Series GR-0396 - Records of the Director, Correspondence Education Branch

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Records of the Director, Correspondence Education Branch

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  • 1919-1973 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Education. Correspondence Branch

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7 cm of textual records and 413 photographs

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The series consists of selected records from the Director, Correspondence Education Branch, 1919-1973. These records were selected for their historical interest and includes correspondence which led to the establishment of the Elementary Correspondence School, 1919; files of the first three correspondence pupils, 1919; reports re Elementary Correspondence School enrollments and staff, 1919-1938; correspondence between Isabel Bescoby (Director, Elementary Correspondence Branch) and the directors of the Winnetka, Illinois Correspondence School, 1934-1937; newspaper cuttings, notes, transcripts of speeches and radio broadcasts, 1934-1973; and cartoon drawings of the 1967 office Christmas party.

The series also includes photographs including project photos of children with their relief maps of the British Isles, 1948-1966; a photograph album containing snapshots of Grade 6 pupils, ca. 1939-1942 and miscellaneous photographs of pupils, project photos and postcards, 1945-1962.

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Transferred from the Dept. of Education, Correspondence Branch, 1978.


The photographs were removed from the records, transferred to the Visual Records department and reaccessioned as 199001-011. They were reintegrated with the files in 2020.

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These records are restricted. Please contact the BC Archives for information about access.

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For related records see GR-0470, Correspondence School administrative records.

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Accession number(s): GR-0396, 199001-011

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