013 and by the estate of Freeman Tovell in 2014.
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Script of material
Language and script note
Much of the material is in Spanish.
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Restrictions on access
Access restrictions apply.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Permission of copyright holders required for reproduction.
Series descriptions are available.
No further accruals expected.
Archives code(s): MS-2826; MS-2913; MS-3094.
Accession number(s): 88-133; 92-7154; 2010.75; 2013.16; 2014.113
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Name access points
- Tovell, Freeman, collector (Subject)