Series MS-1291 - Robert Strachan personal and political papers

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Robert Strachan personal and political papers

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  • 1929-1980 (Creation)

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Originals, 2.7 m of textual records

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Series consists of personal and political material. His personal effects include correspondence with his family in Scotland and memorabilia of Strachan's boyhood (such as badges and certificates earned as a corporal in the 211st Glasgow Company of the Boys' Brigade), and family photographs. Most of Strachan's papers concern his political career, as member of the legislative assembly, and as Leader of the Opposition, and government minister.

These papers were originally arranged by topic and subject, and, as far as possible such arrangement has been maintained. Thus notes and correspondence pertaining to Strachan's constituency have been separated from papers dealing with provincial topics, such as the Columbia River power project. Similarly, papers dealing with the CCF/NDP caucus are distinct from the extensive correspondence that resulted from unrest within the New Democratic Party during the various leadership challenges of the 1960s.

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Presented by Anne Strachan (wife), Cedar, 1981.


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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Related records in MS-1927

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Much of the published material received with this accession was transferred to the BC Archives library. A list of publications was made when the records were originally described, and during routine rehousing work in 2022 this material was located and the call number noted next to the title of the publication whenever possible. The list of publications can be found at the end of the finding aid.

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A copy of an unpublished Ph.D. dissertation by F. M. Bhatti was removed from the collection and described as MS-1292.

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Badges and other artifacts have been transferred to the British Columbia Provincial Museum, accession numbers 982.79.1 to 982.79.12.

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Photographs, along with political cartoons and drawings, have been transferred to the Visual Records Division, accession 198207-003.

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A video tape interview and programme, recorded in Victoria Apr 1978 was transferred to the same division, call number V1981:13/1-9.

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An audio tape recording of a speech by Strachan on the Columbia River Treaty, recorded at Simon Fraser University, 22 Feb 1974 was transferred to Sound and Moving Image Division, call number 528:1-2.

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Accession number(s): 89-1000; 81-165

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