Fonds PR-2322 - Stan Humphrey fonds

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Stan Humphrey fonds

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  • textual record
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  • sound recording

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the fonds.

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  • 1905-1973 (Creation)
    Humphrey, Stanley Norman

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65 cm of textual records, 1 sound recording and 8 photographs : b&w

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Biographical history

Stanley Norman Humphrey was born at Dashwood, Vancouver Island on April 27, 1926. He began working for the E&N Division of the Canadian Pacific Railway at the age of 17, as assistant clerk/telegrapher at the Lake Cowichan station. He continued to work for the railway for the next 40 years, first as a relief operator and agent at various South Island stations and later as a dispatcher. From 1976 until his retirement in July 1983, Stan was appointed Assistant Supervisor in the Victoria office.

In 1954, Stan became the Chairman of the E&N Division of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers, a position he held for 14 years.

He died on April 13, 2000 in Victoria.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of records documenting the professional career of Stan Humphrey. As a train dispatcher for the E&N Railroad, the records relate to his work as an employee for the E&N and primarily his union work for the Order of Railroad Telegraphers. The records include minutes, correspondence, timetables, constitutions, and human resources records as well as 8 black and white prints. In addition, there is an sound recording of the last morse code messages via telegraph dispatched by Humphrey at the Esquimalt Station on July 12, 1973.
There are also some historic E&N records that Humphrey collected that date from 1905.

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Records donated by Elsie Humphrey in 2013 via the Human History section at the Royal BC Museum.


The records are not arranged in any particular order but file headings applied by Humphrey to his loose files have been retained.

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The sound recording T4420 was digitized in 2019. See reference room staff for access.

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There are no access restrictions.
Conservation restriction: Original cassette T4420 is in cold storage and is inaccessible, use digital copy.

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The Human History section at the Royal BC Museum kept some Humphrey material before transferring the records to the BC Archives.

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Accession number(s): 2014.16

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  • Box: 907976-0575
  • Box: 907976-0576